New Comic-Con Batman Figure From Square Enix Looks Right At Home In Final Fantasy Or Some Lovecraftian Arkham Knight Fever Dream

By Steve Buja , Updated Jul 24, 2014 09:16 AM EDT

Batman's turning Japanese. Yes, he's turning Japanese. I really, really think so.

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At The San Diego Comic-Con today Square Enix announced a brand new line of collectible Batman figures for their ultra-high end Play Arts -Kai series. The Dark Knight will join Captain Kirk, Robocop, Final Fantasy summons and many others in the figures line. Square previously announced a Batman: Arkham Origins Batman and Deathstroke figure, but as busy as those were, they don't hold a candle to this latest version.

The new line of figures is from the mind and talented hand of Tetsuya Nomura, who is a designer for Final Fantasy and even directed the criminally underappreciated Final Fantasy: Advent Children.

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The design is very, uh, different. Do you remember that scene in Batman Begins when Batman sprays The Scarecrow with the hallucinogen and then Scarecrow starts freaking out because Batman looks positively nightmarish? This is that moment, on steroids. This is how Batman imagines himself to look towards his enemies. Is it practical? Absolutely not. Will he ever even need to fight? No, because people are going to run in terror they very moment they see him.

This new Batman would be right at home in a Final Fantasy game as one of the end game summons.

No official name has been given yet for the figure. A release date and suggested retail price is also unknown. What we do know, however, is that San Diego Comic Con attendees can get a first look at the prototype if they head on over to the Square Enix booth (#3829).

So, what do you think? Too much? Not enough? Will it be an unlockable costume in Batman: Arkham Knight? Because I'd play that in a heartbeat.

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