“It’s the car, right? Chicks dig the car.”
The Batmobile has always been an important part of the appeal of Batman. It has gone from a vehicle to get Batman to the scene of the crime to an import weapon in his fight against crime. Here is a brief look at how it has evolved:
60’s TV Show & 1966 movie: For the 60’s TV show car customizer Dean Jeffries was hired to design and build a “Batmobile”, due to time constraints the original design was dropped in favour of the 1955 Lincoln Futura concept car.
Batman (1989) & Batman Returns (1992): The long low sleek Batmobile was designed to reflect Tim Burton’s Art Deco vision. It was designed by Anton Furst who won an Oscar for the Art Direction/Set Decoration. The car was built on a Chevy Impala chassis.
Batman Forever (1995): New Batman, new Batmobile. H. R. Giger was chosen to design it but sadly departed the project sighting creative differences. What we got was something that had lost its sleek lines in favour a more aggressive looking car.
Batman & Robin (1997): As the franchise lost its way so did the design of the car. Without a roof or a passenger seat it isn’t the most practical crime fighting vehicle. It does have one nice if pointless design touch, the GoodYear tires have Batsymbols in the treads.
Batman Begins (2005): Every Batman movie up to this point featured Batman as an established character. As an origin story Batman Begins doesn’t just tell the origin of the character it tells the origin of the car. A prototype military vehicle called “the Tumbler” designed by the character Lucius Fox. More practical, manoeuvrable than the last few Batmobile’s, it looks like something that could exist in the real world just like Christopher Nolan’s Batman.
The Dark Knight (2008): The Tumbler returned for a second movie but this time with a new part trick. After being hit by rocket-propelled grenade fired by The Joker the Batmobile is damaged beyond repair. Batman ejects motorcycle like vehicle know as the Batpod formed from the front wheels of the Tumbler.
The Dark Knight Rises (2013): Trailers and images from the new film suggest that the primary villain Bane has got himself a fleet of Tumblers. We also see Catwoman riding a Batpod.