Wayne’s Worlds: I Love the Batmobile!
“Where does he get those wonderful toys?” — The Joker in Batman
The first thing I ever read was a Batman comic, so I guess it comes as no surprise that I’m fascinated by and love to collect things associated with the Dark Knight. But the thing I enjoy the most is Batman’s transportation, the Batmobile.
How I love this one! It seems like every artist who draws an issue of a Batman comic has to create his own version of the Batmobile. Some have been terrific, while some have been silly. I mean, who could drive a car with huge and intricate spikes jutting out of the thing? Not even Batman can pull that off!
I’m going to list some of my favorite versions of the Batmobile next. And if I can find some of the silly stuff, I’ll post that, too!
My favorite Batmobile: First off, here’s my favorite Batmobile. It was created for The New Adventures Of Batman that aired on The WB. I love the sleek, dark look of it. This actually was the first maquette/statue I bought that was sold at the old Warner Bros. stores. It was pricey–$195.00–but man, am I ever glad I have it! Every time I look at it, I sigh.
Hot wheels, all right! Next up was the best part of the Batman show in the 60s with Adam West, and that was his Batmobile. It was smooth and cool, black with a red stripe around it. It had a laser and rocket launchers. Whenever it shows up if I happen to be watching an episode of the show on cable, I pay strict attention whenever the flames shoot out of the back of the Batmobile, then it launches out into the world to fight crime. Very cool.
The next Batmobile is from the first Michael Keaton Batman film. It did a lot of interesting things, like dropping a round bomb around some baddies–and it even survived the blast! Where do I get one of these?
I can get past its appearance if I can just drive on rooftops! After that, I have to place the Batmobile from Batman Begins (left). Now, I don’t really care for the tank-like appearance, but any vehicle that can drive along the tops of buildings (including churches) will be on my list! I was pretty sorry to see it get destroyed in The Dark Knight, but Bruce Wayne had enough money to build several more of these, if he can just get that crazy frog out of his throat when he dons the cape and cowl. We saw more of them in the final film of this trilogy, so I was happy!
For my honorable mentions, I have to include the Batmobile from Batman: The Animated Series, which was pretty much nothing more than an engine and a seat behind it. It still looked great, but it’s a guy thing to admire it, I think.
See the image to the right:
To the left is the vehicle from The Batman animated series that appeared on Kids WB. I hated the show, but as usual, I really loved the car! Maybe we should have a show dedicated to the Batmobile?
One more deserves to be mentioned, and that is the Batmobile from Batman Beyond. It looked great and flew, so I really liked that!
Okay, now it is time for some of the silly incarnations. As I mentioned, the spikes jutting out from the car simply couldn’t work in real life. See below:
I still haven’t figured where in my list I should include the Batmobile from Batman Versus Superman. I did like it, though, so it would probably rank pretty high!
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