I'm a huge fan of The Dark Knight and Christian Bale as Batman, but I'm a firm believer that Michael Keaton was the best Batman. Maybe it's because I grew up with his Batman and not Bale's. No, literally. I think I dressed up as Batman for Halloween a solid 4 years in a row in the '90s. My parents wanted me to switch it up, but I wasn't having it.
I'm always a fan of seeing how much effort goes into making any movie, let alone a blockbuster hit filled with intricate set design, costume design, brilliant directing by Tim Burton, and a high-profile cast to boot.
This documentary, entitled "The Making of a Hero", is 25 minutes long and the quality is a bit choppy at parts (by today's standards), but it really demonstrates how much work went into Batman. Not only that, it also gives a unique perspective on the film and filmmaking in general.
I'm super into set design and special effects, so it was cool to me to learn that sets that appeared to be right in the open city of Gotham were actually shot in indoors with hours of hard work put into every detail. And the technology they had to work with wasn't as good as it is now, so it would have been even more taxing. It just goes to show that sometimes, not even the best CGI can beat some great practical effects.
This video accomplishes a lot. Obviously, it proves the transition from the '80s to the '90s was kinda crazy - pretty much everyone's hair was wild - but it also does a stellar job of further explaining Burton's vision with some insightful tidbits about how things came together in this movie.
I'm really glad I stumbled across this video. Truly a great job all around! What do you think?