|Batman (1989) concept art by Nigel Phelps|
Every Friday I try and feature artwork from a classic of science fiction cinema or television. This week's "Flashback Friday" post is on Batman (1989).
Update: While most credit these drawings to Anton Furst, concept artist Robbie Consing pointed out these were done by art director and collaborator Nigel Phelps.
The art direction for Batman (1989) won an Academy Award for it's stunning visuals. The haunting art deco designs broke through the streets and created a sprawling metropolis for Batman to prowl. One of the most striking designs was for the "Flugelheim" museum. "All the buildings, except the Cathedral, are dwarfed by the geometric savagery of the Flugelheim Museum whose brutal exterior is more akin to locomotive design than an art gallery like the Guggenheim," Anton Furst said. He felt it was "one of my most successful designs. I wanted the museum to be a surprise, a new, radical edifice which concealed an older building underneath. The radical broadstroke of the exterior conceals a style which borrows from Otto Wagner as well as Brownstone housing"
Anton Furst was a production designer who worked on Hollywood movies like Full Metal Jacket (1987), Awakenings (1990) and The Company of Wolves (1984). He died tragically at 47. Nigel Phelps is a professional production designer and art director, known for Troy (2004), World War Z (2013) and Transformers: Dark of the Moon (2013).
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|Old Gotham Police Station|
|Old Wayne Enterprises Tower|
Click on the links if you want to see more of Nigel Phelps, Anton Furst's work or Batman 1989 on my blog.
What do you think of the concept art? If you've seen Batman 1989 what did you think?
Official Batman Summary
After witnessing his parents brutal murder as a child, millionaire-philanthropist Bruce Wayne (Michael Keaton) pledges his life to fighting crime disguised as Batman. His long-time nemesis, The Joker (Jack Nicholson), has sinister plans for the citizens of Gotham City. His greed is matched by his obsession with photojournalist Vicki Vale (Kim Basinger). But Batman is there to counter the Joker's every move. With the fate of Gotham and Vicki in the balance, will good or evil prevail?
Directed by Tim Burton
Cinematography by Roger Pratt
Production Design by Anton Furst
Starring Michael Keaton, Kim Basinger, Jack Nicholson, Robert Wuhl, Billy Dee Williams
Release date: June 23, 1989 (United States)
© Copyright 1989 PolyGram Filmed Entertainment, The Guber-Peters Company, Warner Bros. All rights reserved