BATMAN RETURNS: Batmobile & Rocket-Clad Penguins Concept Art

BATMAN RETURNS: Batmobile & Rocket-Clad Penguins Concept Art

Conceptual illustrator, Tim Flattery, had the pleasure of working on tim Burton's Batman Returns and Joel Schumacher Batman Forever. Check out his concept art for the Batmobile, Batboat, and the penguins that had rockets strapped to their backs.



BATMAN RETURNS - was directed by Tim Burton and starred: Michael Keaton as Batman/Bruce Wayne, Danny DeVito as The Penguin/Oswald Cobblepot, Michelle Pfeiffer as Catwoman/Selina Kyle, Christopher Walken as Max Shreck, Michael Gough as Alfred Pennyworth, and Pat Hingle as Commissioner James Gordon.

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ComicBoyWonder - 2/23/2013, 9:37 PM
The fifth to last batmobile design actually looks pretty awesome, but would look even better without that huge fin in the back.
TheSuperguy - 2/23/2013, 9:41 PM
In BATMAN RETURNS, Mike Keaton saved that movie. It could have been cool, but it was too Tim Burton-y. I'm all for sequels going in a different direction ( I thought EVIL DEAD II was awesome) but it has to make sense for the story. Burton was making a superhero comic book movie, but the tone was like Sweeney Todd. It was dark, but the wrong kind of dark. It was gothic dark, when it should have been comic book dark.

Would have loved to have seen his version of BATMAN FOREVER, though.
Fornication - 2/23/2013, 9:41 PM
Go my minions!
Brady1138 - 2/23/2013, 9:47 PM
I'm sorry, but I just don't like these. Michael Keaton just never did it for me. He was too passive (he gets the bad guys AFTER they attack!) and almost nerdy. Tim Burton was never a preferred director of mine and it really shows with his unfitting vision clashing with what the comics showed. The only part I really liked was Jack Nicholson's Joker. And please don't call me a Nolanite, because I thought this even before Begins came along.
Asterisk - 2/23/2013, 9:49 PM
Am I the only one who thinks this movie kicks ass?

And, next to Conroy, Keaton is my favorite Batman.
mawilli4 - 2/23/2013, 9:51 PM
Burton's batmobile is classic. Though, I like the Forever one, minus the giant fin. That was what I liked least about Nolan's films. The Tumbler, in my opinion, sucked.
bazinga85 - 2/23/2013, 9:52 PM
Keaton was good. Bale was better. Conroy is still the definitive batman.
jessepostal - 2/23/2013, 9:58 PM
Keaton was batman, dark and mysterious. It was off the wall casting and still the best bats, best costume, and had the best batmobile. Keaton was great
Ceejay - 2/23/2013, 10:07 PM
Only the people who grew up with these movies as their first vision of Batman actually like them. They are utter cheese.

