The Establishing Shot: Behind the scenes on the set of Batman

Wednesday, May 18, 2011 Craig Grobler 0 Comments

Batman on setWith the UK leg of The Dark Knight Rises shoot kicking off this week The Establishing Shot brings you another rare and exceptional set of photos from Stefan Lange. This time from his work on the set of Tim Burton's Batman.

Batman was shot on locations all over the UK including Pinewood Studios where Gotham City was recreated - as you can see in the photos below.

Batman Establishing Shot of Gotham City
Basically a Derek Meddings painted canvas with some miniature flats in the foreground. A big roll of shiny dustbin-bag like plastic (Astrolux?) on the floor for the river and a model road bridge crossing over it. The bridge had 'rope lights' along the roadway which were pulled along by hand to look like traffic.

The Batwing from Tim Burton's Batman
A model batwing for crash sequence. Very fragile as most of the outer structure was made of pewter so that it would buckle realistically on impact.

The Joker shoots the Batwing down in Gotham City

Gotham City Miniature from Tim Burton's Batman
Suspended 'rise and fall' motion control rig designed and built by Peter Talbot for Gotham City model unit photography.

Filming Batman for Tim Burton's vision
Tracking shot along a model Gotham City street. Looks like Jonathan Taylor, Focus Puller for the visual effects unit on camera.

Batman on set
Batman Film Poster
Director: Tim Burton
Writers: Bob Kane & Sam Hamm
Stars: Michael Keaton, Jack Nicholson and Kim Basinger

The Dark Knight Rises has an expected release date of 20 July, 2012
Director: Christopher Nolan
Writers: Bob Kane & David S. Goyer
Stars: Christian Bale, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Gary Oldman

Behind the scenes: On the set of Batman