Batman Returns Batman Store 1

This is so crazy it has to be seen to to be believed. Apparently, in an early version of Tim Burton‘s Batman Returns, one scene took place at a Batman-themed store. Yes, after the first Batman movie, someone in Gotham City opened a Batman store where anyone could buy a Batmobile, Batman t-shirt, or costume — a merchandising palace.

In the script, the store was promptly destroyed, but eventually the scene got cut at some point anyway. The set was built, though, and one website has some incredible photos of it. Check out the Batman Returns Batman store below. Read More »

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Warner Bros has announced the release of the Danny Elfman & Tim Burton 25th Anniversary Music Box, a limited edition set which celebrates 25 years of creative collaboration between the duo. The box set features more than 19 hours of music, including fan-requested expansions of 13 film scores (in CD cases featuring artwork created by Burton), plus seven hours of previously unreleased music, a Tim Burton-designed USB skeleton Flash Drive containing MP3s of the whole collection, and a bonus DVD featuring an exclusive conversation between Elfman and Burton.

Not only that, but the set which is limited to only 1000 copies, includes Danse Macabre: 25 Years of Danny Elfman and Tim Burton, a “meticulously researched, lavishly illustrated 250+ page fine linen-wrapped hardbound book, entitled with gold foil stamping, and featuring a foreword by Johnny Depp. The book also includes rare photos, stories, and interviews from the cast and crew behind the scenes of this classic music”. The set is boxed in something that is “designed to evoke a treasure chest found in a mysterious attic” — a large scale, tin-covered music box complete with an embedded music chip playing “The Music Box Suite” arranged and performed by Elfman specifically for this historic collection. And to literally top it all off, with a flip of the lid, a delightful working zoetrope is revealed featuring strips of art and photos by Burton and Elfman that come to animated life with a spin.

The set will be released in December 2010 and is available for preorder on www.elfmanburton.com for $499.99 (plus shipping). Looks amazing, but I can’t justify that high of a price. And at that price it should come signed by both Elfman and Burton (the set is hand numbered but not signed). Check out photos and more information after the jump.

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LOL: Batman Returns Penguin Commando Tattoo

The great Great White Snark recently posted a penguin commando Batman Returns tattoo submitted by a reader. Fanboyism aside, what type of person would offer lifetime support to The Penguin‘s PETA-wincing terrorism? Don’t be a narc: there’s a pretty amazing story behind the ink. Erm, we just hope it’s not a real life origins tale…

“I got it because I have a malformation in my hip joints that causes my legs, and thus my feet, to face diagonally outward making my walk more of a waddle at times. My name is Ben so in middle school I was nicknamed “Benguin” which I was quite fond of.Add that to my love of Batman, penguins, and explosives, and the tattoo was really just inevitable.”

Inevitable Flashback Discuss: What did you think of the penguin commandos in Batman Returns?

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