The Making of 1989's Batman
As Ghostbusters turned 30 this year, another seminal genre film celebrates its 25th birthday. 1989's Batman is one of the defining superhero films of the 20th century, and there are still many comic book fans who believe that it's tonally superior to Nolan's Dark Knight Trilogy. The hardcore fans at 1989Batman.com certainly think so, and have been celebrating the 25th anniversary of Batman with archival media related to the film's original release. This behind-the-scenes video is a rare 1988 preview produced by Warner Bros. to convince distributors and merchandising partners that the movie was not going to be like the 1966 show. It wasn't produced for fans, and was produced at the beginning of the film's production, according to the video's director. Among the details shared are the making of the many props in the film, including Batman's utility belt gadgets, two batmobiles constructed for production, and even the original costume cowl sculpt. The 1989Batman site is an awesome repository of behind-the-scenes material for acolytes of Tim Burton's Batman, including this incredible photographic account of how fans sneaked into the Pinewood Studio sound stages to visit the Gotham City set.