Re-live The Dark Knight with this Batman Premium Format statue figure

The Joker doesn’t stand a chance. Here’s the Dark Knight Premium Format Batman statue figure from Hot Toys and Sideshow Collectibles. This 20-inch figure commemorates the second installment of Christopher Nolan’s epic trilogy.

Actor Christian Bale is captured here in stunning detail, and Batman takes to the streets in his advanced Batsuit with intricate armored plating and utilities, a velvety black cape and a newly redesigned cowl. Click on the image below to start!

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7 things we can learn from Batman

For us at CmdStore, Batman isn’t just some dude with a cape and rippling muscles — he’s a hero, a legend and an inspiration. Millions of people have followed Christopher Nolan’s saga featuring protagonist Bruce Wayne, and he has since become an icon of peace and heroism. So it’s only natural that we take a moment, grab a beverage (and maybe something cozy to wrap around ourselves) and reflect on one of Batman’s less-publicized roles: that of a teacher.
So let’s check out these seven essential things we can learn from Batman as he appears in the Dark Knight trilogy, culled from Nishant Singh’s thoughts over at Quora.

Source: quora.com

1. It’s what you do that matters.
“Batman/Bruce Wayne has to play the act of being a rich, spoiled billionaire playboy who goes around with seductive supermodels and Russian ballet dancers, buying hotels and sailing on a yacht so that nobody suspects him to be the Batman,” says Singh. “It’s necessary, something he ought to do to keep the two personalities far away from each other. But he never lets the former get in the way of his real purpose, to serve and protect the people of Gotham City.”
Christopher Nolan’s Batman is tasked with leading a life based on a destiny that he didn’t completely choose. Yet in many ways, he still takes it in stride, fulfilling his duties with grace and to completion. He teaches us to not waste any time when you’re needed, to speak out when it’s called of you because you might be the only one who can do it. The world needs you, says Batman, and it’s time that we agree.
So we shouldn’t waste any more time, should we? Maybe tell that person how we feel, go for that jog even though we’d rather eat a burger and watch TV, apply for that job we keep telling ourselves we can’t get. What matters is that we at least try by doing.
Source: quora.com

Source: quora.com

2. Trust yourself and those around you with the truth.

As the masked Bane explains in The Dark Knight Returns, “You have been supplied with a false idol to stop you from tearing down this corrupt city. Let me tell you the truth about Harvey Dent. The Batman didn’t murder Harvey Dent. He saved my boy, then took the blame for Harvey’s appalling crimes so I could, to my shame, build a lie around this fallen idol.”

When Batman’s request to take the fall for Harvey Dent’s murders as Two Face comes to light, it’s apparent that despite attempts to make sure the citizens of Gotham did not lose their belief in the law and in justice, crime was still a problem. It didn’t disappear, but was just pushed aside and eventually resurfaced to do even more damage to the city, says Singh.

Lesson learned — honesty is always the best policy. Bite the bullet and be brave enough to be truthful to those around you, even if it might be uncomfortable at first. Trust is everything.

Source: quora.com

Source: quora.com

 

3. Great organizations are built upon great ideas, not people.

“People need dramatic examples to shake them out of apathy and I can’t do that as Bruce Wayne,” uttered Bruce Wayne in Batman Begins. “As a man, I’m flesh and blood, I can be ignored, I can be destroyed; but as a symbol . . . as a symbol I can be incorruptible, I can be everlasting.”

Bruce realized the importance of transcending his human ego and choosing not to be defined by his person, but by what the figure of Batman embodied as an idea. It’s a hugely important theme of the entire trilogy that’s applicable to the lives we live every single day. Think of the many organizations, institutions, conglomerates and communities formed purely on ego. And then think of how many of those have come to signal something transcendent and lasting for humanity. I mean, who can definitively say that the Kardashians will be lauded for their contributions to human progress centuries from now?

It’s the big picture and the drive towards the greater good for us Earth-dwellers now and into the future that really matters. This is why the Marin Luther King, Jr.s, Angela Davises, Mahatma Gandhis and Marie Curies have been so key to  moving us forward — they had ideas, simple yet radical, that they chose to advance above all else, and that they chose to put before themselves.

Source: quora.com

Source: quora.com

4. Struggle is inevitable, so struggle for the right reasons.
From romantic heartbreak to money troubles to family issues, life on this imperfect planet is fraught with difficulties. It’s a given. There’s really no way around it. It’s like gravity — try as we may to build complex flying machines and climb trees, we still have to contend with a force that constantly pulls us downward. So why not use that struggle productively?In the ultra-wise words of Alfred Pennyworth to Bruce, “Endure, Mr. Wayne. Take it. They’ll hate you for it, but that’s the point of the Batman. He can be the outcast, he can make the choice that no one else can make, the right choice.”

It’s definitely much easier said than done, but choosing to fight for a good thing even if it’s hard will pay off in time. All pain is temporary. Which leads us to our fifth lesson . . .

