Friday, October 3, 2014

The Joker and more movie costumes and props from The Dark Knight on display...

2008 was a great year for comic book movies, not only did it introduce us to Iron Man and the start of Marvel's Cinematic Universe, but it also brought us the second installment in Christopher Nolan's Dark Knight Trilogy, with Heath Ledger in his outstanding Oscar-winning performance as 'The Joker'.

Original film costumes and props from The Dark Knight
Dark Knight movie costume and prop exhibit
The Dark Knight movie costume props
original Dark Knight movie costume props
Dark Knight movie costume props
This amazing collection of original costumes and screen-used props were photographed on display at the 75th Anniversary Batman exhibit at the Warner Bros. Studios VIP Tour Museum in Burbank, California on July 29, 2014.

The Dark Knight movie poster
The Dark Knight movie poster
Christian Bale's Bat-suit and Heath Ledger's Joker costume from The Dark Knight were two of the first movie costumes I ever saw on display when I first moved to L.A., but it was even cooler seeing them up close and out of their display cases, plus alongside all the other costumes and film props.

Original costume worn by Heath Ledger as 
The Joker in 2008's The Dark Knight
Heath Ledger The Joker costume Dark Knight
Heath Ledger Joker costume Dark Knight
Joker movie costume The Dark Knight
The Dark Knight Joker movie costume
Lindy Hemming was responsible for updating The Joker's distinctive purple and green wardrobe for the gritty world of Gotham City, and if you like this outfit worn by the Caped Crusader's arch-foe, be sure to compare it to Jack Nicholson's Joker costume from 1989's Batman, which was far more flamboyant.

The Joker's nurse outfit worn by 
Heath Ledger in The Dark Knight
The Joker nurse costume The Dark Knight
Heath Ledger The Joker nurse outfit The Dark Knight
The Dark Knight Joker nurse costume
Joker nurse costume Dark Knight
Another costume worn by Heath Ledger was the creepy nurse's outfit he donned when he visited 'Harvey Dent' aka 'Two-Face' in the hospital after the accident that scarred him, obviously The Joker looked even more sinister in his makeup and wig.

Speaking of coin-flipping Batman villain, compared to Tommy Lee Jones cartoonish Two-Face movie costume from 1995's Batman Forever, Aaron Eckart sported a look which was much grimmer and closer to reality to play the damaged district attorney 'White Knight'.

Costume worn by Aaron Eckhart as Two-Face 
in 2008's The Dark Knight
Aaron Eckhart Two-Face suit costume Dark Knight
Aaron Eckhart Two-Face costume The Dark Knight
Meanwhile Christian Bale's Bat-suit also got a makeover between Batman Begins and its sequel, The Dark Knight, and the DC Comics crime-fighter's costume looked much more like angular and armoured pieces than the more molded rubber look he'd previously sported.

Original Bat-suit worn by Christian Bale as 
Batman in The Dark Knight
Christian Bale Batman Batsuit Dark Knight
Christian Bale Dark Knight Batman costume
Dark Knight Batsuit glove detail
Be sure to compare this Bat-suit with Christian Bale's Batman Begins movie costume to see the differences.

In addition to all these fantastic costumes worn by the lead actors in the movie, the exhibit which featured items from all seven Batman movies to date, also had a cool selection of props that had been featured in the film.

Screen-used movie props from The Dark Knight
Dark Knight Joker henchmen clown masks
Dark Knight movie props
Dark Knight sticky bomb gun prop
Two-Face coin props Dark Knight
Rachel Dawes letter prop Dark Knight
Joker signature playing card Dark Knight
Included in the display were some of the scary clown masks used by The Joker's henchmen, Batman's pump-action sticky bomb gun, The Joker's signature playing card calling card, Two-Face's coin props and even the letter written by 'Rachel Dawes', Bruce Wayne's childhood friend and former flame (in this movie played by Maggie Gyllenhaal), before her death.

If you're a fan of the Gotham City's protector, be sure to check out all the other original costumes and props from his Warner Bros. Studios movies to date and stay tuned for more great items from The Dark Knight Rises.

The Dark Knight movie poster
The Dark Knight movie poster
Go further behind-the-scenes with this book: The Art and Making of The Dark Knight Trilogy

2 comments:

  1. These costumes are so beautiful, especially the Joker costume. I would very like to go one day in that museum, to see them and touch them.

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  2. You'd be able to see, but you wouldn't be able to touch them!

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