Batman, 1989

Director

Tim Burton

Cast



visit the film locations

London: Flights: Heathrow Airport; Gatwick Airport

Hertfordshire: Knebworth House: 28 miles north of London on the A1. tel: 01438.812661, admission charge (rail: Stevenage, from London King’s Cross)

Hatfield House tel: 01707.262823, admission charge (rail: Stevenage, from London King’s Cross)


Trivia

The even darker sequel, Batman Returns, was filmed entirely on studio sets. The next two films in the franchise – Batman Forever and Batman and Robin – taken over by Joel Schumacher, were filmed in the US.

Thankfully, Christopher Nolan starts afresh with Batman Begins, ditching the increasing tendency to witless camp, and continues with The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises.

Batman  location: 'Wayne Manor': Knebworth House, Hertfordshire

Batman location: ‘Wayne Manor’: Knebworth House, Hertfordshire

Tim Burton’s ‘Gotham City’, a nightmare fantasy of New York, was actually built in England.

The late Anton Furst’s set covered most of the 18 soundstages at Pinewood Studio.

‘Wayne Manor’, though, is real, and is a conflation of two buildings. The exterior is Knebworth House, a Gothicised Tudor manor house on the A1, 28 miles north of London.

It also provided gloomy Gothic mansions for, among others, the Ingrid Bergman Oscar-winner Anastasia (where it was passed off as the palace of the Dowager Empress of Denmark), Ken Russell's kitschy Lair of the White Worm (with a pre-stardom Hugh Grant), Gene Wilder's Haunted Honeymoon and the deliriously daft schlocker Horror Hospital, starring Alfred himself, Michael Gough.

Batman location: Hatfield House, Hatfield, Hertfordshire

Batman location: ‘Wayne Manor’ interior: Hatfield House, Hatfield, Hertfordshire

The interiors are Hatfield House, Hatfield, a Jacobean pile seen in the turgid Greystoke, the Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes (where it became the interior of Scotland's Floors Castle), the film of Virginia Woolf's gender-shifting fantasia, Orlando, and of course as the mansion of Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, among many others.

The gaming room, where Vicki Vale (Kim Basinger) asks “Who’s Bruce Wayne?”, was filmed in the house’s Long Gallery; Wayne’s arsenal, with its two-way mirror, was shot in the Marble Hall, and the book-lined study, where Alfred (Michael Gough) advises Bruce Wayne to get married, is the Library. Tim Burton returned to Hatfield to film scenes for Charlie And The Chocolate Factory.

The ‘Axis Chemical Works’, where Jack Napier (Jack Nicholson) plunges into the chemical sludge, was filmed at a disused power station in Acton Lane, West London – where scenes for Alien and most of Aliens were filmed. The exploding exterior was Little Barford Power Station, a couple of miles south of St Neots in Cambridgeshire.

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