There’s an image floating around on the internet that shows Final Fantasy and Kingdom Hearts mainstay Tetsuya Nomura’s take on Batman. Apparently it was his design for a game that never materialized, but in exchange there’s a figure of him and some art if you’re interested in looking. Speaking personally, I don’t think it’s that bad. It’s definitely an interesting take, if a little cluttered. And given the man responsible, it could have been a lot worse. A LOT worse.
Nomura may be famous for
running Kingdom Hearts right
into the damn ground his artistic sensibilities, but whether you like his
techniques or hate them, it’s hard to heap too much hate on him. If nothing else, his designs -- when they’re
at their best -- are the sort of things that by nature stick out in your
mind. They transcend being mere drawings
or renderings, and become some truly iconic stuff. I’d like to think that (if not for the
presence of something like Berserk)
it would be Cloud and his Buster Sword that engraved the concept of “massive
sword” in the public conscious, where it’s stayed for years. On the other hand, Nomura has almost
single-handedly ruined “belts and zippers” for everyone, so there’s also that.
But let’s not slam the man any longer. Let’s focus on concepts.