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These costumes are really terrific remixes of the 60/70s look batman characters. The work that's gone into them is inspiring. I hope the production is a massive success.
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Thanks guys!

And actually, closet batfan, this was the look for most of these characters right up until the early 90's, and in some cases, beyond.

With minor variations, The Batman's (yellow oval chest emblem) costume remained un-changed through the mid 1990's. And Robin's original uniform was in use right through the introduction of the new suit worn by Tim Drake in 1991.

And Barbara Gordon's original Batgirl uniform was probably seen at several points during the 90's, and as recently as 2008 in a Booster Gold storyline.

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Definitely my favorite thread in quite a while.

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Nice belt!
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Nice belt!




Thanks! But uh... who's belt are you referring to? Batman, Robin, AND Batgirl all wear Utility Belts.
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What's happening, guy!

Here are some Production Designs I finished up last week for the play.

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Wow I love that bat mobile, I've not seen that toy before. Just an idea but u could cut out the windows sections of the photo and replace them with some type of clear plastic/glass, that way batman could be seen in the bat mobile.
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I remember putting together a model car kit of that Batmobile a few years back. Keep us posted.
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I remember putting together a model car kit of that Batmobile a few years back. Keep us posted.



Mine is still sitting in its box. The 1950's Batmobile has perfect feel for what you've assembled thus far. It is big and screams unmistakeably "BATMAN". Glad to see the progression.

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Wow I love that bat mobile, I've not seen that toy before.





Thanks a bunch guys! Closet Bat Fan, this model is the Horizon Models 1950's Batmobile kit (released in the early 1990's), Custom equipped with Radir-style racing rims and street tires (used on the 1966 TV Batmobile).



MY BATMOBILE PHILOSOPHY:

For this stage play, I'm going for that 1950's converted street "hot Rod" look, while still maintaining the look of a large, dark, mysterious (Bat-customized) car.

The notion of Bruce Wayne majorly souping-up and Bat-customizing an existing car seems much more in line with his early comic book approach to automobile selection and construction. And frankly, it makes a LOT more sense to me than the current approach.

This "retro" Batmobile approach also draws LESS attention to the notion that the mysterious Batman must be a billionaire of some sort... or the beneficiary of one...(an idea made all too obvious when he drives a completely-invented, virtual military Sherman tank that is not available to the general public).

Most "post modern" (post-1995) Batmobiles don't really appeal to me, because they are all, overly excessive in their design and philosophical approach (as far as I'm concerned) .

The Batman's "War on Crime" is a phrase used largely symbolically to describe his psychological obsession.

There is NO actual "WAR" going on.
Gotham City is NOT being occupied by an outside military force requiring armed response!
The Batman is NOT actually going into armed military combat as he cleans up Gotham!
And he does NOT need an armored monstrosity with explosives and mounted Gatling guns to hunt down a giggling clown psycho with green hair! (Thank you Frank Miller for the exaggerations!).

In the live action films, The Batman drives cars that are either gaudy and conspicuously garish (like the Gieger-esque, neon-lit Batmobiles of Joel Schumacher's films)

OR...

they seem to be big, clumsy, blunt-object battering rams, that bear no resemblance at all to an actual automobile, and can't seem to travel two blocks without causing tremendous amounts of property damage and mayhem (as in Chris Nolan's Bat films).

To me, neither approach makes any reasonable sense for a dark, costumed avenger urban legend (and his boy partner) who are only really using their vehicle for basic stealthy night transportation into and out of the city limits.



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Yup! I was actually thinking the same thing! My only concerns are budget and cost (of course). Also the clear canopy has a curved bubble-like appearance (which I'm not sure will translate convincingly if it is done as a FLAT piece of tranparency). But I'm an still looking into it...

Also, in the play, the Batmobile "pulls up" during a complete black-out of the stage lights. The audience will ONLY see the blazing headlights in the darkness. They will hear the "rumbling engine" and the doors open and close (Sound FX) before the stage scene lights come up full revealing the car. The Batman and Robin will already be standing outside the car flat.

This is basically an economic approach to the stage car. It allows us to avoid engineering a working hinged door, or actual seats for the actors to sit in behind the flat. emoticon
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Okay so is it crazy that Im more looking foward to this play than TDKR?
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This is great. :up

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Okay so is it crazy that Im more looking foward to this play than TDKR?




That REALLY made me smile!! emoticon




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This is great. :up




Hey Eden! I'm so honored to have you posting in this thread buddy!

I've been a huge fan of your Robin costuming for a long time!!



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Sorry to bug but I ran into a small bump and thought you could help. What kind of glue did you use to glue the bat to the oval? I used super glue gel and it left funky little marks all where the glue was.
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It's no bother at all, good buddy.

Let me see if I can help:

The glue that I used was 3M spray adhesive (applied with an old paint brush). You need a glue that does NOT bond instantly (like super-glue), because you need time to position the bat properly upon the oval. 3M spray adhesive (available in any hardware store) is perfect for this.

