First published 15 July 2016. Updated 21 February 2017.
Due to popular request, we’ve done some digging into the identity of the black leather desk chairs sitting in Batman’s ultra high tech Batcave in Batman vs Superman and have an exclusive confirmation from the set decorator on the exact chair.
In the 2016 Warner Bros creation, Wayne Manor has been burned to the ground, forcing Bruce to live in a nearby lake house. We first spotted the chair, which has a distinctive spine-like back, in the Google maps 360 interactive tour of the house which leads you to the hidden batcave (see more on Batman’s house in our feature ‘Batman’s taste in modernist furniture revealed in Google maps tour of Bruce Wayne’s house from Batman v Superman’).
We can now confirm, after speaking directly with the set decorator of Batman v Superman, that the chair used in the actual film is the Anthro – 904BK – Flexible Highback Chair as shown below.
Set decorator Cal Loucks used the Anthro chair as a main starting point and then customized it. The arms and base were recreated in cold rolled steel and aluminum powder coated. The head rest was removed.
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Features and benefits of the Anthro chair:
• Full-grain leather seat and back, 11 torsion spring-loaded bearing joints with brushed aluminum back supports, 3 built-in levers for height and chair tilt, padded two-way adjustable neck rest, and adjustable and removable padded T-arms
• A series of 11 torsion spring-loaded bearing joints conform to your exact spine impression, then lock into place for one-of-a-kind fit.
• Rotate the neck rest to support your neck and head, relieving strain.
• Slide the seat pan forward and back to set the chair’s depth to fit you perfectly.
A similar chair is the Verte 2200 series from RFM seating. Inspired by the human vertebrae, the Verte chair combines ergonomics, form and function and molds itself to your spine’s unique shape. As RFM tell us: “A decade in the making, the Verte was created by a team of engineers, designers, and ergonomists, and is truly one of a kind. Sit in it once, and you’ll never settle for anything less”. Available here for $1,469.99 >
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The desks in the lab area and garage were completely custom built by the film’s prop builders with highly technical industrial suspension systems frequently used in car manufacturing automated systems. These desks were very special because not only were they suspended from the ceiling, set decorator Cal Loucks had to ensure they were light weight enough to comply with engineering standards for the studio set, but strong enough to hold real industrial tools and equipment. Aluminum and laser cut plastics which were then powder coated. These were very intricate builds.
See the chair and desking in the clip here: