Batman is the secret identity of Bruce Wayne. Witnessing the murder of his parents as a child leads him to train himself to physical and intellectual perfection and don a bat-themed costume in order to fight crime. Batman operates in Gotham City, assisted by various supporting characters including his sidekick Robin and his butler Alfred Pennyworth, and fights an assortment of villains influenced by the characters' roots in film and pulp magazines. Unlike most superheroes, he does not possess any superpowers; he makes use (to the best that he can) of intellect, detective skills, science and technology, wealth, physical prowess, and intimidation in his war on crime
Although variations have changed over the years Batman is the one character who's origin has actually kept the same central basis, and now he's the focal point for this Diamond Select Toys PVC Diorama Review from the DC Comic book inspired line. I could not wait for this one. And I was not disappointed
First off let's start at the body this time. I love how finally after all these years Batman is wearing grey just like he always has in the comics. That stupid black movie costume is gone. Diamond Select has captured this perfectly. The battle worn grey suit with the black bat emblem, and blue cape and cowl comes springing full force. Notice how the outfit is just slightly battle damaged. I really like how Diamond Select Toys designs these to depict the hero in battle. From the etched battle cuts in the cape, to the variations of shading used to accent dirt and scuff marks this is a perfect way to show off the caped crusader. Throw in the Bat signal on the chest and it's a beautiful design. Another thing I want to point out is how comic book accurate it is. I miss the yellow circle bat-signal but this is still the best I have seen the Caped Crusader look in a long time. And let's not forget to notice the comic book version of the utility belt.
Moving up to the face you can see the white eye piece under that cowl. From the jaw line to the lips this statue is a dead ringer for Batman. Throw in the fact the eyes are squinted up and you can see his teeth as if he is almost in a primal yell and that makes it stand out more. I love the cowl design as well. Notice how it's sculpted to show all the wrinkles and folds from cowl to cape. It even has a slight lift in the shoulder area to show how the cape is blowing as Batman leaps into action. The eyes of the cowl are the most important however as they form that trademark scowl look the Batman in known for. You can feel how angry and determined he looks by the bending of the brow in this design.
The arms and legs on this side view sow the 3D detail that went into this piece. Clutching his fists you can almost feel how Batman is drawing back ready to throw it. All the fingers are individually sculpted to show the firm grasp he has clutching his cape, and you can even see the wrinkles in the gloves as he arches his wrist slightly back. As we work are way to the leg notice the cape. I love how it not only flows with the design if the statue but the extra touch of all the tatters and wrinkles along the bottom make this look even better. The bent shooting out leg is the topper for the 3D look. If you look you can even see how the boot has dust and dirt etched and painted on it to give it the full battle look.
Before I get to the base I want to point out from the back how good this cape looks. Hanging down yet still almost blowing in the wind as Batman prepares to leap into action. Once again notice all the small etchings and lines throughout all the bends and folds. You can even see the back blow from where Batman is holding the cape in is fists. The cape is definitely a huge part of the Batman costume, and this is just spot on. Look at the shoulders where the cape is lifting up with the body. That’s an attention to detail you don’t see very often.
Finally lets look at this base. It looks to be a section of rooftop from possibly Wayne Manor, or I guess any weird building in Gotham. It’s a gargoyle statue on the base of a ledge with gate behind it. The shadowing in the black and grey paint job is amazing. It has a really dirty and really grittiness about it. The gargoyle is amazing. Everything is sculpted to make it look real. From the eyes to the toenails on the feet it look great. I also think painting the gate on the base was a nice touch to give it more contrast.
Batman is my favorite hero of all time, and I never cared for the movie looks. I love the comic book look through and through and this new statue from Diamond Select captures it perfectly. Its already got a spot next to my DC Superman statue. I can recommend this one enough
Overall 5 out of 5 Stars!
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