Two-Face joins the Batman: The Animated Series bust lineup

You might think your ex was two-faced, but this guy takes the cake. Check out this Batman: The Animated Series Two-Face bust statue. Diamond Select Toys brings us this six-inch imagination of the grizzled lawyer-turned-gangster Harvey Dent. He joins Diamond Select’s line of resin busts just as he appears in the TV show itself.

He arrives atop a comely art deco base, complete with a certificate of authenticity inside a full-color box. This amazing creation from Varner Studios is not to be missed. Click the image below to get started!

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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?

First wave of Batman Animated Series is crashing Christmas

Many of us have fond memories of two beloved TV shows that aired during the epic decade that was the ’90s — Batman: The Animated Series delighted audiences at the beginning of the 10-year span, and The New Batman Adventures dominated the late ’90s. Appropriately so, DC’s new line of toys based on these two TV series has been hotly anticipated.

We’re stoked to introduce the first wave of Batman Animated Series figurines, each measuring six inches tall and with multiple accessories in two. Pictured below is the incendiary Catwoman, but we’ve also got Batman currently in stock. Mr. Freeze and Two Face will be arriving in January, as will the second wave of Animated Series characters. But all of the not-yet-in-stock stuff is available for preorder, so get your name in ASAP!

"You're the second man who killed me this week, but I've got seven lives left."

“You’re the second man who killed me this week, but I’ve got seven lives left.”

Two Face Harvey Dent Batman 12 inch Figure

Custom Two Face Harvey Dent 12 inch figure customized by Angelo D.

Batman 3 Official Title Announced: THE DARK KNIGHT RISES

As a Bat-Fan, yesterday felt a little bit like Christmas coming early: for the first time in too long, we got some real news–direct from the source–about the next Batman movie from Christopher Nolan. I am beyond keen.

Here’s the news from The Times of India

Christopher Nolan has announced the title of the third instalment of his blockbuster Batman franchise – it will be called ‘The Dark Knight Rises’.

Neither will the film be in 3D format nor will iconic villain The Riddler fill in The Joker’s shoes in the third outing about the caped crusader’s efforts to keep Gotham city crime-free, Nolan said in an interview to Los Angeles Times’ Hero Complex blog. ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ will be distributed by Warner Bros. The first movie was ‘Batman Begins’ that released in 2005, but it was part two – ‘The Dark Knight’ – that went on to gross over a billion dollars worldwide when released in 2008. It also fetched Australian actor Heath Ledger a posthumous Oscar for his stupendous performance.

Nolan steers clear of the 3D technology that took Hollywood by storm after the success of James Cameron’s ‘Avatar’ as he wants to focus on the high definition cameras and IMAX technology.

The director, whose last outing ‘Inception’ created ripples worldwide, stated that the third Batman film will follow many of the same characters from the previous films as well as a few new ones.

‘The Dark Knight Rises’ is slated to be released July 20, 2012.

And so begins the countdown to a movie with a name! How I’ll get through the wait, I have no idea, but I suppose if I managed it the first time, I’ll manage it again. I’m almost sad that Inception already came and went because I could really use a bit of Nolan to tide me over.

And of course, since this is an action figure blog, I’ll also tide myself over with my three favourite Dark Knight items. They are…

THE JOKER 1:6 SCALE FIGURE

There’s no denying that the Joker stole the show in The Dark Knight and it is thus no surprise that he’s probably the coolest figure around, too. Hot Toys, already known for some incredible work, really outdid themselves with this one. Seriously, looking at the face close-up, you can see the smears of makeup, the crazed glare in the eyes and the rushed dye-job slowly fading out. The detail is shocking and the accessories–which allow for some great customization and display–are just as good. This is one you’ll definitely want to snag.

