What We Know Is Still Coming From DC Direct At This Time

by Jay Cochran
August 11, 2020
Since the terrible news broke late yesterday about the major layoffs happening at DC Comics and the complete shut down of DC Direct, we've had a number of people asking us what previously announced DC Direct product if any will still see release?

At this time we have been able to confirm that these products have already shipped out to retailers like our sponsor BigBadToyStore.com, so you can expect to still be able to get your hands on them. Whether anything else beyond this lists gets released or not remains unknown at this time.

DC Comics Batman Rogues The Joker Limited Edition Multi-Part Statue Diorama

Batman: The Adventures Continue Azrael Figure

Batman: The Adventures Continue Batman (Ver. 2) Figure

Batman: The Adventures Continue Harley Quinn Figure

Batman: The Adventures Continue Red Hood Figure

Cover Girls of the DC Universe Catwoman Limited Edition Statue (Joelle Jones)

DC Essentials Batman (Rebirth Version 2) Figure

DC Essentials The Flash (Speed Force) Figure

DC Essentials Nightwing (New 52) Figure

DC Essentials Superman (The Return of Superman) Figure

DC Comics Red White & Black Harley Quinn Limited Edition Statue (Guillem March)

DC Comics Superman Vs. Darkseid Limited Edition Battle Statue (Third Edition)

Batman Black and White Armored Batman Limited Edition Statue (Frank Miller)

DC Comics Batman Rogues Harley Quinn Limited Edition Multi-Part Statue Diorama

Batman: The Adventures Continue Deathstroke Figure

Batman: The Adventures Continue Robin Figure

Batman: The Adventures Continue Super Armor Batman Figure

Batman: The Adventures Continue The Joker Figure

DC Designer Series Metal Batman Limited Edition Mini Statue (Greg Capullo)

DC Designer Series Nightwing Limited Edition Mini Statue (Jim Lee)

Batman Black and White Armored Batman (V.3) Limited Edition Statue (Jim Lee)

Cover Girls of the DC Universe Harley Quinn Limited Edition Statue (Frank Cho)

DC Designer Series Batman Limited Edition Mini Statue (Mike Mignola)

DC Essentials Batman (DCeased) Figure

DC Essentials Batman (DCeased) Figure

DC Essentials The Joker (DCeased) Figure

DC Essentials Aquaman (DCeased) Figure

DC Essentials Green Lantern (DCeased) Figure

DC Comics Red White & Black Harley Quinn Limited Edition Statue (Steve Pugh)

DC Designer Series Batman Limited Edition Deluxe Statue (Alex Ross)

We will update this list if we get word of anything else confirmed to be released or not released. Again our thoughts and prayers go out to everyone who has been effected by layoffs happening this week at DC.
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elongatedman - 2020-08-16 @ 1:11 am

 iam so happy  Jim Fletcher is still at DC good for him

mako - 2020-08-15 @ 11:42 pm

Interesting we're hearing this from Lee and NOT Fletcher. A good rule of thumb is never ask the guys who kept their jobs. They dodged the chopping block, and aren't going to risk rocking the boat.

Ask the guys who don't have their jobs anymore. They have nothing more to lose.

InspectorZartan - 2020-08-15 @ 8:31 pm
3 hours ago, Satam said:

Very intresting interview with Jim Lee at THR:https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/heat-vision/dcs-jim-lee-companys-future-we-are-still-business-publishing-comics-1307413-Jim Fletcher is still at DC, even though DC Direct is done-confirmation (of the obvious) that DC Universe original programming will migrate to HBO Max, and that the app will "transform" instead of being shut down.

 

Good for Jim Fletcher.  I dont know him and have only interacted with him briefly at events like SDCC and Toy Fair but he always struck me as a good guy.  So Im glad to hear his job is still safe.  Too bad thats also not true for my dozens of friends, hundreds of employees, and thousands of freelancers and contractors that have all been let go by Warner Media this week.  

JayC - 2020-08-15 @ 7:17 pm
2 hours ago, Satam said:

Very intresting interview with Jim Lee at THR:https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/heat-vision/dcs-jim-lee-companys-future-we-are-still-business-publishing-comics-1307413-Jim Fletcher is still at DC, even though DC Direct is done-confirmation (of the obvious) that DC Universe original programming will migrate to HBO Max, and that the app will "transform" instead of being shut down.

 

Good to hear about Jim. Sounds like and I think will be a good fit for him that they are moving him into a position very similar with what Marvel did with Jesse Falcon after Toy Biz was dissolved. Basically where they oversea all the various companies that make licensed product and that those licensed product meet a certain standard set by the licensor.

 

Satam - 2020-08-15 @ 5:03 pm

Very intresting interview with Jim Lee at THR:https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/heat-vision/dcs-jim-lee-companys-future-we-are-still-business-publishing-comics-1307413-Jim Fletcher is still at DC, even though DC Direct is done-confirmation (of the obvious) that DC Universe original programming will migrate to HBO Max, and that the app will "transform" instead of being shut down.

