Batman loves the shadows. He lurks in them, striking fear into his enemies by striking from the shadows. But The Dark Knight probably never thought he could use shadows the way the Fusion Wayang Kulit team does – by turning him into a Batman as a traditional Kelantanese wayang kulit shadow puppet!
It’s not just Batman who has been turned into a wayang kulit puppet, the rest of his Justice League pals – Superman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, and Flash – have also gotten the wayang kulit treatment, courtesy of fan art by the Fusion Wayang Kulit team. And folks in Penang can now get to see this shadow Justice League in their full glory.
The puppets are currently on display at an exhibition at Gurney Paragon Mall, Penang. The event is held in conjunction with the DC Superhero Run in Penang, with the support of Penang Global Tourism.
Creative designers Tintoy Chuo and Take Huat are the founders of Fusion Wayang Kulit, the creative team that came up with the wonderful Peperangan Bintang Wayang Kulit a few years back. That particular project featured Star Wars characters like Darth Vader and Princess Leia as traditional wayang kulit puppets, and even spawned a few demo shows featuring an actual wayang kulit troupe from Kelantan. They also recently created a Bruce Lee shadow puppet.
Chuo said that the decision to focus on DC characters this time round was simple: he just loved superheroes. “I love superheroes, especially Batman. We (FWK) have always wanted to do more wayang kulit puppets after Star Wars, so when we the opportunity to create a set of fan art puppets for DC, we were so excited to do it!” he said.
The Fusion Wayang Kulit DC superheroes puppets are currently on display at Gurney Paragon Mall, Penang, from today until Aug 31, 10am-10pm. For more information about Fusion Wayang Kulit, visit www.facebook.com/FusionWayangKulit.
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