Gotham City. Crime boss Carl Grissom (Jack Palance) effectively runs the town but there's a new crime fighter in town - Batman (Michael Keaton). Grissom's right-hand man is Jack Napier (Jack Nicholson), a brutal man who is not entirely sane... After falling out between the two Grissom has Napier set up with the Police and Napier falls to his apparent death in a vat of chemicals. However, he soon reappears as The Joker and starts a reign of terror in Gotham City. Meanwhile, reporter Vicki Vale (Kim Basinger) is in the city to do an article on Batman. She soon starts a relationship with Batman's everyday persona, billionaire Bruce Wayne.
I can say two things about the 1989 Batman Tim Burton film. It was terribly boring, and Michael Keaton was one hell of a Batman. Yes The actor was right, the car was amazing, heck even the black costume which I normally hate looked nice. It just had too many problems for me. For one it’s a Batman film with hardly any action, or Batman for that matter. The changing of the origin having The Joker being his parents killer was stupid beyond belief. And it was just filmed poorly. All quick shots with no big payoffs. It was really disappointing to me as I had high hopes for this film. But like I said Michael Keaton was outstanding. He had the look, the mannerisms, everything down perfectly. He was a perfect Batman, as well as a perfect Bruce Wayne. I mean there is a reason why his performance is so beloved. Now as I have been stating Diamond Select Toys has been making Batman statues like crazy lately and now they have made a massive 16” Batman statue based off of the Michael Keaton Batman. It was too big to even put in my display box for pictures. Let’s look at this massive beast.
Starting at the face you can see Michael Keaton under that cowl. From the jaw line to the lips this statue is a dead ringer. Throw in the fact he made a great Batman 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 stands perched ready to attack. 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. Now this version shows the eyes fully, where as most incarnations are just whited out. This is nice attention to detail to make it just like the movie. The Yellow and black Bat Symbol is a bit higher on this version as it connects the cape together. Its also right on the money in terms of accuracy. A very bold and bright design. The yellow backing is a dark yellow almost orange as to not offset the yellow utility belt.
Speaking of the belt lets look at the body. It’s a molded rubber costume so its overly muscular. But that’s how it was in the film. I prefer the original grey and blue costume. I’ve never been a fan of the black design. I get why its done in the movies but I don’t have to accept it. I can accept the fact that this is exactly how it looked in the film however. All overly exaggerated to the point they are sticking out. It’s also very sleek. Not battle damaged or worn in any way. It’s a very shiny black that flows from top to bottom. Everything is the same color it blends perfectly fine. The only variance is that golden yellow signal and the yellow utility belt which you can see stick out dead center. It looks great I must say. Once again a perfect match for the film. I also appreciate how they made this so shiny. Under a direct light it really pops. It may be an all-black outfit for the most part but it’s very noticeable to say the least when its displayed.
This side shot is all cape. A giant flowing black cape that matches the black outfit exactly. There is no difference of color or shade. This is one standard black costume. You can see the cape is more of a rubber style as in the film so it has a bit more “bunch” to it. But one thing is for sure, it’s incredibly detailed. This is bunched and wrinkled beyond belief. You can see every line, and almost feel every part of flow about it. It’s a massive cape, as that is one of Batman’s trademarks and this really puts an exclamation point on that. Its wrinkled crinkled and just downright huge. Once again I have to keep saying it. This is a dead ringer for the movie version.
Before I get to the base I want to point out from the back how good this cape looks. Hanging down yet with just a touch of lift to make it seem like its blowing in the wind as Batman prepares to leap into action. Once again notice all the small and large wrinkles molded throughout all the bends and folds. You can even see the back blow towards the sides and bottom 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
Wow, what else can you say about this massive base. Its gigantic. Its in 4 parts, and it really gives this the 1989 movie feel. The look of Gotham was very unique in the movie and this really showcases it. It starts simple enough. An oval black bottom with the bat signal in the center wrapped in the golden yellow. From there we have a huge cloud of smoke. Its meticulously done. Grey and white and it looks real. You can see all the bulges and lines to make it look like real smoke. If you look close you can see it looks almost glittery in spots to really make it stand out. Its all coming out of what appears to be some type of hooded reaper. That part is all done in black and grey with an abundance of lines an etchings to make it look old and worn. The hands of the creature are lifting out from the robe and holding a huge gray and black globe that is wrapped in a brown and gray metal. This is the biggest base I have seen on a statue in a long time. Its tall to say the least. I mean as I stated I could not even place this in my photo booth its so big. And I have to say as amazing as it is, it takes nothing from the Batman itself. It all works so well together.
This is a must have for all Batman fans. Whether you liked the film or not this is a spot on design and it will look amazing in any collection. I highly advise picking on of these up as soon as you can. It’s simply breath taking.
Overall 5 out of 5 Stars!
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