Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Transformation of the Batmobile throughout History

Christopher Nolan's recent take on the Dark Knight, along with the highly-anticipated re-visioning of this iconic vigilante in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (to be released next year), has brought Batman to the front of our minds and made him a pop culture star once again. Today, we want to share with you how Batman became who he is today by showing you how he gets from place-to-place: the evolution of the Batmobile.

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The first "Batmobile" appeared in Detective Comics #27 in 1939, but was just a regular car with no special features. The first "Batmobile" with special features appeared in Detective Comics #48 in 1941. 

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The term "Batmobile" was not applied to Batman's automobile until issue # 48 of Detective Comics in February 1941; the Batcycle, Batboat, and Robin's Redbird soon followed.

As you'll be able to see below, the Batmobile has made many transformations throughout its appearances in TV Shows and Movies.

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1966 - 1968 Batman

In1966, the Batmobile was customized from the only 1955 Lincoln Futura concept car.

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1989 Batman
The 1989 Batmobile was like none before. Its nose features a large jet turbine intake, and cold air intakes for the afterburner were mounted ahead of the rear fenders.

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1992 Batman: The Animated Series
“The Batman,” Batmobile was designed with square lines, long fins, and a blunt nose with a slatted grill. 

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1995 Batman Forever
“Batman Forever” Batmobile was designed so that it looked like it had actual ribs and wings and to accentuate the lines the engine panels, wheels, and undercarriage were indirectly lit.

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1997 Batman & Robin
The inspiration for this Batmobile came from older racing roadsters like the Jaguar D-Type and Delahaye 165. 

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2005 Batman Begins
Primary focus of this Batmobile is to make it as real as possible. It was 9 feet wide and 15 feet long and weighed about 2.5 tons, but still capable of going 0-60 mph in under six seconds.

                                    2008 Dark Knight
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The Batmobile from “Batman Begins,” returns in this movie with a few features that were not seen in Batman Begins. It featured single-seat escape vehicle for Batman called the "Bat-Pod." The Bat-Pod is an open motorcycle-like vehicle formed by the front wheels and suspension of the car.

Keep your eyes open for the future changes in the Batmobile, because you never know what it will look like or what the features will be.

Visit 3000toys.com to pick up your Batmobile replicas. While you're there, check out the Pop Culture Collections from Mattel, other great model kits from  Polar Lights, and Star Trek and Dr. Who replicas from Eaglemoss!

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