Batman (1989) Poster - Regular (Steel Frame)
Illustrated components in Procreate, Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Ilustrator. Colours and assembly in Adobe Photoshop.
Batman (1989) Poster - Variant (Black Frame)
Created as part of Alternative Movie Posters' annual 30X30 gallery show.
Batman ’89 was one of my absolute favourite movies growing up, with Michael Keaton always being ‘my’ Batman. When the opportunity arose to take part in this show based around the films of 1989-1990 it was immediately clear which movie I needed to draw.
I wanted to do something really different to my other work with this. I wanted to avoid doing a collage style poster with multiple characters. Instead of focusing on character portraits as much of my art usually does, I wanted to focus more on the location. As cliché as it sounds, Gotham City is very much a character in the film – with it’s foreboding presence always looming. I wanted to avoid working on something that relied heavily on the use of reference and create something truly original whilst staying true to the spirit of the film. I created the cityscape using perspective drawing to create something new whilst still peppering it with landmarks from the film such as the cathedral and of course the iconic Monarch Theatre.
Anton Furst’s design for Gotham City in Batman ’89 is inimitable, but I gave a humble attempt at imbuing some of that spirit in my work. Particularly with the use of the heavy steel frame motif, aiming to evoke both Art Deco and Gothic trappings much of which is found in Furst’s indelible mark on the city.
Another influence on the work was the legendary Laurent Durieux – I recently purchased his book ‘Mirages’ (strongly recommend) and found his use of colour and sense of architecture incredibly inspiring.
It’s definitely my biggest project to date and has been an incredibly rewarding experience, which I’ve learned a lot from.
Miniature portraits of Batman and The Joker that feature in the lower corners of the regular version of the poster.
Batman (1989) Poster Ilustration