- This article is about the theme. For the company, see DC Comics. For the sets from 2006-2008, see Batman (Theme).
DC Comics, previously known as DC Universe, is a subtheme of Super Heroes introduced in December 2011. Preview edition Batman and Green Lantern minifigures were given away at the 2011 San-Diego Comic Con. In addition to Batman and Green Lantern, Superman was also given out at the New York City Comic-Con.
Sets in the DC Comics theme mostly revolve around Batman and his rogues gallery, but other heroes such as Superman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Flash and Green Lantern have appeared, although only Superman actually has some foes from his series that appears in a box set (Lex Luthor, Brainiac, Darkseid and General Zod). However, in 2015, Lego started making sets for heroes besides Batman and Superman. Currently, Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, Aquaman, and Flash are the only heroes who have had their enemies appear in sets.
Most of the sets are very similar to sets from the previous Batman theme, but are now fully comic-based and have a more colourful and cartoony approach to the source material, as opposed to the darker colours used in the original theme, which was mostly based on Batman: The Animated Series (a popular Batman cartoon from the nineties). Many of the minifigures from the original theme which were based on their animated series counterparts (such as The Joker, Harley Quinn, Poison Ivy, and Two-Face), and have been changed to resemble a comic-inspired iteration. Characters who already were based on the comic books (such as Catwoman, Bane, and The Riddler) have changed the least, only being updated with new prints, and colours (and in Riddler's case, a new mould, the Small Clown's bowler hat).
Most characters colour schemes have remained the same, except for Two-Face's, which has drastically changed from white and black to orange and purple. Batman's vehicles frequently use black and yellow where the original ones would use black and gold; he also occasionally uses a light grey and dark blue coloured vehicle.
While in the original Batman sets, many villains would carry guns, most of the villains in DC Universe don't have guns at all, the exception being The Joker who even then has his false "BANG" gun.
While many of the structures in Batman would use dark colours like grey, black, and brown, the three structures released in DC Universe: Joker, Riddler, and Harley Quinn's funhouse, a bank, and The Batcave, are generally more colourful; The Funhouse mixes the colour schemes of all three villains included together (this includes colours such as black, red, white, purple, green, and yellow), and the Batcave uses both of the colour schemes Batman has used on his vehicles throughout the first wave (black and yellow and dark blue and grey), and adds transparent light blue lights.
So far, several System sets revolving around a hero other than Batman has been released. 76002 Superman: Metropolis Showdown, 76003 Superman: Battle of Smallville, and 76009 Superman: Black Zero Escape are based on the film Man of Steel. 6862 Superman vs. Power Armour Lex depicts Superman fighting a large, purple and green, kryptonite-powered mech piloted by his arch-nemesis, Lex Luthor, while trying to rescue Wonder Woman. In this set Superman is based on the comics.
Even though the DC sets are mostly comic based, two promotional items given away at the 2011 San Diego Comic-con depict Batman and Green Lantern in their movie customes.
In 2013, a set inspired by The Dark Knight Rises was released. It includes Batman, Bane, and Commissioner Gordon inspired by their appearances in The Dark Knight trilogy. Also included is The Bat, which is black with blue highlights, a redesigned Tumbler in a desert camouflage colour scheme and smaller than the original, and two yellow and black barricades.
10937 Batman: Arkham Asylum Breakout, features a new model of Arkham Asylum, which featured dark colours such as dark grey, black, and dark red. It also brings back the dark and gothic feeling to the theme.
76000 Arctic Batman vs. Mr. Freeze: Aquaman on Ice features the Batboat in the same black and yellow color scheme as the previous year's vehicles and a white, trans blue, and grey ice prison. It also features Batman in an exclusive Arctic suit and Aquaman , the only non-Batman character in the winter 2013 wave.
Guns are introduced to the DC subtheme and one is given to Gordon. The villains, however, still mostly lack guns or weapons (the exceptions being Mr. Freeze, who has his freeze gun and The Penguin who has his umbrella).
The Penguin who was featured in the original theme based on his comic book appearance, is only updated with new prints and colours. The Scarecrow and Mr. Freeze, who were based on their appearances on Batman:The Animated Series, are updated with new prints and colours and with Freeze a new helmet and gun design.
Three sets based on the Superman movie, Man of Steel were released to coincide with the release of the film. All minifigures in the Man of Steel -themed sets are based on their appearance in the film.
