DCWorld in my community : Introducing Tyler Cox

One of the many wonderful things about being in a fandom, especially the Gotham one you get to meet unique individuals. I have been fortunate to interact with fans from around the globe through social media and then finally meeting up at conventions. I would like to introduce you to Tyler Cox 19, who like myself lives in Plymouth Uk, I have been constantly impressed by Tyler’s Cosplay and his natural enthusiasm for the television series Gotham.

Why did I decide to interview Tyler? I could of gone to my local comic shop and discuss the DC Universe with the owners, but I wanted to give an opportunity to a person who has recently discovered a passion for dressing up as some of his favourite characters.

What inspired you to start doing Cosplay?

It was because of the Walking Dead television series. I joined a Facebook page called Cosplaying dead, there was a really good cosplay of Glen and I thought I would like to try this. So my first Cosplay was hippy Sam, played by Robin Lord Taylor in season 4 and one episode in season 5. Walker Stalker convention was my first that I cosplayed at.

Who is your favourite character to Cosplay?

*answers with no hesitation * The Penguin.

Why is the Penguin from Gotham your favourite ?

Well I think he’s a really good character and everyone seems to like him when I do Cosplay him. Because I have done really small characters in the past, no one really knows who you are, but with Penguin I get people wanting to have their photograph taken with me at Heroes and Villains Fan Fest London which is so weird but very exciting to see everyone’s reactions.

When you Cosplayed Hippy Sam did any recognise you were that character?

No, no one did except for the people I told. They were like ah yes. Even the actress who plays Carol who I had my photograph taken with didn’t recognise my Cosplay,*laughs* it didn’t matter though Melissa McBride was still amazing to meet.

Which of your Cosplays has been the easiest to put together?

Probably the twelfth doctor which I currently cosplayed at LFCC. I already had the white shirt and jacket which i used from The Penguin. My shoes and my waistcoat are from work. The Sonic screwdriver was easy to find, a very quick Cosplay to put together.

What was the hardest Cosplay to put together?

There Is a jumper that Oswald Cobblepot wears in season 3. That was very hard to find, but you helped me find that one. I saw someone else wearing one at the convention over the weekend, unfortunately I didn’t get a chance to speak to the person and have my photo taken with them. Penguins jumper is also the most expensive, but I also really like the jumper.

There was a lot more Cosplay LFCC, very random and a lot of DC, especially Batman.

Do you attend conventions to specifically do Cosplay?

I do, but I like to meet guests as well. At LFCC there was only Emily Kinney and Steven Yeun from the Walking Dead. Sunday I decided to cosplay The Penguin with my friends who were also doing characters from Gotham. We had The Riddler there in a great costume, which was exciting. The group of people I was with on the Sunday, I met at Heroes and Villains back in May, we all became friends really quickly. I wish we all lived a bit closer so we can meet up on a regular basis.

What Positive reactions have you received?

It has all been positive, there has been no negatives that I know of. It has all been good with people I have met and had my photograph taken with, saying that I look like the Penguin which I thank them for. Robin Lord Taylor has been the best about it. I would never of thought he would of recognised me the first time we met in Blackpool. It was the Friday night at the round table meet and greet, Robin came up to me and said you must be Tyler I was so shocked. He really is the best, I have had lots of great feedback and support. Also Jordon Woods-Robinson who plays Eric in The Walking Dead retweets and responses which is also encouraging. I have not met Jordan yet, hopefully he will come to Walker Stalker next year.

What Future character Cosplays would you like to do?

I would like to do a character that Robin played in the film Doll in the Dark, Dukken. Also Julian from the film Would you Rather. It would be good to have different photographs with Robin, hopefully he will attend Heroes and Villains next year. Finding the right colour suit especially for the character of Julian should be easy. Future cosplay for The Penguin will depend on how his style changes for season 4 of Gotham. I recently changed the white shirt to a black one because I noticed that’s what he was wearing towards the end of season 3. Adding Penguins cane, with the Penguin head that is removable, I am also hoping he will have a weaponised umbrella soon Oswald needs that.

Are you a fan of the DC Universe?

I am definitely a fan of DC, much more then Marvel. The first comic book film I saw was The Dark Knight Rises, and I have been a fan ever since. I really like the characters a lot more, the DC Universe has better villains and I prefer the darker grittier stories.

