Pop culture is a never-ending world of updates, teases, trailers, and hopefully releases. What’s New Wednesday is Dorkaholics’ way to keep us all up to date with what’s new across comics, tv, film, games, and more! This week, the focus is on The Flash, What’s Love Got To Do With It?, HBO Max’s partnership with Gold House for AAPI Heritage Month, and some of the most expensive Batman memorabilia available for purchase online.
- The Flash: 2nd Trailer Drops
The newest trailer for The Flash begins with narration from Bruce Wayne about the impact of the loss of his parents, how that pain came to define his life, and the futility of trying to bring back his parents by fighting crime. But in an instant, it’s revealed that these are the words of not Ben Affleck’s Bruce Wayne, but Michael Keaton. And at the same time, he utters “But you did” to Barry Allen, highlighting this major difference – The Flash is a hero who does have the ability to undo the wrongs of his past via time travel.
The trailer includes dialogue from Sasha Calle’s Kara Zor-El (Supergirl) who expresses her empathy towards Barry’s situation, losing both parents in one day as his mother was murdered and his father lost his life to an unfair justice system.
Ben Affleck’s Bruce Wayne appears and shares his own words of wisdom, stating that “these scars we have make us who we are… we’re not meant to go back and fix them… don’t let your tragedy define you.” It’s safe to say, this film is going to be about Barry not listening to Bruce on this matter.
Catch #TheFlashMovie in theaters starting June 16, 2023.
- HBO Max: Gold House Partnership for AAPI Heritage Month
HBO Max announced a partnership with Gold House, the leading platform uniting, promoting, and investing in Asian Pacific creators and companies.
“We know that the narratives in media shape how we see ourselves and the world around us. That’s the power of storytelling — and why accurate representation is critical in every step leading to what’s seen on and off screen,” said Jeremy Tran, COO of Gold House. “We’re excited to work with HBO Max to elevate our stories, celebrate our diversity, and uplift our communities.”
This partnership will promote affirming Asian Pacific storytelling as well as advance socioeconomic outcomes for the Asian Pacific community, and kick off in New York with a celebration of Asian Pacific women and non-binary leaders across different industries. This inspiring event will feature a panel with Oliva Cheng and Dianne Doan from Warrior, author and filmmaker Geena Rocero, VP of HBO Documentary Programming Tina Nguyen, Squarespace CMO Kinjil Mathur, and moderated by host and journalist Neha Joy.
“We’re thrilled to announce our year long partnership with Gold House to kick off AAPI Heritage Month and honor some of the most influential Asian Pacific women and non-binary leaders across industries,” said Jackie Gagne, Senior Vice President of Multicultural Marketing at Warner Bros. Discovery. “We look forward to showcasing the diversity, range, and vibrancy of AAPI communities while promoting exceptional, bold, and emerging talent.”
- What’s Love Got to Do With It? Arrives in US Theaters This Friday
What’s Love Got To Do With It? Arrives in US theaters this Friday, May 4, 2023. Stay tuned for interviews Dorkaholics conducted with Shazad Latif and Shekhar Kapur.
Synopsis: How do you find lasting love in today’s world? For documentary-maker and dating app addict Zoe (Lily James), swiping right has only delivered an endless stream of Mr. Wrongs, to her eccentric mother Cath’s (Emma Thompson) dismay. For Zoe’s childhood friend and neighbor Kaz (Shazad Latif), the answer is to follow his parents’ example and opt for an arranged (or “assisted”) marriage to a bright and beautiful bride from Pakistan. As Zoe films his hopeful journey from London to Lahore to marry a stranger, chosen by his parents, she begins to wonder if she might have something to learn from a profoundly different approach to finding love.
- Three of the Most Expensive Collectibles a Batman Fan Can Purchase
For those who are looking to not only be a fan of Batman, but also to follow in the playboy billionaire spending habits of Bruce Wayne, look no further. I’ve found the three most expensive Batman statues available on Entertainment Earth.
Honorable Mention: Batman Detective Comics #1000 Deluxe Bonus Edition Museum Masterline 1:3 Scale Statue $1,609.99 [ONLY ONE LEFT!]
Last time I checked, there’s only one item left for this 41-inch statue of Batman inspired by Detective Comics #1000 by Jason Fabok. Click here to see the product page.
Description: This Deluxe Version of Jason Fabok’s Batman can switch between the classic yellow oval chest logo and the newer gold-outlined bat symbol. Furthermore, not only does it come with the two swappable heads of the regular version (one can have Batman scanning the Gotham City skyline, and with the other, he’s looking down on a likely criminal), but it also features a grizzled Batman head with trademark Fabok-styled 5 o‘clock shadow, looking toward his left, and a cleaner-cut but still furious Batman head, looking to his right. Finally, as if that were not enough, there’s also an impressive headstand to display the extra head of your choice on a bust of Batman. But again, that’s not all!
This Deluxe Bonus Version also includes an A4 size bonus art print, hand signed by Jason Fabok. Don’t let this iconic interpretation and landmark celebration of Batman slip through your fingers. Get it for your collection today!
3rd Place Joker Batsuit Concept Design by Jorge Jimenez Museum Masterline Statue $2,049.99
If you’ve read the comics, you’ll recognize this Joker-Batman mashup from Batman #99, The Joker War arc. For context, Joker has stolen the Future Batsuit that Alfred made for Batman, note: Alfred has been dead, so this is cruel on so many different levels. Click here to see the product page.
This massive Batman statue is inspired by Detective Comics #1000 but features a blue toned Batsuit for the cowl and cape. It also comes with two interchangeable chest pieces and four swappable heads for a variety of different looks of an iconic moment. Click here to see the product page.
1st Place DC Comics Batman vs. Joker Deluxe Ultimate Museum Masterline 1:3 Scale Statue $3,461.99
Calling this the Deluxe Ultimate is no joke, as it features the Dark Knight taking on the Clown Prince of Crime in a massive 43” x 37” x 33” statue. Each character comes with two additional heads that are swappable. Click here to see the product page.
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