Batman Forever: Gotham Hippodrome by Syd Dutton (Warner Br...Click the image to load the highest resolution version.
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DescriptionBatman Forever: Gotham Hippodrome by Syd Dutton (Warner Bros., 1995). Very Fine-. Original Screen-Used Oil Matte Painting on Masonite(96" X 48").
Created by talented illustrator Syd Dutton, this scene is an excellent glimpse at Gotham City's darker look found in the comics and movies of the 1990s. An exaggerated and intriguing mix of Art Deco, German Expressionism, and the kind of massive structures reminiscent of the New York World's Fair, this matte painting beautifully executes the aesthetic of the city conceived by Anton Furst and Bo Welch under the direction of Tim Burton in the Batman series' first two films. Painted in acrylic with an excellent balance of bright highlights and looming shadows, this rendering of the Gotham Hippodrome can be found in the early part of the film and sets up the introduction of Dick Grayson, AKA Robin, to the plot. This piece displays well, showing such slight signs of use as mild surface scuffing, thin scratches, and a minor surface lift towards the bottom. There are small pieces of paper tape at the edges with some tape remnants, as well as drilled holes at the edges, which are most likely from the production process. The banner in front of the Hippodrome is a painted acetate overlay that has been adhered to the piece, giving a more 3-D look to the building. Due to the size/weight of this lot, shipping costs may be higher than usual.
Estimate: $2,000 - $4,000.
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