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 for the main reason that it featured the classic Grey, blue, and yellow costume. The old classic. Nothing black, or dark or any of that movie and game nonsense. Old school.
Let’s get right to the head. You can see the white eye piece under that cowl. From the jaw line to the lips o the pointed nose this statue is a dead ringer for the old school Batman I love. One of the things I have to point out right away is the classic faded black shading done in the cowl. That’s old school comic book and it looks amazing. 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 the determined he looks by the bending of the brow in this design. Mixed with the black shading and the pure white eye holes. The skin is a comic book style look with just a tad bit of blush red for the lips. This looks almost like the old Super Powers Toy if you can remember back that far, or a Neil Adams drawing come to life.
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 bright grey suit with the yellow and black bat emblem, and blue cape and cowl comes springing full force. Notice how the outfit is just bright and smooth, like in the old books, as Batman never takes damage. I really like how Diamond Select Toys designed this to be a bright colorful version of the worlds darkest hero. From the sculpted muscles under the outfit to the flowing cape this is a perfect way to show off the caped crusader. Throw in the big bright yellow bat utility belt and it's a beautiful design. The classic pose is a great touch as well as are all the overly exaggerated muscles underneath the costume
The arms and legs on this side view show the 3D detail that went into this piece. Clutching his trusty Batarang 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 it, 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. The left hand really looks good as well as its got the open hand palm ready to strike. The shading in this really makes it the comic book come to life. The black shading doing through the cape to match the forehead of the cowl work great as well.
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 on the cape from where Batman is standing ready to fight. 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. All the faded black shading mixed into the bright bold blue make this the best cape I have seen on a Batman statue.
The base, from what I gather is a part of the Bat-Cave. A brown, almost clay colored section of rock this is detailed to perfection. From all the indents, and moldings this looks like the inside of a cave, or at least how it would be drawn in a comic as its made extremely bright. The bats look great, molded dark grey, almost black with bright ruby red eyes. They are perched on one of the points of the base and they add a great touch. It’s a simple piece that takes nothing away from the Batman himself. It just adds to the comic book look.
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 the look I enjoy the most perfectly. This is my favorite Batman statue and one I recommend you head out and pick up.
Overall 5 out of 5 Stars
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