HARVEY DENT/TWO-FACE 1:6 SCALE FIGURE

Harvey Dent gets a place here because he is, hands-down, my favourite Batman villain. Divided between light and dark, good and evil, he represents in one man the entire struggle of the Dark Knight, but does so with the terrifying randomness of a flipped coin. As portrayed by Aaron Eckhart, he came to life in a way no one expected and his scenes were some of the most powerful in the film. This figure does a great job of capturing the likeness of the actor and the character. Just brilliant.

THE CRANK AND LAUNCH BAT-POD

I chose to add this one even though it’s not really a display figure because it brings to mind one of the scenes that had the theatre cheering during the midnight showing. When the Batmobile/Tumbler is destroyed, we figured Batman would step out and leg it, but instead he pressed a few buttons and A MOTORCYCLE CAME OUT OF IT AND HE DROVE OFF ON THAT. The motorcyle was called the “Bat-Pod”, but pretty much everyone I know would just call it “AWESOME”.

New Screens from ARKHAM CITY

Kotaku recently posted a ton of new screenshots from the upcoming game, BATMAN: ARKHAM CITY. So far, the game looks amazing (even if I do question why they’ve brought Harley Quinn even further away from her comic book costume) and these screenshots are probably going to make the wait even harder. Here’s a look at Catwoman and Two-Face–the rest of the pics can be found here).

And, of course, as this is an action figure blog, if you’re looking for Arkham Asylum figures, we’ve definitely got a bunch of those. Available for pre-order and shipping in January and February of 2011, look for Batman, Joker, Harley, Scarecrow and more!

World’s Finest DC Heroes RETRO Plush Figures!

Based on the MEGO figures that were popular in the 1960s, DC Direct has released a line of plush and plastic figures that capture the retro spirit for a new generation: Mattel’s new World’s Greatest DC Heroes. The first wave included Superman, Green Lantern, Green Arrow, Sinestro and Lex Luthor and, now, a whole new series of heroes and villains has arrived!

Each one stands (or is propped up!) about 8 inches tall and they match the original style of the figures right down to the old-fashioned packaging. Here’s a look at what you can pick up, both individually or as a full Series 2 set!

Full Set of 4 Figures

BATMAN

TWO-FACE

AQUAMAN

BLACK MANTA

BATMAN REBORN: Four New Figures

It’s been a weird one. Grant Morrison’s always slightly out of left field in his comics writing, but when it comes to Batman, the whole RIP/Reborn/Return saga has definitely been one of the strangest arcs ever to hit Gotham city. Which has, of course, led to the new line of toys being some of the strangest DC’s ever made under the Batman name.

Each one stands about 7 inches tall and has the smooth sculpting that seems to be DC Direct’s trademark lately, low-detail but high-definition, which gives each one a great iconic look that seems ripped from the comic pages. The first series has just arrived and you can pick it up right here!

AZRAEL

BATGIRL

JASON TODD as BATMAN

TWO-FACE as BATMAN

Set of ALL 4 Figures

Batman Reborn: New Pre-orders!

WHAT ARE YOU WEARING, TWO-FACE?!

Okay, I won’t lie: as a Batman purist, I couldn’t stand Battle for the Cowl or anything that came with it. Not the constant presence of Damien Wayne, not even the Black Casebook. Nothing.

I’ve never liked opening the world of the Dark Knight to too much ridiculousness or soap-opera style death and undeath (except in the case of Ra’s al Ghul, of course). But despite my feelings on the matter, Morrison continues to push ahead with all this and DC Direct has released the first series of non-Batman Batman figures under the name BATMAN REBORN, where everyone who isn’t Bruce Wayne gets a shot at being Gotham’s protector.

Sigh. At least the sculpts are done well. They all stand about 6 inches tall and come with relevant accessories. They do not, of course, come with the 3-D glasses that the Harvey-Dent-as-Batman costume would seem to demand!

Personally, I tend to think that when former Robin/Spoiler Stephanie Brown’s action figure look is the least garish of all the options, it’s time to bring back Bruce! …Or maybe just Darwyn Cooke. He could fix this.