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darklord1967
09-09-2012, 08:10 PM
Greetings gang!

My name is Roberto, and I work as a High School Performing Arts instructor here in New York City.

I wanted to share some costumes and other production material that I've designed and put together for a stage play that I am working to produce and direct with several of my student actors.

The play is titled "FATHERS OF THE DARK KNIGHT", and it is the story of the creation of The Batman mythology. It explores the relationship between artist Bob Kane and writer Bill Finger throughout the history of their prolific creation.

We will witness their brilliant Gotham City characters come to life on stage right next to them as their artistic inspiration grows.

I hope you enjoy this glimpse into our production...

darklord1967
09-09-2012, 08:15 PM
COSTUME DESIGN

My personal preference for the costume designs of Bat-characters leaned strongly toward the so-called classic “Bronze Age” of DC Comics (published between the early 1970’s through the early 1990’s. But as I already knew, there would still be a lot of room for personal interpretation of the costuming details once I got started on design and construction.


http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v516/darklord1967/GothamGuardians.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v516/darklord1967/SecretIds.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v516/darklord1967/Fathers%20Of%20The%20Dark%20Knight/Batvillains.jpg

darklord1967
09-09-2012, 08:16 PM
CAPE

Using a pattern of my own design, I fashioned a scalloped Bat-cape out of 4-way stretch dull black PVC that had the sheen, appearance, feel, and texture of soft leather. It also matched the color and texture of the Bat-cowl perfectly. The finished cape is capable of spreading to a full 16 foot wingspan, and looks elegant and stately when at rest as it hugs the wearer’s shoulder with a shaped seam. I also made sure to create a pattern that would be long enough to drape the bat-scallops along the floor whenever the cape was at rest. This same fabric was used to create the shorts for the uniform.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v516/darklord1967/Fathers%20Of%20The%20Dark%20Knight/TheBatmanrear.jpg

darklord1967
09-09-2012, 08:17 PM
GLOVES

The gloves on this costume are tough, durable and custom made. I began with a simple pair of men’s XX-L leather winter gloves and removed the fleece lining from the inside to make them less cumbersome. I then attached an appropriately sized and shaped leather Bat-sleeve gauntlet cuff (with three large Bat-fins) to the wrist gloves. I took some creative license here and made the bat-fins slightly larger than usual to make them seem weapon-like and more dangerous. I also wanted them to have greater visibility during stage combat.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v516/darklord1967/Fathers%20Of%20The%20Dark%20Knight/BatGauntlet.jpg

darklord1967
09-09-2012, 08:28 PM
BOOTS

Batman costumers everywhere have been talking about a wonderful new boot that has been commericially available for a while, very affordable, and is perfect for dressing as The Dark Knight. Funtasma’s Pleaser “Gotham 100” boots did NOT disappoint when I bought them, and with the quality that they were made with, I would have GLADLY paid double what I did to own them…and even THAT would have been a bargain! I loved the generous length of the boot shaft, coming up to just below my knee cap (I am 6’ 2”), and I really loved the thick, rugged, combat boot rubber soles (which really reflected the para-military/survival gear aspect that I wanted The Batman’s uniform to have.

I did spend an additional $60 to have the tops of the boots professionally re-shaped into a more extreme “Batman Point”. But the final look of the boots made it SO worth the money and effort!

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v516/darklord1967/Fathers%20Of%20The%20Dark%20Knight/BatBoots.jpg

darklord1967
09-09-2012, 08:29 PM
CHEST EMBLEM

There were some VERY specific things that concerned me when I set out to create the chest bat emblem for this costume:

Firstly, I intended to use the “new look” concept Batman chest emblem ushered in by Julius Swartz in 1964. This was the one that featured the black bat encased within a golden yellow oval. I found this far more visually appealing than just the large black bat against the dark grey tights (which I knew would be tough to see on stage with spooky shadowy lighting). The yellow oval provided a nice contrast for the bat to be seen and gave the uniform some added visual interest with a splash of color picked up from the prominent utility belt.

Secondly, I needed the emblem to be fashioned out of something that would be flexible and TOUGH, and also be VERY sharp and clean in its presentation.

Thirdly, the size and position of the chest emblem was also a consideration. For example, I always found Adam West’s bat emblem to be slightly small and positioned too low on his chest. The optimal size and position would have to be experimented with.

Fourthly, the specific design of the Bat-silhouette itself would need some “adjustment” on my part since I did not really care for the Adam West design, nor any particular bat-shape from the comics.

Lastly, I wanted this chest emblem to have a subtle sculpted look rather than a flat, printed one. To me, that meant that the emblem would have to be “assembled” and painted in separate layers, and then combined.

I began with an Adoble Photoshop rendering of my own preferred design for the shape of the bat silhouette. I encased it within an oval, ensuring an even border space all around the bat. I then printed out my design and checked its size and positioning on my planning mannequin until I was happy.

Next, I used my printout as a pattern to cut a template of the basic oval out of thin, white, flexible styrene. I spent several hours sanding the edges smooth and even. I then used the same pattern to cut a template of the bat itself , also out of the white flex styrene. I sanded the edges perfectly round and smooth and checked the fit against the base oval. Perfect fit. Once the two parts were painted separately and then glued together, the final emblem was stunning, with an edge to the bat that rested in raised relief on the surface of the base oval.

The emblem is permanently affixed to the grey bodysuit with 3M spray adhesive. Strong stuff!

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v516/darklord1967/Fathers%20Of%20The%20Dark%20Knight/ChestEmblem.jpg

darklord1967
09-09-2012, 08:37 PM
UTILITY BELT

Comic Book history demonstrates that The Batman utility belt has either been styled as an ammunition pouch belt OR as the more modern tube vials belt.

I saw no reason why the belt could not be both at once. I knew I wanted the belt and all of its accessories to be colored in a bright golden yellow, just like in the comics.

I built everything upon a basic golden yellow pleather waistband that would fasten from behind. The pleather ammo pouches were cannibalized from a different source and then re-colored to match the golden yellow of the waist band. I purchased plexiglass tubes and half-moon end caps from a local supplier and built them into the storage vials of The Batman’s belt.