Have you seen all the Batman films?

I have now seen the earlier Batman films with Michael Keaton. Christian Bale was good, actually was my favourite then I watched the Michael Keaton in the two films he did, he then became my favourite. I also think Val Kilmer did a good job. Really looking forward to watching the Justice League when it gets released in November, Cyborg looks like a really cool interesting character.

Would you like to be a professional Cosplayer?

It would be cool for sure but it would be strange at the same time. Going to a convention as a guest would be amazing but I would not want to charge people for photographs and autographs.

Has anyone approached you for advice on Cosplay?

Not yet.

I am sure they will!

If people want to get into cosplay then they should just go for it, no matter what gender you are you can dress up as anyone you want to be. I could decide to cosplay Wonder Woman if I wanted to, it doesn’t matter. In the cosplay community everyone is equal. For advice in where you can get Cosplay outfits from there is a website call Cosplay Sky, they do lots of good costumes. My friend purchased SuperGirl, another friend got The Flash. It’s all made to order really excellent quality. My Arkham Asylum outfit came with a top to go underneath which I originally thought it was to protect my skin, then I realised the character Jerome from season 2 of Gotham wore his Arkham suit undone at the top. Amazon and EBay also do a great range of jackets and ties without costing you a lot of money.

What Villain would you be in the DC World?

That’s an easy one I would definitely would want to be The Penguin.

What Hero would you be in the DC World?

I would choose Batman, but I really like The Flash too. The musical episode they recently did in the series of The Flash was very good. Grant Gustin has an excellent singing voice.

I would like to thank Tyler for his time it was great fun. All of us at DCWorld wish you lots of success with your Cosplays in the future.

FACEBOOK EXCLUSIVE: MCM Comic Con Manchester Competition

Thanks to our friends over at MCM Comic Con, we are pleased to announce we have 2 tickets to give away for the whole MCM Manchester weekend!

All you need to do is like our Facebook page and the below post before this coming Saturday to be in with a chance of winning!

If you win this prize you will have the chance to meet legends of TV such as Arrow’s Deathstroke, Manu Bennett!

We must point out that no photos or autographs are included in this prize, These are general admission tickets for Saturday AND Sunday!

Good luck, and we look forward to you entering, and hopefully meeting us there!

Young Justice : Teenage Kicks Again

It’s official: DC and WB are bringing the fan-favourite animated series Young Justice to life. The long awaited third season, called Young Justice: Outsiders, will air on the brand-new DC streaming service, whose name has not been announced yet, in 2018.

There is something quite delightful about DC’s recent expansion across media. The cinematic universe is rich, solid (for the most part), and reached new heights with the record-smashing Wonder Woman. On TV, DC titles have conquered both die hard comics fans and TV buffs alike with the live-action adventures of the (Green) Arrow, The Flash, Supergirl and Legends of Tomorrow. Their comic titles have been steadily good and complex, and foster talents like Scott Snyder, Greg Capullo (Batman), Marguerite Bennett (Bombshells) or Babs Tarr (Batgirl).

One medium tends to be overlooked by critics and the public, and this is the one where, in my opinion, DC excels: the animated genre. And Young Justice is among DC’s best work.

Running for two seasons on Cartoon Network from 2010 to 2013, Young Justice (created by Brandon Vietti and Greg Weisman) focuses on a group of young DC sidekicks and their attempts at saving the world while their adult counterparts are busy with Justice League duties. Loosely based on the Teen Titans and Young Justice comics, and staying true to its roots, the show introduces the original members of the squad, Speedy, Kid Flash, Aqualad and Robin, which are joined by Superboy and later in the first season, Artemis and Miss Martian, all eager to prove themselves as superheroes despite their age. The show successfully explores issues revolving around family, identity, belonging, and first love through fully written and very engaging characters. Artemis’ storyline reveals a lonely but fierce and loyal archer, torn between the good (the Young Justice league) and the bad (her family – Sportsman and Cheshire – ally with the main antagonist, The Light), while Miss Martian deals with fear of revealing her true nature, and Superboy struggles to find his place in the world (having been artificially created by Cadmus / the members of The Light). The two later embark in a complicated romance in the first season.

