Batman Merch: The Batman Files
There have been a number of document-based Batman features over the years. The Secret Files series DC Comics put out in the 1990s come to mind, but they were simple comic books. The newly released The Batman Files by Matthew Manning presents documents about Batman in a slick hardcover binder made to make collectors drool.
Top secret blueprints of the Batcave, Batmobiles, etc. Original Gotham City newspaper articles In-depth villain dossiers and Arkham Asylum psychiatric profiles File Printouts from the Batcomputer itself and much much more
Unearthed from the depths of the Batcave by Mathew K. Manning, The Batman Files begins with Wayne’s childhood drawings and continues along a time line of significant events in Batman’s life. Complete and authentic in every way possible, all of Batman’s friends and foes–from Poison Ivy, Catwoman, the Riddler, and Penguin, to the Joker, Batgirl, Mr. Freeze, and of course, Robin–appear throughout the dossier to provide a framework of the Caped Crusader’s entire career.
Completely outlining Batman’s war on crime, The Batman Files includes in-depth computer files, news articles, crime scene photos, blueprints, schematics, and actual maps of Gotham City that were collected, and in many cases even drawn, by the Caped Crusader himself.
High production values include black matte gilding, as well as a high-tech fabric cover–complete with a metallic Batman emblem to secure the secret contents within. Each detail of Batman’s life is carefully and faithfully detailed with the involvement of DC Comics inside The Batman Files–destined to be the must-have gift for every avid Batman fan and collector.
Of course, Batman fans who care what they get for their money have learned to be cautious before plunking down hard earned cash on anything with the DC Comics logo on it. “What Batman is this?” we might ask:
The presence of Zatanna listed among Bruce Wayne’s boyhood friends is a red flag, as it could mean Paul Dini’s influence. Having just been ripped off on Arkham City, I won’t be buying another high ticket item until I know for sure what I’m getting,” said a Facebook would-be buyer.
“I see Commissioner Loeb in one of the documents. That indicates Batman Begins/Christopoher Nolan continuity.”
“Sorry Pal, I see Tommy Elliot, Vesper Fairchild, this is definitely got major contamination from the comics, recent comics. Smart money says wait and pick it up used.”
(The listed cover price is $100 US but is already selling on Amazon for $54, less than the used copies available.)
There have been hardcover Batman merch over the years, mostly collections of short stories, such as the Forensic Files of Batman, which conveyed an astonishing amount of introductory forensic science in the form of Batman adventures which illustrated the World’s Greatest Detective actually acting like a detective, an aspect that sadly lacking in most Dark Knight fare.