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The Evolution Of The Batmobile

Batman (1989)
and Batman Returns (1992)

In 1989, Tim Burton worked his
twisted magic on the Batman story and conjured up a wonderfully
dark tale for the first videographic Batman instalment in 23 years.
A suitably sleek vehicle to go with the iconography of the Gothic
Gotham cityscape was demanded, and this starkly modern
reincarnation was born. Its powerful frame played homage to 1930s
America whilst screaming power and force. Most importantly,
perhaps, is that it could levitate on a pedestal of sorts and spin
180°. Just how useful would that be trying to get out of the garage
in the morning? The interior itself had some entirely
precocious features, too. Take, for example, its futuristic
voice-command recognition system as a precursor to Ford’s
Sync system
or Fiat’s Blue&Me, both beautiful examples of
life imitating art. Woudn’t you love this batmobile as
your next new
car

Batmobile _1992

 

Batman Forever (1995)

Taking the “organic aesthetic” to a
whole new level, Barbara Ling designed this car with
animal-like features. Its ribbing and wings add a vaguely
terrifying touch and the baddies all seemed suitably fearful. Like
its progenitor, this Batmobile shot grappling hooks and had the
nifty feature of being able to scale buildings,
something I’m sure we could all appreciate when stuck in a
particularly tiresome traffic jam. 

Batmobile _batman _forever _1

 

Batman and Robin (1997)

Whilst this instalment of the
franchise wasn’t very
well received
, we at Carhoots are still in adoration of the
Batmobile itself. Ling returned in a blaze of glory to create a
rather souped-up behemoth. At 30 feet, this roadster-inspired
Batmobile features light-up wheels and, being capable of 140mph,
might be a boy racer’s idea of heaven. Now, just to find a parking
space for it.

Batmobile -1997-Batman -Robin

 

Batman Begins (2005) and The
Dark Knight (2008)

A seemingly overdue concept, this
Batmobile was batty in more ways than one. Shaped like a bat
cradling a wheel in each wing, it seemed sportier than its
precursors and hid its own little secrets. Chain-mail has nothing
on its impenetrable shell, useful for those ‘fender benders’ in our
mere mortal existence, but more at home on this military-class
vehicle for breaking through The Joker’s blockades with ease. The
entire front section could be flanked off to create an open-air
vehicle (a ‘Batpod‘ for
those in the know) for Batman to chase and enact justice on the bad
guys. Unfortunately, just as the ‘Tumbler’ can cut through a
blockade like a hot knife to butter, a bazooka to its underside has
similarly detrimental effects.

 Dark Knight Batmobile

 

 

Whilst little is known in advance
of the film’s release on Friday, we are in nervous anticipation of
the newest incarnation of the Batmobile. Primary filming seemed to
show Anne Hathaway’s Catwoman character riding on a silver Batpod
of her own, suggesting we may be seeing a great new range of vehicles.
There are suggestions that the ‘Tumbler‘ from
the previous two films will be making a comeback. If this is the
case, we hope it returns with the ingenious alterations we’ve come
to expect from the feature creatures on the design team.

Whatever the case, the Batmobile has proven itself time and time
again to be iconic, with its cutting-edge charm being replicated at
great expense by Batman fans with too much time on their hands. If
my jealousy is transparent, it’s only because the Batmobile exudes
cool in an effortless way few other cars could achieve. Warner
Brothers, if you find yourselves with one too many Batmobiles lying
around, feel free to donate to this sad character as my
green-with-envy face is starting to scare those around me.

 

 

 

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