Holy Batrides Batman

If there is one thing fans of the various Batman movies over the years have looked out for in each movie, its how the Batmobile would look like. After all, there is nothing more iconic than to zoom around fighting crime in something that friends and foes alike can notice from afar.

In this month’s issue of POPCulture Online, the POPCulture Online team shares our 3 favorite Batmobiles that the Caped Crusader has driven.

Photo by Jennifer Graylock/Ford Motor Company

The first Batmobile built and used was during the 1966-1968 period for he live action television show Batman. It was actually based on the one off 1955 Lincoln Futura concept car. The car was actually inspired by mako sharks and manta rays and was entirely build by hand in Italy.

As then George Barris who was in charge of building the Batmobile for the live action TV show had only 3 weeks, he decided that customizing a car was easier than building one in such short of time. It was not hard to guess why the Lincoln Futura concept car was chosen for this.

This ranks as our 3rd favorite as nothing beats the good old original that started the whole “winged” series of Batmobiles.

Photo by Alexander Laney

A cross between a Lamborghini and a tank, Christopher Nolan’s series of Batman reboots also rebooted the Batmobile into something more workhorse as compared to the older sleek designs. First conceptualized by Nolan using playdoh, the Tumbler as it is called in the movies were powered by a 5.7-liter Chevy V8 engine and had 65 carbon fiber panels in it.

As the tumbler was based on a bridging assault vehicle, the one mean looking thing has an attack mode which pushes the driver into a prone position where he is protected when ramming as an offensive attack. Add the ability to eject a Batpod when its too heavily damage as a means of escape, it is really hard not to like Batman’s new ride.

This ranks number 2 for us as the raw power this thing posses is enough to send a chill down any street criminal’s back.

Batmobile from "Batman Forever"Photo by Simon Davison

Powered by a Chevrolet 350 ZZ3 high-performance motor, the Batmobile underwent an overhaul as Joel Schumacher took over from Tim Burton as director of the Batman films. The Batmobile now had decorative lights added to give it a more flashy look plus its winged shaped fins now reached further into the air.

The new Batmobile also had a whole set of features added to it including grappling hooks to allow it to drive up walls as well as killer speed to allow it to perform large jumps during car chases across Gotham City’s elevated freeways and gigantic statues.

This is our favorite Batmobile of all time as this one looks way more “Zhenged” and more happening compared to the rest. I mean if you are going to scare baddies and criminals away, more lights and a fiercer looking front always get the job done.

After all, as Batman said in the movie, “It’s the car, right? Chicks dig the car.”

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