Batman is famous for his array of gadgets from the batarang to his grappling hook, but the pinnacle of his “wonderful toys” is the Batmobile. Being over 80 years old, Gotham’s Dark Knight has had many live-action rides at this point. However, a few of those super-vehicles stand above the rest.
5. The Batmobile in The Batman (2022)
The most recent big-screen vehicle driven by the Caped Crusader is undeniably slick. However, with only one outing to date, it has to go lower on the list. Still, this Batmobile boasts several notable features, including an impressive exposed mid-engine, illuminated interior components, and a sleek wide body. This version of the Dark Knight’s ride comes across as a souped up muscle car from the 70s crossed with a stunt car. Practical, intimidating, and cool.
4. Batman Forever‘s “Living” Design
This Batmobile is on the list solely because Alien designer H.R. Giger designed the concept. Like most of Giger’s work, it combines elements of anatomy with machines. The chassis of the vehicle resembles an exposed rib cage. This makes this version of the Batmobile seem like a living, breathing beast.
3. The Dark Knight‘s Tumbler
Introduced in 2005’s Batman Begins, this version of the Batmobile was in all of Christian Bales’s tenure at Batman. The Tumbler deviates from the classic Batmobile with its tank-like design. It features impenetrable armor and massive 44-inch Super Swamper tires. Designed by Nathan Crawley, it is rumored to have been built at a staggering cost of $250,000.
Unlike its 80s and 90s predecessor, the Tumbler didn’t just look cool. It was fully functional. It contained a powerful 500-horsepower Chevy 350 V8 engine, enabling this 5500-pound beast to sprint from 0 to 60 mph in under 6 seconds. The key feature of the Tumbler in the films was to be able to detach to become a motorcycle-like vehicle dubbed the Bat-Pod.
2. Batman ’89 Batmobile
Director Tim Burton’s two Batman films starring Michael Keaton hold the top spot for many 80s and 90s kids. The two films’ high status owes much to iconic villain turns by Michelle Pfeiffer, Jack Nicholson, and Danny DeVito. However, it doesn’t hurt that it also features a kick-ass Batmobile designed by Burton himself.
It was built using a Chevy Impala chassis, with the body sourced from a 1970 Corvette. The gadgets include a state-of-the-art navigation system, advanced diagnostics, a CD recorder, voice-command recognition, full armor protection, machine guns, and side disc launchers. In addition, it has the ability to launch bombs, shoot oil, emit smoke, and fire grappling hooks, enabling quick and agile maneuverability.
1. Batman ’66 Batmobile
Inspired by the 1955 Lincoln Futura concept car, this iconic Batmobile became the first to truly captivate the public’s imagination. The vehicle’s design, crafted by George Barriss, showcases a captivating black-and-red exterior complemented by a custom windshield. The design also lets the show’s stars, Adam West (Batman) and Burt Ward (Robin) remain exposed.
Of course, this version of the Batmobile had gadgets stacked higher than the Caped Crusader’s utility belt. It boasted an atomic turbine engine, a chain slicer, lasers, rockets, a telephone, radar, a dash monitor, an onboard computer, a police beacon, rear-mounted 10-foot parachutes for quick turns, a smoke emitter, a nail shooter, and a battering ram. The array of gadgets and slick design puts this version of the Dark Knight’s ride at the top.
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