BATMAN

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For Tim Burton’s legendary, latex megabuster the idea for the sequence came in a flash: to turn the two-dimensional classic comic logo into a 3-D landscape. The audience is kept guessing until the final reveal.

The camera swoops and prowls the stone curves of a huge shadowy edifice, which is finally revealed to be the Batman logo itself.

The sequence was shot stop frame animation on 35mm film before digital technology was available.

Warner Bros. was worried about any ideas for the film leaking out, so when the 4 days of filming finished, the models were taken out under armed guard. Later Tim invited Richard to a sound studio near Wembley Stadium, and the London Symphony Orchestra performed Danny Elfman’s theme to the Morrison created images.

Stone effect and body texture of the logo was made from using car filler cement.

The first of what has become a huge successful movie franchise. Tim Burton's 1989 Batman has gone on to gross more than $400M worldwide.

Starring Michael Keaton (Batman Returns), Jack Nicholson (The Shining) and Kim Basinger (L.A. Confidential), along with a huge star cast. Produced by Peter Guber and Jon Peters with music by Danny Elfman and brilliant editing by Ray Lovejoy. The film starts-off Gotham City's Dark Knight's war on crime, with his first major enemy being the clownishly homicidal Joker.

Directed by
Tim Burton

Production Co.
Warner Bros.

Release Date
Jun 23, 1989 (USA)

Awards
10 Wins
22 Nominations