Thursday, April 23, 2015

DC Entertainment: Super Hero Girl Initiative


The news hit yesterday afternoon and nearly broke my social media streams. DC Comics in association with Warner Brothers had created The DC Super Hero Girls Initiative, a multimedia massive undertaking to bring the power of the DCU to young girls. I first heard about it here:

http://www.comicbookresources.com/article/dc-entertainment-and-warner-bros-launch-dc-super-hero-girls-initiativ

Now I do include the actual press statement below but here is  paragraph with the overall concept.

Developed for girls aged 6-12, DC Super Hero Girls centers on the female Super Heroes and Super-Villains of the DC Comics universe during their formative years—prior to discovering their full super power potential. Featuring a completely new artistic style and aesthetic, DC Comics’ icons such as Wonder Woman, Supergirl, Batgirl, Harley Quinn, Bumble Bee, Poison Ivy, Katana and many more make their unprecedented teenaged introduction. Each character has her own storyline that explores what teen life is like as a Super Hero, including discovering her unique abilities, nurturing her remarkable powers and mastering the fundamentals of being a hero.

Frankly, I am thrilled.



Now, I will admit, they probably had me with this look for Supergirl. Chuck Taylor's, wrist bands, short sleeves, Gwen Stacy headband, and of course,myths red skirt. Just a big win visually for this Supergirl fan.

But there is so much more to love.

The inclusion of Bumble Bee and Katana to have diversity. To have them look healthy and fun-loving. To have a Wonder Woman with a shield and not a sword. Artistically, it looks spot on.

And then I read about just how extensive a movement this is.

Animated specials. Direct to Video movies. Lego sets. Action figures. Books. And all done with the goal to inspire confidence and heroism.

Unbelievable.

As a father of three girls ranging from tween to later teen, I can tell you that it hasn't been easy to find comics and toys and merchandise that I could bring home to them. It was looking for a needle in a haystack. Yes, things like Supergirl Cosmic Adventures came along every so often. But I had to search for it.

But now, it looks like this stuff will be plentiful, in multiple media, and will actually take advantage of the strength of the DCU.

I'll say it again, I am thrilled.

Here is the actual press release.

WARNER BROS. AND DC ENTERTAINMENT
IN PARTNERSHIP WITH MATTEL LAUNCH DC SUPER HERO GIRLS,
A NEW SUPER HERO UNIVERSE DESIGNED JUST FOR GIRLS, SLATED FOR FALL 2015
Mattel to Launch Company’s First Action Figures for Girls
Unprecedented Initiative to Include Digital Content, TV Specials, Made-For-Videos,
Publishing, Toys, Apparel and Other Products
Random House Children’s Books to be Master Publishing Partner
The LEGO Group to be Exclusive Construction Partner
Burbank, Calif. – April 22, 2015 – Beginning in Fall 2015, DC Entertainment, Warner Bros. Animation, Warner Bros. Consumer Products and Mattel join forces to launch DC Super Hero Girls, an exciting new universe of Super Heroic storytelling that helps build character and confidence, and empowers girls to discover their true potential. Featuring DC Comics’ most powerful and diverse line-up of female characters as relatable teens, DC Super Hero Girls will play out across multiple entertainment content platforms and product categories to create an immersive world.
Developed for girls aged 6-12, DC Super Hero Girls centers on the female Super Heroes and Super-Villains of the DC Comics universe during their formative years—prior to discovering their full super power potential. Featuring a completely new artistic style and aesthetic, DC Comics’ icons such as Wonder Woman, Supergirl, Batgirl, Harley Quinn, Bumble Bee, Poison Ivy, Katana and many more make their unprecedented teenaged introduction. Each character has her own storyline that explores what teen life is like as a Super Hero, including discovering her unique abilities, nurturing her remarkable powers and mastering the fundamentals of being a hero.
“DC Entertainment is home to the most iconic and well-known Super Heroes including Wonder Woman, Supergirl and Batgirl,” said Diane Nelson, President of DC Entertainment. “DC Super Hero Girls represents the embodiment of our long-term strategy to harness the power of our diverse female characters. I am so pleased that we are able to offer relatable and strong role models in a unique way, just for girls.”
The initial launch of DC Super Hero Girls in Fall 2015 will include an immersive digital experience, original digital content and digital publishing—providing opportunities for girls to interact with characters, learn about the storylines, and engage in customizable play. TV specials, made-for-videos, toys, apparel, books and other product categories will begin to rollout in 2016.
“Developing a Super Hero franchise exclusively for girls that includes all of the key components of a comprehensive entertainment experience—from content to consumer products—is something we are excited to be doing in conjunction with our great partners,” said Brad Globe, President of Warner Bros. Consumer Products. “It’s really an honor to be part of this cultural moment and to be delivering a concept so rooted in a relatable and empowered theme that the characters of DC Comics are uniquely able to present.”
As master toy licensee, Mattel is collaborating with DC Entertainment, Warner Bros. Animation and Warner Bros. Consumer Products on DC Super Hero Girls’ narrative creation, interactive digital activations and ultimately a toy line launching in 2016. Mattel category-leading firsts include a line of characters for the action figure category, an area of the industry that has been primarily developed with boys in mind, and fashion dolls featuring strong, athletic bodies that stand on their own in heroic poses.
“Partnering with the best and being the best partner is of paramount importance,” said Richard Dickson, President, Chief Operating Officer, Mattel. “Together with Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment, the DC Super Hero Girls franchise will further expand our already powerful girls portfolio. We know Super Hero is a culturally relevant theme and the DC Super Hero Girls franchise will engage and inspire girls, providing cues to explore heroic acts through play and into real life.”
The Random House Books for Young Readers imprint of Random House Children’s Books has been appointed the master publishing partner for the franchise and will be creating a portfolio of books that will bring the DC Super Hero Girls world to life, beginning in Spring 2016. Random House’s publishing program will be complemented by a series of original graphic novels from DC Entertainment. The LEGO Group will also be key to building the DC Super Hero Girls franchise, leveraging their experience and success engaging girls in creative construction play to bolster this universe through an array of LEGO® building sets designed to inspire girls' imaginations. Additionally, consumer products partners around the world will be engaged in creating a merchandise line dedicated to DC Super Hero Girls across all key categories.


