BATMAN (1989) Concept Art: Alternate Batmobile & Batwing Designs

Conceptual illustrator, David Russell ("The Wolverine"), worked on designs for the Batmobile and Batwing for Tim Burton's 1989 comic book movie, Batman. Check it out!

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By nailbiter111 - 6/1/2014
Emmy and Golden Globe-nominee Michael Keaton ("Herbie: Fully Loaded," "White Noise") stars as the legendary nocturnal crime-fighter. Academy Award and Golden Globe-winner Jack Nicholson ("About Schmidt," "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest") is the Joker, Batman's maniacal arch-nemesis, and Academy Award and Golden Globe-winner Kim Basinger ("L.A. Confidential," "9-1/2 Weeks") is Vicki Vale, the beautiful photojournalist with a passion for Batman's alter-ego, Bruce Wayne. Directed by Academy Award-nominee Tim Burton ("Tim Burton's Corpse Bride," "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory"). Featuring songs by music legend Prince ("Purple Rain") and a score by Academy Award and Golden Globe-nominee and Emmy-winner Danny Elfman ("Tim Burton's Corpse Bride," "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory"). Selected by the prestigious American Film Institute as one of the 400 greatest American films of all time, who also added Batman and the Joker to its list of 100 Greatest Heroes and Villains.

BATMAN (1989) was directed by Tim Burton, from a screenplay written by Sam Hamm and Warren Skaaren. The film starred: Michael Keaton as Bruce Wayne/Batman, Jack Nicholson as Jack Napier/The Joker, Kim Basinger as Vicki Vale, Michael Gough as Alfred Pennyworth, Tracey Walter as Bob, Robert Wuhl as Alexander Knox, Pat Hingle as Commissioner Gordon, Billy Dee Williams as Harvey Dent, Jack Palance as Carl Grissom, and William Hootkins as Lt. Eckhardt. With a budget of $48 million, the filmed earned $411 million at the worldwide box office.
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LEEE777 - 6/1/2014, 2:57 PM
Best Batman ever, don't think he's gonna be beat ol' Keaton ;p

LEEE777 - 6/1/2014, 3:00 PM
Great find @ NAIL!
Nivekian - 6/1/2014, 3:01 PM
Kids these days, spoiled...
mmadadamm - 6/1/2014, 3:01 PM
fear leads to anger, anger leads to stress, stress leads to doobies, and doobies.. lead to twinkies...
THEDARKKNIGHT1939 - 6/1/2014, 3:02 PM
Badass
write33 - 6/1/2014, 3:02 PM
those designs are fantastic...'very much a 50's influence...they were drawn in what, '87? '88? 'neat view into CBM design History. I have much love for this movie, great find Nail.
nikgrid - 6/1/2014, 3:05 PM
@LEEE777
Best Batman ever, don't think he's gonna be beat ol' Keaton ;p


If he can turn his head, Keaton's beaten. Lol
campblood - 6/1/2014, 3:07 PM
more of this in the movies. also white eyes can work if done right

WakeOfMagellen - 6/1/2014, 3:08 PM
I remember seeing that movie as a fresh faced 18 year old....
in the theater the day the movie came out and the place was PACKED.
I have to admit..... the movie changed things ;-)
Ahhhhh good times :-p LOL
Jollem - 6/1/2014, 3:14 PM
before everything was digital. i like
TheAbaryMan369 - 6/1/2014, 3:15 PM
25 years later and we're still getting new concept art from the movie. Nice find Nail.
LEEE777 - 6/1/2014, 3:15 PM
nikgrid @ ROCK on :p

Lol, yeah still he was awesome, Bale never touched him tho I love Begins and TDK.

This and Superman: The Movie made what comic book movies are today, without 'em who knows what we'd have today, if many of anything... damn we're spoiled :D
DrDoom - 6/1/2014, 3:16 PM
Overrated movie.
MantiniuMan - 6/1/2014, 3:19 PM
Impressive....

Seeing old Keaton makes me giddy for the next solo BATMAN film,hopefully it its Joker orientated again so we can have the JOKER trilogy,Nicholson/Ledger/who ever's next....
Jcool - 6/1/2014, 3:23 PM
That Batmobile would not have looked good on film.
BlindJustice - 6/1/2014, 3:25 PM
BlindJustice - 6/1/2014, 3:32 PM
One of my favorite movies of all time. This one ranks right up there with Superman II and Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back. Such a classic movie!

Whoever said it's an overrated movie needs to go back to watching their Sponge Bob and Dora the Explorer.
ManDeth - 6/1/2014, 3:40 PM
Batman 1989 had some great designs and a great look. Though the costume was not functional enough it looked good.
But the amateur script with no story and a terrible miscast Batman prevent it from being a great film.

The street shots of Keaton in the Batsuit delivering lines with his meek voice make him look like some dumbass nerd in a Batsuit out trick or treating.

Everything in that film rode on selling Batman which it failed miserably at. Just as Kilmer and C-looney failed. Which is why all of the Burton/Schumacher films are epic failures.

Four movies....four piles of shit!
Nomis - 6/1/2014, 3:42 PM
Awesome stuff NB!

