I never even heard of that before. Yikes.
With designs by an Academy Award winner… that must have been some sweet looking change.
I tried Google. I tried Wiki. No luck. What the hell was this about?
I don’t know, but everything changed.
Don’t you remember? Before that, Batman was a woman.
It was about some guy running around blowing up the facades of various Gotham buildings that were covering up the original architecture. So basically, at the end, Gotham looks like the Gotham of the Burton movies. Anton Furst was the designer of the films.
I remember this, it was about a dude blowing stuff up.
/ looks at the comment directly above
….okay, that was kinda freaky.
I actually bought this series like a dupe. And yeah, Paul describes it accurately.
It’s the reason why people now refer to “Post-Furstian” Batman stories.
It DID change everything! As long as you consider “everything” to be “the way Wayne Tower looks.” Which I do.
Wow, a Batman crossover with only THREE chapters? Those were the days…
I like how they trademarked “Destroyer.” See that, world? DC owns THAT shit! You wanna talk about a guy who destroys stuff? Well, you better bust out a thesaurus, because we got that trademarked.
Fuck YOU, Remo Williams!
I certainly remember being disappointed with my purchase.
Now I would have read it if it were a crossover with Scott McCloud’s Destroy!
Blowing up the facades so the old architecture remains? How the fuck does that work?
More like blowing up newer buildings to reveal the somehow-never-noticed old buildings they were in front of/next to. I can’t decide if it’d been better or worse if they’d just changed what Gotham looked like without a “crossover event” to justify it.
I don’t have the foggiest idea what this was all about, but that is one sweet cityscape.
If I recall correctly, it was sometime during this whole promotion (possibly between the announcement and actual publication) that Warner announced a brand new, different look for Gotham in the next movie (the third one, I believe). And Furst jumped off of a parking garage shortly afterwards, though I don’t necessarily think the two matters were related.
IIRC, Furst was distraught over getting bounced from Batman Returns and viewed it as a betrayal by Tim Burton, whom he considered a good friend.
At the time Furst was also doing conceptual work on MidKnight, a never-realized superhero project starring… Michael Jackson.
I liked it
Remember when there were only three Batman titles and not twenty-six?
OK, I’ll play. I think this is a rare example of an event that changed everything. Until then Gotham was just a series of boxy building with an abundance of skylights.
After this every building had gargoyles, towers, arches, buttresses and other gothic features. Batman’s gear also became less realistic and more stylized, the Batmobile got 20′ scaloped fins, the computer got a big batthrone.
Yeah the cross over itself sucked but it was the first time DC moved towards giving Gotham a unique look. It’s also around the time Metropolis started looking retro art-deco future.
So yeah, 20 years later things are still different thanks to that storyline.
To be fair to DC, they wanted to tag it as “The Crossover That Changes Scenery” but that phrase was trademarked at the time for a special edition Alpha Force.
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