By Hervé St-Louis Mar 1, 2009 - 8:39
Hey, another Batman action figure by DCDirect. At least this time, it’s
inspired on a series I actually like and an artist whose work has not been
revisited in the action figure world. Artist Kevin Maguire help work on the
designs of the Batman action figure based on the popular Justice League
International (JLI) comic
book series from the mid 1980s.
Like many Generation X kids, this series was my favourite interpretation of the
Justice League and the one that gave me the most laughs per pages. Maguire’s strength
has always been the facial expressions he gives to characters and this entire
series gave us memorable renditions of our favourite super heroes.
The cape on Batman seems a bit too short to but it’s actually the
right length. Back then, Batman’s cape didn’t need to mop the floor to be
effective and convincing. Also, unlike
other Batman renditions by other artists, the cape feels more like a coat. On
the action figure, it covers totally his shoulders, making access to Batman’s
arms difficult. Nevertheless, this is an accurate portrayal of Batman in the JLI
comic book series. If readers remember, Batman didn’t do much physically. Of
note was his “one punch” moment with Green Lantern Guy Gardner but not much
more. He was a brooding thinker before it became popular to portray him like
There’s a conceited smirk on Batman’s face. Maybe he looks more
constipated. It doesn’t matter. Batman is always pissed off anyway. I find the
head too small in comparison with the rest of his body. This is further
enhanced by the width of the cape’s shoulder pads.
It’s hard to determine if DCDirect reused some parts of former
action figures on this one. The sculpt is fine, although Batman’s legs and feet
are crooked, making it difficult to balance him right without his action figure
stand. The articulations are stiff, further complicating any attempt at posing
Batman in any dynamic pose. For example, although he has ball-jointed
shoulders, it’s difficult to rotate them sideways.
Yet, I still like this action figure and think it’s a great
display piece but useless for playtime. Of course it fits well with all the of the new
Justice League International action figures. One problem for collectors might
be mixing Batman with past DCDirect action figures such as Guy Gardner. Gardner
is clearly too short.