WATCH: Classic Batman-Themed, Gotham Theater Showdown Diorama.

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Most of us will probably agree that at 2,526 pieces, the LEGO DC Comics Superheroes Batman Classic TV Series – Batcave (76052) is one of the most impressive sets that LEGO has ever released in tribute to our crime-fighting caped crusader. But looking at how Paul Hetherington recreates the classic DC superhero as he squares off with his archenemy the Joker in this 1950s-themed Gotham Theater Showdown makes you want to wish that LEGO came up with this set. This latest MOC from Paul (aka LegoBrickbaron over at YouTube), is an offshoot from his LEGO Batman Joker’s Funhouse creation from two years ago. Other than its power functions and play features, Paul’s LEGO Batman VS Joker Gotham Theater Showdown brims with so much detail that it perfectly captures the classic art deco of the time. Paul’s ingenious way of using those brown, gold and tan elements in creating the pattern for the theater’s outside decor is absolutely wonderful. Even the logo and the background skyscrapers are so reminiscent of the 50s design that you will notice that it is made up LEGO bricks. Look at the finer details of this MOC as seen from this close up shots.

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Paul also provided a video about the several power functions of his MOC, which he took inspiration from the 1927 4,000-seater Marbo Theater in Chicago, Illinois. Here’s how he describes his set.

I thought it would be cool to create my own version of a vintage 1950’s BATMAN comic book cover in LEGO. Here is the setup for my story…..

Once again that Mad Harlequin of Hate, The Joker, brings menace to the citizens of Gotham. Beware as the Streetcar named Destruction advances into Gotham, and the Joker’s henchmen unleash horrible Joker Gas! Listen to the eerie dreadful laughing — has the Joker taken control of everyone?!? Wait — look above — that symbol of justice descending from the sky — The Batcopter! Piloted by the plucky Robin, The Boy Wonder and the courageous Batman! Are the tornado team of crime crushers in time to oppose the Grim Jester in the gripping tale of — Gotham Theater Showdown!!

Be sure to give Paul a note or two over at his Flickr account if you were also amazed by his original LEGO creation. Thanks to Brothers Brick for pointing us to Paul’s excellent work.

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