P:R Approved: Francesco Francavilla’s Batman 1972!

Note: Francesco Francavilla is one talented son of a gun, and he’s never short on ideas. Between projects like drawing Marvel’s Hawkeye, work for DC and his own Black Beetle series at Dark Horse, he also found time to work on a stunning Elseworlds pitch for DC setting Batman in the seedy, grindhouse days of the 1970s. – Chris A.

16 comments to “P:R Approved: Francesco Francavilla’s Batman 1972!”
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  2. I’m loving all of it BUT Batman. Im not even sure why. I have this feeling that the mask doesnt match the rest of the outfit or the vibe of the drawings. I also dont have an answer as to what would be better.

    All that said and done, I love the style and the feeling that these pics have.

    Andrew

  3. I’m with Andrew on this. I like the ideas, but Batman doesn’t quite seem right. It looks like they just slapped a standard Bat mask on a typical character of the era. It doesn’t feel like they’ve reconciled the two halves.

  4. The mask does seem a little strange, but probably only because it’s not clear how it’s made. In the normal comics, it’s not even clear. The movies have to use sculpted rubber, but it’s supposed to be cloth material akin to the cape? So what to do here? I would say add some seams at the very least (Gotham by Gaslight?), but further than this, indicate how it could be made from more everyday stuff. How about a skull cap with homemade ears attached and a set of goggles that has a nose piece on it?

    I like the idea of replacing the cape with the long overcoat though. That’s a great idea. Catwoman’s fro is a nice idea, but I don’t know if I’m 100% on board with trading the ears for that great hair.

  5. it really makes me think of the miller/aronofsky year one movie that was in the works before batman begins,it’s got that french connection vibe that aronofsky said he wanted to go for.i’d pay to see or read a batsploitation story

  6. Afrobean: The mask does seem a little strange, but probably only because it’s not clear how it’s made. In the normal comics, it’s not even clear. The movies have to use sculpted rubber, but it’s supposed to be cloth material akin to the cape? So what to do here? I would say add some seams at the very least (Gotham by Gaslight?), but further than this, indicate how it could be made from more everyday stuff. How about a skull cap with homemade ears attached and a set of goggles that has a nose piece on it?
    I like the idea of replacing the cape with the long overcoat though. That’s a great idea. Catwoman’s fro is a nice idea, but I don’t know if I’m 100% on board with trading the ears for that great hair.

    If you’re doing the 70’s, you’re gonna have to ditch the cowl all together and really think about what someone in that era would use to disguise themselves mask-wise, and what they’d be wearing on their heads. the 70’s was a big hair era, with those helmets and waves flowing free. A full cowl would just be hindered by that much hair.

  7. Edwin: A full cowl would just be hindered by that much hair.

    Wow, you’re totally right. Maybe something like a domino mask and JUST ears on a headband? Bandana mask over his lower face? Maybe something like Zorro where it covers the eyes and is tied in the back?

    I’d hate to see the ears get lost completely though. I feel like it wouldn’t really read as “Batman” if his head doesn’t have that silhouette.

  8. No one wants to lose the ears. They make him a Bat Man. Maybe some kind of upper face mask that goes from the front up into the sides to come out as the ears from the hair

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