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Encyclopedia > Batman (OnStar commercials)
Bruce Thomas portraying Batman in an OnStar commercial, circa 2001. This commercial was interrupted on September 11, 2001 for an ABC News Special Report on the attacks of that day.

In 2001, OnStar, DC Comics and Warner Bros. teamed up to promote the new OnStar onboard guiding system. Six television commercials featuring comic book superhero Batman were aired from 2001 to the beginning of 2002. The commericals were directed by Andrew Davis[1] (although, other sources indicate that Vincent Ward directed the commercials[2]) while the special effects were provided by Flash Film Works. Back in 1997, Flash Film Works was chosen by John Dykstra for work on the motion picture Batman & Robin. They created a digital matte painting of an ice-laden Gotham City, as well as performing some rig and wire removal work on the film. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Bruce Thomas portraying Batman in an OnStar commercial, circa 2001. ... Batman (originally referred to as the Bat-Man and still referred to at times as the Batman) is a DC Comics fictional superhero who first appeared in Detective Comics #27 in May 1939. ... OnStar is a subscription-based communications, monitoring and tracking service provided by General Motors. ... This is a list of television-related events in 2001. ... is the 254th day of the year (255th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2001 (MMI) was a common year starting on Monday (link displays the 2001 Gregorian calendar). ... ABC News Special Report ident, circa 2006 ABC News is a division of American television and radio network ABC, owned by The Walt Disney Company. ... A sequential look at United Flight 175 crashing into the south tower of the World Trade Center The September 11, 2001 attacks (often referred to as 9/11—pronounced nine eleven or nine one one) consisted of a series of coordinated terrorist[1] suicide attacks upon the United States, predominantly... Year 2001 (MMI) was a common year starting on Monday (link displays the 2001 Gregorian calendar). ... OnStar is a subscription-based communications, monitoring and tracking service provided by General Motors. ... DC Comics is an American comic book and related media company. ... Warner Bros. ... Batman (originally referred to as the Bat-Man and still referred to at times as the Batman) is a DC Comics fictional superhero who first appeared in Detective Comics #27 in May 1939. ... Also see: 2002 (number). ... Andrew Davis (born November 21, 1947) is an American film director, producer and cinematographer, noted for the action films The Fugitive and Under Siege. ... Vincent Ward, ONZM (born Greytown, New Zealand, in 1956) is a film director and screenwriter. ... Groundbreaking special effects were used in Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith Special effects (abbreviated SPFX or SFX) are used in the film, television, and entertainment industry to realize scenes that cannot be achieved by live action or normal means. ... Flash Film Works is a computer graphics company that provides special effects for films, television shows and commercials. ... Year 1997 (MCMXCVII) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will display full 1997 Gregorian calendar). ... John Charles Dykstra (born June 3, 1947 in Long Beach, California, United States) is a special effects supervisor and pioneer in the development of the use of computers in film making. ... Batman and Robin, see Batman and Robin (serial). ... Matte or matt can be used to describe a non-glossy finish on a surface; it can also be used to denote the surface surrounding a framed picture, between the picture itself and the frame; usually made from coloured card. ... This article is about the fictional place. ...


The ads played off as a cinematic cross between the Batman universes created by the films directed by Tim Burton (Batman (1989 film) and Batman Returns) and Joel Schumacher (Batman Forever and Batman & Robin). For instance, the design of the Batmobile in the OnStar ads is the same one seen in Tim Burton's films starring Michael Keaton, while the "panther" Batsuit resembles the one Val Kilmer sported in Batman Forever. Also, composer Danny Elfman's score from Tim Burton's films was featured in the OnStar ads. Timothy Tim William Burton (born August 25, 1958) is an Academy Award-nominated American film director, writer and designer known for his off-beat and quirky style. ... Batman is an American Academy Award-winning superhero film based on the DC Comics character Batman created by Bob Kane and Bill Finger. ... Batman Returns is a 1992 motion picture based on the Batman character created by Bob Kane and Bill Finger. ... Joel Schumacher (born August 29, 1939) is an American film director, writer, and producer. ... Batman Forever is a 1995 superhero film. ... Batman and Robin, see Batman and Robin (serial). ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... The Batmobile is bulletproof and is bolstered by impact-reistant hydraulics. ... Michael Keaton (born Michael John Douglas on September 9, 1951) is an American actor best known for his early comedic roles in films such as Night Shift, and Beetlejuice, and his portrayal of Batman in the two Tim Burton directed films. ... Batmans current costume, as shown in the Hush story arc. ... Val Edward Kilmer[1] (born December 31, 1959) is an American actor. ... Batmans current costume, as shown in the Hush story arc. ... Daniel Robert Elfman (born May 29, 1953 in Los Angeles, California) is an American singer-songwriter who led the rock band Oingo Boingo from 1976 until its breakup in 1995, and has since 1985s Pee-Wees Big Adventure worked as a film score composer. ...


The actor portraying Batman in the OnStar spots is Bruce Thomas, who also portrayed the Caped Crusader in the pilot for Birds of Prey. It's not clear however, whether the OnStar ads could be accepted as being in the same continuity or canon as the Birds of Prey television series. Bruce Thomas portraying Batman in an OnStar commercial, circa 2001. ... A television pilot is a test episode of an intended television series. ... Birds of Prey is a live action American television series produced in 2002. ... In fiction, continuity is consistency of the characteristics of persons, plot, objects, places and events seen by the reader or viewer. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ...


