Hello, dear readers. Before I dive into this article, I did just get out of an advanced screener for The Flash. This article will inevitably have spoilers. If you do not want to be spoiled, skip this article. If you like to live on the wild side, you’ve been warned.
In 1989, I was a bright-eyed three-year-old who wanted to don a purple cape and fight crime like Yvonne Craig’s Batgirl. Batman consumed my life in every corner as there was something romantic about fighting crime in brightly colored spandex. That same year, Michael Keaton’s Batman drew me deeper into the world of the Dark Knight, and since then I’ve been running after that high.
Each new Batman movie TV show, comic, and video game, solidified my love of Batman and the Bat-family. Batgirl, in particular, became my favorite superhero and is now the vanity tag on my car. I grew up with Batman like many of us grew up with our favorite toy, role model, or comic book.
I was gifted advanced screener passes to The Flash.
My boyfriend, who has no concept of DC comics outside of Batman and Superman, went with me. This movie is overall, a solid superhero movie. The pacing is good, the story is good, and most of the acting is great. Some of the CGI is a little wonky, but I’ve come to expect that from every superhero film. When Barry and Barry go to find Bruce Wayne (Michael Keaton), I got chills as the two walk through Wayne Manor. I shed a tear when they unveiled the Batmobile. This movie brought me back to 1989, sitting next to my dad while we watched Batman’s world come alive again.
The introduction of Kara Zor El/Supergirl (Sasha Calle) was exhilarating, if not short-lived. In Keaton Batman’s Earth, Superman never existed. General Zod takes no time in getting rid of anyone bearing the symbol of hope, sending the younger Barry into a tailspin. This causes multiple timelines to open up, including several CGI appearances of Supermen from decades past, and then some. When older Barry does return to what he believes is his correct timeline, he is greeted by an old friend — Bruce Wayne. The kicker? It’s George Clooney. The crowd lost their shit, and the movie ends.
With the introduction of several notable Superman and Batman movies and TV shows come new possibilities with collecting comics. Let’s look at the obvious what-if first: George Clooney’s Batman exists in this movie, which to me all but confirms that both Robin and Batgirl also exist. Given the timeline between Batman and Robin to The Flash, it’s possible that Robin might have graduated to Nightwing. If Nightwing and Batgirl do exist in this timeline –and why wouldn’t they — then the possibility of the Teen Titans is also real. But does that equate to a price bump in books?
Barbara Gordon’s first appearance in Detective Comics #359 is a key DC book as it introduces the modern Batgirl. Currently, a CGC blue label 9.6 has a fair market value of $80,000, while a book with a grade of 9.2 and below are still all under the $10K mark.
If this movie does open up into the new James Gunn DC universe, it is possible this book will see a speculation jump soon. Blue label books that are a 5.5 and below are still comfortably sitting under the $1K mark, so if you’ve been on the fence about getting Batgirl’s first appearance, now would be the time to buy. If nothing comes from this movie, it’s still a good, solid Silver Age grail that has slowly risen in value.
Robin’s first appearance in Detective Comics #38 is one of the more expensive key books in the overall Batman universe. As this is a Golden Age book, and harder to find, a CGC blue label .5 has a fair market value of $21,000. By comparison, the last recorded sale for a blue label 9.4 was for $107,550 in May of 2009. This book will continue to increase in value regardless of any kind of speculation.
Nightwing, on the other hand, could see a price bump in his first appearance. While this is all speculation, Tales of the Teen Titans #44 could become a very hot book in the not-too-distant future.
This book is still very affordable, with a CGC blue label 9.8 copy holding a fair market value of $450, while books below a 4.0 can be had for under $100.
Brave and the Bold #54, the first introduction of the Teen Titans in the Silver Age, will likely not see any significant price increase due to this movie. If I’m being honest, this is another book that doesn’t need a movie or TV show to increase its value.
Teen Titans #1 — the fourth appearance of the group — may benefit in the long run with a speculator’s mind.
If you’re going to see The Flash when it comes out, enjoy it!
If you’re a collector hoping to see some price bumps on books, you may see it. The Flash is still a part of the original DCU prior to James Gunn taking over, so there’s a very real possibility that nothing from this movie will matter.
And if you’re reading this Mr. Gunn, please release a Superman film with Nic Cage. That was the best cameo in the entire movie.