New ‘Batman v Superman’ Details Emerge!


Batman v Superman is a very, very large production. That’s one of the primary reasons the release was pushed back to 2016 from its original date this month. We’ve seen the sets, the pictures, and a lot of the action.

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Now we get to hear from the production designer Patrick Tatopoulos about everything that went into the reinvention of Batman and just how much went into his work.

"[Truly] an emotional process – it’s about what feels right. I showed Zack and Zack said, ‘Cool.’ Sometimes it just clicks. These films are very grounded. THere will be tons of CG, but also a lot of real stuff – especially with Batman. Of course, building a car from scratch is challenging. The car drives, jumps, pretty much does everything. We got the best people.He is not driving a Formula 1 car, he’s driving a tank that is very sexy looking,” he adds. “Batman is rougher, tougher, and grungier. So everything is rough: the weapons, the suit and the car. There are machine guns mounted on the front. When you first see the Batmobile, it is being fixed. It is not – boom! – coming out of the garage brand new. It is scratched, damaged.Batmobiles are often designed very low to the ground, something classical. That didn’t feel fully comfortable for us. I thought the Tumbler was a revolutionary design, with the suspension very high up. I wanted to combine the two vehicles. I wanted something of a motorcycle, too: big wheels, suspension, exhausts."

He goes on to talk about the dilapidated Wayne Manor and the rumored place where Bruce lives now.

"Its footprint is minima, it is part of nature,” he says.”You are designing a house that would have been designed by van der Rohe, how ballsy is that?Bruce is the Bruce Wayne you know. He’s a playboy, he’s got money. He has this strength, but also an artistic sensibility. He’s got a past, a family who got him where he is today.There are other things happening too. Gotham is a very different city from Metropolis. Metropolis is Toronto on Steroids. Gotham is Detroit."

He also mentions what this means for him and the future of his work in the DC Cinematic universe.

"With The Justice League coming, it influences my designs of the Batcave, the Batmobile, the Batwing. We are creating a world for Batman – every set, every prop, is real. We have to be ready for what’s next.-Empire Magazine"

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