I hand-fashioned the main buckle shape out of sheets, strips and rods of ABS hard plastic. The Vials and Belt buckle were shot with 10 coats of Chrome Yellow, and 2 coats of gloss clear.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v516/darklord1967/Fathers%20Of%20The%20Dark%20Knight/BatUtility-Belt.jpg

darklord1967
09-09-2012, 08:37 PM
ROBIN THE BOY WONDER

I’d like to get something out of the way before I get too deeply into discussing my creation of the Robin outfit.

I have always loved this character… the original Richard Grayson version, I mean. I think he is an integral part of The Batman mythology and a big reason for its success over all these years.

Having said that, I have NEVER liked any of the live-action depictions of Robin done either on TV or in theatrical films. To my mind, he has yet to be performed as he was originally presented in the comic books when he was introduced… as a laughing daredevil boy wonder COUNTERPOINT to The Batman’s deadly seriousness.

All of the actors have been far too old to portray a 13 year old Boy Wonder. And their portrayals of the character have been way off the mark. Even Burt Ward (back in the 1966 TV series) played a basically high-strung, (borderline) angry youth who was ready to spit venom at every villain in sight. And he was an age-inappropriate 20 years old at the time while wearing those pixie shoes.

It is my firm intention to remedy this matter within my own stage play by portraying Robin not only as The (classic) BOY Wonder that he was always intended to be, but also as the “laughing daredevil” that we have virtually NEVER seen depicted by any other actor.

As I creatively approached the creation of Robin’s costume for this school stage play, I (once again) prescribed a strong faithfulness to the original Robin costume design worn by Richard Grayson mixed with an occasional helping of artistic licence to help it come alive on stage.

As I see it, the purpose of Robin The Boy Wonder is to function as something of a startling distraction for hoods right before The Batman can efficiently take them out. There is something very unsettling and unnerving about a brightly costumed and masked little boy standing (all by himself) in a dark night time alley or rooftop DARING you to pull your gun on him… while he giggles as you. To me, it kind of functions like the creepy little ghost girl seen standing in the hallways of the Overlook Hotel in “The Shining”.

With that in mind, I decided NOT to mute the tones of Robin’s uniform, and to allow them to function in all of their garish, primary-colored glory. I also found myself taking some cues (in terms of textures) from Burt Ward’s 1966 costume which was actually very well- designed and executed.

darklord1967
09-09-2012, 08:39 PM
GREENS

Your mother always said that your greens were good for you!

Well... they certainly are for Robin's costume... when done properly.

I was absolutlely determined that ALL the green portions of Robin’s costume would match each other EXACTLY… no matter what. One of the things I never liked about Burt Ward’s (otherwise excellent) suit was the mis-matched greens (Re; gloves much darker than T-Shirt and shorts. Pixie shoes in a slightly different shade than everything else.)

I was fortunate enough to locate three fabric textures that matched color shades perfectly, and then fashioned all green garments with the three them. I began with a Hanes Kelly Green boy’s cotton T-shirt, and I matched it PERFECTLY with some Kelly Green lycra spandex and some Kelly green calf skin leather that I purchased from a supplier.



I went to LeCrasia Gloves here in NYC and brought them a full pattern I had created for Robin’s little gauntlets (based off of a ladies evening glove with an extended gauntlet cuff sleeve). I supplied the Kelly green leather, and three days later I picked up a stunningly beautiful pair of custom-made green leather gauntlets!

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v516/darklord1967/Fathers%20Of%20The%20Dark%20Knight/RobinGlove.jpg


The Kelly green Lycra Spandex I found was intended for fashioning Robin’s green shorts. And even though they matched the cotton green t-shirt and leather gloves perfectly, they also had that excessive “Halloween costume” shine that I really did not care for. Under certain lighting conditions, the shorts actually appeared brighter than the cotton T-shirt and finished leather gloves.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v516/darklord1967/Fathers%20Of%20The%20Dark%20Knight/RobinShorts.jpg

The truth is, I expected that situation, but I did not care. I intended to alter the shorts in a way that few Robin costumers have done in the past: I planned to add the “scaley” chain-mail pattern to the surface of the shorts (as seen in the comics) using hundreds of ¾ inch circles die-cut from the Kelly Green leather I bought and glued directly to the spandex.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v516/darklord1967/Fathers%20Of%20The%20Dark%20Knight/RobinShorts2.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v516/darklord1967/Fathers%20Of%20The%20Dark%20Knight/RobinShorts3.jpg


The job took about 5 days, but when I was finished, the shorts had a richness of detail that was incredible!! And of course, they perfectly matched the previously-made gloves!

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v516/darklord1967/Fathers%20Of%20The%20Dark%20Knight/Robinsshorts.jpg

The original plan was to make the little pixie shoes out of the same Kelly green leather as the gloves using a professional boot-maker here in New York City. However, I discovered to my dismay that custom-made shoes were well beyond my budget for this project!


I got creative and looked for a way to fashion the booties myself quickly, and inexpensively. I managed this by purchasing 3 pairs of basic black canvas kung-fu slippers for $7 each. I then used some extra green T-shirts that I purchased as raw fabric to laminate the kung-fu slippers and make them into flared pixie shoes.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v516/darklord1967/Fathers%20Of%20The%20Dark%20Knight/RobinBooties.jpg

darklord1967
09-09-2012, 08:46 PM
On Saturday August 25th, three of the student cast members of my upcoming School Stage Play (and their excited parents) met with me on my New York City rooftop for a production photo shoot.

Our goal was to shoot a series of “glamor” stills to help promote our play and assist in our upcoming fund-raising efforts.

The kids had an AWESOME time, and we all walked away VERY proud of the images we captured . We feel they really represent the mood and tone of our intended noir stage play.

I hope you enjoy these images...



THE RIDDLER

We have succeeded in casting a student performer to portray the nefarious Edward Nigma (AKA “The Riddler”) for our play.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v516/darklord1967/Fathers%20Of%20The%20Dark%20Knight/TheRiddlerFinal.jpg




This 16 year old is a VERY talented and experienced young actor, and this night marked his first evening wearing his custom-made costume. I am thrilled and honored to have him bring this classic character to life for our production!

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v516/darklord1967/Fathers%20Of%20The%20Dark%20Knight/TheRiddler3Final.jpg




BATGIRL:

This lovely 8th grader brings an intensity and dignity to Barbara Gordon / Batgirl, and I was thrilled to see her in character again this evening. I cannot wait to see her in action on stage!