I can still remember seeing this on opening at midnight and the phenomenon this movie was back in the summer of '89.

Batman was everywhere! On the news. in the magazines. On shirts, hats, you name it and batman was attached to it.

If you think their was a lot of buzz and media hype for 'The Dark Knight' just intensify that by 10 times and that's how it was for Batman '89.
Dios - 6/1/2014, 3:42 PM
Does anyone remember that Kenner 89 Batman figure with the retractable belt? I used to love that thing!
SoundWave - 6/1/2014, 3:47 PM
Just bring back Tim Burton to make new Batman movies based on Arkham game series!
supermarioworldE - 6/1/2014, 3:48 PM
God that batwing is gorgeous.
pointman - 6/1/2014, 3:55 PM
@NOMIS
It had a vibe going the whole summer. I remember they had spotlights putting the batsignal out all over town. Plus, Prince's soundtrack was being played every five minutes. Come to think of it, Keaton would have made a great wolverine. He has the intensity AND the height for it.
DefcoN - 6/1/2014, 4:04 PM
I could watch this movie any day. Nicholson's performance is fantastic.
Nomis - 6/1/2014, 4:16 PM
@ pointman - Easily one of the best marketing campaigns of a movie before it came out in Hollywood history.

As a matter of fact it changed how marketing and merchandising was done for summer blockbuster before the actual movie came out.

Star Wars took a crazy level after the movie was out, but Batman '89 made it where the merchandising was done at such a great extent BEFORE the movie came out that the hype was amazing.

And Keaton as Wolverine would've been great, cause he had those great scary eyebrows and could really be intense.

Did You ever see him in 'Clean and Sober'? He was could as crazy as all get out!



I think that was he role that really convinced Burton he could be Batman, although at he time of announcement it was not really favored by Batman fans!
Brainiac13 - 6/1/2014, 4:21 PM
I'm from a small town in England........we don't have a theater, Shopping centre (Mall) [frick]ing charity shops everywhere. ............and......

This town was buzzing with Batman in 89.
Nomis - 6/1/2014, 4:27 PM
@ Brainiac13 - What are "charity shops" ?
BlindJustice - 6/1/2014, 4:31 PM
@Dios - I had it too haha! I even passed it down to my kids to play with. The weird thing was that toy would show up in the oddest places.



@ManDeath - Awwww... Is someone missing their nap time? Your opinion is yours, but being a troll is quite pathetic.
Dios - 6/1/2014, 4:39 PM
@BlindJustice

That's the one!!! lol Kenner made great stuff back then!
ManDeth - 6/1/2014, 4:41 PM
@BlindJustice Being wrong is pathetic. Something you are if you think Keaton was a good Batman. I guess you would buy Michael J Fox as Batman too.
Keaton wasn't even a good Bruce Wayne. But he fit Mr. Mom pretty good.
BlindJustice - 6/1/2014, 4:44 PM
I remember people (even grown adults) sitting in the aisles at the local theater (this was before stadium seating) and giving the movie a standing ovation. It's still one of the few movies I've seen where the ENTIRE theater gave it a standing ovation. Yes, people stand up at the end of movies, but rarely do they clap and cheer for the film.

I'm pretty sure the Fire Marshall was payed to took the other way that night haha. Or perhaps it was THIS guy...



BlindJustice - 6/1/2014, 4:49 PM
@ManDeath - Yes. You are certainly correct about being wrong. *wink wink nudge nudge* I'm curious though... Who would YOU have chosen to play Batman in 1989?

Remember, Tim Burton seems to attach himself to certain actors and actresses. Case in point: Johnny Depp. There really weren't many choices back then when it came to playing an iconic character like Batman. Keaton was really the best actor for the job and he brought a good fan base with him as well.

Also, Keaton was good in Mr. Mom... BUT, the more recent film (at that time) that made him was Beetlejuice. Keaton and Burton were BOTH riding high after that film was released.
Nomis - 6/1/2014, 4:52 PM
@ Brainiac13 - Okay, I see, we usually call them Thrift Stores.
Nomis - 6/1/2014, 4:59 PM
@ Brainiac - Cool town! Known for the four "B". Boots, beer, brushes and Baptists. LOL!
Zuriel - 6/1/2014, 5:03 PM
I guess the angle that Burton was going for, a normal looking guy no one would expect, is just lost on some people. Keaton's Bruce Wayne had issues! He was a recluse. Picture the Bruce Wayne, in Arkham City, walking around during the day in public. No one would guess who he was? Those games are closer to the comics than any movie so far, but you can see how impracticable it is. These are the issues you have when you bring comics to the big screen. You have to balance the fantastical with the believable.
pointman - 6/1/2014, 5:09 PM
@NOMIS
Great pic of him there, he could have pulled it off. This "concept" art is awful though.
BlindJustice - 6/1/2014, 5:09 PM
@Zuriel - So true! And not every casting is going to be as spot-on as Christopher Reeves. I mean come on! Talk about being BORN to play a superhero!



JorL5150 - 6/1/2014, 5:11 PM
Michael Keaton is awesome -

- mr mom
- the dream team
- clean and sober
- my life
- desperate measures

All classics
Batmaniac - 6/1/2014, 5:16 PM


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