Anton Furst Batman 1989
Below, images of the Batmobile from the Tim Burton Batman movies.
Designed by Anton Furst, who also designed how Gotham City looked in the Burton film, "a stygian Babylon of emaciated alleys and big, bruising towers, all murk, sleaze and psychopathic architecture. " (or so said writer Benedict Nightingale in "Batman Prowls a Gotham Drawn From the Absurd," New York Times, June 18, 1989.)
From the NY Times interview with Furst:
"I'm not an exponent of cinema verite. In fact, I see my job as being rather like an illustrator of books: Gustav Dore or Arthur Rackham or Blake with his poetry. Believable unreality, if you like. Once you've established a film's own reality, its own spirit, you don't have to worry; you don't have to explain; you can do what you like. You just present people with that world, whether it's fascinating, gorgeous, dark, horrible, whatever, and you'll take them with you. Fellini's remark, that reality is only the extent of your imagination, is my philosophy.''
Tim Burton's instruction on designing the world of the first Batman film were to Anton Furst was "... imagine that Hell had broken through the sidewalks of Manhattan and kept on growing."
Below: Tim Burton at the time of making the first Batman film, atop the Batmobile. Photo from the Batman cover issue of "20/20" British magazine.
[Below: images from the 1989 film]
Original page May 2012 | Updated Aug 2014
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