Young Justice is also ambitious enough to surprise viewers with flash forwards. Season 2 opened five years after the events in the season 1 finale, introducing a whole lot of new team members (Beast Boy, Wonder Girl) and allowing its main characters to grow and become young adults. Dick Grayson gave up the Robin alter ego for the Nightwing mantra, while Artemis and Aqualad join forces on a life-changing undercover mission. The season had a much darker tone and style, and a much tighter writing, resulting in a strong fanbase –the show was often praised for its mature angle and complex yet resonating storylines. Young Justice could appeal to anyone, regardless of their age, gender, and brought the best of the comics world on screen, on a weekly basis, when the superhero shows weren’t the norm but rather the exception.

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With such critical acclaim and high ratings (the series finale, “Endgame”, was the top-rated show on Cartoon Network on the week of its airing), the announcement of Young Justice’ s cancellation in January 2013, after 46 episodes, came as a shock. Despite great fan mobilisation around the world, a potential revival was only discussed in early 2016, with rumours of Netflix being involved in a third season.

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With DC now venturing in the streaming market, it’s the perfect time for a Young Justice revival. The audience is here and ready for more, and this is a great opportunity to explore unfinished storylines and to give a glimpse of what normal life means to young superhero adults…2018 cannot come soon enough.

POLL RESULTS: What you want most in Arrow!

A few days ago we put it to the public to decide what you wanted most in Arrow. It is now that time to discuss the results and show you what the DC World public want most and love from Arrow.

Oliver & Felicity to get married

queen smoak wedding

The first option was for Oliver & Felicity to get married versus the return of Laurel Lance. Surprisingly, a staggering 95% of you would prefer to see Oliver & Felicity get married in Season 6. Looks like wedding should most definitely be on the cards this season!

Deathstroke to return as a series regular


The second gave you the choice between Deathstroke returning as a season regular, or getting his own spin off series.

Again, perhaps surprisingly, 63% of you would prefer to see Deathstroke back as a season regular in the next season of Arrow!

Arsenal to return as a series regular

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This one gave us the option between Arsenal or Tommy Merlyn returning as a season regular. Of course most of you want Roy Harper back in Team Arrow next season, surely there was no competition! A stonking 74% of you said that you would prefer to see Roy donning the red leather again next season!

Adrian Chase the best all-time villain

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This one gave us the option between Deathstroke, Chase, Ra’s Al Ghul and Damien Darhk as the best villain from the shows previous seasons. Chase got a large lead on this one, with a brilliant 62%, with only Deathstroke coming close with 29% of your vote.

Oliver Queen to remain how he is

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For years many Arrow fans have groaned and moaned that it is very far from the comic version of the character. Therefore, I was pretty shocked to see that a thrilling 95% of you would prefer to see Queen stay as he is in season 6, rather than move towards a closer version of the comic book character. Amazing!

Felicity Smoak is your favourite Team Arrow character

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This one gave us the option between every member of Team Arrow, but who was your favourite. Felicity won with just under half of the votes at 47%. Arrow came in second with 31% of the vote. Unfortunately nobody else came close, but feel sorry for Wild Dog, Mr Terrific and Ragman, all of whom got no votes at all!

CHARITY AUCTION: Robin Lord Taylor signed photo

Our team members were ready and raring out at Heroes & Villains London this past May, getting autographs and photos with the greats from our DC TV shows, including Robin Lord Taylor.

However, upon meeting Robin, our resident Social Media and Marketing Manager, Rachel McCosker told him of her love and passion for cats, a loved shared by the man himself.

Rachel told Robin all about her previous employment with Cats Protection and how she loves cats and has a great interest in their behaviour. It was at this point that Robin very kindly donated a photo of himself, signed there and then, and told her to use it to raise money for Cats Protection.

charity auction signed by robin lord taylor

This auction begins today and will end in 2 weeks time, on the 25th July 2017. To enter, you need to go over to Twitter, and direct message Rachel on @MissRachy_X with your bid and your full name, so that she can register your bid. The highest bidder will be announced shortly after the 25th of this month.

This is your chance to pick up a very special photo signed by the man himself, Robin Lord Taylor and raise money for a very worthy cause that has his seal of approval!