Keaton the midget with a massive head, zero good looks, zero persona as Bruce Wayne, zero fighting skills as Batman, zero deductive skills as anyone. He gets shot and plays dead just so he can kick a regular criminal? He has a programmable batarang that can knock out bad guys but be caught in mid-ar by the jaws of an underfed poodle? He managed to defy basic science and produce a audio scratch sound from rubbing a CD? And he got his ass handed to him by a regular black guy while the Joker danced with Vicki Vale. His Batman had more gagets than Daniel Craigs Bond, he was terrible and Both Burtons movies were like Adam West reborn with a dark fairytale twist. Batman they wasn't!
Jaspion - 2/23/2013, 10:23 PM
The Tumbler is one of the things I liked most in Nolan movies, because it's totally pratical. Like, we know you're Batman, you don't need to put giant bat wings on your car and bat symbols on your wheels.
Makes him a little obsessed, doesn't it?
Not to mention that Gothan must not have speed bumps.
Yasn7 - 2/23/2013, 10:31 PM
@ceejay thank you!!! nicholson was the only good thing that came out of any of Burton's bat films
KingEmperor - 2/23/2013, 10:46 PM
Minus the engine lighting that gave away Batman's stealth, I always thought the Batman Forever Batmobile was my favorite. Until the Tumbler came along.
Thegeekygurl - 2/23/2013, 10:51 PM
@jessepostal A Year ago I wouldve argued with you but after The Dark Knight Rises Id give Keaton rank above Bale.
Nolan's Batman became so pathetic I could never respect the character and somehow a 3rd Batman with Bale was just too much. The voice didnt bug me in TDK but in TDKR he sounded like a f***ing retard. At times he didnt pronounce syllables and blended words together.
Would love to see a live action Dark Knight Returns with Keaton. And maybe Cavill aged up for Superman.
jessepostal - 2/23/2013, 10:51 PM
@cj, yes because movies were different back than, superheroes didn't have the warm welcome they do now. That was almost twenty five years ago, what was "hip" was completely different and the two Keaton movies braught bats to a whole new generation. It may be cheesy now but back than it was magic
jessepostal - 2/23/2013, 11:02 PM
@1, bale was decent, I def agree with what your saying about rises and bale for that matter. Keaton didn't have a lot of screen time as Wayne like bale did, and the feel of the movies was entirely different, a lot of people say bale was the better actor but you can't compare the movies at all, they are twenty years apart, batman movies now would have not been accepted back than and vice versa. Keaton's just got that mysterious thing goin where you don't know what to expect
Thegeekygurl - 2/23/2013, 11:11 PM
@jessepostal Bale is a great actor and hes done some good charity stuff. But even good actors and nice people can make mistakes and he really took Batman in the wrong direction with that voice.
And Nolan also took the character in the wrong direction. After Begins Nolan's Batman deteriorated into an incompetent Batman.
If WB was smart they would make a Batman with Keaton now, while theyre in a transition.
Wish we had a online campaign for it, because they really listen to that stuff!
CaptainProg - 2/23/2013, 11:14 PM
Batman Returns was the beginning of the end (Batman & Robin)! BR was awful and way cheesy. Thank god for Batman Begins!
Jollem - 2/23/2013, 11:40 PM
*looks at penguin punch*

lol :)

*looks at buzz saw penguin*


classic burton batmobile is classic
SageMode - 2/23/2013, 11:51 PM
Michael Keaton had charisma as both Bruce Wayne and Batman and didnt make you bored watching him on screen, and the Batmobile was truly badass. The Batmobile in Forever was cool, but that neon shit had to go and the wing spoiler was a little too big.
LEEE777 - 2/24/2013, 12:14 AM
Awesome @ NAIL!

Damn cool pics!

KEATON was by far the best Batman ever to grace the big screen, no one else ever got near him.

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xXkryptoniteXx - 2/24/2013, 12:24 AM
Keaton was a great batman and far better than what Christian Bale did with his. What Christian bale did for Bruce Wayne was great though. If Keaton and Burton revisit where batman returns left off that would be great. Maybe the return of the dark knight.
PenditaMarah - 2/24/2013, 12:26 AM
Whatever keaton or bale..even clooney...I always love batman.from burton to nolan,I would like to say thanks to them for batman.we should love batman,that's the spirit we need as more fighting for which one is the faithfully adaptation.
LEEE777 - 2/24/2013, 12:43 AM
PenditaMarah @ True, but there really is no contest...

Well ever since I saw the last 10 minutes of RISES (I've only ever since once - which is a record for me). Bales Batman went right down imo...

Worst ending to a comic book movie/trilogy ever, to story and characters.

(Ok, maybe there's a few worst, just got up lol.
NeoBaggins - 2/24/2013, 12:44 AM
Keaton was horribly miscast as a short, balding and ugly Bruce Wayne. He was a fun Batman for 1989 tho. Batman Returns was pure shit- just a weird Tim Burton film with Batman slapped on it.
LEEE777 - 2/24/2013, 12:44 AM
Saying that, BEGINS and TDK are still top 10's, just RISES is nowhere near...
Oxbow - 2/24/2013, 12:52 AM
This movie was cool as shit when i was 12 yo...the main reason?

NeoBaggins - 2/24/2013, 1:18 AM
The animated series wasn't even as silly as Batman Returns and that was a cartoon. Rocket Penguins are better suited for the 60's show.

The Dark Knight
The Dark Knight Rises
Batman Begins
Batman the movie
mgeoff88 - 2/24/2013, 1:20 AM
The Batman Forever designs for the Batmoblile are hard to look at. The Batmobile is supposed to look badass!

