This year marks the 80th Anniversary of the Caped Crusader, or the Dark Knight depending on your preference. Or you can just call him Batman, sales-wise the top character of DC Comics and one of their superhero pillars. Among the many celebratory gestures by DC and Warner for Bob Kane and Bill Finger’s iconic creation, is a LEGO video game DLC. Finally made available alongside all downloadable content for WB Interactive and Traveller’s Tales’ LEGO DC Super-Villains is a level and character pack based on the seminal animated series popular in the nineties. The Batman: The Animated Series DLCPack adds a new free-roam level depicting Gotham City as in the hit cartoon show, plus character versions of Batman and several rogues as depicted in that same show.
In addition to the Dark Knight himself, the Batman: The Animated Series DLCPack classic renditions of villains Man-Bat (the bad guy of the series’ premiere episode), Joker, Mad Hatter, Captain Clown (Joker’s android hit-man), the Phantasm (an ex-girlfriend of Bruce Wayne’s and antagonist in the Mask of the Phantasm film), and of course, the character that debuted in the animated series and became a DC household word herself: Joker’s ax-crazy “girlfriend” Harley Quinn.
Naturally, the Batman: The Animated Series DLC Pack is only playable with the LEGO DC Super-Villains video game as a regular download (for $2.99) or via the Deluxe Edition with Season Pass. For a LEGO gamer and animated DC fan, there seems no better way to celebrate eight decades of Batman than this.
For our last listing of reveals coming from the LEGO show room of the Nuremberg Toy Fair, it looks like fans of the LEGO DC Comics Superheroes theme will be for a bat-filled summer. I’m a fan of the Dark Knight, however, I feel that we already have too much of Batman-inspired sets, whereas there’s a lot to explore from the world of DC Comics. Since last year and up until now, almost all of the LEGO DC Comics Superheroes sets released are centered on Batman. Frankly, it will be nice if LEGO introduces additional LEGO sets and minifigures based on other DC Comics characters. But since we are celebrating 80 years of crime-fighting with the Caped Crusader, then perhaps this is something that is easily forgiveable. Well, like them or not, here are the summer 2019 LEGO DC Comics Superheroes sets that you can expect in June. These sets’ respective box arts is said to have a unique 80 years of Batman logo as reported by Zusammengebaut.
Batman and Robin & Freeze Battle (76118)
Batmobile Pursuit of Joker (76119)
Batman and Riddler Heist (76120)
Batcave Clayface Invasion (76122)
Batman Vs. Riddler 4+ (76137)
The Joker Escape 4+ (76138)
Batvehicle D2C set (76139)
The Batcave Clayface Invasion (76122) is expected to be a sizeable retailing for 99 Euros. Furthermore, the set features another variant of Batwoman which is probably different from the first minifigure of her released last year in Batman: Brother Eye Takedown (76111). The Batvehicle direct-to-consumer set (76139) was not mentioned during the Nuremberg Toy Fair, but I opted to include it here as it was referred to by fans and insiders within LEGO fan forums. We have to wait until the New York Toy Fair kicks in more information.
What do you think about these selections brick fans? Are these a hit or miss? Share your thoughts in the comments below.
Warner Bros and TT Games seem to be in a generous streak lately, now that they have shared an early inside look at their latest video game offering ahead of its release next week. Thanks to the efforts of Brick to Life, we now have our first look at the LEGO DC Super Villains Hub World which maps out some of the various locations that your rookie super-powered villain will traverse to throughout the game.
As revealed in earlier announcements, the LEGO DC Super Villains Hub World will feature some of the iconic DC comics locations such as the Daily Planet, Metropolis, Smallville and even Apokolips. Watch the video below and try to see if you can identify other places.
Similar to last year’s LEGO Marvel Superheroes 2 video game, the LEGO DC Super Villains will allow you to select from a huge roster of DC super-powered villains and to utilize their skill sets as the situation calls for it. You will start as the customizable Rookie at the beginning game, unlocking several DC villains along the way.
Speaking of villains, I find it really cool seeing the Reverse Flash speeding his way through the streets of Metropolis. It’s like playing Sonic the Hedgehog in Sonic Unleashed.
True to form with other LEGO video games, the LEGO DC Super Villains also comes with a host of new puzzles to solve that are tied to a particular skill of a specific character. Towards the end of the video clip, we see Joker and his handy spray paint utility which he uses to unlock a rather nasty problem in the character of Doomsday. I really didn’t expect that in the end.
I’m pretty sure that there are still a handful of surprises waiting within the LEGO DC Super Villains Hub World so be sure to explore them all once you get your own copy of the game on October 16. And if you haven’t ordered your copy yet, you may pre-order the Deluxe Edition to get early access to the game’s Season Pass and an EXCLUSIVE Lex Luthor physical minifigure.