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The Evolution of Batmobiles: Past, Present & Future

Snapshot: We look at the Dark Knight's latest Batmobile and the Batmobiles of the past.

It takes a vision to create movies that are really worth watching. A lot of effort and human hours go in creating them which make it worth being called – “Art”. We may stand divided in our opinion about the movies and we may not give them equal stars. You may also not necessarily agree with me on every aesthetic aspect that makes the complete movie. But, I think, we can all agree on something and that is that, Hollywood has given us many Batman movies, and they have only gotten better with time. If we consider the cinematography, the special effects, and the sophisticated Batmobiles featured in them, we can all agree that they provide the character – Batman, its unique charm. The latest Batman flick – Batman Vs Superman: Dawn of Justice, is not scheduled to be released anytime soon but there is already a video that is doing rounds on the internet and it reveals the Batmobile that the latest movie would use. You can watch the video below that reveals the car.

Let us have a look at the Batmobiles of the past that were manufactured.

1963 Batman’s Batmobile

The first, oldest and almost forgotten 1963 Batmobile began as an Oldsmobile 88 frame from the 1956. Batman fans – Forrest Robinson and Len Perham replaced the body and made it look like the one in comic. The open-top car when completed in the year 1963 had pocket doors and single rear fin. The car very closely resembled the one in the comics despite the silver paint job it had. The car was completed in the year 1963 and when it was completed, it turned out to have an open-top with two-seater complete with a "bat nose," pocket side doors, and a single rear fin that made it look very much like the Batmobile seen in the comics, despite its silver paint job. The car was on auction until recently and we are not sure if it has been finally sold but the car after restoration looked more like the car from comics and had a paint job that closely resembled the car from the comics.

1966 TV series Batmobile

The 1966 Batmobile from the TV series was derived from the concept car – Lincoln Futura. Lincoln Futura was a futuristic concept car from the Lincoln division of Ford Motor Company. The car never made it to production and was purchased by George Barris for $1 from Ford. In the year 1965, when the TV show producers approached George, he built the new Batmobile for the TV show using his Futura.

The car was immensely successful and George Barris and the TV show producers built several copies of the Batmobile. It still remains the most iconic and popular Batmobile ever made.

Tim Burton Batmobile

The Tim Burton Batmobile was used in the two feature films - Batman (1989) and Batman Returns (1992).  It was built from two spliced Impala chassis and was powered by a Chevy V8 engine and high aspect ratio race tyres. It was exceptionally long and was hand sculpted.

The rear fins on the back are slightly off in comparison due to which the back end wobbles after it reaches the speed around 90 miles per hour. This Batmobile was also scanned to make toys due to which the toys have the same defects. One of the Batmobiles that was used in the films was also bought by comedian Jeff Dunham which is road legal too.

Batman Forever Batmobile

The Batmobile used in the Batman Forever is based loosely on the Tim Burton’s Batmobile and comic books. To pronounce the intricate lines on the car, the engine panels, undercarriage and wheels were indirectly lit to glow blue. The car also had Bat-emblem hubcaps that always remained upright. Some of the key features of the car were split cockpit canopy, jet exhaust, separate fenders, and jet exhaust. During the production of this car three patents were also filed. The alternating red and yellow lights on the side of the car were designed to look as if it was breathing.

Batman and Robin Batmobile

The Batmobile used in the Batman and Robin was designed by Harald Belker and featured light-up wheels and engine panels just like the car used in the Batman Forever. The car used a Chevy 350 ZZ3 and rode on 22 inch custom made wheels. The rear fins that were largest ever that we have seen on a car. The front of the car also had bat mask incorporated into it, although the sculpted lines hide it somewhat and it is not easy to figure out this design feature.

Tumbler

The Tumbler has been featured in the last Batman Trilogy – Batman Begins, The Dark Knight and the Dark Knight Rises. The car looks bulky and has mixed match looks of Lamborghini and a tank. The car makes used of a 5.7-liter V8 engine which is capable of producing 500bhp. The front wheels are independent and use Hoosier Checkerboard dirt tyres, the rear two tyres - Intercos "Super Swamper TSL". The car appears hefty and heavily armored although it is made extensively of fiberglass. Unlike some of the cars of the past, there is no Bat-emblem on this. This is the only Batmobile that has not been referred as Batmobile in the movie.

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