Craft Spotlight: The Dark Knight

The zeitgeist movie of the year took audiences on an adrenaline-fueled ride through the crooked, labyrinthine underbelly — and sparkling Bat-penthouse — of Gotham City, courtesy of Oscar-nominated production designer Nathan Crowley (“The Prestige”). Working with director Christopher Nolan, with whom he revamped the legendary Batmobile for “Batman Begins,” Crowley designed new toys like the Bat-Pod and helped expand the physical world of the sequel by designing huge sets that included the Bat-Bunker and Bruce Wayne’s elegant but stark apartment, sterile spaces that also reflected the emotional isolation of their owner.

Oscar-winning costume designer Lindy Hemming (“Topsy-Turvy”) redesigned and updated the Batsuit, but kept the iconic cape. And while she dressed Batman’s alter ego in sober Armani suits, she gave Heath Ledger’s maniacal Joker a complementary crazed look—part punk, part clown, part fop — while retaining the character’s traditional color palette of purple and green.

Makeup artist John Caglione Jr. completed the scary image, working with Ledger to create a horrific visage of smudged black eyes, cracked white pancake barely concealing the scars beneath, and new prosthetics, developed and executed by prosthetic supervisor Conor O’Sullivan.

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