Oliver Barrett’s The Dark Knight Variant Poster

Movie posters used to be real art but have been replaced by boring templates. This variant poster of The Dark Knight created by Oliver Barrett for Mondo is just a great example of the creative possibilities open to movie poster designers.

The Dark Knight Variant Movie Poster by Oliver Barrett
The Dark Knight Variant Movie Poster by Oliver Barrett

Medicom 6″ Action Figure of The Joker “Cop” from The Dark Knight

I am not a fan of Christian Bale as Batman, but the opening segment of The Dark Knight with Heath Ledger as The Joker pretending to be a cop is one of the best sequences in any super-hero film. Medicom has created a highly detailed action figure of that incarnation of The Joker, complete with interchangeable heads, arms, rifle and police hat.

The Dark Knight Joker "Cop" Action Figure
The Joker

The Dark Knight Joker "Cop" Action Figure
Joker Action figure accessories

Medicom The Joker “Bank Robber” Bearbrick

Medicom makes a series of vinyl toys called Bearbricks–essentially an anthropomorphized bear designed to look like some pop culture figure, from Toy Story to Star Trek. I’m generally not a fan (I just don’t get the point), but I have to say I could see myself buying this Bank Robber version of The Joker from The Dark Knight movie. Probably more about how cool this version of The Joker was in that movie.


Medicom Joker "Bank Robber" Bearbrick

Dumbest. Batman. Toy. Evar.

So I was checking out the clearance toy bin at the local Wal-Mart-style chain store and ran across what has to be not only the worst Dark Knight tie-in, but possibly the lamest Batman toy ever. I give you, the Dark Knight Interactive Bat,

Dark Knight Interactive Bat

According to Mattel’s promotional material,

Batman Dark Knight Interactive Bat makes the Batcave playroom complete. From deep within the mysteries of the Batcave comes the Attack Bat. It perches silently. Wake up the bat by pressing a button and the eyes will glow and the bat makes chittering noises. Press a button on the perch, the bat releases itself and begins to take flight, surely scaring anyone nearby.

Uh, yeah, every kid’s dream to have a creepy f—ing bat toy.

Dark Knight Interactive Bat