Superpunch, a very fine blog featuring some great pop culture gems, announced a poster contest recently. The guidelines were: Make a movie poster featuring DC characters. That's pretty wide open, which is partially what made this irresistible.
I came up with several potential ideas and narrowed it down to the two I thought were the strongest. I decided to go with the ideas I thought were conceptually strong instead of moving ahead with ideas I thought would be more fun to draw (lots of detail, fantastic elements, etc.). I think I would have had more fun if I'd gone the other direction, but c'est la vie. I still had fun on these.
The first is a parody of "Wall Street" (the original 1987 version). My version features Lex Luthor in the role of Gordon Gekko. I love the dress shirt with the white collar and cuffs, which nicely characterize the era and the personality. It's a little odd having one fictional character play another, but I thought they paralleled each other perfectly. Given some of the recent events and the results, I thought this would be a nice send up. I guess my political cartooning instincts die hard. Ultimately, I decided not to move ahead with this idea because it was too simple. I knew it wasn't going to be as interesting to draw or look at in the end, so I went with the second concept.
Idea number two, which eventually won out, is a mash up of the Batman series and one of my favorite comedies of all time, "Arthur" (the original). If you haven't seen "Arthur", it's great. It's about a drunken billionaire (played brilliantly by Dudley Moore) and how he fills his life. It also features John Gielgud as Arthur's long-serving and sarcastic butler.
I thought Bruce Wayne would be a great stand in for Dudley Moore. He's rich, he has a loyal and wise servant (not as foul-mouthed as John Gielgud, unfortunately), he lives in a mansion and he has a flashy ride. I also like the idea of Bruce Wayne getting to have a little fun. He seems tense.
All in all, a fun little side project.