Flashpoint: Batman Knight of Vengeance was far and away my personal favorite tie-in to the entire Flashpoint event. Needless to say, when DC Direct announced figures from the storyline, Bats was #1 on my want list. The figures from the line are all based on artwork from the main Flashpoint title , and they have the very obvious Andy Kubert-style to them which has worked for DC Direct in the past. Is this Batman worthy of a spot on the coveted Bat-shelf? Let's take a look!
There was no bio on the back of the package, so we’ll just give you a quick rundown on the Flashpoint-version of Bats:
In the alternate-reality of Flashpoint, during that fateful night in Crime Alley it was Bruce Wayne that was shot and killed instead of Thomas his father. Dr. Thomas Wayne then took his family fortune and used it to build Wayne Casinos and privatize the Gotham City Police Department into his own army of justice. As Batman, Thomas strikes terror into the hearts of criminals…before he tosses them from rooftops. This Batman is out for keeps and the pain from the loss of his son fuels him to help Barry Allen correct the timestream and wipe away any existence of his wretched world.
For more on that story, check out our Flashpoint coverage here on MTV Geek!
The sculpt for this Batman figure looks to mimic Kubert's turnarounds for the characters to a tee. From the jawline to the shape of the cape, this Batman definitely matches it's source material. As a blessing and a curse, there are very few articulation cuts to disrupt the flow of the sculpt so the figure looks incredible standing menacingly from the heights of your bookcase.
When it comes to paint, DC Direct has made sure to cleanly apply all of the colors. The chest emblem is also tampographed perfectly on Batman's chest as well. A high gloss paint has been used for the figure's gloves and boots while a matte finish allows his cowl to match the cape. Most of the figure has been molded in the proper colors, so there's no paint added at all when necessary. After looking at the sculpt, we'd like to see this figure eventually repainted in the regular DCU color scheme as well.
Articulation is where this figure finds it's flaw. Sure, it has more movement than a 1990s Batman: The Animated Series figure, but just barely. Also, due to the sculpt, the joints present don't really present a lot of options for dynamic posing. Batman features a ball-joint neck (that works more like a swivel), swivel/hinge shoulders, hinged elbows, swivel wrists, swivel waist, swivel hips, and hinged knees. On the bright side, all of the figure's joints were tight and moved well without concern he was gonna buckle at the knees.
In the accessory department, Batman comes up a little light. He only has a round figure stand in the same style as the recent DC Direct Arkham Asylum line. It works well, but this figure is actually balanced enough that it really isn't necessary.
The Flashpoint Batman figure looks the part for sure. If you're a fan of the storyline, Andy Kubert, or just Batman in general then this figure might be right up your alley. If you're set on poseability, then you can probably skip this version for the time being. For more info on the Flashpoint figure line, along with the rest that DC Direct has to offer, be sure to check out their official website!
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