10 comments:

Anonymous said...

This is good news, I've always maintained Kara could be part of a good leading edge outreach to younger female readers. But those sneakers?? Yipes! :)

JF

Gene said...

This is good news! Supergirl's costume looks like she is enrolled in a prep school, but I still like it.

Gene

Saranga said...

I love Kara's costume!

Rick Perry said...

I'm gonna have to say I absolutely hate that Supergirl costume!

garyb said...

JF: Well, at least the shoes are not Doc Martins.

I wonder how long this has been in the works, looks to some extent like a reaction to Ms. Marvel. I suspect the negotations pre-date the Burnside Batgirl and the Gotham Academy effort.

In any event, good to see.

Dr. Thinker said...

Looks like Supergirl is making appearance in July's Justice League 3001 -- though her outfit seems to Matrix-ish but her face look a bit like a Sliver Age Kara Zor-El.

Anj said...

Interesting comments! Thanks!

I wonder if the popularity of the SBFFs led to this more expansive idea. My guess is this has been being brokered for a while.

I love the Supergirl look, like she's about to play tennis.

Anonymous said...

"Each character has her own storyline that explores what teen life is like as a Super Hero"

...so long as they DON'T make a hash of it like they have -- TWICE! -- in the comics.
I'm on the "I LIKE IT" for Supergirl's costume. Screams "All American Teen" to me...
but I'll reserve final judgement when this hits the airwaves.

And yeah, regarding SBFF... WHY OH WHY OH WHY OH WHY did they never greenlight more of
this series?!


Regards

Anonymous said...

Looks like it could be fun. But this is probably what Didio meant when he said they "had plans" for Supergirl later this year. This plus the slated appearance of some kind of Supergirl in Justice League in July probably means that we'll not be seeing Kara in the main DC universe for the foreseeable future.

Gerry Beritela

Martin Gray said...

What a great idea, here's hoping the young lads get something to inspire them too.

I had to look up 'Chuck Taylors' - I have to say, they look really stupid with the rest of the costume. Which I don't like, that yellow fringe on the skirt is overwhelming and the collar looks weird.

But again, great idea. Bar Katana, I never liked her, should we be encouraging kids to pick up swords? How about Dr Light to fill that particular diversity spot? A few Global Guardians would be great, too - heck, if they're going to describe Bumblebee as 'iconic'...