Cosplayer Mark RoBards shares an intricately detailed costume based on Thomas Wayne’s Batman from Flashpoint, capturing his tormented spirit.
A seasoned superhero cosplayer managed to re-create Batman’s iconic look from DC’s Flashpoint crossover event, and the final product is so imposing it could even make the Joker turn tail and run.
A cosplayer known as Mark RoBards, aka Mark_Knight_Rises on Instagram, uploaded several images of his most recent Batman costume and the results are spectacular. The look takes inspiration from the Flashpoint comic series, where an alternate timeline saw Thomas Wayne becoming a more murderous iteration of Batman following the death of his son. The cosplay excels at capturing the spirit of one of the darkest versions of the Dark Knight, complete with the red-and-black color scheme, angular body armor and a pair of pistols that look more than prepared to deal some damage.
RoBards first shared a close-up image of a bloodied, battered Batman whose grimace indicates he’s ready to fight back against his assailants with lethal force. The cinematic photo helps highlight the cosplayer’s impressive attention to detail, especially with the ferocious bend to the brow of the cowl and the miniature bat logos adorning the pistols.
“‘I’m not the hero of this story,'” the cosplayer captioned the image, quoting Thomas Wayne’s dialogue from the comics. “‘I’m a man who’s been corrupted by his own unbearable pain. I’m a man who has too much blood on his hands to be called good.'”
The second image showcased the remainder of the cosplay with a full-body photo in front of a nightmarish-looking background complete with a gargoyle, red lightning and, of course, plenty of bats. This image came with more quotes from the character, captioned, “Don’t preach to me. I got enough misplaced morality to handle the big metal Boy Scout on our hands. He wants to stop the war. So do we. That’s all he needs to know.”
When the core Flashpoint series ran in 2011, it proved to be one of the biggest story events in DC comic book history. Written by Geoff Johns and penciled by Andy Kuber, Flashpoint follows Barry Allen/The Flash as he navigates an alternate reality in which the DC universe has changed. Minor alterations in the timeline led to massive changes to the fates of Superman, the Green Lanterns and countless other DC characters.
Alterations to the traditional Batman mythos were major: instead of Thomas and Martha Wayne dying in front of Bruce, the opposite happened; Bruce was killed by the robber, not his parents. Following the death of his son, Thomas becomes the vengeance-seeking vigilante, a Batman with even darker methods of doling out justice. Conversely, Martha’s mind snaps under the pressure, and she becomes Flashpoint‘s Joker, the Clown Princess of Crime.
Between the excellent cosplay and the quoted dialogue from the comic, RoBards more than proved himself a major Flashpoint fan, but his cosplays haven’t stopped there. In the past, the cosplayer skillfully re-created a myriad of other iconic costumes from DC comics including those of Deathstroke/Slade Wilson, Green Lantern/Hal Jordan and Red Hood/Jason Todd. His Marvel cosplays have included Deadpool/Wade Wilson and Wolverine/James Howlett.
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