-This one was pretty straight forward for me. I was not happy with a lot of the Robin John Blake customs I saw, because they kept portraying him as Nightwing, Red Robin, Robin, etc - and Nolan, at the end of the movie, makes it very clear - Blake becomes The Batman. It says "The Dark Knight Rises" at the end, as the new Dark Knight is rising. It's about the legend of the Dark Knight - a theme seen throughout the entirety of the trilogy (though I will confess - MANY of the customs I've seen have been stellar - though they've not been Blake as Batman).
-I did, however, homage the Nightwing-blue. I picked the spots that are blue specifically, because they were heavily armored. They're the places someone like Blake (lacking a lifetime of training) would want to draw attention. Things like police, tactical-training that he's had, would all come in handy, but ultimately he'd need advantages like highlighted pieces of armor to catch a criminals eyes (as their eyes would naturally be drawn to what they can see the best, and would thereby, more than likely, shoot at it). That's the angle I addressed the color scheme from.
-It's an The Dark Knight Rises Batman figure, and the head of a John Blake swapped on.
-I hollowed out the head of The Batman figure, and put it in Blake-Batman's hand. I liked the idea of him holding the mask and semi-homaging the scene in China from The Dark Knight. It really completed the figure for me.
-I added a pseudo-backpack on the back - one that's far more simple than the one Bruce wore in The Dark Knight. Again, lacking a lifetime of training, Blake probably wouldn't be game to use the cape the same way Bruce would - nor would he want it flapping around behind him. I also doubt he'd have Alfred & Lucius to help repack the cape - so I saw it as a "break in case of emergency" piece of equipment. I figured he'd develop his own backpack, as part of the suit.
-In the backpack, is the cape. I removed the existing cape, and used a cape from an old-school Batman figure (so it looked like it does, when the current to solidify it, is not running through it). I fed the cape into the holes the actual cape left, and then cut it to fit the backpack, as there was no need of excess fabric.
-Ultimately then, it was just painting, touch up, and more painting.
-I don't think my camera is doing the figure as much justice as I'd prefer. It's a small mega-pixel camera that doesn't capture the details as well as some better camera's will (I wanted to post 3 pics). Nonetheless - this is at least the direction I think Blake would take the Dark Knight legend. Thanks for checking it out.
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