Comic books and superheroes are a staple in everyone’s life. From the actual comics in-print to on various device screens, to the sliver screens. The superhero genera has a rich and long history that could envy countless mediums. Both the original comics and the various animated and live-action counterparts are massive parts of pop-culture that always find their way into the head-lines and trending lists. With comics ever-present, and regardless of one’s preference level most know at least a little something about comics and the heroes that made them famous. Like most mediums of pop culture there are fans who adore the world of comics with all their might and carry a fire-y passion for them, even going to the extent of having grand collections and elaborate cosplays. Others whom fancy themselves more casual readers (or viewers) and everything in between.
Like any industry the world of comics has changes as the hands on time march onward, and new endeavors and developments have come to be. Comics, and all things fandom in general, have received more growth and have begun to become more common than not. Every year theaters are screening new films based upon any number of heroes with comic book origins, and toy-lines and other ranges of merchandise for the likes have also increased rapidly for such heroes.
It seems like the super hero phenomena is at a new high with something to offer every fan’s desires.
A fact that is now true on even more levels.
Traditionally comics and the heroes that adore the pages have often been simply written off as being something mainly male-centric a fact that often is apparent when you compare the amount of goods for heroes that are specially made for both female and male fans. Even though that is a sad fact, it is far from reality. Girls, of all ages might I add, enjoy comics and heroes as much as guys. There might even be some that love them more, it is all very dependent on the person.
Up until now fans of the likes of DC’s famous heroines have not had nearly as grand of a variety of choices in terms of merchandise. But thanks to a new partnership and endeavor that is all about to change.
Previously this year DC Comics announced a new deal and partnership with power-house Mattel for the new line; DC SuperHero Girls. As one can assume from the name, DC SuperHero Girls is a new property driven around the now teenage counterparts of the classic and beloved female heroes of DC as they attend high school and live out their teenage years as they learn and live with their powers. A balance that will be interesting as the teenage years are always filled with lots of ups and downs. Not only can fans look for an array of toys and dolls of their favorite girl, but also animated specials, lines of books and more are also slated for release.
Even though DC SuperHero Girls was announced a while back it is only recently that the brand-new web-site has been made public. Like any new web-site, DC SuperHero Girl’s is in the very early stages with a single page with short bios and art-work of the seven heroes that the series will more likely than not center around; Wonder Woman, Supergirl, Batgirl, Harley Quinn, Bumblebee, Poison Ivy, and Katana.
Even though we have a general idea of the direction that DC SuperHero Girls is taking, there is still a lot more information and developments that fans are still in the dark about. Despite knowing only rough details this new line has made fans of both previous incarnations as well as others who are not as engaged with comics very excited and eager for what is ahead.
Not that I can blame anyone for such joy. Even though I do not count myself a big fan of comics, I do have a lot of respect for them and see DC SuperHero Girls as a great new chapter for fans of all ages. Regardless of all, there is always a need for more good and strong characters that could become inspirational role models for their fans. Taking ironic character like this and bring them to a point where they can also been seen as typical teenage girls that will make mistakes as everyone does can be a great thing for younger fans to see and realize that even someone great like that can take a misstep.
I am very excited about this and glad. I remember growing-up with the likes of Buzz Lightyear of Star Command, Darkwing Duck, DuckTales, and Kim Possible- all series that had to some extent a superhero vibe to them- and very much so loving and admiring all of the characters. And even though I loved them, and still completely do now in adulthood, I wish there had been more series like this.
Mattel has been hitting everything out of the park lately with their lines and with Monster High venturing into the world of science-fiction and Ever After High in the world of fairy-tales, a new property like this makes perfect sense.
But I am curious to see how the dynamics between this and the other recently news maker, Ladybug, will fair against one another.
One thing is for sure, there is going to be a lot of great things come out from seemingly everyone. Leaving the only question being what will be next.
Join the conversation; what is your stand on DC’s SuperHero Girls? What heroes inspire you?