A bust of Batman from The Dark Knight Returns comic book series - as written and drawn by Frank Miller with Klaus Janson in 1986 - will be available as a San Diego Comic-Con exclusive, this year. Produced from a partnership between Sideshow and Prime 1 Studio, the piece of comic book merchandise is sure to please Comic-Con attendees who still hold the seminal Miller run on the Dark Knight in high regard.
For those not in the know, The Dark Knight Returns sees an aging Bruce Wayne forced to dawn his old cape and cowl after years of retirement, when a string of violent upstart punks, criminals, and villainous masterminds begin terrorizing his native Gotham City. The gritty surrealism put on display in the original comic book panels by Miller and Janson have since served to influence countless iterations of Batman on the big screen - including the Christopher Nolan opus The Dark Knight and the Zack Snyder DC Extended Universe film Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice. The aforementioned bust will serve to further honor the story's legacy.
Any Comic Con-attendee who is lucky enough to pick up their very own The Dark Knight Returns Batman bust later next month, will be gifted with a meticulous recreation of Bruce Wayne's aged visage from the original DC Comics panels. Weighing in at 33 pounds, and standing at 10.66 inches in height, 9.33 inches in width, and 8.26 inches in length, fans of Miller's seminal graphic novel will want to be sure to take note of this stunning piece of Batman paraphernalia.
Following the recent passing of original Batman actor Adam West, the classic DC superhero will more likely than not remain at the premium level of mainstream popularity that he has enjoyed for some time now, and the release of The Dark Knight Returns bust is sure to intrigue the most dedicated fans of the character. Next to performances given by the likes of West, Christian Bale, and Ben Affleck, Miller's iteration of Bruce Wayne is an equally well known and beloved depiction that Comic-Con attendees may be more than willing to fork over a lump of cash to own another likeness of.
Having since been immortalized on film in the two-part animated feature produced by DC Entertainment from 2012 and 2013, The Dark Knight Returns maintains its status as an indispensable Batman story, and the Comic-Con bust based on the Miller comic's likeness is sure to be a bestseller. If you intend on picking up one of these 500 unique pieces from Sideshow and Prime 1 Studio, then you'd better be ready to scour the San Diego convention floor soon.