POLL : The contentious issue of Arrow

For many a moon now, Arrow (The TV Show) has been a contentious issue amongst DC Fans. Many of the fans of the TV show love everything about, even the things that don’t follow the narrative of the comics, such as Felicity and Arrow. Others very much don’t see the point in Felicity and would much rather see the story based on the comics with Dina Laurel Lance and Oliver Queen.

Many of us didn’t enjoy the magical side to Season 4, and most of us preferred this season’s villain, Adrian Chase, over the previous, Damien Darhk.

Here at DC World, we want to find out what you feel about Arrow. Which villain was your favourite?, which member of Team Arrow is/was the best? What scenarios would you rather see happen in the future? You can tell us in our first official DC World poll.

We are gathering the opinions of the world of the DC, with our upcoming Hall of Fame being a big part of that.

However, we thought we would start off early, by finding out your opinions on arguably the biggest argument subject amongst DC TV fans right now. Arrow! We can’t wait to see your thoughts!

Joker – A White Knight rises in the new Batman comic

Why does it feel so good to be bad? For decades we have known the Joker to be an over-the-top, sadistic villain. Turns out he won’t be bad. He’ll be good. Looks like the infamous Joker will turn over a new leaf in Sean Gordon Murphy’s new comic series Batman: White Knight. Are we finally going to see a good side of the Joker? According to Murphy, Batman and the Joker will trade places in a surprising new storyline. Murphy’s comic Batman: White Knight, will reverse the roles of superhero and villain. Our beloved Batman becomes a villain, while the one you love to hate (the Joker) will be the unexpected hero of Gotham City, accompanied by DC’s ever-irresistible partner in crime, Harley Quinn.

Sean Gordon Murphy is best known for his work on Batman/Scarecrow: Year One, Teen Titans, Hellblazer: City of Demons and Tokyo Ghoul. Murphy is currently working on his solo Batman project and judging by the sketches he’s been teasing us with on Twitter, we think this is going to be good. So good. Since the news broke about Murphy’s new project, the Twitterverse has been throwing him questions left, right and centre. One fan asked if Nightwing would make an appearance and Murphy gave us just the answer we needed, “Nightwing is in this. And so is his perky butt.” Murphy also teased that there will be a big reveal regarding Harley. Is she still criminal or is she “cured”? He answered “Yes and no.” OK, puddin’s, I don’t know about you, but this is enough to send my geeky bones tingling with excitement.

Murphy also teased in a recent tweet, “My Batman story makes it OK to have a crush on Joker!” Crushing on Harley I get, but the Joker, not so much. Batman: White Knight will delve deep into real-world issues while the Joker takes on the role of a politician, campaigning to be the new ‘protector’ of Gotham City. After being cured of his absurdity, the Joker realises that Batman is just another contributor to Gotham’s rising crime. We are so used to films and comics where the Joker is portrayed as the villain and Batman is the masked hero. But this version of Batman will see our Dark Knight fall, while a White Knight rises. Move over Batman, there’s a new saviour in town.

The new mini-series will be available from October 4. I’m ready, are you?

ANNOUNCEMENT: DCWorld Hall of Fame

We are very excited to announce the DC World Hall of Fame. This will give us the ability to show our love for the characters, actors, actresses, writers and illustrators that we love most from DC.

For the past few years, DC World has been growing at a steady pace. This is due to the dedication and passion of the man that started it all, Paul Edwards. In 2016, I started doing some bits for DCWorld through management and design of the website.

Then in June this year, Paul and I decided that it would be a good idea to get some writers on board. We recruited a great bunch who have the same passion for DC that we have.

We now have a steady team of around 10 people spanning from U.S.A through the UK and to the other side of the world in Australia. We intend to keep on growing.

This is why we are now bringing to you the Hall of Fame, part of the next phase of life for DCWorld.

Here is how it will work.

  • – Each member of the DCWorld team will nominate one DC entity (a character, actor, actress, writer, illustrator etc.) to be put up for the Month’s semi-final. The first will begin on the 1st August 2017.
  • – Once somebody has been nominated for a month’s semi-final, they cannot be put up again until the next year. So, if I nominated George Clooney for this month (why on earth would I do that?) then nobody in our team would be able to nominate him again until next year, even if he lost his months semi-final.
  • – We will post a poll on the website, where everybody in the DC World community, will vote for their favourite until the end of the month.
  • – At the end of that month the votes will be counted, and the winner of the month’s semi final we be entered into the final. This will take place from 1st December – 31st December, winner being announced 1st January 2018.
  • This will happen each month until December, where all of the winners will be put up against each other. You, the people, will decide who wins and enters the DC World Hall of Fame!

