This is the seventh in a series of photos that show two extremely different interpretations of the same DC Comics character.
The figure on the left is Batman from the Fisher-Price DC Super Friends line of Little People toys, released in 2011.
The figure on the right is Batman from the Total Justice line of action figures, released in 1996. Except for the strange "bat wings" cape, the costume is based on Batman in the comic books of that time. The over-muscled sculpting and "ready for action" pose of the figure is consistent with other late 90s action figures.
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At Christmas in 2012 my wife gave me a set of Fisher-Price DC Super Friends Little People, designed for very young children, as a kind of gag gift. But of course she also suspected I would likely involve them in a photo at some point, and she was correct.
During the 90s comic book creator Todd McFarlane captured the attention of the toy market with several lines of ultra-realistically sculpted action figures. The success of McFarlane Toys prompted other manufacturers to “buff up” their super-hero toys. I thought it would be fun to create a photo series comparing and contrasting that style of action figure with their Little People counterparts.
I chose the Total Justice Batman figure because of his somewhat awkward pose and ridiculous muscles. I still do not understand the design choice to make the cape on this figure strongly resemble wings, but it does offer a different take on the costume, which works in the context of this series.
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This photo was posted to Flickr on 09 June 2013. It was one of 500 images featured on Flickr Explore for that day. The last time I checked, it had 42,633 views on Flickr.
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Batman is a superhero appearing in comic books published by DC Comics. He was created by Bob Kane and Bill Finger and first appeared in Detective Comics #27 (1939). The rich industrial, playboy, and philanthropist Bruce Wayne, having watched his parents murdered as a child, swore to protect Gotham City from criminals by honing his physical and mental skills to the peak of human perfection. The Dark Knight’s costume varies but typically includes a cowl with bat-like ears, a scalloped cape, a utility belt, and a stylized bat emblem on the chest. He is often depicted as part of the Justice League superhero team along with Superman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, The Flash, and others. The character was played by Adam West in the television series Batman (1966), voiced by Kevin Conroy in Batman: The Animated Series (1992), and played by Christian Bale in a series of films directed by Christopher Nolan starting with Batman Begins (2005).
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