 

InspectorZartan - 2020-08-14 @ 7:07 pm
6 hours ago, Gigantor said:

I wish I was a top shareholder in that company, but alas, I'm not a shareholder in anything. I understand your POV on the matter but I guess I'm more about quality over quantity. Way too many  comic titles on the shelves nowadays & imo, most suffered from bad art & story telling. Saw way too much "art" that looked like a 12yr old was penciling it. There's a glutton of Batman comics/ spinoffs & that to me is a problem. Same goes for Marvel & all the different X- titles wolverine to me is an X-man, nothing more. Not an Avenger. There should be just 1 main X-men comic & since he's the most popular member, give him a solo series again. Same goes for Avengers, just 1 title, not 3-4 different Avengers teams where you can't keep track of who's coming or going every month. And stop swapping genders of established male characters just to appease 5% of the comic buying population. Create a new fan character to appease them. Nothing made me drop a title or series faster than that.

I dont disagree with your feelings and position.  The problem is that an industry implosion in addition to all the new problems I presented will also probably not fix the problems you want to see fixed.  This corporate repriortization wont be to do less Batman books.  It will be to do less-non-Batman books. Nor will this change likely decrease gender swapping or any other editorial elements you dont care for.  If anything youre likely to see a higher percentage of that as the slimmed down number of titles are more likely to be told to connect to the other Entertainment media (Films, television, etc).  And as local comic shops suffer and publishing revenue suffers and giant conglomerate sucks away profits to pay dividends while not prioritizing reinvestment of profits back into the publishing arm you become more likely to see less financial investment in quality artists and story telling, not more.   

And all this is likely the best case scenario.  In the longer term once these negative effects have trickled down and the lack of profits trickle back up youre likely to see even further negative changes across the entire industry (as shops close that will also hurt Marvel and other independent publishers which means eventually Disney might take a similar action).  What those further changes might mean is still very speculative but talking to several friends at DC that were laid off this week some of their theories of where this is leading is far worse if you happen to be a DC fan and like the comics medium.  

Gigantor - 2020-08-14 @ 6:43 pm
13 hours ago, InspectorZartan said:

There can be a plus to cutting some titles slowly over time but historically having either a publishing explosion or publishing implosion has never benefited anyone from either the consumer side or the industry side outside of investors who dont care about that industry and are just seeking short term gains.  

Less titles can certainly mean less for a consumer to have to keep up with which can be somewhat a plus but on the flip side less titles typically means less variety in the types of books published, less risk on the type of creative art and story telling invested in, and less investment on new characters, artists, and writers.  Obviously less titles being published means less employment opportunities for those creatives that work on the books or are trying to break into the industry.  And if the number of books being cut are truly significant thats going to cripple local comic shops who are already struggling to survive in a more digital world and have already been crippled and are barely holding on due to the pandemic.  An industry implosion could be enough to push those surviving local shops over the edge and into bankruptcy and foreclosure particularly in higher overhead markets also hit hardest by COVID. 

Some of this was unfortunately inevitable from the time AT&T acquired Warner but had it rolled out more subtly then the damage might have been less significant, but this scale of an implosion has never proven to be good for the comics or entertainment industry and this stands to be the largest comics implosion since the 1950s (which the industry never fully recovered from). Long term thats going to be bad for everyone unless you happen to be a top shareholder at AT&T who is only interested in making money and cares nothing about the health of the specific businesses and industries you acquire beyond them helping you achieve your one goal of profit at the expense of all else.   

I wish I was a top shareholder in that company, but alas, I'm not a shareholder in anything. I understand your POV on the matter but I guess I'm more about quality over quantity. Way too many  comic titles on the shelves nowadays & imo, most suffered from bad art & story telling. Saw way too much "art" that looked like a 12yr old was penciling it. There's a glutton of Batman comics/ spinoffs & that to me is a problem. Same goes for Marvel & all the different X- titles wolverine to me is an X-man, nothing more. Not an Avenger. There should be just 1 main X-men comic & since he's the most popular member, give him a solo series again. Same goes for Avengers, just 1 title, not 3-4 different Avengers teams where you can't keep track of who's coming or going every month. And stop swapping genders of established male characters just to appease 5% of the comic buying population. Create a new fan character to appease them. Nothing made me drop a title or series faster than that.

InspectorZartan - 2020-08-14 @ 10:35 am
2 hours ago, JayC said:

I saw on linkedin that Bryan Flynn from Super7 has put out a request for folks laid off at DC Direct to contact him about possible job opportunities, so hopefully folks in need of work will be able to find it elsewhere in the industry.

Thats great to hear.  

ghostbogey - 2020-08-14 @ 10:34 am
2 hours ago, JayC said:

I saw on linkedin that Bryan Flynn from Super7 has put out a request for folks laid off at DC Direct to contact him about possible job opportunities, so hopefully folks in need of work will be able to find it elsewhere in the industry.

Bravo for Super7

JayC - 2020-08-14 @ 8:07 am

I saw on linkedin that Bryan Flynn from Super7 has put out a request for folks laid off at DC Direct to contact him about possible job opportunities, so hopefully folks in need of work will be able to find it elsewhere in the industry.

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