Batman has had his share of victories, like the 1989 version of Batman starring Michael Keaton and the entire Batman series with Adam West. He’s also had his failures, can anyone say Batman & Robin, Arnold Schwarzenegger and George Clooney in the same sentence without cringing? In any case for better or worse the Batman series has plenty of fans willing to show off their design and art skills by creating monuments to the man, the myth and the legend. Here are 10 really cool fan made Batman pieces.
1. April Fool’s Poster – Gotham Uprising
A fan of the Batman series decided it was their turn to make a Batman movie and on April Fool’s day they announced Gotham Rising which would star Neil Patrick Harris as the Riddler, along with a notable cast shown at the top of the poster. Too bad this one will probably never exist, Harris could have brought a touch of class to the riddler role, erasing our memory of Jim Carrey in the very same role.
2. FAO Schwarz Batman
FAO Schwarz in New York used thousands of Lego’s to create what might possibly be the coolest Lego superhero creation ever! You can even buy this life size statue of Batman. Just pony up $27,000 and it’s all yours. I had the pleasure of seeing the stature in person and all I can say is AMAZING!!! Can a store be a fan? If you’ve seen the love and care they put into displaying this statue you’d agree the answer is a resounding YES!
3. Batman City Of Scars – Fan Made Film
When Aaron Schoenke wanted to show his love of Batman to the world he spent $27,000 and created a 30 minute Batman movie. The end result? A very gritty Batman movie with a classic voice over and enough violence and darkly shot scenes to make Michael Keaton applaud his final results. Somebody pick this guy up to make your studies movies, I know plenty of people who would go watch his gritty style of shooting.
4. Full Michael Keaton Batman Suit (Circa 1989)
Forming an entire suit of latex and armor can’t possible be a simple task. This suit is listed as having:
Full size Michael Keaton latex cowl with attached latex cape, resin bat-symbol, latex body armor and leg armor, latex boot armor glued on to a basketball shoe that has been made into a long boot and high quality leather gloves.
5. Chris Mason Batman Art
I’m only featuring one of Chris Mason’s fan inspired drawings from Batman, but he draws all kinds of crazy Batman portraits that are fun, quirky and generally very inspired. I personally like this picture because of the pimped out style given to the Batmobile.
6. 1966 Inspired Batmobile Eco-Car
Inspired by the original 1966 Batmobile created by George Barris this eco-friendly smart car looks a bit crazy, but also very Batman friendly. Showing up at car shows you can’t but love the simplicity yet craziness in it’s design. It’s a cool concept, but it’s still not one of the Geekiest movie cars we’ve ever seen.
7. 1967 Batmobile Model – Danbury Mint
While not quite built from scratch someone put a lot of effort into giving this Dunbury mint batmobile replication from the 1960’s a true look and feel. It makes me want to pop in the Batman series from that time right now and watch away.
8. Funniest Batman Comic Strip
9. Fan Batman Tattoo
I’ve seen A LOT of Batman tattoos, but this one is my favorite. Just look at the muscle definition on Batman’s body armor, the serious look on his face and the nicely blended in lightning story in the background. Plus a quick glance at the photo reveals that this fan allowed the majority of their arm to be taken up for the sake of the tattoo, talk about commitment for their love of Batman.
10. Fan Made Bat-Pod
Originally up on Ebay for $100,000 this custom fan made Bat-Pod replica from Batman: The Dark Night. The Bat-Pod is made from scratch and features a 1/4 inch solid steel plate and 1/4 wall thickness steel tubing. The creators had to build all the parts on their own since no kits were available. The price tag may be ridiculous, but I dare you to attempt to make one on your own.
So there are my 10 favorite fan made Batman items. Whether the items were found in a store that loves Batman (FAO Schwarz) or was scribbled on a piece of paper or a human arm, the love for Batman continues to be felt all over the place and lately it seems like fans are attempting to one up each other, a $27,000 fan made Batman movie proves that point.
Do you have any favorite fan created Batman items? Share your thoughts on the items listed on this page, then share your own favorites.