Pre-order the sleek new Batman figure envisioned by prolific video game designer Tetsuya Nomura

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Tetsuya Nomura is the mastermind behind this upcoming Batman figure, the likes of which you’ve never seen before. The 44-year-old video game artist/designer/director of Square Enix fame (he’s a veteran of both the Final Fantasy series and Kingdom Hearts) personally designed this version of the Dark Knight, and if you’re a fan of both his work and DC Comics, you’d better ready your wallet now!

Even by Batman standards, this new figure is a relatively dark interpretation of everybody’s favorite brooding superhero. One look at its design and Nomura’s stylistic flourishes are evident in every little detail, from the incredibly intricate bladed arm gauntlets to the flowing, jagged cape. A pair of mobile arms sprouting from the figure’s back, which can be “deactivated” at your pleasure, add a nice personal touch.

This definitely seems like the Final Fantasy X Batman crossover that we’ve all been waiting for.

Check out these promotional images:

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The glossy black coloration accented by a rich red does wonders to further stylize the Dark Knight. Just watch out for those claws!

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At approximately 306 millimeters (12 inches) tall and weighing 670 grams (1.5 pounds), the figure has quite the threatening presence.

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Nomura’s figure is currently available for pre-order on Amazon Japan’s site for 19,786 yen (US$166.01), which is also listed as being 26% (6,998 yen/$58.72) off the list price. The actual release date is slated for July 31.

Batman appeared in Chiba Prefecture, Japan!

With the unprecedented success of his Dark Knight Trilogy, Christopher Nolan has single-handedly spawned a new generation of Batman fans – an impressive feat considering the Caped Crusader’s inherent flaw as a superhero (his lack of superpowers). Spider-Man fans would argue that Batman is an inferior character because he’s basically just a guy with cool stuff, while others take solace in the fact they too could be a superhero if they won the lottery.

In Japan (the world capital of cool stuff), one citizen is proving that it’s not quite that easy. A video captured in traffic on a motorway in the Chiba prefecture shows a convincing Dark Knight imposter, complete with Nolan-inspired Bat-suit cruising the streets on the closest thing you can get to a Batpod without spending a ridiculous amount of money. While the impersonator definitely looks the part, he seems to lack the heroic spark that makes the real Batman so great.

Instead of brazenly shooting through lanes of traffic in pursuit of super villains this guy seems to just drive around, diligently obeying road laws.

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15 Asian American Actors who Could Play Villains in the Upcoming TV Show ‘Gotham’

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FOX announced last week that it would be developing a new TV series entitled Gotham set in a pre-Batman Gotham City and focusing on the origins of the Dark Knight’s future ally Commissioner James Gordon. Although Batman himself is not scheduled to appear in the show, his villains will (yes, I find that a little odd too). And because I’m all about helping out, I’m here to offer the producers some casting decisions that may not be the obvious choices.

Hollywood has occasionally changed the race of supporting comic book characters to reflect a more diverse world—usually turning white characters into African Americans i.e. Perry White in Man of Steel, The Martian Manhunter in Smallville and Harvey Dent himself in Tim Burton’s Batman—so in that spirit, here are my humble suggestions for fifteen Asian American actors who could play some of Gotham’s most notorious baddies and bring some more much-needed “color” to the Dark Knight’s world.

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15 Asian American Actors who Could Play Villains in the Upcoming TV Show ‘Gotham’

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