Batman: 1966 Soundtrack
Batman ('66)
Original Motion Picture Soundtrack CD
La-La Land Records / Warner Bros., 2016

In 1966, decades before Tim Burton's Batman would give birth to the modern superhero blockbuster, America had a sudden attack of Bat-Mania. The first season of Batman the television series was a ratings juggernaut with millions tuning in twice a week to catch the campy adventures of Batman and Robin. At the height of its success came Batman: The Movie, a feature-length adventure setting the Dynamic Duo against four of their biggest villains: Joker, Catwoman, Penguin, and Riddler. While Neil Hefti's surf guitar TV theme was sold as a single, composer Nelson Riddle's music for the film would wait much longer for an official release.

With the film’s 50th anniversary coming in 2016, a remastered rerelease of  Hefti's music for the film was scehduled and I was asked to design the packaging, which would spotlight all-new liner notes from freelance writer, film enthusiast, and longtime Bat-fan, John Takis (whom I'd worked with previously on albums of music from the animated television adventures of Batman and Superman.)
The original album from Film Score Monthly (left in the above) made use of the original poster art. The sold out 2010 reissue (right) used the Fox home video artwork, which altered the Adam West costume to bring it more in line with the darker tones of Warner Bros.' successful Dark Knight Trilogy.
In approaching the project, I wanted to try something original for the cover design, partly to celebrate the 50th, and partly because the original poster artwork and marketing materials for the film were, at best, meh. Additionally, the music to Batman '66 had been released to CD twice before (shown above) and we wanted some separation from those album covers.

I sketched out some ideas for a new design that echoed the spotlight shape of the Bat Signal (admittedly used more in the television series than the film itself), but if anything was to come of it, I needed photos of the cast to work with. Fox had provided a few dozen images, with many featuring the villains mugging for the camera that would fit nicely with what I had in mind. Finding shots of Batman and Robin in costume was much more difficult, but my contact at Fox is a helpful, dedicated sort who dug deeper in the archives and found me something workable.
A nice black and white posed shot of Adam West in costume was used on some the US marketing materials (above right). I took the original scan and began the process of  colorizing it in Adobe Photoshop.


Since the source photo was underfocused and lacking in detail, I digitally replaced the Bat chest symbol and belt buckle by taking them from other photos and then matching the perspective and lighting to the posed body shot.
In order to have the Batman figure looking off the page, rather than at Robin, a head swap was needed. 
Plus, it's more of a classic Batman pose when Adam West is looking off at enemies unseen.
Despite working with a color photo, the image of Robin actually needed more repair work, including brightening and smoothing colors in his costume, matching the various skintone shades, and swapping the head for another photo so that he wasn't looking down at the logo in the final layout.
The finished figures, cutout and combined and posed atop a logo design based on the original poster typeface.
For each of the four villains, the process to assemble the individual poses varied. The Joker was the most involved, in that his expression needed to change in order to not have him be the only villain appearing to look directly at the Caped Crusaders in the layout design. 
Once the poses were nailed down, each villain was converted into a pop art-style illustration, using halftone textures consistent with the period and the printing process for the original comic books.
For Catwoman, I added her mask  from another photo and her repositioned her claw so that it would be visible in the final artwork (below).
Final 50th anniversary album cover.
A blend of two photos was used to create the opening "splash page" to the booklet.
Great smile here, but I didn't like the positioning of the fists.
Took the fists from photo B and merged with photo A. Also started cleaning up wrinkles and scuff marks in the costume.

Social media shareable graphic designed for use by the record label to announce/promote the release to film score fans.
Finally, a Bat-Fan and collector friend of mine asked me to take my cover art for the soundtrack and turn it into a sleeve design to replace the official artwork for the blu-ray. Just posting it here* in case anyone else had similar aims. 
 
* Please note that all the legalese and tech specs were quickly (and probably poorly) re-keyed by me, so please don't call Fox to complain if you find this on a Russian message board years now and I've got the wrong 5.1 channel listed or something. 
Batman: 1966 Soundtrack
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Batman: 1966 Soundtrack

Illustrations and design work for a 50th Anniversary edition of the music from the 1966 Batman movie.
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