76002 Superman: Metropolis Showdown depicts a fight between Superman with a yellow and black sports car and General Zod with a black satellite on a grey and tan base, that has a feature to launch the car.
76010 Batman: The Penguin Face Off depicts a battle between The Penguin and Batman in the Gotham Iceberg Lounge. Penguin comes with a duck boat and Batman comes with a jet ski. 2 Penguin Minions also comes with the set. The Penguin's variant is exclusive to the set.
76011 Batman: Man-Bat Attack features Batman, Man-Bat and Nightwing battling over Gotham City. Batman comes with his Batcopter. Nightwing comes with his glider, and his costume is based off the New 52. Nightwing and Man-Bat are exclusive to this set.
76012: Batman: The Riddler Chase depicts a car chase between Batman's Batmobile and The Riddler in his dragster. The Flash is there to lend a hand by racing alongside Batman in hopes of stopping The Riddler. The Riddler's variant is exclusive to the set, and Flash is exclusive to the set.
76013 Batman: The Joker's Steam Roller features Batman, Batgirl, Damian Wayne, Joker and the Joker Henchman battling on the streets of Gotham City. Batman has his Batplane, and The Joker has his steamroller. Batgirl and Damian Wayne are exclusive to this set, and The Joker and The Joker's Henchman variant is exclusive to this set also.
76034 Batboat Harbor Pursuit features Batman, Robin, and Deathstroke. Batman and Robin has the Batboat, and Deathstroke has his jet-ski. Deathstroke is stealing jems as Batman comes to stop him with Robin. Deathstroke is exclusive to this set, and the Robin variant is also exclusive to this set.
76035 Jokerland feature Batman, Robin, Beast Boy, Starfire, The Joker, Harley Quinn, Poison Ivy, and The Penguin. The Joker, Harley Quinn, Poison Ivy and The Penguin has trapped Robin, Beast Boy and Starfire and Batman has to save them in a new Batmobile. Beast Boy and Starfire are exclusive to this set. The Joker, Harley Quinn, Robin and The Penguin variants are also exclusive to this set.
Martian Manhunter appeared physically in 2014 as a promotional item through the online LEGO store.
In 2016, Lego released sets based on Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice. These sets were the second wave to be based on a DCEU film. In 2017, a Wonder Woman set was released, also based on the film. Three Justice League sets will be released on August 1, 2017.
The Ultrabuilds are constructable action figures based on a ball-and-socket building system. All of the figures are made of a black and grey TECHNIC-like skeleton, with armor of varying colors placed upon it, although they all feature unique, semi-realistic head moulds.
They are built similarly to recent Hero Factory sets. All of the Ultrabuild figures have two friction joints, which do not appear in similarly sized Hero Factory sets, an exclusive head, and all feature either a printed chest or torso piece.
Three DC Ultrabuilds have been released to date based on Batman, The Joker, and strangely, Green Lantern who had yet to appear in a system set at that point. The Ultrabuild figures utilize different colour schemes than their respective minifigures, and also have different weapons.
Batman is depicted as wearing blue boots, a blue cowl, blue sleeves, and blue over his chest, while everything else is gunmetal in colour, with the exception of his "cape" which is made of two long, curved pieces on either side of his back. Batman carries a sword, while in the sets he generally carries a batarang.
Green Lantern, who has only been promotionally released in his movie based costume, has bright green boots, shoulder pads, and chest, while his upper legs and lower torso are gunmetal, and his arms are gunmetal and white. Unlike his minifigure, who had no accessories in the promotion, Green Lantern wields a construct which takes the form of a morning-star weapon.
The Joker is the most drastically different from his minifigure, who mostly wears purple. As an Ultrabuild, however, he wears little purple, only having it on his shoulders, coat tails, lower arms, and lower legs. His other parts are a large variety of colors including gunmetal, bright green, and orange. He also carries a ray gun which uses colours such as transparent orange, white, and transparent neon green.
The DC Universe subtheme's continuity is based on no particular DC continuity, but instead follows the original one used in the Batman theme, which is based on the comic books and the DC Animated Universe. So far, the story has mostly been told through the comic books included in the DC sets.