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v516/darklord1967/Fathers%20Of%20The%20Dark%20Knight/Batgirlfinal-1.jpg




THE BATMAN:

Beginning his first year of college in the fall, This young man was generous enough to once again spend his evening dressed in cape and cowl. He proved once again tonight that HE is the one and only Batman for our upcoming stage play!

Here, The Batman responds to the call of the Bat-Signal being shined against the side of a building.

We had GREAT fun projecting the Bat-Signal on the face of the building behind the Batman. We used an old slide projector and a specially-prepared slide. The effect was brilliant and we attracted the attention of quite a few neighbors!

I also made a few upgrades to the Bat-suit since our original costume fittings back in February. I have changed the caninister vials on the utility belt into thicker and larger ones. I felt the first ones were far too thin.

Also, I have decided that I do NOT want to see the actor's eyes through the eye openings in the cowl, so I have added mirrored safety goggles underneath. The effect is STUNNING when light catches it just the right way.


http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v516/darklord1967/Fathers%20Of%20The%20Dark%20Knight/TheBatman-2.jpg



GOTHAM NIGHT WATCH

In this moment, The Dark Knight, and his young protégé Batgirl have been startled from their nightly patrol by the scream of a crime victim far below. As a full moon glares down upon the scene, our grim heroes prepare to leap into action and dispense their brand of justice...


http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v516/darklord1967/Fathers%20Of%20The%20Dark%20Knight/GOTHAMMIDNIGHTPATROL.jpg

darklord1967
09-10-2012, 12:48 AM
Just waiting for the forum administrators to approve of the images I have submitted for this thread.

Stand by, gang!

Libis
09-10-2012, 08:11 AM
ROBIN THE BOY WONDER
Having said that, I have NEVER liked any of the live-action depictions of Robin done either on TV or in theatrical films. To my mind, he has yet to be performed as he was originally presented in the comic books when he was introduced… as a laughing daredevil boy wonder COUNTERPOINT to The Batman’s deadly seriousness.
...

As I see it, the purpose of Robin The Boy Wonder is to function as something of a startling distraction for hoods right before The Batman can efficiently take them out. There is something very unsettling and unnerving about a brightly costumed and masked little boy standing (all by himself) in a dark night time alley or rooftop DARING you to pull your gun on him… while he giggles as you. To me, it kind of functions like the creepy little ghost girl seen standing in the hallways of the Overlook Hotel in “The Shining”.

With that in mind, I decided NOT to mute the tones of Robin’s uniform, and to allow them to function in all of their garish, primary-colored glory. I also found myself taking some cues (in terms of textures) from Burt Ward’s 1966 costume which was actually very well- designed and executed.

I agree that the live-action versions generally suck. That's why I was excited to see some of the variations of (the older version of) Robin in Arkham City.

It was really interesting to read your interpretation of Robin, and the reasons behind his colorful clothing. That would make the coolest artwork as well. I'm surprised that this hasn't been picked up more widely--with "gritty" being such a big thing right now for live action DC superheros. (It will be interesting to see what they do with the Batman reboot as they prepare for a Justice League movie.)

dizzymonochrome
09-10-2012, 11:39 AM
I seriously love your characterization for Robin and totally agree! I can't wait to see the photos!

darklord1967
09-10-2012, 01:37 PM
^^ Me too! I wonder what's taking the administrators so long to approve the images?

darklord1967
09-10-2012, 01:39 PM
THE BATMAN

Clearly, The Batman’s costume was going to be a very important aspect of this play. It had to immediately feel real, legitimate, and it had to illicit the proper mood when first glimpsed by the audience. It was going to need to accept stage lighting well, while not coming off as a cheap, garish Halloween costume. The costume’s textures were going to require special attention so that it would feel rich, elegant and organic.

My approach to the The Batman’s overall costuming philosophy was that Bruce Wayne intended to frighten criminals while striking at them from the dark shadows. The only touches of vibrant color on the uniform (chest emblem and utility belt) would be strategically intended to be seen even in low light. This gives the uniform some contrast and visual interest, rather than being monochromatic and dull.

Also, I wanted to approach the Batman’s costume with THREE basic prescriptions in mind:

1) Para-military survival gear, mixed with
2) Primitive, tribal natural organic textures, mixed with
3) Stately old-world gothic.

For the para-military side, I designed the all-important yellow Utility Belt to appear as a bulky, (but neatly organized) collection of ammunition pouches and high tech vials containing The Batman’s myriad of weapons and urban survival crime-fighting gear. I wanted it to look big, well-stocked, and slightly dangerous.

But it’s the primitive, tribal aspect of the costume that I think ultimately dominates. Certainly it is the part of the costume philosophy that appeals to me the most. When dealing with this costuming mind-set, I imagined the approach of a fierce, tribal warrior: A large BEAST has been vanquished, and the warrior now wears its outer hide as a symbol of his own fighting prowess. The cranium and upper jaw of the animal is worn as a head dress, with only the lower half of the warrior’s own face exposed. The warrior honors the spirit of the fallen creature by wearing it’s skin and fighting on...

This primitive approach made me look at the Batman’s costume mostly in terms of organic textures like leather. The bat-cowl, cape, gauntlets, trunks, and boots would ALL need to share an identical black leathery texture. By contrast, the accents of color on the uniform (chest emblem and utility belt) would need to feel manufactured and synthetic. The skin-tight GREY (middle ground) body suit bridges the two worlds by appearing not quite synthetic and not quite organic. I studiously AVOIDED fashioning this garment with typical lycra Spandex due to its glitzy synthetic sheen and instead went with a charcoal grey Supplex material with a matte finish. But my motivation was also firmly intended to stay true to the color scheme of the costume in the comics to preserve the visual contrasts. Going with a black armored body suit (as is typically done in live-action Batman films) was not an option for me since it would only make the character (unattractively) mono-chromatic in my eyes.

In order to lend the character the stately, old-world, gothic flavor that I thought was necessary, I paid special attention to the silhouetted outer contour of the assembled costume. The figure’s lines would need to be razor straight, emphasizing a powerful vertical force that was bigger than life. The long ears of the Bat cowl and the fanned-out lines of the cape at rest were intended to give the character height, power, and a Dracula-like presence.

