History of the Batmobile

Whether you’re a fan of the comics, the films, the animated TV series or the computer games, many of us will have a fond connection with Batman. With the resurgence of Batman in the Christopher Nolan trilogy with Christian Bale as Batman, the Dark Knight’s popularity has grown even further, and the story continues next year with Ben Affleck taking the cape in Superman vs Batman: Dawn of Justice.

With a new film, a new Batman and new story, of course comes a new Batmobile. The Batmobile has been key to Batman’s success as Super Hero and his popularity as a character. From the Licoln Futura to the Tumbler, the Batmobile has seen many changes and produced a series of amazing gadgets and features that make petrol heads all over the world jealous. To celebrate the launch of next year’s film, we’ve taken a look at the history and evolution of the Batmobile, along with some other ‘batfacts’ too.

 

A Short History of the Batmobile

Batman has been a popular character since 1939 when he made his first DC Comics appearance. There are several things that allow us to instantly recognise Batman; his logo, his suit and of course the Batmobile.

Over time the Batmobile has undergone many changes, had plenty of upgrades, and got Batman and Robin out of some pretty sticky situations.

Batman in The Movies

Ever since the first feature film, Batman: The Movie in 1966, there have been five different Batmans across eight films which have won a total of 227 awards.

Batman: The Movie (1966)
Batman: Adam West

Film: Batman (1989)
Batman: Michael Keaton

Batman Returns (1992)
Michael Keaton

Batman Forever (1995)
Val Kilmer

Batman & Robin (1997)
George Clooney

Batman Begins (2005)
Christian Bale

The Dark Knight (2008)
Christian Bale

The Dark Knight Rises (2012)
Christian Bale

Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016)
Ben Affleck

Batmobile Gadgets

Batbeam (Batman: The Movie – 1996)

One of many many features that the first movie Batmobile had in its armoury, the ‘batbeam’ was a highly focussed laser that was capable of breaching locked doors and getting Batman out of trouble.

Batmissile (Batman & Batman Returns – 1989 & 1992)

The Batmobile was able to shed its body to become the batmissile and could fit through narrow gaps and alleyways.

Grappling Hook (Batman Forever – 1995)

Grappling system that allowed Batman to drive vertically up walls and up the side of buildings to escape danger.

Redbird Cut-Off Switch (Batman & Robin – 1997)

The Batmobile of 1997 was short on gadgets. The Redbird cut-off switched allowed Batman to remotely shut down Robin’s motorcycle and save him from getting into trouble when chasing Mr. Freeze.

The Batpod (The Dark Knight, The Dark Knight Rises – 2005 & 2012)

The Tumbler gave the Batmobile a new look 2005 and a new hidden feature that was first revealed in The Dark Knight. The Batpod is a motorcycle that forms from the front wheels of the Tumbler that is fully armed with guns, launchers and grappling hooks. Once deployed, the remains of the rest of the Batmobile would self-destruct.

 

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