As much as we know Batman for being a gymnast and a master martial artist, one of the most enduring images of the Dark Knight is that of him brooding over a landscape. In other words, it’s perfect for a statue, right? Well, in this case, almost. A great pose and sculpt are marred by weird execution on some key details.
Batman Defiant is a ten-inch figure from Diamond Select. The figure is based on Batman #702. Diamond Select does not list a sculptor or artist for this statue. You can pick it up for $50 on Amazon or $45 on Entertainment Earth.
Caped Wad of Blue PVC Crusader?
Let’s get the rough stuff out of the way. The cape on this figure is terrible. Looking at the cover, it’s not hard to see how the concept led to this execution, but the execution just doesn’t work. I showed a few photos of the figure to a friend who collects figures without any leading. I simply asked, “thoughts on this cape?” “Complete garbage,” he replied. Okay–it’s not just me. The problem here is that even the highest quality PVC is not going to look like fabric. Batman’s cape works well on these models when it’s flowing or draping, but here it bunches up in a way that ends up looking less like fabric and more like a glob of PVC that someone dipped in paint. The back of the cape looks marginally better than the front, but that doesn’t really make up for it.
It’s a shame.
It’s a shame, too, because the rest of the statue rules. This take is what I call “Bruiser Batman,” the guy that’s less of a ninja and more of a boxer. He looks huge. Putting the cape aside, the statue does a great job with so many little touches on his costume. This looks like a Batman costume a human could actually wear. The gray jumpsuit stretches and creases believably at his shoulders and biceps. The wrinkles on his gloves and boots bring them to life in a way that statues often overlook. His facial expression is sharp, and even his eyes got the right treatment.
Heading down to the base, there’s just a ton of detail. Batman is standing atop some rubble, including cinder blocks, rebar, and pipes. The different pieces of rubble have mildly different sheens, with the rusty pipes looking different from the gray cinder blocks. Like the Bane statue we looked at last year, the base does a lot of work to put Batman in a place, capturing a moment instead of just dropping a stock statue on a boring base.
If the sculptor had been able to take a bit more liberty with the look of the cape, this would be an absolutely killer figure for the asking price. As it is, it feels like maybe this one belongs at the back of your shelf if you have to pick it up.
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