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My Other Collection:

Something a little lighter to finish out the day’s blogging. 🙂

During the time I was physically down, I became a pretty avid gamer. It didn’t help that eventually a few games came out that used comic books as a subject matter. DC (Comics) Universe Online being one of them.

brilliant concept so poorly executed as to defy description

Side Note: The game turned out to be absolutely terrible in terms of game play, so I can’t recommend it, (Sony screws up everything they touch) BUT the graphics were stunning, and it had voice acting from many DC Animated Universe actors, including Mark Hamill as the Joker, and Kevin Conroy as the Bat(man).

I bought into the hype at first, and even bought a few of the collectible figurines that were offered as part of the initial launch and first year hype. Now that we’re in a bigger house, I finally have room to display them:

Green Lantern, Flash and Wonder Woman are the ceramic figurines. Batman is PVC and came with the deluxe version of the game. The Avengers thing is a metal popcorn bucket that was released at the theaters during “Endgame”.

Wonder Woman is the absolute centerpiece of the collection. She was probably the best done figurine in the series:

Despite ordering a month or two after actual release, I still managed to score figurine number 18 out of 6000, which significantly ups her collector’s value.

When the Wonder Woman movie was released, this figure was selling for over $500 in mint condition. The price has dropped since then, now that the hype has passed AND there are so many companies now making licensed figurines. The market is saturated with dozens of different Wonder Woman statues.

OH, and I didn’t forget my newest arrival (today actually):

I guess I’m a victim of the hype, but I couldn’t resist grabbing him. I won’t be collecting any other Star Wars figures though, with the possible exceptions of Ahsoka, and Mara Jade, IF they ever come out with a Black Series 6″ figure of her.

We’re trying to cut back on clutter though, and if I’m going to collect anything overpriced, it’ll be lightsabers. 😀 Din Djarin in his Beskar armor just looked too good to pass up though.

Yes, everybody is staying in the box also, just in case they somehow get knocked off the shelf or something. Collectors also judge value nowadays based on discoloration caused by dust, etc… I’m not planning on selling them, but you never know. Since all the DC figurines have gone up at least 3x in value since I bought them 11 years ago, it pays to be careful with them.

Yes, the running gag continues…

The Return of The Bat???

It was recently announced that Michael Keaton is in talks to reprise his role as Batman.

Keaton potentially would be revising his role as part of the DCEU “Flash” movie starring Ezra Miller. Fans have been going crazy speculating on what exactly the role would be, due to the premise of the movie being DC’s “Flashpoint” event that rebooted the DC Universe for it’s “New 52” line up. AFTER Flash straightened out his screw-up that is.

Flashpoint involved The Flash traveling back in time to try to save his mother, only to have it all go sideways and create a dark alternate reality. In that reality, Bruce Wayne was killed, not Thomas and Martha. Martha Wayne went crazy from the loss and became the Joker. Thomas Wayne followed nearly the exact same path as Bruce did, and became that world’s Batman. A much meaner Batman more akin to Marvel’s Punisher.

So, Keaton MIGHT fill that role as an older, grimmer Batman, OR he could take over the role for the main reality Batman. With the DCEU movie franchise in seemingly constant turmoil as producers, directors and actors go through a revolving door, anything is possible. Fans are speculating like crazy, right down to what the costume might look like. Some are even suggesting a version of the Terry McGinnis “Batman Beyond” future Batman costume:

image from GeeksOnCoffee.com

Personally, I’ve always loved the look of that Batman costume. I even duplicated for my Champions Online character Shadowhawk:

Her normal costume is more modern Batgirl themed, but I love this one.

This, by the way, is Thomas Wayne’s bat suit:

Yes, he carries guns and he uses them.

Again, which Batman we’ll see, and if Keaton gets the role at all are still up in the air. Nothing ever seems certain with DC’s movie production. Despite strong initial doubts in the 80s about Keaton as Batman, he did an excellent job as The Bat and Bruce Wayne. I hope this works out, even if it’s a one shot appearance for Keaton as Thomas Wayne.

It’s funny also, because over at ComicBookComplex, one of the blogs I follow, we were recently talking about how Keaton did a great job as Batman and it would be great if he could somehow come back. Trendsetters we are, I tell yah. LOL.

Rumor has it that much like the Comics, the Flash’s flashpoint themed movie will be used to reboot the movie universe. We shall see there also.

My biggest hope for the movie is that Ezra Miller’s Flash isn’t the bumbling buffoon he was in Justice League