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Lot 505: Michael Keaton screen-used "Batman" suit from Batman Returns.Platinum House
December 21, 2013
Calabasas Hills, CA, USALive Auction
505. Michael Keaton screen-used “Batman” suit from Batman Returns. (Warner Bros., 1992) Tim Burton’s 1989 Batman and its blockbuster sequel, Batman Returns, not only reinvented the modern superhero, it also changed Hollywood’s perception of what a caped crusader looked like. Comic Michael Keaton may not have had the ideal Batman body type, but that didn’t matter once costume designer Bob Ringwood got done with his inspired take on the Dark Knight. Batman represented the first time ever that a superhero costume was envisioned as more than just a fancy set of tights. Instead, Ringwood chose to accent Keaton’s physique with armored pieces molded in foam latex attached to a spandex body suit. This suit represents a grand experiment, which has now paved the way for all successive Batman film costumes, and influenced an entire generation of superheroes. This screen-used, complete costume is the much-improved Batman Returns version, and includes the original latex cape with cloth backing. The foam latex cowl is mounted on a blacked-out polyurethane foam head of Michael Keaton, made using his actual lifecast taken for the production in 1988. Includes Bat-belt and leather gauntlet gloves with trademark fins. The boot bottoms remain original yet the tops are faithfully replicated. Inside tag of the suit reads “Michael Keaton #1”. The entire ensemble is beautifully mounted on a custom-built mannequin with display base incorporating the signature Bat emblem and stalagmites inspired from the Bat Cave. Foam latex on the body suit and cowl has been expertly restored. Cape exhibits scattered tearing along seams. An historic and instantly recognizable costume displayed to dramatic effect. Special shipping arrangements will apply.
$40,000 - $60,000