Friday, January 31, 2014

Special Feature:
The New Batman Adventures Style Guide
Part 1- The Intro Pages

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I recently had the opportunity to look through the original style guides created by DC Comics/ Warner Brothers for "Batman The Animated Series", "The New Batman Adventures", and "Batman & Robin". For those unfamiliar with what these are, style guides are created by copyright holders to assist licensees in maintaining a uniform look across all their tie-in merchandise. Companies would use the information and images shown here in the design of their product, creating a look that was uniform to its respective property. The style guides for these 3 particular works are LARGE and contain a hefty amount of visual reference.

Thanks to the current keeper of these guides, I have now begun the process of scanning each of these guides and archiving them here at While these aren't particularly related to the Burton films, each of the projects spun out from the world created in "Batman" & "Batman Returns", and with them not being available online anywhere else that I can find, I felt adding them here was worthwhile. The task will not be a quick one, as each guide is over 100+ pages long. As part of the agreement in hosting them, I also need to watermark each page (as inconspicuous as possible, as I ordinarily HATE watermarking stuff), so that too will add to the time in doing this. Since there will be a lot of time involved, and the guides themselves are broken into sections anyway, I figure the best way to go about this would be to post a section of each guide at a time until they are complete. I have already completed "Batman The Animated Series" (which you can check out in multiple parts HERE). Today begins "The New Batman Adventures", then we will finish up with "Batman & Robin".

Today's posting covers the 5 "introductory" pages to the "The New Batman Adventures" style guide. While there isn't a lot here to get too excited over, I hope you'll keep checking back for future installments in this process! There is a ton of great artwork here... stuff rarely seen by those outside the industry. :)

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Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Vintage Magazine Article:
"Inside Hollywood"
August 1992

What was it like for Michael Keaton heading into Batman Returns after spending a couple of years living in the "Shadow of the Bat"? Inside Hollywood has the answer to this and many other questions in this great interview from their August '92 issue...

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It isn't all about the man behind the Bat in this issue though, as the magazine also includes this article on the Batman sequel itself, bursting with quotes from the film's producer Denise DiNovi...

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Monday, January 27, 2014

Merchandise Spotlight:
Tony Mei Custom Capes
For The Hot Toys DX09 Batman
2.0, 3.0, Deluxe, & Final Versions

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Interested in upgrading the cape on your Hot Toys DX09 Michael Keaton Batman 1/6th scale figure (previously spotlighted HERE)? Well, Tony Mei has made quite a few different wonderful custom capes to do just that! Check out the video below to see the differences in four of the versions he has made available, then keep on scrolling for a pictorial review of each. And to contact Tony about a cape, e-mail him here:

Video Spotlight:

Pictorial Review:

2.0 Version (Same material as the 1.0)-

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3.0 Version-

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Deluxe "Battle" Version-

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"Final" Version-

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