The art of creating Batman: Marcelo Wong and other Latin Americans who portrayed the Dark Knight

Between the limits of law and anarchy, the figure of Batman It has become one of the symbols of pop culture. It was more than 80 years ago when the first story of the quintessential antihero appeared in the 27th issue of “Detective Comics,” and his popularity grew so fast that the following year, in 1940, he demanded his own story.

After the phenomenon of comics came the Batman movies and series, which have been various and very diverse. Like Adam West’s legendary performance in the eponymous hit 1966 series, director Tim Burtom’s (1989) version that catapulted the franchise to fame, Christian Bale’s iconic performance in “The Dark Knight” (2008) from Nolan, or more recently, “The Batman”; starring a vindicated actor: Robert Pattinson.

These and three other versions will be honored by the plastic artist Marcelo Wong who presents from today, October 15, an individual exhibition in which he will exhibit his sculptures inspired by the masked man. In this way, the collection becomes an interesting historical review of Batman.

Marcelo Wong’s sculptures are characterized by their roundness, which try to evoke the simplicity and innocence of a character. / Alonzo Molina

Warner Bros. was with us in every process and step we took, what’s more, each piece had prior approval from the company”, Wong affirmed in conversation with El Comercio. He also recalled that to elaborate each version he had to watch and analyze the films in depth, reliving his experience as a child, when he sat next to his father to draw the hero of Gotham City.

For as long as I can remember, I have dreamed of developing a project like this. The process was incredible, from when we designed it until it was brought in the container, we lowered the boxes and opened them with our hands. We looked like children, it was hilarious”, Wong added about this first Art Toys collection, which will allocate a percentage of the sales made until December to the Casa Magia association.

We’re donating almost 30% of all exposure to them, so we’re very happy. Magic is an association that helps children with cancer, we have done many works with them and we will work together on this exhibition where, in addition to the exhibition of sculptures; design objects such as muggs, rates and finally toys will be put up for sale”, he concludes.

The “DC x MW” exhibition will take place from October 15 to 30 at the Plaza Sol of the CC Jockey Plaza, from 10 in the morning.

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In addition to Wong, Latin America has a long list of artists who have been commissioned to dress the man in a black cape. The Argentinian Eduardo Risowinner of four Eisner awards (the most prestigious award in the industry), illustrated his own cartoon called “Broken City”, where he presents a crude and sordid Gotham, popularized for having one of the best endings of the franchise.

"batman noir" is another of the projects that Eduardo Risso illustrated in collaboration with DC Comics.
“Batman Noir” is another of the projects that Eduardo Risso illustrated in collaboration with DC Comics. / DC Comics

[En un inicio], what inspired me to draw him was the sleazy character posed in the script. I always try to try to portray my characters according to their personality”, Risso mentioned to El Comercio when explaining his sketches.

your countryman, Ariel Olivettiis another cartoonist who has spent more than thirty years in the world of comics, being recognized internationally for his impressive vision of Batman in “Legends of the Dark Knight” (2006), as a corpulent and muscular man, with a striking use of volumes and color.

In the field of narrative, the Mexican Alberto Chimal collaborated with a special edition launched by DC Comics, called “Batman: The World”, which brings together various writers from around the world to develop their own version of the antihero based on their culture and worldview. With this idea in mind, Chimal created “Funeral”, which narrates the arrival of Batman at the Historic Center of CDMX to solve a case led by ghosts.

"aztec batman" is the new joint project of HBO Max and Warner Bros with a pre-Hispanic background with a story set in ancient Mesoamerica.
“Batman Azteca” is the new joint project of HBO Max and Warner Bros with a pre-Hispanic background with a story set in ancient Mesoamerica. / hbo max

And from the audiovisual production, the recent news of the creation of an Aztec Batman shocked fans of the franchise in Mexico. The animated project is in charge of the director Juan Meza Leon. He announced that “Clash of Empires” will focus on the Bat Man defending Mesoamerica from the original peoples. “I imagine this Batman eating a suadero taco, but to avoid falling into that, we have advice,” said Marcelo Tamburri, Head of Scripted Content Development at WarnerMedia at a recent press conference.

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The list of Latin American artists involved in bringing the Dark Knight to life is still short, and as long as we citizens continue to need the presence of Batman in our lives, new emerging heroes from this continent will continue to provide illusion to adults and children with their stories.

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The art of creating Batman: Marcelo Wong and other Latin Americans who portrayed the Dark Knight


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