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The very first Batmobile was produced by auto customizer George Barris in 1965 for the television show Batman. Today's version, called the Tumbler, was created by production designer Nathan Crowley and director Christopher Nolan. Learn more about the Batman vehicles.

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costume design: 2d to 3d

How does a costume designer keep the original integrity of a character while updating it for a modern audience? The character of Spider-Man first appeared in August 1962 in a comic book published by Marvel Comics. Writer Stan Lee and illustrator Steve Ditco imagined a teen superhero who acquired amazing strength and spider-like behaviors after being bitten by a radioactive arachnid.

When the illustrated comic book character of Spider-Man sprang into action, he had the ability to shoot web-like strings from his wrists and cling to the surfaces of walls and buildings. The suit in new film The Amazing Spider-Man is inspired by the original drawings, but its high-performance fabric and construction brought to life what its creators could only imagine when the character appeared forty years ago.

Designer Kym Barret wanted to create a costume that would appear to elongate Spider-Man’s body and give him more of an acrobatic, spider-like appearance than previous versions. The downside of the new suit’s tight, acrobatic nature was that it took actor Andrew Garfield twenty minutes a day just to put it on!

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