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Friday, 26 March 2021

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Batman Forever: Original Maske des Batman
Detailabbildung: Batman Forever: Original Maske des Batman
Detailabbildung: Batman Forever: Original Maske des Batman
Batman Forever: Original Maske des Batman

Batman Forever: Original Maske des Batman

50 x 65 x 20 cm.
Warner Brothers Pictures, 1995.

Catalogue price€ 30.000 - 45.000 Catalogue price € 30.000 - 45.000  $ 36,000 - 54,000
£ 27,000 - 40,500
元 231,300 - 346,950
₽ 2,708,700 - 4,063,050


Die hier angebotene Maske wurde bei den Dreharbeiten zu dem Film „Batman Forever“ genutzt. Im dritten Film der Reihe, der nach „Batman“ (1989) und „Batmans Rückkehr“ (1992) erschien, beschützte er Gotham City. In der Maske wird die Formsprache des Art déco aufgegriffen und in ihrer Dynamik auf die Spitze getrieben - sie wurde von Bob Ringwood entworfen und von Jose Fernandez hergestellt. (1260686) (13)

Batman Forever: original Batman cowl

50 x 65 x 20 cm.
Warner Brothers Pictures, 1995.
Certificate of origin and authenticity.

The cowl on offer for sale here was used in the production of the movie “Batman Forever”. In this third instalment of the series, after the movies “Batman” (1989) and “Batman Returns” (1992) he protects Gotham City. The cowl references the Art Deco style and exaggerates its dynamic lines. It was designed by Bob Ringwood and produced by Jose Fernandez.

Batman Forever was a great commercial success, the movie that followed the previous two episodes directed by Tim Burton grossed more than the previous one, “Batman Returns”, and was the second-highest-grossing film of 1995. This time the direction of the movie was given to Joel Schumacher and the role of Batman was taken by actor Val Kilmer. Val Kilmer signed for the role before even reading the script. At that time, he was coming back from Africa and, as he tells in an interview, he called his agent who told him that he was been considered for the role of Batman in next Batman movie. Kilmer wanted to know when exactly they started talking about this, and he realized that on that specific day he had spent the night in a cave full of bats in Africa, so he thought that was a good sign and took the role. Also the rest of the cast was incredible, including actors such as Tommy Lee Jones in the role of Two-Face, who had worked with Schumacher on his previous movie, “The Client”, Jim Carrey that was able with his extraordinary comic talent to bring a genuine humorous line in the movie and actress Nicole Kidman, that we remember for some amazing performances such as in “Dogville” and “The Hours”. Peter Travers from Rolling Stones says in a 1995 review about the movie: The third Batman epic, with Val Kilmer replacing Michael Keaton as the Caped Crusader is a long way from the dark poetry of Tim Burton’s 1989 original. This 1995 version has cleaned up its act. It had to. Audiences were turned off by Burton’s grim and disjointed 1992 sequel, “Batman Returns”. “Batman Forever”, with Joel Schumacher in for Burton as director, goes easy on the mayhem and doesn’t dwell on our hero’s pesky depressive side. Schumacher’s method is to use a lighter touch, to stay closer to the cartoon that Bob Kane created for DC Comics in 1939 and to temper Burton’s nightmare world with an accessible, brightly colored TV palette. Schumacher keeps the movie spinning like a pinwheel; it’s a thrill-packed joy ride that knocks itself out to please”. The movie at the 68th Academy Awards, was nominated for Cinematography, Sound and Sound Effects Editing. This cowl was designed specifically for actor Val Kilmer and made from a cast to fit him perfectly. With its extremely pointed ears this is one the most recognizable Batman designs of all times and one of the most appreciated by fans. It was designed by costume designer Bob Ringwood, that worked in all the early Batman movies. The final version was realized by sculptor and prop maker Jose Fernandez, that started working in the production of the Batman franchise with the second movie, “Batman Returns”, first to realize Catwoman’s costume and then to remake the Batman cowl. His work was so appreciated that he kept working on Batman’s costumes for the next two movies “Batman Forever” and “Batman and Robin”. To achieve this beautiful result, his production company, Ironhead studio says: “Jose and the crew started utilizing heavy body shopping to achieve a super clean finish. Before “Batman Forever”, this technique had never really been pushed. This is what allowed Val Kilmer’s Batcowl and suit to have such a smooth finish”. In another interview Kilmer says about his costume: “I would sort of try, in the first couple of weeks in the batsuit, to entertain the kids [on set] and they got into a trance in front of the batsuit, it’s amazing to watch, especially with the boys, they became entranced by this costume, they don’t need any entertainment at all, after a while I was just standing, like I was in a sort of museum”.

This object has been individually compared to the information in the Art Loss Register data bank and is not registered there as stolen or missing.



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