The Dark Knight Rises - Costumes Hit TownWritten by administrator
Experience the world of Gotham City by seeing firsthand the authentic costumes from the production of the highly anticipated action drama.
You will also relive the story of the behind-the-scenes collaboration and camaraderie that helped redefine the legendary super hero for a new generation through The Dark Knight Trilogy Retrospective Photographic Display.
The costumes and photographic displays will be up from 19 July - 1 August at the newly revamped Bugis+ Atrium, Level 2, before moving to Bugis Junction, Malay Street Level 1 from 2 August - 12 August.
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Costumes & Machines - Facts and figures:
●The Batsuit in The Dark Knight Rises is unchanged from the design used in The Dark Knight.
●It is comprised of 110 separate pieces.
●Semi-flexible Urethane-molded pieces are all suspended on a polyester mesh called 3D spacer mesh, which is sold to the military, medical and hi-tech sports manufacturers as a neoprene replacement as it is very breathable. It is knitted and not woven.
●Carbon fiber panels—strong, light and incredibly resistant—can be found inside a number of the Urethane-molded pieces around the suit’s legs, chest and abs for added protection.
●Production created 50 capes in total, varying in length, shape and size to reflect different functions such as trailing, walking, action/fighting and mechanical.
●The cape is made from a fabric which is electro-statically flocked, taking advantage of a process used by the UK's Ministry of Defence when minimum night vision detection is required.
●The Special Effects department has invented a brand new type of silent, directional wind machine for use in creating the billowing cape image inspired by iconic comic book illustrations.
●The weight of the suit, cowl and cape together is 30 lbs.
●20 costumes were made for cat-burglar Selina Kyle.
●There are two pieces to each suit for practical reasons, with the belt positioned to give it the look of a one-piece Catsuit.
●The suit is made up of a utility belt, elbow length gloves, thigh length boots, and goggles. Costume designer Lindy Hemming designed the goggles to look like cat ears when flipped up.
●There are seven different boots with varying height heels for action such as running and riding the Batpod, but the ‘hero boot’ has a high-blade heel for fighting and slashing.
●The suit is made of embossed carbon fiber laminate. It is made up of two layers, the outer one being polyurethane-coated spandex with the texture of a carbon fiber hexagonal weave.
●Seven costumes in total were created for Bane, comprised of combat boots, combat pants and body armor. The costume is made up of natural materials and fashioned with scavenged bits and pieces.
●Bane’s mask is made out of ABS polymer, which was built by the Costume Effects department using a 3-D printer.
●The Batmobile has not changed since Batman Begins, but in The Dark Knight Rises, a number of tumbler vehicles appear in their original camouflage colors.
●There are three different types of customized camouflage tumbler, one with a swivelling turret gun, another with a guided missile launcher and a third with a gun.
●The Batmobile was designed by Christopher Nolan and Production Designer Nathan Crowley in the filmmaker's garage in Los Angeles. The prototype was made by sticking together toy cars, eventually combining a Hummer and a Lamborghini – the inspiration being an ex-military vehicle.
●The tumbler name comes from its military history due to its ability to jump and tumble.
●The car has no front axel. Nolan wanted the wheels to be held from the side, which, at first, was believed to be impossible. However, Special Effects Supervisor Chris Corbould and Workshop Supervisor Andy Smith did eventually find a way to make side-mounted wheels work.
●Everything on the Batmobile has been built from scratch. It is not an existing vehicle that has been remodelled or customized.
●The Batmobile has six wheels – two in the front and four at the back, which are monster truck tires. Three different sets of tires with varying amounts of tread were created so that stunt driver George Cottle could decide how much skid power he required at any one time.
●The vehicle runs on regular unleaded fuel and weighs two-and-a-half tons.
●The vehicle can jump six feet in height and has jumped a distance of 60 feet.
●Its top speed is 105 miles per hour and acceleration is 0-60 in five seconds
●The Batpod design is unchanged from The Dark Knight.
●The Batpod is designed and developed to give Batman a swifter mode of travel around Gotham City streets. Like the Batmobile, the bike is fast and ferocious and perfectly suited for hostile situations. It is built for all-terrain surfaces and equipped with three guns on each side: a blast cannon, a grappling gun and a machine gun.
●The tires are identical to those on the Batmobile.
●The entire weight of the Batpod is 730 lbs.
●The bike is designed so that the rider can stay level at all times even when the bike is tilting.
●It runs as fast as the Batmobile.
●It’s a self-righting bike. In other words, it does not require a foot stand.
●Every element of the Batpod has a designated function, nothing exists for aesthetic purposes only.
●The latest addition to Batman’s fleet of vehicles is The Bat.
●The Bat is an urban airborne vehicle—part helicopter, part jump jet—designed by Nolan and Nathan Crowley and built off a miniature by Chris Corbould’s team.
●Each bespoke panel of The Bat is sculpted and molded out of light-weight carbon fiber.
●There are two full Bats and two separate cockpits for moments when Batman is shown inside the vehicle.
●The Bat weighs 3 000 lbs.
●Although technically The Bat cannot fly unaided (although it will be airborne in the film using visual and practical effects), it has working guns and cannons that fire pyrotechnics. All of its lights are radio-controlled to change angle in mid-air.
●The Bat is given the illusion of flight in a number or ways; under a helicopter, on high wires, on wires suspended from a crane, mounted on its own vehicle and even on a track when it is shown bursting through surfaces.
●Three people are required to operate the vehicle to which The Bat is attached during chase scenes through the streets: a driver and two technicians, one of whom controls the up-and-down movement and the other who controls the side-to-side and forward-to-back movement.
●The height of The Bat on the rig went from 16-26 feet.
●During the chase scene through the Wabash Tunnel in Los Angeles, there was only ever 18” of clearance on either side of The Bat.
●To replicate taking off, The Bat was suspended from a Sikorsky heavy-lift helicopter and lifted from the roof of a building.