Now that most of the major heroes and rogues gallery from the campy Batman 1966 show have made their way to action figure form, McFarlane Toys is tapping into the comic book escapades of the Dynamic Duo for future entries into the series.
The Batman ’66 comic book ran from 2013 to 2016. It introduced several classic DC Comics characters into the campy version of Gotham City, who never made it into the TV show. One such character was the Last Son of Krypton. Yes, Superman himself made an appearance.
Even if you’re not a 1966 Batman fan, this is certainly a unique Superman to add to your collection. I only wish McFarlane Toys would improve the capes.
“Sent to Earth from the dying planet of Krypton as a baby, Kai-El was found by farmers Martha and Jonathan Kent and raised as their son, Clark. As Clark grew up, the radiation from Earth’s yellow sun gave him extraordinary powers, which he kept hidden. Now fully grown, he uses his powers to protect his adopted world of Superman.”
As far as the more outlandish characters go, Batman’s gigantic metal do-gooder, Bat Robot, is also joining the series. This may be one of the most detailed and complex figures created for Batman ’66.
The Bat Robot appeared in issue 14, where Batman’s mechanical crime-fighting machine is taken advantage of by the Riddler and the Joker. No, not in that way.
“As a child, Bruce Wayne'” watched as his parents were brutally killed in Gotham City’s Crime Alley. Traumatized by their deaths, he devoted his life to becoming the world’s greatest weapon against crime-the Batman! He’s a master detective and an expert martial artist, but his greatest weapon is his mind.”
One of the more interesting characters to appear in this comic book-inspired wave is Lord Death Man. His appearance in the ’66 comics is pretty similar to his standard DC Comics counterpart and probably wouldn’t have gotten past the censors for TV.
“Lord Death Man was a mysterious crime boss who could return from the dead. In one gruesome incident, he came back to life mid-autopsy. Lord Death Man also had superhuman strength and stamina, which he used to battle Batman, The Outsiders, and Talon. Ra’s al Ghul even sought to siphon the regenerative fluids from Lord Death Man’s body.”
Since McFarlane Toys now appears to be focusing on the extended universe of Batman ’66 villains, we’ll probably be seeing the following characters pop up in future waves:
- Harley Quinn
- Poison Ivy
- The Mad Hatter
- Solomon Grundy
- Ra’s al Ghul
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