Batman is famously known for his stealth and ability to go unseen. He must be quiet and subtle to succeed. However, the latest statue in the BATMAN: BLACK & WHITE line is anything but reserved. Sculpted from art by Marc Silvestri, this Batman is imposing and bold as he rests in a chair in the Batcave that feels almost thronelike. The polyresin statue captures the sinister detail of Silvestri’s cape, which was drawn with an organic texture, providing an ethereal aura to this already striking piece.
Limited Edition of 5,000
Measures Approximately 5.9″ Tall
Sculpted by Neobauhaus
Marc Silvestri and sculptor Neobauhaus’s Batman statue stands (well, sits, actually) on the classic oval-shaped Black & White Series’ base that you’ve come to expect, but it’s mostly hidden by the throne-like chair and shrouded by the many folds of our hero’s beautifully flowing cape. And there is no two-piece assembly like what you’ve seen from the past few Black & White statues we’ve reviewed here at Batman News. This is one single piece, and since it’s so bottom-heavy and wide there’s virtually no chance of it toppling. Additionally, if you’re concerned about the cape’s pointy tendrils scratching your coffee table or the glass shelving in your display case, don’t be. Like all the other Black & White pieces from DC Collectibles, this Batman is supported by pads that will prevent any scuff marks.
Now, as impressive as I find this statue to be, I still cannot describe it as flawless. My Batman featured two unpainted spots, a weird fold that doesn’t seem to flow into the rest of the Dark Knight’s rather organic-looking cape, and there are a few oddly-shaped fingers on his left hand. If you didn’t notice them on your first cruise through the photo galleries above, it’s safe to say that you won’t notice or be bothered by similar defects that appear on your own statue. There are, after all, 4,999 others still out there that could be absolutely perfect.
Truthfully though, it took some extra-close examination in order to spot these minuscule problems. The first sliver of missing paint is at the base of the cape and is almost completely obscured by Batman’s right foot. The second absent brushstroke is a very slight line just beneath the Batman’s bat-crotch… so as long as nobody shines a flashlight on my statue’s codpiece and gets right up in there, I highly doubt anyone will ever notice. The somewhat flattened fingers on the left hand are hardly noticeable as well. And since the possibly questionable cape fold I mentioned earlier is actually found at the backside of Batman’s left arm? Well, nobody is going to see it but me, and even if they did, they wouldn’t care. It would be absurd to be bothered by such minor imperfections! It would be like dumping your lover because you’ve discovered that their second toe is a millimeter longer than their big toe.
The only other potential problem I could see some collectors having with Marc Silvestri’s Batman Black & White Statue is that it isn’t all that black and white. It is perhaps one of the grayest figures in the Black and White line that I’ve come across. The paint is great, besides the two missing slivers I mentioned in the last paragraph. Every finely detailed muscle and inch of that organic-looking cape is coated nicely with no obvious bleed. There’s some minor bubbling on the back of the Batchair, but it’s the unseen part of the statue and the Bat symbol (an unnecessary but much appreciated extra detail) at the center of the chair’s back is surprisingly well done.
So there you have it. Even after two fairly lengthy paragraphs of me cataloging the various imperfections I spotted during an excruciating attempt at finding anything wrong with this statue, I still came away loving it. Quite frankly, I can’t wrap my head around the idea that anyone who loves collecting Batman statues would want to skip this one. I think it’s one of the best statues that the line has to offer, and that’s saying something. Who knew I wanted a statue of The Caped Crusader chillin’ this bad…
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