Comic-Con 2014: Final Fantasy Director Designs Wild New Batman Action Figure

Check out what longtime Final Fantasy and Kingdom Hearts designer Tetsuya Nomura's take on Batman is like.

A new take on Batman will soon be added to Square Enix's Play Arts Kai line of collectibles. It's not the first, but it is notable because of who's creating it: Tetsuya Nomura, best known for his extensive work on the Final Fantasy and Kingdom Hearts series.

Square Enix announced today that a new, original design from Nomura will be joining the Play Arts Kai collection. Details on price, release date, and even a final name--"Batman (Designed by Tetsuya Nomura)" is what it's going by for now--have not yet been revealed, but we do have the first images (above and below) of what it looks like.

San Diego Comic-Con attendees will have the opportunity to see a prototype of the new action figure for themselves. Those at the show can swing by the Square Enix booth (#3829) at the show, which begins today and runs through Sunday, July 27. Nomura will also be doing an autograph signing for those who purchase select Play Arts Kai figures. More details are available on Square Enix's website.

Nomura has worked for Square Enix for more than two decades (meaning he worked for it back when it was just plain old "Square"). He's done design work on more than a dozen Final Fantasy games and the Kingdom Hearts games. He's also served as a director or producer on many of these games, including the original Kingdom Hearts and the upcoming Final Fantasy XV.

You might think of Square Enix exclusively as a game developer and publsiher, but its merchandise division offers a fairly wide selection of action figures. These figures features characters from Square Enix's own properties, as well as those of others (including Titanfall, Metal Gear Solid V, Robocop, and DC Comics).

GameSpot will be bringing you coverage straight from SDCC in the coming days. For a full list of the confirmed games and game-related panels that will be at the show, check out our full rundown.

(Photo credits: Justin Haywald)

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Shadowdanc3r
Shadowdanc3r

This Batman would definitely strike terror into the hearts of criminals.

cdog21
cdog21

This looks more like a villain for Terry's Batman, instead of the actual hero.

Mraou
Mraou

It's not evocative of Batman, so it's bad in that regards. It would be a good design for something else, though.

sephirothsfan02
sephirothsfan02

Looks too badass but I like it a lot. He`s obviously my favorite character designer, followed closely by Shinji Shinkawa and Takeshi Uematsu.

Jarten
Jarten

I think it looks cool.

C-THREE
C-THREE

I wonder if he has control of those extra arms he has in the back of him? if he doesn't that would be ridiculous.

linthes999
linthes999

Remove the hood and you'll find Lightning.

jenovaschilld
jenovaschilld

Too much demon suit and not enough detective suit for me. 

HonorOfGod
HonorOfGod

Nope I dont sense or see batman in this but it makes for an awesome Diablos summon... Noctis summoned diablos? or merged with it??

Looks rad do... maybe it feels like buttman.. hmm

crusaderprophet
crusaderprophet

do not like it...it does not even look like a human being or even remotely batman
...but I commend the skill and talent went into creating it...should have been called a name of its own...it deserves a new identity

hystavito
hystavito

If I touch this to my WiiU gamepad, will it appear in Smash Bros.?

virtualskill
virtualskill

FF8's Diablo summon resembles this quite a bit. It's great though.

MarioFanaticXV
MarioFanaticXV

Nomura, you already ruined Final Fantasy with your designs. Leave DC alone.


Besides, it looks more like a hybrid of Iron Man, Venom, and Spawn than anything that makes me think of Batman.

nikon133
nikon133

Seems like good workmanship, but it's not really Batman, is it?

Omega
Omega

Wow that is one ugly Batman.

Chatch09
Chatch09

Dark Knight Bahamut....Bat-hamut? lol

Garm31
Garm31

Another pretty nice, farcically overpriced figure from Play Arts. The reason the prices are so high is because id**ts keep paying the premium prices. They make these for less then $5 in China, then sell them for 70 or 80 dollars. No wonder the market is flooded with premium toys.

meedokicky
meedokicky

Play arts figures are good, but I am not too fond of this design. it is cool and shiny but i feel there is a bit too much going on.

EMPTY-V
EMPTY-V

It's different than how we're used to seeing batman; I like it for that fact. Definitely resembles the Play Arts Bahumut figure they're releasing soon. I'm happy enough with the "Ninja" variant figure though.

hitomo
hitomo

lets talk about generic

goku2000
goku2000

You'd have to convince me of the Batman inspiration, but this figure would look sweet next to the Play Arts Kai Bahamut I plan on buying later this year.

PlatinumPaladin
PlatinumPaladin

It's a cool looking figure, but I think it's taken creative liberties a little too far as it certainly doesn't make me think 'Batman'. If anything it looks like this will be to Batman what Ultron is going to be to Iron Man.

nero3068
nero3068

Looks like Batman the Dark Knight upgraded to Dread Knight! Looks too evil and overly done. I understand Nomura wants to show off his art skills but he is totally missing the point of what makes the design of a batman suit IMO.

System4Ever
System4Ever

What is it with Japanese and making Helmets which are impossible to see out of? and whats with the thin useless extra arms on the back?

Sonic4545
Sonic4545

Maybe if it wasn't a take on Batman it would be ok but I think that looks horrendous!

DarkSaber2k
DarkSaber2k

Looks like a generic Japanese mechasuit guy to me.

Kamina85
Kamina85

Looks like the Black Knights in Dark Souls. Pretty cool.

Stebsis
Stebsis

I'm impressed, there aren't million belts and zippers covering him

DamnILoveGames
DamnILoveGames

It's kind of out of character for Batman. I think he'd have a tough time being both quiet and nimble in something that clunky, but I must admit it looks insanely badass.

yapic2
yapic2

@jake198624 ugh, shut up Jake. I don't like the design either but seriously, Nomura worked for Kingdom Hearts while other people worked on Final Fantasy. The only FF games he's involved in are Dissidia and FFXV.

yapic2
yapic2

@MarioFanaticXV AGAIN, Nomura is more involved in Kingdom Hearts than Final Fantasy. Only FF games he's involved in are Dissidia and FFXV!

Sheesh people, know your game developers!

hystavito
hystavito

@MarioFanaticXV If I just saw that in some other context, I would have had no clue it was supposed to be anything to do with Batman.

swyg
swyg

@System4Ever What is is with your ultra sexy avatar?  What practical reason would Saeko Busujima have in hair that shiny, skin that perfect and boobs that bounce that much in fighting zombies?  What logic is that?! BLEH!

nero3068
nero3068

@Stebsis Japanese designed suit don't need zippers and belts. Haven't you seen those anime like sailor moon where the suit just magically wrap around and appear on the body?

MarioFanaticXV
MarioFanaticXV

@yapic2 So I guess that you've never heard of FFVII, VIII, X, X-2, or XIII? Because Nomura had major involvement in all of those. Though Kingdom Hearts still qualifies as ruining Final Fantasy.