Over the years, a number of actors have taken on the cowl and cape to portray Batman, with the upcoming Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice role offering a more controversial approach. The movie, which is set to release on March 25th, may ultimately end up turning heads for yet another reason entirely though: According to a new report out of Korea, Samsung may be planning to release a special Batman v Superman Edition of its soon-to-be-announced Galaxy S7 Edge handset.
While exact details are unknown, the phone will be one of three limited variants the Korean conglomerate is allegedly planning to launch this year, with a second paying homage to the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio and a third related to a Korean music act.
The Batman v Superman Edition is allegedly not going to be released until either March or April, thus it may not, in fact, coincide with the actual release date of the movie itself. It is also unlikely that the phone will be announced on Sunday, February 21st along side the phone proper.
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Pondering the possibilities
Fans of superhero movies and phones with curved sides may recall last year’s Galaxy S6 Edge Iron Man Edition, a special limited edition variant that was released in Korea and China in very small supply and which promptly went for banging big bucks on venues like eBay. One “double lucky” numbered model sold for $91,000. In addition to the special Iron Man “Red” colored phone itself, the set also came with a similarly themed Iron Man wireless charging pod and a Red colored protective case as well.
While Samsung did eventually release Avengers-themed cases for the smartphone series at large, only the Iron Man Edition was given the special color treatment and proper priority. It would logically follow that the Batman V Superman Edition would make use of a similar color theme and/or design etched onto the rear glass plate, along with the pre-requsite set of pre-installed wallpapers and other customization.
The second coming of Iron Man?
The most obvious approach to this possible pending product would be a follow-up to the aforementioned Iron Man Edition Galaxy S6 Edge. A phone that once again had a special color and design and potentially came with some accessories that also fit with the motif. It could be serially numbered, once again, and released in extremely limited quantities to ensure it is heavily sought after by die-hard collectors while serving to expand the appeal and awareness of the product itself as it ties-in with the movie.
A more subdued approach?
On the other hand, Samsung could just as well produce a variant of the standard Black phone which simply has a pre-installed Batman V Superman theme setting, not unlike what Motorola did with its Star Wars Episode VII variants of the Droid Turbo 2: Said products were pre-selected with Moto Maker color and material customization to make them “represent” specific characters and then pre-installed with wallpapers which could also be downloaded directly from the Google Play Store.
Samsung itself has even recently, released “special editions” of its phones that were arguably more marketing push than anything else. Just a few weeks ago a Galaxy Note 5 Winter Edition was released in South Korea, for example. The only real difference here was the fact that the devices were sold in 128GB storage configurations; the colors and designs were just the same Gold Platinum and Silver Titanium options that the product had been offered in for some time.
Or something different all together?
The final consideration is that the potential product could be a mash-up of both these potential ideas. Rather than a single smartphone, the Korean conglomerate could just as well make two different devices. Considering that Batman in particular is known as The Dark Knight – something Christopher Nolan knows quite well – the existing Black variant of the phone is seemingly sufficient as is. Samsung could just stamp a Batman logo onto the back and call it quits.
Regarding Superman, the colors Blue and Red seem to be readily associated with The Man of Steel and thus it could mean a Red color edition, like Iron Man, or perhaps just a return of the Black Sapphire color which apparently won’t be making the cut this year.
For a long shot, Samsung could actually put out something not unlike the concept image that surfaced last year from a talented Korean graphic designer (see above). If the phones came with color-coordinated front and back plates and a different colored metal frame, that would definitely make the products stand out way beyond the more “subdued” standards.
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Whatever the case may be, it is almost safe to assume that fans of either Batman, Superman, or Samsung will be quite interested to see what plays out with this product. Stay tuned to Android Authority for all the latest coverage of Samsung, including its upcoming Unpacked event scheduled for this coming Sunday, February 21st ahead of the formal start of Mobile World Congress on Monday, February 22nd.
Don’t forget to leave your thoughts in the comments below! We want to know what you think about the possibility of a DC Comics edition Galaxy S7 Edge: good idea? Bad idea? Perhaps more importantly: how much would you be willing to spend on it, and how much do you think eBay sellers will be trying to ask for it?