DC Universe Flashpoint Action League Review: Project Superman & Batman

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Flashpoint isn’t just a universe without the Flash; it’s a whole universe without Bruce Wayne and Superman. And without those two, everything is different. Also, this review contains some major spoilers for Flashpoint.

To save humanity, Batman rescues Project: Superman from the lab so he can join in the fight!

The big reveal at the beginning of Flashpoint was the fact that Batman wasn’t Bruce Wayne – it was his father, Thomas Wayne. His origin story was very familiar with a single twist, instead of Thomas and Martha getting shot, Bruce was. The never explained why he became Batman (or why Martha became the Joker), but you don’t really need to. Gotham needs a Batman.

A brand new sculpt, Flashpoint Batman looks like he was supposed to be another variant in the long line of Batman sculpts based on the fact that multiple elements are sculpted that don’t really make sense, like the super hero underoos.. Posed mid-kick, he’s able to support himself thanks to the clear stand.

Thomas does get some sculpted stubble on his chin below a terrifying grimace but it is unpainted. In an interested shift, Batman’s biceps are actually sculpted. In fact, they almost look like they belong to a Super Hero Squad figure instead of an Action League. Articulation is the standard four points.

To set himself apart, Thomas went with a darker color scheme. The black and gray is perfectly Batman enough, but the red details really help sell the idea that this isn’t the regular Batman. In a disappointing oversight, Batman’s eyes are white instead of red. Though he does look an awful lot like the Dark Knight figure.

The other figure in this set is Project: Superman. An alien that crashed landed on earth; he was captured by the US military and experimented on deep underground by Captain Lane. Given that he spent his whole life inside and away from the sun, this isn’t your regular Superman.

Looking like a cross between Saint Walker and Bizarro, Project: Superman is lanky as can be. His ghastly pale skin makes him look like a ghost. His costume is little more than a skin tight navy blue suit with a unique looking logo – an S1 in a sun.

The face doesn’t look anything like the Man of Steel we know. Yes, the cleft chin is there, but it looks twisted and pointed. Same with the sloppy hair that wants to be rolled into a spit curl. From below his furrowed brow, two blue eyes glare out.

Project: Superman moves at the same four points as Batman, but he has some balance issues. Given how thin his limbs are, they got warped in the packaging which resulted in him having issues standing.

This is a weird pack. Usually, when a set is Batman and Superman, it is easy to pass it over. But both these figures are unique, though not exactly necessary. Flashpoint Batman is a good figure, but I wouldn’t be surprised if we see this repainted down the road again as “Kicking Batman.” As for Project: Superman, he just looks weird. If you’re a fan of Flashpoint, then these two are great but if you’re more concerned about the true DC Universe, this is a pass.

DC Universe Action League

Wave 1
Superman & Bizzaro | Hal Jordan & White Lantern Sinestro
Firestorm & Deathstorm | The Flash & Captain Boomerang

Wave 2
Green Arrow & Prometheus | Batman & the Joker
John Stewart & Atrocitus | Tomar Re & Low

Wave 3
Superman & Wonder Woman | Batman & Deathstroke
Split Hal Jordan & Saint Walker | Killowag & Zilius Zox

Wave 4
Batman & Bronze Tiger | Professor Zoom & the Flash
Martian Manhunter & Deadman | Yellow Lantern Sinestro & Akrillo

Flashpoint Universe Action League
The Flash &  Citizen Cold | Project: Superman & The Batman

Written by jestergoblin

February 28th, 2012 at 12:00 am

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