Sideshow Collectibles and Iron Studios present a new deluxe Batman statue based on Batman Returns.
That man scares the hell out of me
I feel most fans would agree that we become most attached to the characters (or versions of characters) that we met as children. This is especially true with a character like Batman, who has starred in so many stories through the ages. Boomers sing the praises of Adam West’s suave charm and striking physique, and no doubt there are plenty of young ‘uns who will soon believe that true Batmen sparkle in the daylight. For much of my generational cohort, Batman will only ever be Michael Keaton, and he’s the Batman who’s once again celebrated, in a new deluxe Batman statue.
Lets take a gander at the pitch:
Sideshow and Iron Studios present the latest from the Art Scale 1:10 line – the Batman Deluxe Statue! Based on the likeness of Michael Keaton as Batman in Batman Returns, this polystone statue is hand-painted and limited edition.
A concrete totem-shaped base, surrounded by gargoyles shaped like Chimeras, serves as a platform for one of Gotham’s most striking symbols, the Bat-signal, which is a powerful spotlight used by law enforcement officers led by the admirable Commissioner Jim Gordon. The Bat sign is used to summon Gotham City’s most dedicated defender. With his symbol reflected in the skies, the Dark Knight answers the call and scales the artifact, hidden by the shadows of his dense black cape that surrounds his body, like the great wings of a bat, symbol of his identity and cause.
In the sequel of the movie Batman (1989), actor Michael Keaton, in the role of Bruce Wayne/Batman, once again re-emerges as the city’s protective agent, acting alongside the police force in fighting crime. The challenge of this crusade becomes even greater with the appearance of the Red Triangle Circus Gang led by the fearsome Penguin (Danny DeVito), a villain rejected from his origins, abandoned by his aristocratic parents due to his congenital deformities, who returns seeking revenge. The enigmatic Catwoman (Michelle Pfeiffer), the feline villain who has a romantic and troubled relationship with the night hero. Both villains are manipulated by the corrupt tycoon Max Shreck (Christopher Walken) and his illicit schemes for greed and power.
Batman is added to the list alongside the already announced statues Penguin – Batman Returns – Art Scale 1:10 and Catwoman – Batman Returns – Art Scale 1:10 by Iron Studios, forming the trio of main characters in the line derived from this iconic version of the Dark Knight. A hit with fans and critics, the film was nominated for two Academy Awards: Best Visual Effects and Best Makeup.
That’s the good stuff
This new deluxe Batman statue really takes me back to the innocent days youth, when ninjas were cooler than girls, soda was as clear and sparkling as a mountain spring, and it was totally cool for Batman to kill all the henchmen he wanted without anyone getting all uptight about it.
Ah the good old days… now in statue form!
Images and Press Release Courtesy of Sideshow Collectibles