The Caped Crusader or Dark Knight known as Batman was created by Bob Kane and Bill Finger and first appeared way back in May 1939 in Detective Comics #27. So 2014 is a celebration of the 75th anniversary of the Batman and I couldn’t be happier than to join in on the party as Batman is by far my favourite crime fighting superhero in the DC Comics stable.
The great news is that even after all these years Batman is still going strong and a new movie, the much anticipated Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice will be released in 2016. Ben Affleck is donning the cape and cowl in this latest incarnation of Batman and so far he is really looking the part.
The new Batmobile looks like a mean beast too. The Batman vs. Superman vehicle combines old school elements of the Batmobile with the more modern military style take from the Christopher Nolan movies starring Christian Bale.
Warner Brothers the studio responsible for the Batman movies have celebrated this 75th anniversary with adding Batman 75 exhibits to their VIP Studio Tour in Burbank, California. This is intended to be a limited time exhibition running until the end of the year, so being a huge Batman fan it was one I just had to see!
Apart from perhaps seeing some possible filming locations for the 1966 TV series and later movies, the two key parts of the tour that are Batman related are the “Batcave” and a museum of Batman movie costumes and props. Lets first take a step deep into the darkness of the “Batcave” to see some of the fantastic Bat Vehicles from the earlier Michael Keaton movies: Batman (1989) and Batman Returns (1992); then Batman Forever (1995 – Batman: Val Kilmer and Robin: Chris O’Donnell) and Batman & Robin (1997 – Batman: George Clooney, Robin: Chris O’Donnell and Batgirl: Alicia Silverstone); through to the newer Christian Bale movies: Batman Begins (2005), The Dark Knight (2008) & The Dark Knight Rises (2012). Trust me when you walk into this location you cannot help but be impressed by what awaits you!
BATMAN (1989) & BATMAN RETURNS (1992)
BATMAN FOREVER (1995)
BATMAN & ROBIN (1997)
BATMAN BEGINS (2005), THE DARK KNIGHT (2008) & THE DARK KNIGHT RISES (2012)
Sigh, I really didn’t want to leave the “Batcave” but there was much more to see. My next post will feature the Batman museum section of the Warner Brothers VIP Studio Tour. What a treasure trove of movie costumes this was!
If you love all things Batman vehicle related please also check out my Batman: 75 Glorious Years of Bat Vehicles post. This one is especially for all the 1960’s era Batman fans that are out there (me included).
Please join me again soon. Same bat time, same bat channel…