Super-Villains will celebrate their first Halloween together with events that include DC Nation, New York Comic Con, a lucky fan sweepstakes, a frightful, fan-favorite DVD release, the corruption of all our youth, and more!
Source: The Source
In celebration of Halloween, DC Comics is preparing a multi-platform push to honor the supervillains of the DC Universe. The campaign, described as "kid-friendly," will shine a spotlight on characters like The Joker, an insane murderer who recently had plastic surgery to replace his face, Lex Luthor, a 1%er who uses his vast wealth and the resources of his corporation to enact his plans for world domination and the destruction of Superman, and Cheetah, a chick who looks like a cat. Not only will kids be encouraged to read about these horrific criminals in various DC Nation comic books and be invited to vote on their favorites in a DC Nation online poll, but lucky children will even be given an opportunity to pose with violent drug addict Bane for a photograph at New York Comic Con.
For some, the promotion is simply a chance for DC Comics and its executive team to reveal their true colors. "Long have I been a fan of DC's villains," said Dan Didio as he finished tying a helpless maiden to some railroad tracks. "Now, the world will finally appreciate them for all of the evil things they do! Bwahahahahaha!"
Others have criticized DC's plans, saying that encouraging children to idolize criminals and killers could have detrimental effect on their development, perhaps causing them to view crime as a viable career option, or to seek out relationships with others who display criminal behavior traits, since said traits would be perceived as exciting and desirable. While these concerns should be treated, like the rest of this article, as baseless hyperbole for now, it must be noted that early polling of fans of Marvel's X-Men franchise, who saw their idol Cyclops turn to villainy over the summer in the Avengers vs. X-Men event, are statistically more than twice as likely to vote for Mitt Romney in the upcoming presidential elections.
Either way, October will be the month of DC villains, so if you're some kind of heartless dickbag who roots for the bad guys, you should probably check out the press release below:
HERE COMES TROUBLE: DC COMICS SUPER-VILLAINS TAKE OVER HALLOWEEN 2012
DC Entertainment Launches Multi-Faceted DC Comics Super-Villain Campaign To Celebrate The Spookiest Time Of The Year
BURBANK, Calif. (October 1, 2012) – From power-hungry aliens to devious, diabolical masterminds, DC Entertainment brings the best of the bad with the launch of a new DC Comics Super-Villains program. An ever-expanding cast of nemeses that defy the world’s greatest Super Heroes, the DC Comics Super-Villains program is geared towards fans of all ages, and will bring the perilous but playful DC Comics villains to life in an annual celebration during the scariest time of the year.
Starring some of the most iconic enemies of all time including The Joker, Lex Luthor, Bane, Sinestro, Black Adam, Black Manta, Bizarro, Captain Cold, and Cheetah, the Super-Villains will celebrate their first Halloween together with a myriad of activities and events that include DC Nation-- Cartoon Networks’ block of animated superhero series, New York Comic Con, a lucky fan sweepstakes, a frightful, fan-favorite DVD release, and more!
Throughout the month of October DC Nation fans will take on the bad guys with a kid-friendly “Know Your Super-Villains” multi-platform campaign. DC Nation comic books will include a “who’s who” guide to over 30 DC Comics Super-Villains and an exclusive Super-Villain mini-poster. Kids can also test their Super-Villain smarts by visiting DCNation.com to take a mastermind quiz, and participate in a poll to select who is best of the bad guys. DC Nation app users will get exclusive access to a full set of DC Comics Super-Villains secret files in a special Halloween collection.
Also beginning today, older fans will have a chance to make out like a bandit with the Super-Villains Big Score Sweepstakes on DCComics.com. Celebrating the best bad guys in the business, the site will also host a month-long Super-Villain website takeover that includes exclusive homepage art by Ryan Sook, the debut and weekly roll-out of Super-Villain character pages, and an entertaining personality quiz lets you discover which type of super-villain you’re most like. In addition, one grand prize winner will win Super-Villain themed prizes including cool merchandise, collectibles and a special selection of publishing titles.
DC Entertainment will also give fans the chance to be one of the Super-Villains at New York Comic Con with a special green screen photo-op at the DC Entertainment booth (#1238). Fans attending the annual event, taking place at Javits Center on October 11-14, can strike their most evil pose alongside Bane, The Joker, Lex Luthor and more in the exclusive interactive photo booth, and take home their own Super-Villain cover as a spooky souvenir.
The Super-Villain celebration also continues as the Super-Villains DVD collection arrives on October 16. A two-disc collection, DC Comics Super-Villains: The Joker’s Last Laugh brings together for the first time 13 action-packed animated episodes of the Clown Prince Of Crime’s most devious schemes.