Here is my full procedure (as I documented it on facebook):

I had to work with rubber gloves to protect the painted surfaces as I handled them. Using 3M spray adhesive and an old hand brush, I "painted" on a small dollop of glue onto the very center of the back of the bat. I then very gently placed it as centrally as I could upon the oval, checking for a perfectly even border of yellow all around the bat.

I even checked my placement of the bat upon the oval in a MIRROR REFLECTION (because mirrors do NOT lie, and they will show you if something is NOT perfectly symmetrical or even)

When I was satisfied with the bat's placement position upon the oval, I gently lifted the (un-glued) outer edges of the bat's head, wings, scallop points, etc, (one by one), and swabbed the back-sides with a razor blade containing more glue.

The trick was to ensure that a minimum (controlled) amount of glue was used so that it would not seep out of the edges of the bat when tacked down.

With the emblem assembled, I then permanently affixed it to the grey compression top with more 3M adhesive. Done properly, the emblem has a VERY nice, strong adhesion to the fabric, with absolutely NO lifting or peeling away around the edges of the oval.

In fact, this photo was taken BEFORE I cleanly glued down the top edge of the oval. The bottom glued edge was setting nicely.


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Thanks bro, you rock. Last night I cut out another oval and bat. This time I sanded ALL the edges.(after re-reading through your thread.) Looks alot cleaner andsharper this time around. Thanks man you have been a big help and your costumes have lit a fire in me that hasent been there in awhile.
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You're most welcome pal.

I'm really glad to hear that you hand smoothed the new emblem. It really pays to take your time with these fine costume details like the chest emblems. I know that the work can be oh-so-tedious, but it really brings your costume to life when done properly.

It makes all the difference between the outfit looking slick and professional versus it looking rough or amateurish. :up

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sorry for this late post, but this is the COOLEST thing i've seen :dropjaw :dropjaw i really wanna see this play. great job bro!!

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Okay so is it crazy that Im more looking foward to this play than TDKR?



Hahaha, I was thinking the exact same thing.

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Responding to an inquiry:

The next costume to be created for this stage play is going to be THE RIDDLER.

All items required to assemble together this costume have been ordered and have either been delivered or en-route.

This will be the green tights-wearing version of the Riddler, but wearing the bowler derby hat. Custom-made face mask, gauntlets and wide belt will be made in purple leather.

First Riddler costume fitting with High school actor scheduled shortly. Photos to come. Stay tuned!



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Looking good buddy. Cant wait to see the other villans costumes.
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Hey buddy! I was beginning to worry about you. Hasent been any activity as of late. Glad to see the ball is back rollin. Cant wait to see more. I've been sooo missing this thread.
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Hey pal!!

I haven't gone far. Still HARD at work on this play, and trying to make lee-way on finishing up these costumes so that we can begin our fund-raising, set building, rehearsals, and (finally) raise our curtain! emoticon
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really well done costumes! thanks for sharing!

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WOW! Your dedication to the costumes - sets and process as an entire entity is amazing - BUT your commitment to the kids and the production are certainly unmatched. Continued success in your pursuits. I am anxiously awaiting the final production and any additional postings of pics and - hopefully - video. What licensing obsticles have you needed to overcome regarding these characters being owned by DC and WB? Will you be able to provide the script and direction to other groups for future productions in other schools or programs? You must have a massive budget or are willing to drop your own coin on the kids which LOADS of teachers do.
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Thanks so much for the very nice compliments! Greatly appreciated.

I have not really bothered with obtaining licensing for this production since it is a school production and not a commercial venture.



As for having a "Massive budget", I can assure you, I do not. I do a LOT of the work myself (saving a lot of money that way), and I solicit donated services wherever I can. But so far, everything has been paid for out of my own pocket, since the Department of Education school system typically does not even acknowledge this type of production. I am estimating the final cost of this play to be in the neighborhood of about $11,000, of which I've already spent upwards of $4,500 on the costumes I've created thus far (including The Riddler's and Harley Quinn's... both of which are pending)



The reason why I'm doing this is mainly because I love my students VERY much. I want them to be able to say that at least at one point in their lives, they were a part of something that was UNAPOLOGETICALLY EXCELLENT. And I want them to be a part of something that inspires the VERY BEST out of them. Most of my students are poor kids from the rough neighborhoods of The Bronx. Many of them come from single parent homes and lives where they never get a break. They rarely (if ever) have a chance to see, experience, or enjoy the finer things in life.

Well, I decided that I wanted them to be involved in a project that they could take pride in... something that they could take ownership of with a renewed sense of dignity and self-respect. I wanted them to have something that they could use to transform themselves into the ENVY of other kids who need to learn the lesson of the rewards that come with hard-work and dedication.

I've become pappa to quite a lot of these kids (since one does not exist at home for many of them). I, in turn, have come to think of them as my children (even as my wife and I have no children of our own). To me, these students are young people of supreme quality and integrity. And I wanted them to be a part of something that was made with an eye toward that same sense of high quality.



For that, and (mostly) for them, I am willing to spend quite a lot. But admittedly, I do need help wherever I can get it to pull this play off successfully.

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I want to say something, but I am speechless! :applaude :applaude :applaude

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You are truly a class act sir.
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