COWL

Obviously, The Batman cowl has undergone numerous design changes in the comic books over the years. As it happens, I am a fan of the long-eared cowl design, since it appears most Bat-like and imposing to me. It also more accurately reflects the character’s appearance during his earliest years (late 1930’s – early 1940’s), and my preferred era, the Bronze Age of comics (early 1970’s – early 1990’s).

A licensed, store-bought cowl was not even an option for me since virtually all that was available were warped rubber cowls based on the designs from the recent Chris Nolan films or the early Tim Burton films.

What was called for was a clean, straight, and sharp rendition of the cowl as seen in the comic books.

Fortunately for me, premiere cowl sculptor (and all-around nice guy) Shawn Reevz produces a stunning cowl that was PERFECT for what I needed.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v516/darklord1967/Fathers%20Of%20The%20Dark%20Knight/BatCowl.jpg

tarinalove
09-10-2012, 02:02 PM
Sounds interesting.

I'd love to see the images as well, maybe try to post a link or something now?

darklord1967
09-10-2012, 02:26 PM
I am uploading the images to my forum account now. I will then post a link to the album in this thread stay tuned. There are quite a few images and this could take me a while...

dizzymonochrome
09-10-2012, 03:52 PM
*Impatiently taps foot*

Again, I really like the kind of dark, twisted sense of Robin being this smartass little kid following Batman (an adult) around and helping him fight bad guys. Especially liked the picture you painted with this quote: "There is something very unsettling and unnerving about a brightly costumed and masked little boy standing (all by himself) in a dark night time alley or rooftop DARING you to pull your gun on him… while he giggles at you." Gives you shivers! It's giving me crazy au ideas for Teen Wolf (which I am unrelated-to-this-post obsessed with lately)

darklord1967
09-10-2012, 04:00 PM
Not sure what is happening with administration of this message board, but my photos are not appearing even in the album I have created.

I am just as anxious to share these photos with you all as you are to see them.

darklord1967
09-10-2012, 04:07 PM
Let's try this link to my Facebook photo album which contains the same images:

https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.2950489114784.2136611.1038042917&type=3

darklord1967
09-10-2012, 04:10 PM
Wow. I don't seem to be able to even post a link to my Facebook page photo album that contains the images without approval from a moderator first.

All I can suggest is to shoot me a PM, and I will send these images via e-mail to anyone who is interested.

dizzymonochrome
09-10-2012, 04:20 PM
I think there's a probation period of a certain number of days/posts. PM me a link and I'll post it

dizzymonochrome
09-10-2012, 04:24 PM
Just helping out darklord1967 because as a new user, s/he's unable to share pics. (Pretend this is a teaser for the next few posts I'm helping make due to links and such)

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v516/darklord1967/Fathers%20Of%20The%20Dark%20Knight/BatCowl.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v516/darklord1967/Fathers%20Of%20The%20Dark%20Knight/TheBatmanrear.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v516/darklord1967/Fathers%20Of%20The%20Dark%20Knight/ChestEmblem.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v516/darklord1967/Fathers%20Of%20The%20Dark%20Knight/BatUtility-Belt.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v516/darklord1967/Fathers%20Of%20The%20Dark%20Knight/BatGauntlet.jpg

darklord1967
09-10-2012, 04:25 PM
I'll do that right away.

dizzymonochrome
09-10-2012, 04:49 PM
More posting for darklord1967

BLACK FACE MASK

I purchased some very nice hat felt to fashion Robin’s mask. I created a pattern based on the face shape of the young student I cast to play the Boy Wonder. After the mask shape and eye holes were cut, they were treated with watered-down white glue to prevent fabric edge fray later on. The mask fastens in the back with a small Velcro strip.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v516/darklord1967/Fathers%20Of%20The%20Dark%20Knight/RobinMask.jpg

dizzymonochrome
09-10-2012, 04:51 PM
GREENS

Your mother always said that your greens were good for you!

Well... they certainly are for Robin's costume... when done properly.

I was absolutlely determined that ALL the green portions of Robin’s costume would match each other EXACTLY… no matter what. One of the things I never liked about Burt Ward’s (otherwise excellent) suit was the mis-matched greens (Re; gloves much darker than T-Shirt and shorts. Pixie shoes in a slightly different shade than everything else.)

I was fortunate enough to locate three fabric textures that matched color shades perfectly, and then fashioned all green garments with the three them. I began with a Hanes Kelly Green boy’s cotton T-shirt, and I matched it PERFECTLY with some Kelly Green lycra spandex and some Kelly green calf skin leather that I purchased from a supplier.



I went to LeCrasia Gloves here in NYC and brought them a full pattern I had created for Robin’s little gauntlets (based off of a ladies evening glove with an extended gauntlet cuff sleeve). I supplied the Kelly green leather, and three days later I picked up a stunningly beautiful pair of custom-made green leather gauntlets!

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v516/darklord1967/Fathers%20Of%20The%20Dark%20Knight/RobinGlove.jpg


The Kelly green Lycra Spandex I found was intended for fashioning Robin’s green shorts. And even though they matched the cotton green t-shirt and leather gloves perfectly, they also had that excessive “Halloween costume” shine that I really did not care for. Under certain lighting conditions, the shorts actually appeared brighter than the cotton T-shirt and finished leather gloves.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v516/darklord1967/Fathers%20Of%20The%20Dark%20Knight/RobinShorts.jpg

The truth is, I expected that situation, but I did not care. I intended to alter the shorts in a way that few Robin costumers have done in the past: I planned to add the “scaley” chain-mail pattern to the surface of the shorts (as seen in the comics) using hundreds of ¾ inch circles die-cut from the Kelly Green leather I bought and glued directly to the spandex.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v516/darklord1967/Fathers%20Of%20The%20Dark%20Knight/RobinShorts2.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v516/darklord1967/Fathers%20Of%20The%20Dark%20Knight/RobinShorts3.jpg


The job took about 5 days, but when I was finished, the shorts had a richness of detail that was incredible!! And of course, they perfectly matched the previously-made gloves!

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v516/darklord1967/Fathers%20Of%20The%20Dark%20Knight/Robinsshorts.jpg

The original plan was to make the little pixie shoes out of the same Kelly green leather as the gloves using a professional boot-maker here in New York City. However, I discovered to my dismay that custom-made shoes were well beyond my budget for this project!


