Warner Bros. Consumer Products Launches Out-of-This-World Licensing Program for “Man of Steel”
Burbank, CA – As the legendary DC Comics Super Hero comes to the big screen, Warner Bros. Consumer Products has teamed up with an impressive slate of global licensees for a broad, multi-category licensing program to support the highly anticipated action-adventure film “Man of Steel,” a production of Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures. Directed by Zack Snyder and produced by Charles Roven, Christopher Nolan, Emma Thomas and Deborah Snyder, “Man of Steel” soars into theaters on June 14, 2013.
In anticipation of “Man of Steel,” global master toy licensee Mattel unveils its vast toy line, including action figures, vehicles, playsets and collectible figures, highlighted by the fan-favorite and much-anticipated Movie Masters line, which captures the superior accuracy and details of the film’s characters. Mattel will also introduce “Man of Steel” QuickShots, a new way to play with Superman, incorporating elements of flight and strength into the toy. Also supporting “Man of Steel” are global licensees such as LEGO, with exciting construction sets inspired by memorable scenes from the film; and Rubie’s Costume Co., with a new line of “Man of Steel”-inspired costumes and accessories for both kid and adult fans.
“With a Super Hero as iconic and beloved as Superman, it is no surprise that fans worldwide are excited for Zack Snyder’s new vision of this classic story,” said Brad Globe, president, Warner Bros. Consumer Products. “We are thrilled to be a part of the phenomenon as we work closely with our licensees to offer fans a variety of products that bring ‘Man of Steel’ to the world beyond the big screen.”
Additional toys, games, and collectibles partners bringing the “Man of Steel” products to life include Thinkway Toys, with a full role-play line, interactive figure and other engaging toys; Jakks Pacific, with a 31-inch collectible Superman figure; and Cardinal Industries, with games and puzzles; among many other licensees. Enthusiasts also won’t want to miss statues from Sideshow Collectibles; authentic prop replicas from The Noble Collection; an 18-inch articulated figure from NECA; fun, stylized plush and vinyl figures from Funko; and high-end creations from Kotobukiya and SquareEnix.
The roster of licensees includes a number of categories, ranging from apparel and accessories, to stationery and publishing. Perennial partner Bioworld brings a line of “Man of Steel”-inspired apparel and accessories, utilizing a number of graphics and icons; high-end t-shirt label Kinetix offers statement S-Shield t-shirts; New Era Cap Company with a range of hats; and Under Armour with high-end sportswear. Publishers include Insight Editions, with an official “Man of Steel” guide and a behind-the-scenes look at the film; Titan Books, with the film’s official novelization; and HarperCollins, with a range of children’s books based on “Man of Steel.” Additional licensees include Mead Westvaco, Hallmark, Bakery Crafts, and many more.
Around the world, a number of licensees have started to celebrate the debut of “Man of Steel” with offerings in their local markets. Throughout the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region, partners supporting “Man of Steel” include TV Mania, FCUK, Prenatal, Aquarapid, Leomil and many others, with fun designs in apparel and accessories. D’Arpčje and Maverix offer tons of outdoor fun with “Man of Steel” outdoor products; while Pyramid, Proburo, and Cartorama bring the fun indoors, with themed back-to-school and paper products. In Asia and Australia, fans can listen in style with gavio’s “Man of Steel” digital lifestyle collection, or collect their favorite scent with the Heat Group’s “Man of Steel” eau du toilette, among other fun products. In Latin America, apparel from Aurimoda and Distribuidora de Textiles Avante is sure to delight, and kids can’t wait to get back-to-school with fun items from Targmex.
Products inspired by the film will be available at retailers worldwide, and at www.WBShop.com.
About “Man of Steel”:
From Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures comes “Man of Steel,” starring Henry Cavill in the role of Clark Kent/Superman, under the direction of Zack Snyder. The film also stars Amy Adams, Michael Shannon, Kevin Costner, Diane Lane, Laurence Fishburne, Antje Traue, Ayelet Zurer, Christopher Meloni, and Russell Crowe. “Man of Steel” is produced by Charles Roven, Christopher Nolan, Emma Thomas and Deborah Snyder. The screenplay was written by David S. Goyer from a story by Goyer and Nolan, based upon Superman characters created by Jerry Siegel & Joe Shuster and published by DC Entertainment. Thomas Tull, Lloyd Phillips and Jon Peters are serving as executive producers. The film opens beginning on June 14, 2013, and will be distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.
About Warner Bros. Consumer Products:
Warner Bros. Consumer Products, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company, is one of the leading licensing and retail merchandising organizations in the world.
About DC Entertainment:
DC Entertainment, home to iconic brands DC Comics (Superman, Batman, Green Lantern, Wonder Woman, The Flash), Vertigo (Sandman, Fables) and MAD, is the creative division charged with strategically integrating its content across Warner Bros. Entertainment and Time Warner. DC Entertainment works in concert with many key Warner Bros. divisions to unleash its stories and characters across all media, including but not limited to film, television, consumer products, home entertainment and interactive games. Publishing thousands of comic books, graphic novels and magazines each year, DC Entertainment is the largest English-language publisher of comics in the world. In January 2012, DC Entertainment, in collaboration with Warner Bros. and Time Warner divisions, launched We Can Be Heroes—a giving campaign featuring the iconic Justice League Super Heroes—to raise awareness and funds to fight the hunger crisis in the Horn of Africa.
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