Update: As we reported last week, DC is using the release of co-writer/director Matt Reeves’ The Batman film in March and the other DC films scheduled for release in 2022 to help comic book retailers see comic books (see below), and now Warner Bros. is using trailers to its upcoming big superhero films to help DC sell comic books.
Warner Bros. has just recently added messaging to the end of The Batman trailer (opens in new tab) released on December 27 briefly informing viewers they can “get DC comics and graphic novels at comics shops” highlighting a trio of iconic Batman stories, followed by graphics promoting their DC Universe Infinite digital comic book platform along with a QR code that opens up a DCUniverseinfinite.com The Batman page.
The same Batman stories highlighted in the comics shop graphic are found on the page, including Frank Miller and David Mazzucchelli’s Batman: Year One (the original monthly issues), the Batman: Ego and Other Tales collection by the late Darwyn Cooke, and Batman: The Long Halloween by Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale, also in the original monthly format.
The DC comics promotion may have been added to the trailer 24 million views after the fact, but hey, every little bit helps!
Original story follows…
DC has announced plans for custom cardboard display set-ups to promote comics coinciding with the release of its five major 2022 superhero films. DC will be manufacturing and distributing comic displays for the 2022 films The Batman, Black Adam, The Flash, Batgirl, and Aquaman & The Lost Kingdom.
The displays will measure 30″ wide by 20″ deep and 72″ tall, with eight ‘pockets’ – able to fit 120 standard-size comic books or 24 standard-size graphic novels.
The first two, for The Batman and Black Adam, are anticipated to be sent to retailers in late February – just in time for the former’s March 4 theatrical debut (Black Adam doesn’t open in theaters until July 29). Retailers can purchase these displays but can qualify for complimentary ones if they order 30 copies of any of their recommended Batman comics.
DC’s recommend comics to sell aligned with The Batman film are: Batman & Scooby-Doo Mysteries Vol. 1 (opens in new tab), Batman: A Death in the Family (opens in new tab), Batman: Damned (opens in new tab), Batman: Dark Victory (opens in new tab), Batman: Ego and Other Tails (opens in new tab), Batman: Hush (opens in new tab), Batman: The Imposter (opens in new tab), Batman: The Long Halloween Deluxe Edition (opens in new tab), Batman: The Man Who Laughs (opens in new tab), Batman: Three Jokers (opens in new tab), Batman: I am Gotham (opens in new tab), Batman: The Court of Owls (opens in new tab), Batman: Year One Deluxe (opens in new tab), and Joker War Saga (opens in new tab).
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That sounds a lot like our recommended comics to read ahead of (and after) The Batman.
DC plans to ship the three remaining displays – for The Flash, Batgirl, and Aquaman & The Lost Kingdom – later in 2022 as a set.
If you’re reading this and wondering how you can get one for yourself, well… technically they’re not intended for public sale, but asking a friendly comic store to order one extra for you has worked for us in the past.
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