Kotobukiya has quickly become our go-to company when it comes to statues based on our favorite pop culture characters. While primarily known for their Star Wars, Bishoujo, and Marvel lines, Kotobukiya is reminding everyone that they’ve got the DC Comics license as well with the release of this statue from the classic “Batman: The Dark Knight Returns”! We first saw design images of this at Toy Fair 2012, and we’re stunned by just how nice the finished product has turned out. For those of you that might not be familiar with Batman: DKR, there are two things you need to know:
1. Frank Miller’s Batman story set the tone, for good or ill, that caused Batman and other comics in general to take on a grim n’ gritty feel.
2. If you really don’t know about this comic or it’s significance, you have failed a core curriculum in your Geek Studies. For shame!
Read on for all the info and a gallery of photos featuring this eye-gougingly badass statue!
DC COMICS THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS: BATMAN-HUNT THE DARK KNIGHT ARTFX STATUE
A KOTOBUKIYA Japanese import! As one of the most popular comic book superheroes of all time, it’s no surprise that the Dark Knight has appeared quite frequently in Kotobukiya’s lineup of DC Comics ARTFX Statues. And now, Bruce Wayne is back in an incredible reimagining of one of the key scenes in Frank Miller’s masterpiece, THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS: BATMAN-HUNT THE DARK KNIGHT! A four-issue miniseries released in 1986, Batman: The Dark Knight Returns tells the tale of a future world in which superheroes have retired. An older, angrier Bruce Wayne puts on the costume once again to save Gotham City and in the process encounters one of his most hated enemies, the Joker! Inspired by Miller’s gritty style, the duo presents a dark, dynamic vision that’ll look great on your shelf.
Frank Miller’s Dark Knight Returns Batman is much thicker and heavier than most representations of the character, and that’s quite apparent here. The bulky Dark Knight kneels over the prone Joker, holding him down with one hand on his collar while pulling the other back in preparation for the final strike! Perfectly recreating the artwork, the statue is intricately detailed with special attention to Batman’s powerful musculature, the rumpled clothing of the evil clown, the furious expression on the dark hero’s face, and of course Joker’s maniacal laughing. The painting too reflects Miller’s artwork with stark colors and bold strokes.
Sculpted by Junnosuke Abe, The Dark Knight Returns: Batman-Hunt the Dark Knight stands nearly 12 inches tall (1/6th scale) on a special display base that really shows off the action of the scene. Miller’s Dark Knight duo looks great on its own or alongside any of the other dynamic Batman statues from Kotobukiya like the Black Costume ARTFX Statue or the upcoming Batman Dark Knight Rises ARTFX Statue (sold separately)!
Available September 2012.
Now that you’ve read the details, let your peepers soak up the details in these photos!
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