After showing sneak peeks in the last post, Hot Toys has now officially released pictures of their upcoming DX09 Michael Keaton Batman from the 1989 Batman film. On with the pictures :)
Hot Toys is proud to present the DX Batman Collectible Figure featuring the likeness of renowned actor Michael Keaton from the Batman movie in 1989 directed by Tim Burton. This movie-accurate Batman Collectible Figure is highly detailed, highlighting the Parallel Eyeball Rolling System (PERS), sophisticated costume, weapons and accessories.
"Batman" opened on June 23, 1989, grossing $43.6 million in 2,194 theaters during its opening weekend. This broke the opening weekend record, set by Ghostbusters II one week earlier, with $29.4 million. Batman would eventually gross $251.2 million in North America and $160.15 million internationally, totaling $411.35 million. Batman was the first film to earn $100 million in its first ten days of release, and was the highest grossing film based on a DC comic book, until 2008's The Dark Knight. The film is 58th highest ever in North American ranks. Although Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade made the most money worldwide in 1989, Batman was able to beat The Last Crusade in North America, and made a further $150 million in home video sales. [ source: wiki ]
Batman was criticized in some quarters for being "too dark". Nonetheless, the film received generally favorable reviews from critics.
Burton biographer Alison McMahan wrote, "fans of the Batman franchise complained when they heard of Michael Keaton's casting. However, no one complained when they saw his performance."
The success of Batman prompted Warner Bros. Animation to create the Emmy Award-winning Batman: The Animated Series, as a result beginning the long-running DC Animated Universe. Series co-creator Bruce Timm stated the television show's Art Deco design was inspired from the film. Timm commented, "our show would never have gotten made if it hadn't been for that first Batman movie."
Batman initiated the original Batman film series and helped establish the modern day superhero film genre. Burton joked, "ever since I did Batman, it was like the first dark comic book movie. Now everyone wants to do a dark and serious superhero movie. I guess I'm the one responsible for that trend."
The 1/6th scale Batman Collectible Figure specially features: Authentic and detailed fully realized likeness of Michael Keaton as Batman in the Batman (1989) movie; stands approximately 30 cm tall; Newly developed Batman body with 30 points of articulation; Newly developed head sculpt with three (3) interchangeable faces capturing the classic Batman facial expressions; Parallel Eyeball Rolling System (PERS) patented by Hot Toys Limited; Seven (7) pieces of interchangeable gloved palms including: One (1) pair of relaxed palms, One (1) pair of fists, One (1) right palm for holding grapple gun, One (1) right palm for holding remote, One (1) left open palm; Each piece of head sculpt is specially hand-painted.
Costume: One (1) Bat-suit with cape and Batman logo on chest, One (1) utility belt, One (1) pair of black boots
Accessories: One (1) extendable gauntlet, One (1) batarang, One (1) remote, Light-up figure stand with Batman nameplate, the movie logo and the DX series title
Weapons: One (1) set of grapple gun, One (1) gauntlet, Three (3) smoke capsules, One (1) timer bomb, Two (2) Ninja wheels
Artists: Head & Body Sculpted by Pan, Head Painted by JC.HONG, Head Art Directed by Kojun & GOX (Eom Jea Sung)
**Product shown is not final, pending licensor approval
**Battery not included for figure stand, 3A batteries (3 pieces) are required
Release date: Q1 2012
You can now pre-order this at BBTS - just remember to mention that Toy Haven sent you :)