I got creative and looked for a way to fashion the booties myself quickly, and inexpensively. I managed this by purchasing 3 pairs of basic black canvas kung-fu slippers for $7 each. I then used some extra green T-shirts that I purchased as raw fabric to laminate the kung-fu slippers and make them into flared pixie shoes.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v516/darklord1967/Fathers%20Of%20The%20Dark%20Knight/RobinBooties.jpg

dizzymonochrome
09-10-2012, 04:52 PM
VEST TUNIC

I purchased some really nice thick crimson red cotton polyester satin blend fabric and fashioned Robin’s tunic vest out of a pattern I originated. I added ¼ inch eyelets for looping yellow laces, and a felt letter “R” attached over a black silk screened circle on the left lapel. I designed the tunic as a pull-over garment with a small zipper and eye-hook in the rear neck.

Once again, being wholly faithful to Robin’s costume seen in the Silver Age comics, I limited the number of yellow cross laces on his tunic to six (6) (a nice, even, average number as seen in most renderings of the character during that period).

I realize that when Robin was first introduced in the 1940's (comics' Golden Age), the first drawings of the character depicted many laces on the tunic.

And the live action versions of Robin’s costume (like Burt Ward’s in the 1960’s) depicted the number of laces on the tunic up to as many as a dozen.

However, to my eyes, this many laces visually clutters the garment and vertically lengthens its look, while at the same time, making it appear less child-like.


http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v516/darklord1967/Fathers%20Of%20The%20Dark%20Knight/RobinTheBoyWonder.jpg

dizzymonochrome
09-10-2012, 04:53 PM
CAPE

A design aspect of Burt Ward’s TV Robin costume that really appealed to me was his heavy satin cape. It was a no-brainer to me to fashion the cape for this costume out of heavy bridal golden yellow satin as well. It’s the one area that made sense to me to have some sheen and gloss to off-set the predominantly matte textures the uniform.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v516/darklord1967/Fathers%20Of%20The%20Dark%20Knight/Robinscape.jpg

dizzymonochrome
09-10-2012, 04:57 PM
UTILITY BELT

This was one area where I was grateful for the design simplicity of the comic book belt. Burt Ward’s 1966 TV show belt featured six brass tube vials that were not a part of the comic book belt design, and that, frankly, I found unnecessary.

The comic book belt was basically a clean leather band with a round golden brass buckle. Two small vertical rods flanked the round buckle on the left and right sides.

Using “found” items… a combination of flat and rounded plastic ring discs, and a large half-moon button… I assembled together a beautiful buckle design that employed artistic license and still stayed true to the final belt as seen in the comics. The assembled buckle was sanded, primered and painted with 8 coats of bright gold enamel and 2 coats of gloss clear.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v516/darklord1967/Fathers%20Of%20The%20Dark%20Knight/RobinsBeltBuckle.jpg

dizzymonochrome
09-10-2012, 04:57 PM
The Batman and Robin The Boy Wonder uniforms on the planning mannequins.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v516/darklord1967/Fathers%20Of%20The%20Dark%20Knight/TheBatmanRobin.jpg

dizzymonochrome
09-10-2012, 04:58 PM
As you can probably imagine, casting this School play with a group of high school and middle school kids from The Bronx has been... a challenge to say the least.

But the kids I've cast so far are hard-working, excited, and VERY enthusiastic for our production to go on!

Our first costume fitting happened back in February. Here are some photos of the characters we've cast so far:

The Batman (Age 17)
Robin The Boy Wonder (Age 12)
Catwoman (age 17)

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v516/darklord1967/Fathers%20Of%20The%20Dark%20Knight/Catwoman2.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v516/darklord1967/Fathers%20Of%20The%20Dark%20Knight/TheBatman.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v516/darklord1967/Fathers%20Of%20The%20Dark%20Knight/TheBatmanRobin-1.jpg

dizzymonochrome
09-10-2012, 05:00 PM
Presenting BATGIRL !

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v516/darklord1967/Fathers%20Of%20The%20Dark%20Knight/Batgirl.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v516/darklord1967/Fathers%20Of%20The%20Dark%20Knight/Batgirl3.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v516/darklord1967/Fathers%20Of%20The%20Dark%20Knight/Batgirl4.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v516/darklord1967/Fathers%20Of%20The%20Dark%20Knight/BatgirlPortrait.jpg

dizzymonochrome
09-10-2012, 05:02 PM
Some Production Designs I created for the stage play:

Bob Kane's Studio Apartment... the drab, un-decorated space of a 1939 artist bachelor...

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v5...tmentPrint.jpg (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v516/darklord1967/Fathers%20Of%20The%20Dark%20Knight/BobsApartmentPrint.jpg)



Gotham City Rooftop... site of a considerable amount of Batman action in the play.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v5...ityRooftop.jpg (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v516/darklord1967/Fathers%20Of%20The%20Dark%20Knight/GothamCityRooftop.jpg)



The BATMOBILE (14 feet long and over 6 feet tall)!


http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v5.../Batmobile.jpg
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v516/darklord1967/Fathers%20Of%20The%20Dark%20Knight/Batmobile.jpg)

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v5...mobilerear.jpg
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v516/darklord1967/Fathers%20Of%20The%20Dark%20Knight/TheBatmobilerear.jpg)



THE PENGUIN'S ICEBERG LOUNGE


http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v5...berglounge.jpg
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v516/darklord1967/Fathers%20Of%20The%20Dark%20Knight/Iceberglounge.jpg)


The Joker's Ha-Hacienda

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v5...a-Hacienda.jpg (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v516/darklord1967/Fathers%20Of%20The%20Dark%20Knight/JokersHa-Hacienda.jpg)

dizzymonochrome
09-10-2012, 05:03 PM
On Saturday August 25th, three of the student cast members of my upcoming School Stage Play (and their excited parents) met with me on my New York City rooftop for a production photo shoot.

Our goal was to shoot a series of “glamor” stills to help promote our play and assist in our upcoming fund-raising efforts.

The kids had an AWESOME time, and we all walked away VERY proud of the images we captured . We feel they really represent the mood and tone of our intended noir stage play.

I hope you enjoy these images...



