Batman 75: To the Batcave!


Detective Comics #27 May 1939 - the first appearance of the Batman
Detective Comics #27 May 1939

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.

Batman vs. Superman: Ben Affleck as Batman and the new Batmobile
Batman vs. Superman: Ben Affleck as Batman and the new Batmobile

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!

Batman 75th anniversary
Happy Birthday Batman!

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 Actors Michael Keaton Val Kilmer George Clooney Christian Bale
Top: Michael Keaton & Val Kilmer
Bottom: George Clooney & Christian Bale
Batman Alternate costumes Warner Bros VIP Tour Batman 75
Batman Alternates
Batman Batsignal Warner Bros VIP Tour Batman 75
Batsignal

 

BATMAN (1989) & BATMAN RETURNS (1992)

Batmobile Batman 1989 Warner Bros VIP Tour Batman 75 Exhibit
The Batmobile
Batmobile Batman 1989 Warner Bros VIP Tour Batman 75 Exhibit
Inside the Batmobile

 

BATMAN FOREVER (1995)

Batmobile Batman Forever 1995 Warner Bros VIP Tour Batman 75 Exhibit
The updated Batmobile of Batman Forever

 

BATMAN & ROBIN (1997)

Bathammer Batman & Robin 1997 Warner Bros VIP Tour Batman 75 Exhibit
Bathammer from Batman & Robin
Batblade & Redbird motorcycles from Batman & Robin 1997 Warner Bros VIP Tour Batman 75 Exhibit
Batblade & Redbird motorcycles from Batman & Robin

 

BATMAN BEGINS (2005), THE DARK KNIGHT (2008) & THE DARK KNIGHT RISES (2012)

Batpod Bat Tumbler & Bat Pod Batman Begins The Dark Knight Warner Bros VIP Tour Batman 75 Exhibit
Bat Tumbler & Bat Pod
Bat Tumbler & Bat Pod Batman Begins The Dark Knight Warner Bros VIP Tour Batman 75 Exhibit
Camo Tumbler (The Dark Knight Rises) and Bat Tumbler (Batman Begins and The Dark Knight)

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…

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