Batman Merch: Bane shirts aren’t TDKR but they’re better than the first wave of Dark Knight Rises stuff we’ve seen
There is a folder on our harddrive in the Gotham Trending office called “Merchandise Hell.” We’re not proud of the title, but the fact is nobody wants to follow those links and write up bits on the New 52 busts, the latest round of Arkham City figures, or DC Direct’s 12″ statues for The Dark Knight Rises.
It’s not just that a lot of the stuff is hideous, it’s not just that DC was obviously kept in the dark about Catwoman’s real TDKR costume but didn’t let that stop them since they went into production on last summer’s first photo with the goggles and no ears, it’s not just that Pop Heroes vinyl Bane looks like her cat’s chew toy, it’s that no item is so horrible that the article, blog or website won’t fawn over it. One or two of these embarrassments to the fandom can be shrugged off, but a steady diet is a strain.
You can imagine our delight, then, at this set of Bane-inspired t-shirts from Superhero Hype. They’re all based on the comic book Bane from Knightfall, but they’re nice shirts. There’s nothing wrong with them. I just ordered a “Got Venom.”
More than offering up a nice collection of shirts, they have restored our faith in the fandom. Not everyone is still chugging that year-old Kool-Ade that Anne Hathaway is playing Selina Kyle who isn’t Catwoman.