In the first comic, The Joker and Harley Quinn team up with The Riddler, and capture Robin. They hang him over a barrel of a green substance until Batman arrives and triggers the traps at their hideout, using them against the villains. Batman then rescues Robin, and the three villains then escape on the roller coaster, leaving the ending open for play opportunities.
In the second, Catwoman steals a diamond and Batman gives chase to her.
The third issue depicts Batman and Robin capturing Poison Ivy, and bringing her back to The Batcave. Bane then enters on his drill to rescue Ivy. Bruce Wayne quickly changes into Batman, and uses the Batcycle to fight Bane's drill, before it is left at a cliff-hanger.
In the fourth, Lex Luthor has captured Wonder Woman and Superman proceeds to save her. Lex's mech is destroyed, but he escapes. Wonder Woman is then shown posed heroically, swinging her lasso, again leaving the end open.
In the next comic, The Joker returns, this time in his helicopter and with a henchman. He tries to drop a laughing gas bomb on Gotham City, but the Batwing almost destroys his helicopter. The Joker and the henchman are shown grasping on to the rotor, once again leaving the end open.
In the final comic, Two-Face is robbing a bank. Batman gives chase to him in the Batmobile, at which point the comic ends openly again.
In a three-part story in LEGO Magazine and on LEGO.com, Batcave Break-in, Lex Luthor creates the Injustice Gang, a team composed of himself, The Joker, Catwoman, Bane, Poison Ivy, and Two-Face. They manage to find the Batcave and defeat Batman and Robin, but fail to decide who gets to have their revenge first, which causes them to fight amongst themselves, and allows Batman and Robin to escape and capture them all at once. Strangely, Mr. Freeze and Harley Quinn appear on the cover of the first part of Batcave Break-in, but don't appear in the story. Mr. Freeze did not even appear in any of the Super Heroes sets at the time.
A sequel to LEGO Batman: The Videogame has been released. It revolves around The Joker teaming up with Lex Luthor to get his revenge on Batman. The Justice League come to his aid in his hour of need. See LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes for more information.
A LEGO Batman Short aired on DC Nation in March 2012. In it, Batman and Robin are chasing The Joker, who has stolen the Man of the Year award, which was supposed to be awarded to Bruce Wayne. The Joker is caught and sent to Arkham Asylum, a defeat which Lois Lane is shown reporting. Lex Luthor then arrives and frees Joker (and The Penguin when he was demonstrating his gun) from his cell, and they form a partnership. The short is directly related to LEGO Batman 2 and clips from it have appeared in various trailers and other advertisements.
In the winter 2013, one comic was released featuring all three sets. Dr. Harleen Quinzel (as Harley Quinn) with the help of The Penguin breaks The Joker, Mr. Freeze, The Scarecrow, and Poison Ivy out of Arkham Asylum, while Batman arrives to stop it, but is frozen by Freeze. The other villians leave Freeze behind, and Robin arrives and beats Freeze while Batman subdues the other villians. Aquaman talks with a whale before arriving on a dock and frozen by Mr. Freeze with Batman coming to his rescue in the Batboat. Batman in The Bat and Commissioner Gordon work to stop Bane in a camo Tumbler and are successful.
In spring, 2014, another comic was released depicting the four sets released in that era. It starts with the Penguin stealing a precious jewel, and escapes on his duck boat, with scuba Batman in hot pursuit. Batman makes quick work of the Penguin, but the explosion sends the gem into the air, where Man-Bat takes it. Nightwing arrives on the scene with his glider-jet, which is broken by Man-Bat, but Batman saves him and defeats the villain in the Batcopter. But the gem falls once more, into the bag of The Riddler, who has gotten away with money after a recent robbery. The Flash goes after him, but The Riddler defeats him with his banana. However, due to moving at such high speeds, The Riddler loses all of his money and the gem, which The Flash recovers. Batman comes in on the Batmobile, and after narrowly dodging The Riddler's bomb, hits one of his wheels. Batman and The Flash tie up The Riddler, and The Flash returns the money to the bank. However, The Riddler and Batman notice a disturbance, which is The Joker's steamroller, which wrecks havoc on Gotham City and its people. Robin manages to defeat his goon, but The Joker swerves, knocking both of them off the vehicle, but Batgirl saves Robin. Batman arrives in the Batwing, but his flick fire missiles are deflected by the Steamroller. Thinking outside of the box, Batman closes in the wings, and manages to capture The Joker.