Michael Gough, who portrayed Bruce Wayne's faithful butler, Alfred Pennyworth in the Batman films directed by Tim Burton and Joel Schumacher, reprised his role in the OnStar ads. Thus, Gough portrayed Alfred alongside four different actors portraying Batman: Michael Keaton, Val Kilmer, George Clooney, and Bruce Thomas respectively. Michael Gough (born November 23, 1914) is an English character actor who has appeared in over 100 films. ... Alfred Pennyworth is a fictional supporting character in the DC Comics Batman series. ... Michael Keaton (born Michael John Douglas on September 9, 1951) is an American actor best known for his early comedic roles in films such as Night Shift, and Beetlejuice, and his portrayal of Batman in the two Tim Burton directed films. ... Val Edward Kilmer[1] (born December 31, 1959) is an American actor. ... George Timothy Clooney (born May 6, 1961) is an Academy Award- and two-time Golden Globe-winning American actor, director, producer and screenwriter, known for his role in the first five seasons of the long-running television drama ER (1994–99), and his rise as an A-List movie star... Bruce Thomas portraying Batman in an OnStar commercial, circa 2001. ...


Meanwhile, Curtis Armstrong portrayed the Joker in one of the ads. Curtis Armstrong (born November 27, 1953 in Detroit, Michigan, USA) is an American actor. ... The Joker is a fictional character, a DC Comics supervillain widely considered to be Batmans archenemy. ...

Contents

List of ads

  1. "Batman & Alfred" - Alfred introduces Batman to OnStar.
  2. "Batman vs. The Joker" - Batman chases Joker through the streets of Gotham and with the help of OnStar, he catches him.
  3. "Batman vs. The Penguin" - The Penguin is chasing Batman, and blowing up parts of the city. Batman uses OnStar to call Vicki Vale and tell her that he'll be late.
  4. "Batman vs. The Riddler" - The Riddler leaves Batman some "Batmail." Using OnStar, Batman accesses it. "What does a river and money have in comon?" Batman figures out that the Riddler is heading to Gotham Bank!
  5. "Batman Uses Onstar" - Batman calls Onstar to unlock his door and to find the closest fuel station.
  6. "Batman & Gordon" - Batman uses Onstar to call Commissioner Gordon.

Alfred Pennyworth is a fictional supporting character in the DC Comics Batman series. ... The Joker is a fictional character, a DC Comics supervillain widely considered to be Batmans archenemy. ... The Penguin (Oswald Chesterfield Cobblepot), is a DC Comics supervillain and is an archenemy of Batman. ... This article is about the fictional place. ... Vicki Vale is a fictional character in the DC Comics universe, a reporter who was the most prominent and longest lasting love interest of Bruce Wayne and his alter-ego, Batman. ... The Riddler, (Edward E. Nigma, also spelled Nygma by some writers), is a DC Comics supervillain and an enemy of Batman. ... James Jim Worthington Gordon is a supporting character in DC Comics Batman series. ... James Jim Worthington Gordon is a supporting character in DC Comics Batman series. ...

Comics

Two special edition Batman comic books were released in conjuction with the ads. The first one was a five page story featuring the Riddler. The second one was an eight page story featuring Mr. Freeze. Mr Freeze (Dr. Victor Fries) (Pronounced as Victor Freese or Freeze) is a DC Comics supervillain, an enemy of Batman. ...


Trading cards

An oversize, 5" x 3" (when separated at the perforations) trading card set was distributed at trade shows to promote OnStar's vehicle services, using their licensed Batman "sponsor." They were issued as perforated 8-card strips, sealed with tape (and the tape seal cannot be removed without damaging the cards). The back of the cards describe OnStar's services as well as providing contact information. They also give a brief history of Batman from his debut in 1939 through his adding new OnStar tools to the Batmobile in the year 2002. Year 1939 (MCMXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Also see: 2002 (number). ...


References

  1. ^ It was decided to replace Schumacher with Andrew Davis, who directed the Batman OnStar commercials, doubling as his screen test.
  2. ^ The commercials were directed by Vincent Ward.

Trivia

  • The commercial which featured Batman battling the Penguin (and calling Vicki Vale to tell her he'll be late for dinner) was interrupted on September 11, 2001 for an ABC News Special Report on the attacks of that day.

is the 254th day of the year (255th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2001 (MMI) was a common year starting on Monday (link displays the 2001 Gregorian calendar). ... ABC News Special Report ident, circa 2006 ABC News is a division of American television and radio network ABC, owned by The Walt Disney Company. ... A sequential look at United Flight 175 crashing into the south tower of the World Trade Center The September 11, 2001 attacks (often referred to as 9/11—pronounced nine eleven or nine one one) consisted of a series of coordinated terrorist[1] suicide attacks upon the United States, predominantly...

See also

  • Batmobile (Batman (1989 film))

External links

  • Television - OnStar Commericals
  • Television - OnStar Commericals - Downloads
  • Television - OnStar Commericals - Comics
  • Television - OnStar Commericals - Trading Cards
  • Flash Film Works - OnStar
  • Batmobile Multimedia - OnStar ran 6 TV commercials featuring the Batmobile.
  • Batman and OnStar To The Rescue - ShootOnline
  • Batman Returns for GM OnStar
  • Holy unemployment! Batman loses job as OnStar pitchman

 
 

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