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Interesting to see Nolan going 2.39:1 on this, although it seems to be his ratio of choice it must be said. As far as the cinematography goes, the film looks simply beautiful, and the cast on board just sit Batman Beings firmly atop of the 'brilliant' pile I think.

 

VERY wise move not to use any Elfman of Goldenthal music in the teaser. I hope they refrain from doing so in any of the future trailers just so David Juylan is saved from some grief in people attacking his score before anyone hears a note of it.

 

Daniel

 

PS: I like the costume too. It actually looks a little like the one Kilmer had in Batman Forever, unless my memory is playing tricks on me. The mask is superb. Do remember you're likely to NEVER see the costume in that sort of well lit scenario as you do in that photograph which looks as if it was done especially for publicity purposes. In all the stills I have seen of him wearing it in the movie, it is magnificent.

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Also another thumbs up for the costume here. Especially love how menacing the cowl looks on the direct view shot. My only real complaint is the Giger like design of the abdomen. Not sure why they bother with that. One uniform plate/pad over the abdomen would still get across the look of armor without having to use that kind of texturing.

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I like the director and the cast, so I'm pretty hopeful for this outing.

 

The costume looks fine; I think it's the best of the iterations we've had so far (I agree that the patterning on the abdomen looks odd). But I don't see it as resembling Alex Ross's designs even remotely -- his are definitely fabric, whereas this design is from the black rubber S&M design school.

 

-j

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I don't like the costume, either.

 

The ears are positioned to far to the center of the head (or curved too much toward the center of the head, perhaps), making Batman's face look pudgy..the abdomen is silly, not as silly as nipples, but still silly. The bat logo is also way too big...and there is something about the belt I don't like. Perhaps it looks too white- trash, like a fake Gucci purse... :?

 

I think the suit as a whole looks much too robotic...

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I like the suit, but I wish it had a more "homemade" look to it, given that this is an origin story. I just can't see a guy obsessed with revenge taking the time to meticulously design and fashion a suit like that. Rudimentary body armor with a big black bat on the chest, something simple like that would look cooler.

 

Unless Alfred made it. Then my point is moot. :)

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I don't like the curved ears. They look more like horns. The belt needs to be parallel to the ground the entire way around his abdomen - it looks like he has female hips.

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Originally posted by FLYING SE7EN@Jul 29 2004, 07:55 AM

I like the suit, but I wish it had a more "homemade" look to it, given that this is an origin story. I just can't see a guy obsessed with revenge taking the time to meticulously design and fashion a suit like that.

Keep in mind that Bruce Wayne has lots and lots of money and know-how, so his idea of a homemade suit would probably be more elaborate than an ordinary person's ;)

 

I've warmed up to the suit a lot. I still think that the chest is bit too sculpted, especially considering that Bale isn't lacking for pectoral muscles, and as others have said, the abdomen is too busy, but I like the flexibility of it. Hopefully we won't have anymore Frankenstein's Batman like we did in the previous movies :)

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Originally posted by Sam P@Jul 28 2004, 05:48 PM

What aspect, specifically? I can't find any fault with it that can't be said of any predecessing Batsuits, either.

Body armor.

 

It looks like rubber body armor, which seems antithetical to Batman's fighting style. He's like a superhero equivalent of a ninja, and a suit of armor doesn't lend itself to silent and graceful movement. Even if it flexes, it's still movement constricting. Besides, he doesn't need it - the best defense for a bullet is to not get shot. :)

 

If X-men movies were made with out armored costumes, the same could be done for Batman.

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Originally posted by bickle@Jul 29 2004, 12:19 PM

Body armor.

To refer to the excellent graphic novel Batman: The Dark Night Returns by Frank Miller, Batman makes a comment along these lines...

"Why do you think I wear a target on my chest?

Can't armor the head, or the arms."

So depending on how you want to look at it, body armor does kind of makes sense. ;)

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Actually I had that very quote in mind while I was writing that, since he states that he can't wear armor except for that tiny spot. That was a bit of genius in the way it explained why such a dark character lurking in the shadows would wear a bright yellow patch. :) An awesome panel in an awesome book.

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For non-Chicago folk. Lower Wacker is part of Wacker Drive. There is a Upper Wacker along with a Lower Wacker. Lower Wacker is called that because it is below the water level of Lake Michigan and the Chicago River. Oh, and it is a perfect place to film, it is creepy as hell down there. :)

 

My friend from work lives right over there, might have to go watch some filming. :tu:

 

-Dean-

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