THE RIDDLER

We have succeeded in casting a student performer to portray the nefarious Edward Nigma (AKA “The Riddler”) for our play.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v516/darklord1967/Fathers%20Of%20The%20Dark%20Knight/TheRiddlerFinal.jpg




This 16 year old is a VERY talented and experienced young actor, and this night marked his first evening wearing his custom-made costume. I am thrilled and honored to have him bring this classic character to life for our production!
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v516/darklord1967/Fathers%20Of%20The%20Dark%20Knight/TheRiddler3Final.jpg




BATGIRL:

This lovely 8th grader brings an intensity and dignity to Barbara Gordon / Batgirl, and I was thrilled to see her in character again this evening. I cannot wait to see her in action on stage!

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v516/darklord1967/Fathers%20Of%20The%20Dark%20Knight/Batgirlfinal-1.jpg


THE BATMAN:

Beginning his first year of college in the fall, This young man was generous enough to once again spend his evening dressed in cape and cowl. He proved once again tonight that HE is the one and only Batman for our upcoming stage play!

Here, The Batman responds to the call of the Bat-Signal being shined against the side of a building.

We had GREAT fun projecting the Bat-Signal on the face of the building behind the Batman. We used an old slide projector and a specially-prepared slide. The effect was brilliant and we attracted the attention of quite a few neighbors!

I also made a few upgrades to the Bat-suit since our original costume fittings back in February. I have changed the caninister vials on the utility belt into thicker and larger ones. I felt the first ones were far too thin.

Also, I have decided that I do NOT want to see the actor's eyes through the eye openings in the cowl, so I have added mirrored safety goggles underneath. The effect is STUNNING when light catches it just the right way.


http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v516/darklord1967/Fathers%20Of%20The%20Dark%20Knight/TheBatman-2.jpg


GOTHAM NIGHT WATCH

In this moment, The Dark Knight, and his young protégé Batgirl have been startled from their nightly patrol by the scream of a crime victim far below. As a full moon glares down upon the scene, our grim heroes prepare to leap into action and dispense their brand of justice...


http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v516/darklord1967/Fathers%20Of%20The%20Dark%20Knight/GOTHAMMIDNIGHTPATROL.jpg

carolgreen405
09-10-2012, 08:33 PM
taking some cues (in terms of textures) from Burt Ward’s 1966 costume which was actually very well- designed and executed.

darklord1967
09-11-2012, 03:08 AM
From another message board...

Well I guess you really don’t believe in the 5 foot rule of theater costumes, do you?


“The Five Foot Rule”?? I can’t say I was familiar with that particular rule, so I looked it up. From Wordpress.com:

“The 5 foot rule basically states that mistakes or rough un-finished details which can’t be seen from 5 feet away are irrelevant because no audience member will be any closer to the costume – great for theater…”

So to answer your question: I guess I really DON’T believe in the 5-foot rule. :D

Amanita
09-11-2012, 03:24 AM
Those are awesome costumes! Consider me impressed!
I'm another one who's not a fan of the 5 foot rule- the hand tooled leather apron I posted pics of in another thread is proof of that!

I really liked the detail shots of the costumes, Robin's belt buckle is just hella nice looking, as is Batman's utility belt.

dizzymonochrome
09-11-2012, 02:02 PM
Alright, since I posted these at the end of my workday and rushed out of the office, I'm finally getting a chance to actually comment. (Also see that OP's posts went through in the end! lol)

These are AMAZING! I can't believe it's for a high school play. That is just incredible. Love the cowls on each of those costumes that required them. How did you make them? Also loving the attention to detail on Robin's shorts. When I opened those links my jaw just dropped. All those tiny circles! But it came out so well! The texture looks awesome. All of the kids look like they're really embodying their characters, and it must be in no small part because of the awesome costumes. A good costume really helps an actor get into character. I'm not a huge DC fan (more of a Marvel girl since I was a teenager) so hadn't seen a purple toned Catwoman before. It looks really good. I like the way all these primary colors work together, and makes this odd, but perfectly understandable garish dark atmosphere.

Edit: And the bat shapes on Batgirl's boots!

Okay I'm going to stop gushing now.

Jia Jem
09-11-2012, 02:28 PM
Excellent work, OP. :) You'll have to keep us updated on how the play goes!

Sorry about the image/link delay - it's put there to deter spammers and usually takes about 24 hours max to sort through depending on who's modding.

I have a question about Batman's belt. You said you painted a plastic pleather pouch bright yellow- what kind of paint did you use? I have tried acrylic (it's always sticky) and spray paint (flakes off) with limited success.

Thanks, and looking forward to more pics. :)

darklord1967
09-11-2012, 03:45 PM
LOL! The gushing is nice, Dizzymonochrome. I really don't mind. LOL! :D

Thanks so much for the kind words. And Thanks a million for all of your help yesterday posting my images. It was so awesome of you to take time out to help this ol' newbie yesterday. I am in your debt! I'm just glad that after all the trouble you went through yesterday to help me out (after waiting forever to see the images) that you were not too disappointed by my silly little costumes. :D

No need for apologies about the link delay, Jia Jem. i totally understand. There are some weird folks out there who spam message boards with inappropriate junk. It's always a good idea to be careful.

darklord1967
09-11-2012, 03:52 PM
Excellent work, OP. :) I have a question about Batman's belt. You said you painted a plastic pleather pouch bright yellow- what kind of paint did you use? I have tried acrylic (it's always sticky) and spray paint (flakes off) with limited success.
Thanks, and looking forward to more pics. :)


To answer your question about The Batman's Belt:


BELT BAND: The basic prescription here was for a belt band that was 3 inches wide, and (a minimum) of 42" in length, and in bright, vibrant, golden yellow. After a bad experience with an online costume scammer, I was forced to make my own belt band.

