The Art of Batman

In the 60's, Batman because more then just a superhero that people read about.  It wasn't the first motion adaptation of the caped crusader, but it was one of the most influential.  These select pictures represent a time where it was a bright time to be in custom and pretend to be someone else, and somewhere else.

Batman because so popular that he was even featured in Time magazine. In that time period, he was brought into more of a broader audience. Being an influence for adults just as much as the children. Showing them that life isn’t grim and it takes brains over brawn to figure out the problems. This particular picture shows the mentality that fighting can be comical and leave a feel good impression when done in the right manner and for the right reasons.
As production and filming began on the series, a lot of preparations were made. Lighting had to be installed and film sets had to be organized in ways that fit the scene being filmed. On the other side, the actors had to be ready and organize in a different style, mentally.
This picture here on looks Adam West as he prepares for what could be his character. The writing utensil, note paper and what looks to be articles suggests he is doing a fair amount of research into what the topic of the scene is going to be, or possibly taking a break from filming and doing research for a personal venture.
As we see in this picture of the behind the scenes shot, they did not have the convenience of digital effects. They had to rely on not just perception and illusions, but they wanted a good amount of detail that they could produce, using a real car instead of a mock up version on a trailer.
The art of making any type of motion feature on a bigger scale takes coordination and effort from a group of people. Even putting on the customs could take help from others. In this picture, we see the background of the set and lighting with the main star up front getting ready.
As a byproduct of how Batman was being portrayed at that time, a much younger generation was starting to get more involved in dressing up and pretending. Getting a more focused imagination of one particular subject rather then being let loose to come up with their own. Giving them a role model to look up as well.
With the new energy that is being watched by a multi-generational audience and the availability of customs to look the part, children were given a guidance to point their own energy in a specific way, to become the hero of the day and save everyone from the evil villains.
Seeing the success of what the 60’s versions brought in, a much bigger scale was in need to be produced. As major motion pictures were in full swing, it was only a matter of time before the super heroes of their own child hood became more popular to get in the big screen, and with bigger screen, became bigger events.
With the hero and villain combo of Batman and the Joker well established, the ideas of the Joker became more prominent in our own personal viewings. As human behavior became more of an issue, so did the thoughts on how we preserved them. This line taking from a later version of Batman sets a tone that we are always on the edge of insanity, requiring only a mental push from something to take us off that ledge.
Since Batman has been well established in many communities, even around the world, He is seen more then just a super hero, but an idea. A personal idea of how we can view our own lives. Us being Batman, a divine being pushing us to our limits as the Joker, and the world in chaos around us at times as Gotham city.
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