Each month we will be posting about the entrants, monthly winners and more. You will get a real insight into some DC entities that you may not know about. The reasoning behind this is for us all to show appreciation to the best of the DC Universe. It will allow us to learn about elements of the DC Universe that we might not know about (hey, nobody can know everything). Also, it is a chance for you guys to all play a big part in the future of DC World.

There are Hall of Fame’s for many things across the world of media. These include for actors, wresters in World Wrestling Entertainment, Football, Dance and more. We want to be able to do our bit to build a collation of the best that DC Comics has to offer.

Whether it’s the fun of the late Adam West or the heroics of Black Canary, we will be proud to start building up a Hall of Fame. It will allow us to appreciate those things about DC that our followers love best.

We have many other things plans for later in the year. When the TV shows are back on our screens, when the Justice League movie hits and onwards into the next year too – so watch out. We hope you stay with us as we begin the road to pushing DC World even further. Sincerely, we hope that you enjoy building the Hall of Fame for all involved with DC Comics.

Although we wish to honour our heroes of DC Comics, we must point out that this is the Official DCWorld Hall of Fame, but it is in no way connected to DC Comics. We are a fan community and our Hall of Fame will be entirely chosen by you, the DC Comics fans!

The world of DC Comics toys, figurines and collectors items

There have long been a raft of DC Comics toys for children, and collector items for adults but since the growth of the ‘superhero’ genre on TV and film there have been more and more released by multiple companies with official DC licensing.

Jada Toys have just announced their Die cast figurine collection, which includes heroes from DC and Marvel alike. The figures come in at around 1.65 inches and as the title suggests, they are made from diecast metal, so are much more a collectors item than a toy. You can find them online on multiple websites.

Yamato toys have released a statue of Wonder Woman to coincide with the release of the movie at cinemas a while ago. The statue has amazing detail and is something definitely for your collection if you are a Wonder Woman fan.

wonder woman statue

Another range of collectors items that i discovered over the weekend by pure chance are the Q-Pop DC collection. These state on the box that they are an adult collectors item and not for children. They are super cool, and represent a range of DC history including the late Adam West’s Batman, amongst many others. You can currently pick these up in B&M stores in the UK for a fraction of the recommended price.

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Of course there are the usual DC collectors items such as Funko who many people, including myself, get addicted to after buying their first. You can buy Funko’s and many other DC related figures and toys from our friends over at Grt4Toys.

If you are a fan of DC, or even Marvel, then they are the place to checkout for all your toy and collector needs!. You can also send them a tweet at @Grt4Toys to find out more about their shop and what they stock!

DC Rebirth brings an Asian Superman to the forefront

DC Comics has long had characters from the Asian continent including Atom (Ryan Choi), Rising Sun, Katana and Lynx. But the rebirth comics has bought a new kind of character for Asia to be proud of and look up to.

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Superman has long been a character in DC Comics, mainly the moniker of Daily Planet’s Clark Kent. It has also been the other side to DC characters such as Hank Henshaw, Kal Kent and Jon Henry Irons to name but a few others. But the latest Superman could be seen as somewhat a surprise.

Bring forwards the new superman, Kong Kenan – the Chinese Superman. He makes the first Superman of non American nationality (not including when Superman renounced his American citizenship in Action Comics) and takes on a well known hero badge that Asian children and adults alike can aspire to be like.

Kong Kenan (known in the west as Kenan Kong) started his life as a bully at his school in Shanghai. Kenan had made lives hell for a long time, and his Father was not happy when he got the status of superhero – noting that his son did not really care for justice.

Kong Kenan - Superman

Kenan was put into a chamber at the Chinese ministry of self reliance building, that gave him all the powers of the original Superman from America. And that is where the story really begins.

To find out more about this new take on Superman, you will want to read the comics which can be purchased online via Amazon or most comic book shops. Personally we think it’s great that DC are giving other nationalities a bash at the big-time super hero status, as it’s not just American’s that can save the world!