I created a basic pattern for the belt band and carefully cut it out of raw canvas.


http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v516/darklord1967/Fathers%20Of%20The%20Dark%20Knight/DSC02245.jpg


I then cut a larger pattern out of the yellow stretch vinyl, and permanently glued it to the strap of canvas with 3M industrial Spray adhesive.


http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v516/darklord1967/Fathers%20Of%20The%20Dark%20Knight/DSC02246.jpg

darklord1967
09-11-2012, 03:53 PM
UTILITY BELT POUCHES: I did a LOT of research into designs of ammo pouches, and tried to locate some at retail. This was a LOT more difficult than I thought it would be. I certainly did NOT expect to find ammo pouches in the deep golden yellow color I wanted. But I hoped that I would at least find some pouches in WHITE which I could then dye or paint into the color I wanted. No such luck. Instead, I mostly kept running into the same military flat pouch belts used by many cosplayers and costumers. These were either military olive drab, desert tan, or black (making them very difficult to turn into the golden yellow I intended). And this was NOT really the design I wanted for The Batman’s Utility Belt anyway. These were more of a pouch belt. Whereas, what I really wanted was a belt with individual pouches (and tube vials) looped through.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v516/darklord1967/Fathers%20Of%20The%20Dark%20Knight/MilitaryBelt.jpg

darklord1967
09-11-2012, 03:54 PM
There were some cheap latex rubber Halloween Batman Costume belt pouches available online, but I found their look and lack of detail to be unsatisfactory.



http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v516/darklord1967/Fathers%20Of%20The%20Dark%20Knight/KGrHqZiYEuKnoUPFBP-zPw7d60_57.jpg

darklord1967
09-11-2012, 03:54 PM
Sometimes, if you want something DONE, you gotta do it YOURSELF!

In the end, I turned to DC Direct’s BATMAN Modern Utility Belt Replica Prop. This item came with 8 beautifully made pleather pouches, but I was disappointed to see that they were NOT in the color I needed. The pouches came in a dark, rustic, tan-yellow color that would need to be changed. I was also not crazy about the stylized Bat-emblems on each of the pouch snaps. Those were a bit much.



http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v516/darklord1967/Fathers%20Of%20The%20Dark%20Knight/Replicabelt.jpg

darklord1967
09-11-2012, 03:55 PM
Using Liquitex Opaque Matt Acrylic Paints which I purchased at my local art supplier, I hand-primered the pouches in matte white, and then gave them a coat of deep Cadmium Yellow. The awesome thing about these paints is how they remain flexible even after they dry. No cracking or flaking.



http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v516/darklord1967/Fathers%20Of%20The%20Dark%20Knight/DSC02216.jpg



http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v516/darklord1967/Fathers%20Of%20The%20Dark%20Knight/DSC02217.jpg



With this paint serving as a base, I was able to lightly coat the pouches with the same Tamiya deep golden Yellow Spray Hobby enamel that I used for the utility belt vials and belt buckle, and there was STILL no cracking or flaking after drying!! This made all of the belt items nice and uniform in color. A beautiful presentation!



http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v516/darklord1967/Fathers%20Of%20The%20Dark%20Knight/DSC02218.jpg

darklord1967
09-11-2012, 03:57 PM
The other adjustment I needed to make was to the belt loop straps at the backs of each pouch. They were originally positioned in such a way as to hang bottom-justified from the strap. This is not the look I wanted. I preferred the more traditional centralized position of the pouches (and vials) along the strap.

The HARD utility belt items (Central Buckle, Tube Vials) all needed belt loops as well. Once again, using canvas, I cut several ½” wide straps, and test-fit the lengths around the width of the belt strap.



http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v516/darklord1967/Fathers%20Of%20The%20Dark%20Knight/DSC02222.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v516/darklord1967/Fathers%20Of%20The%20Dark%20Knight/DSC02223.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v516/darklord1967/Fathers%20Of%20The%20Dark%20Knight/DSC02224.jpg



http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v516/darklord1967/Fathers%20Of%20The%20Dark%20Knight/DSC02225.jpg





I treated all of the cut edges of the canvas straps with Elmer’s Glue to stiffen them and prevent fraying.



http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v516/darklord1967/Fathers%20Of%20The%20Dark%20Knight/DSC02226.jpg



Then I permanently glued the looped straps to the backs of the hard items using the 3M spray adhesive, and Gorilla Super Glue.


I usually do NOT like to do any gluing onto painted surfaces, since the resulting bond is usually weak. I therefore made sure that the backs of the Belt Buckle and each of the Tube Vials were un-painted. For each of the vials, I laid a length of ½” masking tape along the back spine prior to primer and paint. This allowed for a nice, clear gluing area for the strap later.

The painted Utility Belt items slip onto the strap via their own loop straps. This allows for optimal adjustment and positioning of the items for each unique wearer.

I hope this information helps!

dizzymonochrome
09-11-2012, 04:02 PM
Okay, that's crazy. You're a little crazy. I LIKE IT. haha

I may try this paint method on an armor project. Acrylic hmmmm? My Ironman suit could use some repainting.

darklord1967
09-11-2012, 04:05 PM
Crazy? yeah. That's me. That's what my students always say. My wife too. I'm afraid they're not wrong.

Jia Jem
09-11-2012, 04:38 PM
Hey Darklord, thanks for the info! I'll have to try sealing the acrylic with a light coat of spray paint. I'd tried mixing some liquid latex with acrylic paints as well, but if I added too much, it would just peel off. I'll try sealing with spray paint like you suggested.

Thanks for being so thorough with all your information! It's always a treat to have dedicated costumers like you come along and show off. ;)

darklord1967
01-23-2013, 08:19 AM
**PRODUCTION UPDATE**

The production of the student stage play “Fathers of the Dark Knight” continues to march forward! I must say, though, that this production has grown into something much bigger and much more elaborate than my original concept!

As of last month, The Joker’s adorable (but twisted) hench-wench HARLEY QUINN was cast in the personage of a highly energetic and very talented 17 year-old Bronx high school student. She and I are working closely together to really nail Harley’s accent and dialect and fighting style. Make-up and costume test photos to follow.

One final photo shoot (for fund-raising glamor shots) is scheduled for February 16th. This shoot will feature ALL of our fantasy characters (except The Joker and The Penguin who will be cast closer to the start of rehearsals), together for the first time in one shoot!

Since my last update, I have been hard at work creating (or gathering together) more props and costumes for the play (Re: Final utility belt and updated boots for The Batman, Ravenwood leather masks for Robin, Riddler and Harley Quinn, updated boots for Nightwing, The Riddler’s final question mark staff (actually gold-mirrored this time, Harley Quinn’s giant mallet and pop cork gun… too much to list).

This production has now teamed with Bronx Heroes Comics (of New York City) to begin a concentrated sponsorship drive (through Kickstarter, Fundrazar, USA Projects.org., and the Bronx Arts Council). These efforts begin in earnest at the end of February / early March to raise the necessary production capital to reserve a theater venue and begin rehearsals! Many of you have already friended me on Facebook (Roberto Williams of Brooklyn, NY), so that you can be kept abreast of opportunities to donate to the production. Well, stay tuned because that’s coming up really soon now.

