The [k]night is dark

The Animated Series (1992) opening storyboards, drawn by Bruce Timm and coloured by Eric Radomski.

For me, The Animated Series (1992-1995) is the definitive Batman. And the opening title sequence encapsulates the essence of Batman in way that has yet to be surpassed.

*Watch*

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Warner Bros Studio Tour

July 14th, 2017

An Acromantula glamouring his lunch

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“An Acromantula is a species of giant spider, native to the rainforests of Southeast Asia, particularly Borneo where it inhabits dense jungles. Acromantulas are believed to be a wizard-bred species, designed to guard dwellings or treasure hoards, and were first created before the Ban on Experimental Breeding in 1965. These giant spiders with a taste for human flesh were first spotted in 1794.” {source}

Acromantula
Film: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002)

Although this spider bears a striking resemblance to Aragog, it is, in fact, much smaller. Spiders like this one were created to fill the background of the Forbidden Forest scene in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets or were attached to Ron’s car as he sped away out of the forest.

Warner Bros Studio Tour

July 14th, 2017

Warner Bros Studio Tour – IV

Take 2 – Scene 3 ”Sets, Props & Costumes”

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Blimp model, Blade Runner (1982)

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Jack Warner’s phone and phone book (some mythical names included and that’s only two pages of the letter D)

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Dobby the House Elf – Harry Potter

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Gravity Capsule
This is one of the original capsules used in Gravity. This is an accurate version of a Soyuz capsule that was designed so that all of the panels could be removed as needed to make room for the cast, crew and cameras.

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Pretty Little Liars
A’s lair is the mysterious base of operations. It is where ”A” would go to think of plans, send texts, create messages and find ways to psychologically torture the girls.
The question is: Who is ”A”?

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Two and a Half Men
These are the original costumes and the living room set from the final, 2014-2015 season. The view of Malibu seen on the show was, in fact, just a photographic backdrop.

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The set of ”Friends”, which at least 95% of you will have recognized. I was not a fan but do appreciate its popularity.

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Costume design, Mars Attacks!, Manuscripts

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Last, but not least, Ladies & Gentlemen, may I present to you my Oscar (but spare you the painful ”thank you” speech)!

Sets, Props, Costumes (& the Oscars), part of the Warner Bros Studio Tour

July 14th, 2017

 

Warner Bros Studio Tour – III

Take 2 – Scene 2 ”The World’s Greatest Detective”

From the first issue of Batman to the latest Batmobile, there was not much more a Batman fan could have wished for – except perhaps more time inside this Batcave of Treasures before being ushered to the props. The few minutes we had to walk around the Batmobiles were nowhere near enough to take in everything, still, just enough to take a few quick snapshots:

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Batman #1
Spring 1940. Making his appearance in Detective Comics #27, this first issue of Batman’s own title marks the first appearance of both The Joker & Catwoman.

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Batman & Robin (1997)
Bathammer. When Gotham City is frozen over, it’s time to call in your ice-handling backup- the Bathammer! With 3 meters of wingspan, the added stability to this Bat-inspired snowmobile lets the caped crusader fight crime even in the coldest of circumstances.

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Batmobile from Batman Forever (1995)
The vent work in the design was indirectly lit so it appeared to glow blue on screen. Joel Schumacher helmed the next two Batman films, with Tim Flattery designing the Batmobile for Batman Forever. Using a Chevrolet 350 ZZ3 high-performance motor, the Batmobile came to life with a brand new look and feel. Its design is also inspired by bioluminescent sea creatures, as well as both Tim Burton and George Barris’ Batmobiles.

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Batman & Robin (1997)
Batblade. As Batman and Robin head off to fight Mr. Freeze, we also see Batgirl on her very own Batblade! Developed from a drag racing bike, Production Designer Barbara Ling added a neon Bat-logo to the front of the bike, maintaining the bright, comic book feel of the film.

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Miniature remote Batmobile, Batman Returns (1992), from the props department

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Joker’s car from Suicide Squad (2016)
Custom made by Vaydor Bodykits, an autoshop operating in Florida, providing custom, fiberglass kits, machine parts and gears for the Infiniti G35 Coupe. The custom Vaydor kit seen in the film was designed by Matt McEntegart and you can order one too (provided you drive an Infiniti)!

The Batmobiles, part of the Warner Bros Studio Tour

July 14th, 2017

 

 

 

Warner Bros Studio Tour – II

Apart from the outdoor sets and iconic soundstages, the tour offers views of original costumes, props and sets used in films and T.V. series, an unmissable opportunity to observe them at their source and a real treat.

Take 2 – Scene 1 ”D.C. Universe”

Superman, Batman & Wonder Woman costumes from ”Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016)”. Designed by Michael Wilkinson


Perry White, Clark Kent & Lois Lane costumes from ”Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016)”. Designed by Michael Wilkinson


Robin costume from ”Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016)”.


Lex Luthor costume from ”Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016)”. Designed by Michael Wilkinson


Harley Quinn costume from ”Suicide Squad” (2016)”. Designed by Kate Hawley


Eyeball Thug costume from ”Suicide Squad” (2016)”. Designed by Kate Hawley


The Joker costume from ”Suicide Squad” (2016)”. Designed by Kate Hawley


D.C. Universe, part of the Warner Bros Studio Tour

July 14th, 2017

Warner Bros Studio Tour – I

L.A.
The city of angels, the city of stars, the city of dreams. Rather than revolving around a centre, L.A. expands in neighbourhoods, or rather cities-within-the-city, each one with its own character and levels of popularity, gentrification and cool. We will (re)visit some of these neighbourhoods in the coming days but… first things first: a behind-the-scenes tour where some of the magic happens – in Warner Bros Studios.

Scene 1 – Take 1 (exterior snapshots) Warner Bros Studio Tour
3400 W. Riverside Dr.
Burbank, CA 91505

July 14th, 2017