SUPERMAN/BATMAN (DC DIRECT)
“When the Joker got his hands on Batman, he united him with a being of practically pure Kryptonite named Mr. Kryptonite. Possessed by this other being and bent on destroying Superman, Kryptonite Batman is a deadly foe of the Man of Steel”
In the early ‘00s, DC decided to give a go at reviving their old Batman and Superman team-ups from World’s Finest, under the more minimalist Superman/Batman title. It started out moderately well, with an at least enjoyable opening arc, followed by a few actually decent ones, before sort of becoming a place where half-formed Superman and Batman stories went to die. I think the first telltale sign was the story that spawned today’s figure, titled “With A Vengeance.” I’d give a synopsis of the story, but, as someone who read every issue, I still don’t know what happened. Anyway, let’s just look at the figure.
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Kryptonite Batman was released in Series 4 of DC Direct’s Superman/Batman, which was a whole assortment based on “With A Vengeance.” This was the main Batman-variant of the assortment, because you gotta have at least one. The figure stands 6 1/4 inches tall and he has 11 points of articulation. None of these style of figures were particularly amazing when it came to mobility, but the Batman figures were actually some of the worst, because his armoire permanently stuck out. Seriously, dude looked like Randy from A Christmas Story. This figure’s sculpt was actually a complete re-use from the basic Batman released in Series 1 of this same line. Since he was just a palette swap in the comics, it’s not an unreasonable choice. Like the two JLA: Classified Supermen I looked at a while back, this guy’s based on Ed McGuinness’s rather distinctive style. In fact, he actually uses the same basic starting point as those two figures, albeit with a variety of more Batman-specific items. Despite the difficulties with posability, the actual sculpt isn’t half bad, and does a pretty solid job of capturing McGuinness’s Batman in three dimensions. Paint is the main thing that differentiates this figure from the Series 1 offering, but even on that front, he’s not that different. He’s got most of the same basic detailing, but with glow in the dark green plastic instead of the grey for his body suit. It certainly makes for a unique look. The figure is packed only with a display stand, sporting the Superman/Batman logo.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
I picked up a number of the “With A Vengeance” figures when they were new. This one wasn’t among them. Instead, it took me ten years to finally get around to buying him. Why did I finally get him? Mostly because Cosmic Comix was selling him for $7, which was a low enough price to get me to bite. He’s goofy, and not really for everyone, but I enjoy him.