Our Picture Car Vault has been transformed into the BATCAVE. For a limited time, you can see all the incredible Batmobiles used in the celebrated film series like the TUMBLER, the BATHAMMER, the BAT-POD, and more.
Originally built on the chassis of a Chevrolet Impala, the Batmobile seen in Batman and Batman Returns was designed by Anton Furst. Drawing inspiration from Salt Flat Racers and the Corvette Stingrays of the 50’s, the Batmobile was an aerodynamic expressionist piece of automobile art. A custom cowl had to be made for Michael Keaton, as the original ears were too long to fit in the cockpit!
Batman Forever (1995)
- Joel Schumacher helmed the next two Batman films, with Tim Flattery designing the Batmobile for Batman Forever. Using a Chevrolet 350 ZZ3 high-performance motor, the Batmobile came to life with a brand new look and feel. It’s design is also inspired by bioluminescent sea creatures, as well as both Tim Burton and George Barris’ Batmobiles.
Batman & Robin (1997)
Robin’s motorcycle was developed from a Honda off-road motorcycle. Production Designer Barbara Ling enlisted the help of TFX to bring the Redbird to life. Though the prototype motorcycle boasts 95 horsepower, the original Redbird was a sport coupe!
As Batman and Robin head off to fight Mr. Freeze, we also see Batgirl on her very own Batblade! Developed from a drag racing bike, Production Desginer Barbara Ling added a neon Bat-logo to the front of the bike, maintaining the bright, comic book feel of the film.
When Gotham City is frozen over, it’s time to call in your ice-handling backup- the Bathammer! With 3 meters of wingspan, the added stability to this Bat-inspired snowmobile lets the caped crusader fight crime even in the coldest of circumstances.
The Dark Knight Trilogy (2005-2012)
Designed by Nathan Crowley and Christopher Nolan, the Tumbler was a new take on the classic Batmobile. Meant to look like a hybrid of a Lamorghini and a tank, the Tumbler is the more realistic, militarized version of a real-life vigilante’s ride. The car even tested at over 100 mph!
“It’s a two-wheeled vehicle, but it’s definitely not a motorcycle.” –Christopher Nolan, Director. Believe it or not, Nolan and Production Designer Nathan Crowley conceived the Batpod in Nolan’s garage, and built the basic model themselves. Batman’s auxiliary vehicle when the Tumbler is destroyed is a mean machine. This bat-vehicle is steered more with the driver’s shoulders and arms, and has the actual engines built into the wheels!
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016)
This Batmobile is the product of production designer Patrick Tatopoulos, director Zack Snyder, concept artist Ed Natividad, and vehicle set designer Joe Hiura. 20-feet long, and 12-feet wide in the back make this Batmobile amongst the largest in its family. The tires came all the way from Israel, and are shaved-down tractor tires. This Batmobile was also built locally, right here in Los Angeles!