Set Construction: THE DARK KNIGHT RISES' Batcave & Thanos' Throne From THE AVENGERS

Set Construction: THE DARK KNIGHT RISES' Batcave & Thanos' Throne From THE AVENGERS

I recently came across some cool behind-the-scenes images featuring construction of Batman's Batcave for Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight Rises, and Thanos' throne, on a floating asteroid, for Joss Whedon's The Avengers. Hit the jump to check them out.

Sculptor, Brad Reyes, spent six weeks at the Sony Studios (Culver City) helping to construct the new Batcave used in Christopher Nolan's final Batman film, The Dark Knight Rises.
"It combined traditional set building using stick & lathe and plaster with newer techniques using styrofoam which offers a lot of flexibility, changeability to the sets while shortening the lead time to get it built." - Brad Reyes

Photo Credit: Brad Reyes

It has been eight years since Batman vanished into the night, turning, in that instant, from hero to fugitive. Assuming the blame for the death of D.A. Harvey Dent, the Dark Knight sacrificed everything for what he and Commissioner Gordon both hoped was the greater good. For a time the lie worked, as criminal activity in Gotham City was crushed under the weight of the anti-crime Dent Act. But everything will change with the arrival of a cunning cat burglar with a mysterious agenda. Far more dangerous, however, is the emergence of Bane, a masked terrorist whose ruthless plans for Gotham drive Bruce out of his self-imposed exile. But even if he dons the cape and cowl again, Batman may be no match for Bane.

The Dark Knight Rises was directed by Christopher Nolan, from a screenplay written by Christopher and Jonathan Nolan. The cast included: Christian Bale as Bruce Wayne/Batman, Michael Caine as Alfred Pennyworth, Gary Oldman as Jim Gordon, Tom Hardy as Bane, Anne Hathaway as Selina Kyle, Joseph Gordon-Levitt as John "Robin" Blake and Marion Cotillard as Miranda Tate/Talia al Ghul.

Sculptor, Duncan Crawford, posted behind-the-scenes photos of sets that he helped create for Joss Whedon's box office hit, The Avengers. First couple, are of Thanos' throne, and the floating asteroid. The next items below, are debris from the destruction of New York City, a relief panel created for German museum scene with Loki, and a piece of the Helicarrier bridge. Lastly, the final four images show the progress of creating the rocky cliff set, which is used during Thor's first confrontation with his adopted brother, Loki.

Photo Credit: Duncan Crawford

Marvel makes cinematic history as it unites the super hero team-up of a lifetime. Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), the Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), and Captain America (Chris Evans) assemble together for the very first time ever in this epic, action-packed blockbuster alongside Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner), and Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson). Director Joss Whedon creates an unprecedented universe that has become a global phenomenon. Packed with spectacular visual effects, and exclusive bonus features, including Marvel's first-ever gag reel, never-before-seen Marvel short, and an interactive second screen experience, Marvel's The Avengers will blow your mind!
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