Okay… I present HARLEY QUINN

darklord1967
01-23-2013, 08:25 AM
This young lady is a drama, dance, and vocal music student that I have worked with for 3 years now. Her level of talent and commitment to this project are simply not to be believed. She even walks around with a loop of Harley Quinn dialogue (from Batman The Animated Series) so that she can nail Harley’s speech pattern and cadence. These photos do NOT do justice to her kookiness and accelerated energy level on set! She is hilarious, mischievous, chatty, and exhausting! In short, she IS Harley Quinn! I have Photoshopped her blue eyes to simulate the contact lenses she will be wearing.

Here are the make-up, costume, and prop test photos I shot on January 22nd, 2013. The giant mallet prop is seen here still in the very early stages of construction. Final paint and detailing is happening in the coming days, and I of course will share detailed photos of the procedure.


http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v516/darklord1967/Fathers%20Of%20The%20Dark%20Knight/HarleyTest3_zps1546cfb7.jpg

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darklord1967
04-06-2013, 02:24 AM
Greetings friends, family, cosplayers, theater lovers, Batman fans, and supporters of Arts in Education!

I am VERY proud and pleased to announce that the summer stage production which I am producing with my students “FATHERS OF THE DARK KNIGHT” now has its own official website!

It’s your one-stop location to get all of the latest production news leading right up to our summer premiere! Learn about the premise for the play itself! Browse the gallery of our stunning production photos! Read the bios of the show’s cast and crew!! See detailed production designs, behind the scenes images, and so much more!

Log on to www.fathersofthedarkknight.com

darklord1967
05-18-2013, 04:22 PM
Post updated

darklord1967
12-18-2013, 09:34 PM
If you're like me, you're tired of our young people having THE ARTS being cut... more and more each year... from their school curriculum! Each year, Performing Arts students and their teachers have less and less resources to put on really good quality shows!


That bothered me SO MUCH that I decided to do something about it!! I've written my OWN stage play (entitled "Fathers Of The Dark Knight"), and it will feature a cast made up primarily of middle school, high school, and college-age drama students!!


I'm giving these kids an ambitious, excellent show to call their OWN!! I want them to have the BEST sets, the BEST costumes, the BEST props!! I do this because they deserve the best. I do this because they deserve to have a top quality way to showcase their talent!

I do this because I love them.

But I really need help.

Please visit our official website at FATHERS OF THE DARK KNIGHT.com (http://www.fathersofthedarkknight.com/) . Take your time visiting the site and get a good up-close look at all the props, costumes stage designs and top-notch production value that has been fabricated FROM SCRATCH for this student production.

Then, if you are so inclined, please come back to our GO FUND ME (http://www.gofundme.com/FOTDK) campaign and make a donation to our enterprise.Your dollars will help me make these students shine on stage like never before. You can help me give them an experience that they will carry with them for a lifetime! What could have more artistic value than that?

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darklord1967
07-04-2014, 01:36 AM
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v516/darklord1967/Fathers%20Of%20The%20Dark%20Knight/RobinTheBoyWonder_zps5186427b.jpg

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darklord1967
07-04-2014, 01:37 AM
June 28th, 2014 7:30 PM:

Opening Night of FATHERS OF THE DARK KNIGHT proved to be a STUNNING performance from my entire cast and crew!

What a journey this has been! The final product was more exciting than I could ever have dreamed!! Seeing my vision finally come to life on stage was a feeling I don't have the words to adequately describe!!


I still get goosebumps when I recall the opening overture of Act II (after intermission is over)...

The audience re-enters the auditorium to a GRAND orchestral score blaring from the sound system. At just the right cymbal crash, the BAT-SYMBOL projection appears on the closed stage curtain and majestically begins to sweep the side walls and ceiling of the space. Moments later, the curtain parts to reveal Police Commissioner James Gordon standing on the rooftop of Police Headquarters, signalling for the Dynamic Duo with his enormous Bat-Signal searchlight!! Whew!!!

You can actually hear the audience gasp with excitement each time that sequence plays out.


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darklord1967
07-04-2014, 01:40 AM
Naturally, The Commissioner's summons leads to a somewhat... shocking death trap... set for the Caped Crusaders by Edward THE RIDDLER Nygma!

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v516/darklord1967/Fathers%20Of%20The%20Dark%20Knight/NigmatorturesDuo_zps8ababc60.jpg

But just when things look worst for The Dynamic Duo, The Riddler is attacked and defeated by a mysterious red-haired girl in a Bat-suit...

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... leaving the police and our heroes baffled!

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darklord1967
07-04-2014, 01:46 AM
Some SELECT images from the production of FATHERS OF THE DARK KNIGHT


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Ezekiel Jackson (in the role of Batman co-creator Bill Finger) gets a hug from Bill's Grandaughter (Athena Finger) during dinner after our opening night performance.

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darklord1967
07-04-2014, 01:47 AM
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darklord1967
07-04-2014, 01:50 AM
From months of rehearsals in my cramped living room...



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... to weeks of set construction in my back courtyard...



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... to the endless hair and makeup tests



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... to tests of the BAT rod-puppet for the fateful scene in Bruce Wayne's study...



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... to the tedium of load-in...



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...to fight rehearsals, selfies, and shenannegans in the dressing room...



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07-04-2014, 01:51 AM
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darklord1967
07-04-2014, 01:52 AM
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... to rehearsals on stage...



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... even in the shadow of the half-completed BAT-SIGNAL...



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darklord1967
07-04-2014, 01:53 AM
... to the final bows at the end of our show...



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... this has been THE experience of my life!

darklord1967
07-19-2014, 12:49 AM
FATHERS OF THE DARK KNIGHT One Sheet Poster hangs outside the Walter J. Degnan Auditorium entrance at DeWitt Clinton HS Campus

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Playwright / Producer/ Director Roberto Williams inspects the markings on The Joker’s 13-foot tall cruise missile prop featured in the play’s grand finale.

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Full scale working Bat-signal prop during a lighting and projection test on the stage at the Walter J. Degnan Auditorium in DeWitt Clinton HS Campus

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Playwright / Producer/ Director Roberto Williams inspects the 8-foot tall Bat-Signal searchlight prop featured in FATHERS OF THE DARK KNIGHT

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