Tim Burton's Batmobile is still the best one we've had on the big screen:

Even the interior looks great:

Darkapollo - 2/24/2013, 1:34 AM
The Tumbler is top. The Burton batmobile is nice to look at but the Tumbler crushes it when it comes to function. The Tumbler flies on rooftops for god's sake!

If Batman was caught in a blizzard with the Burton batmobile, he would be screwed lol
DEATHbyEXILE - 2/24/2013, 1:37 AM
AlexDeLarge87 - 2/24/2013, 1:43 AM
Burton´s batmobile was cool. I didnt have nothing against Tumbler either.

Next i would like to see batmobile look little bit more like a car again. Of course with massive armor. Newest Dodge Challenger could be cool model to work with. But there thats just example. There is lots of cool new cars which would work as a great model. Batmobile needs to be agile, fast as hell and still strong enough to drive through even a huge concrete or brick wall.
IronSpider101 - 2/24/2013, 1:46 AM
I'm big on the Nolan movies, but the Burton Batmobile knocks the tumbler out by a mile.

That scene in Batman Returns where he's cruising the streets at night stealthily and looks through the Penguin's Window? Beautiful. Epitome of Batman.
AlexDeLarge87 - 2/24/2013, 1:49 AM
Ok it would have to use the rockets for concrete perhaps but of brick wall it could survive.
SageMode - 2/24/2013, 1:58 AM
The Tumbler was nothing more than the bastard son of a battle tank, and "The Bat" was nothing but a mini version of the hunter killer from the Terminator series.
SageMode - 2/24/2013, 2:41 AM

Exactly bro. The conclusion to THE DARK KNIGHT trilogy contradicts everything Batman stands for as a character. Quitting and leaving the mantle of Batman to a rookie cop he barely knows.....
BubblesShedAndBreakfast - 2/24/2013, 2:46 AM
The Tumbler looked like wheels with a bunch of scrap metal all over it. I just couldn't get into that design. I own every Batmobile toy for the figures from the 80's Super Powers Batmobile up to The Batman Batmobile. I just never bought the Tumbler. That's the only one I don't want. Not hating just not my fav one. I will be getting the new one based on the 60's show.:)
FrankieDedo - 2/24/2013, 4:16 AM
LOL at people critcizing tim burton's movie:

1 - Man, if the character is not deductive, the fault is all to the writer, what the actor can do? make a "deductive face" ? At least Keaton gave batman an heart (remember? batman doesn't kill his enemies!) instead bale is a real-life psychopath, and he bring into his batman a coldness second only to some killers.

2 - Wow, just wow, you complain about fantastic elements...from a comic book where some of the enemies are a giant bat with an humanoid shape, a penguin shaped man, a cat shaped woman, a guy [frick]ING MADE OF CLAY! and then, you complain about batman's "magic" skills in retrieving clues? at least they gave him some kind of "superpower" right?

3 - It's a COMIC BOOK damn! it has to be unrealistic! go read some Jiro Taniguchi or.. i don't know, any european graphic novel, if you want realism!

4 - Burton's was objectively the comic book's movie it was like the pages jumped off the paper and came to the screen

Oh, and i liked Nolan's movies, if you're asking, at least to Dark Knight, didn't liked the third, it was a reiteration of itself.

So..peace out haters! :)
MarvelChile - 2/24/2013, 4:21 AM
Stupid Tim "artist" so "gothic"....naaaa, f*ck yourself!!!!
PenditaMarah - 2/24/2013, 4:53 AM

Yepp,but bro,I don't know...tdkr could be the worst 3 of all but I thought it was a brilliant,inspite I just a tad not liking the ending,but still ok.

Whatever you wanna say,bro.I would like to say,I like chris nolan's batman as I like the burton's batman.I wsih the next batman film will be the combination of burton's and nolan' more thing,I like the bat-tumbler.I thought it was badass once I looked it at the first time.
Tainted87 - 2/24/2013, 5:13 AM
I genuinely feel sorry for the folks who take Batman Returns seriously when they "critique" it. It's ham, ham, and then more ham, freakin ham-to-ham combat.

He made Penguin into a mutant side-show freak, gave Catwoman nine lives, and oh my God, look at these penguin designs! If you're expecting (kind of too late at this point) a somber tone, you're out of luck.
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