Source: quora.com

Source: quora.com

5. Like struggle, fear and pain are also inevitable.
Batman struggled immensely after losing Rachel Dawes, and part of the pain he felt was compounded by the fear he had of losing her due to his own failure. Yet, he was compelled to carry on, moving through his sadness and loss in order to keep fighting for the freedom of Gotham City. And in doing that, he foiled the desires of his enemies, who wished for nothing more than for Batman to be rendered incapacitated by grief and therefore useless when it came to ushering in a new age of peace for Gotham.
As Thomas Wayne quipped, “Why do we fall, Bruce? So we can learn to pick ourselves up.” Whether Bruce “failed” by being unable to rescue Rachel, by being cooped up in a terrible prison or by leading the people of Gotham to believe that Harvey Dent was a hero, he learned from his failures, worked through his pain and shame and rose again as the savior the city needed.
Source: sevenstreets.com

Source: sevenstreets.com

6. It takes great risks to achieve high goals. And they’re worth it.
“I do fear death,” admits Batman in The Dark Knight Rises. “I fear dying in here, while my city burns, and there’s no one there to save it.”
“Then make the climb,” admonishes the blind prisoner. And when Batman asks how, the prisoner responds, As the child did. Without the rope. Then fear will find you again.”What this means is that success will come with more than a few setbacks. But often our most obstructive inhibitors to success are inside us, taunting us like the open top on the prison Batman is trapped in. Seeing that light and not being able to grasp it right away had deterred many an otherwise hopeful escapee. It is only when Batman risks absolutely everything and climbs towards the top without anything to catch him should he fall that he is able to escape and finally free Gotham.

To bring it back to real life, sure, maybe the prospect of no one showing up to your birthday party is totally mortifying. But what if it could have been the best night of your life, and you didn’t even try to piñata-shop at least once? What about starting that business or taking time off from your regular life to hitchhike across the continent, like you dreamed when you were a kid? What about seeking help for anxiety or depression, an incredibly courageous act in itself? The time is now, and this time, everything is demanded of you. Can you do it?

Source: quora.com

Source: quora.com

7. Anyone can be a hero.

Need we say more?

The most deluxe The Dark Knight offering yet from Sideshow and Hot Toys

Buffs of the 2008 film The Dark Knight and the Batman franchise as a whole have been looking forward to this release with bated breath. Now, finally, Sideshow Collectibles and Hot Toys have let forth this collaborative work featuring Bruce Wayne as Batman, the Batman Armory and Alfred Pennyworth, Bruce Wayne’s butler, best friend and father figure. The Armory, where the superhero stores his state-of-the-art gadgets and weaponry, is crucial to Batman’s ability to carry out his life’s calling. That makes three major pieces that make up this set, and true Batman and Dark Knight heads won’t want to miss out on it.

Apart from the usual meticulous detail characteristic of Sideshow and Hot Toy features, this set lights up and comes with fully functioning doors and shelves. Cast in 1/6 scale, this product comes with a true-to-screen Batman figure that showcases the patented Parallel Eyeball Rolling System (PERS), and brings with it four newly sculpted interchangeable expressions. He also comes with a painstakingly crafted fabric costume, replete with armor based on the costume design from the film, and with a wide array of finely sculpted weapons and accessories. Academy Award winner Sir Michael Caine also makes an appearance in 12-inch figurine form as Alfred Pennyworth, and stands out with a finely tailored fabric costume showing striking and nuanced design. We also have a set that includes just Batman and the Armory, viewable here, and a DC 1/6 Scale Series Batman if you’re just digging the 12-inch figure, which you can see here. But make sure you make your way down to click on the photo below to check out the most elaborate Dark Knight set offered so far from Sideshow and Hot Toys!

This deluxe, prized collectors' set features two 12-inch figurines and the whole Armory in 1/6 scale detail.

This deluxe, prized collectors’ set features two 12-inch figurines and the whole Armory in 1/6 scale detail.

1/4 scale Heath Ledger Joker from Batman: The Dark Knight is available now

The late Heath Ledger’s Academy Award-winning performance in 2008’s Batman: The Dark Knight was nothing less than iconic. The Joker was quintessential in representing the themes of anarchy, chaos and escalation that were so key to The Dark Knight‘s eventual rise to legendary film status. Now, in stunning detail, comes this 18-inch, 1/4 scale Joker true to both Ledger’s cinematic appearance in the Dark Knight trilogy and DC’s collaborative imagining realized with Christopher Nolan.

NECA has stocked up this Joker offering with interchangeable hands and weapons accessories, including a knife, pistol and machine gun to foil Batman’s endeavours at every turn. The realistic rendering of the weaponry will definitely be a treat for avid collectors. Critics are already raving about the quality of this piece. Grab him today!

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“I believe whatever doesn’t kill you, simply makes you . . . stranger.”

Engage the Batpod to save Gotham City from the scourge of evil in 2015

The Batcycle was given a sleek, nomenclatural makeover and deemed the Batpod for installments in the Dark Knight series in the latter half of the 2000s. Not only is it Batman’s primary mode of vehicular transportation, but it is notably used by Selina Kyle in The Dark Knight Rises to duel against Bane for the safety and well-being of Gotham City. In June, you can grab a recreation of the legendary cycle for your very own collection. Pre-order the sleek, glossy mini-machine from Medicom so it comes in time for next summer.

Execute a smooth getaway from cronies.

Execute a smooth getaway from cronies.

Tumbler #043

A Revoltech import from Kaiyodo, this thing’s got a pretty long title, but you know what it is:

Officially called the Sci-Fi Revoltech #043: The Dark Knight Rises: Tumbler Vehicle, the Tumblr measures about 6 inches long and features a faux flame exhaust, clear stand and nameplate and a teeny tiny Batman figure.

Enterbay BATMAN : The Dark Knight

Enterbay has created some amazing figures, capturing incredibly accurate likenesses and details, so we’re thrilled to see their take on the Dark Knight himself. Based on his appearance in The Dark Knight (as portrayed by Christian Bale), this 12-inch figure features a ton of accessories, multiple heads and hands and some of the best overall work you’ll ever see on a figure. He’s definitely a high end addition to your collection, but if you’re ready to take it to the next level, then this is a perfect place to start.