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Evolution of the Batmobile

CmdrTaco posted more than 3 years ago | from the mostly-four-wheels dept.

Transportation 102

I noticed this sweet graphic tracking the evolution of the Batmobile that I just spent a fairly ridiculously long time staring at. I've read my share of Batman, but there are tons of designs that I'd never seen.

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If we could only get the instructions (3, Informative)

leetrout (855221) | more than 3 years ago | (#34840560)

Now we need a list of all the instructions on how to build all of those... Or be really dedicated and reverse engineer it from still frames from the movies like this fella http://www.gizmag.com/home-built-dark-knight-batmobile/16736/ [gizmag.com]

Re:If we could only get the instructions (1)

Ginger Unicorn (952287) | more than 3 years ago | (#34846490)

Dullam has even been contacted by defense contractors about using their transparent aluminum in the windows.

WTF? Captain, there be whales...!

Yawn Comics (4, Insightful)

ObsessiveMathsFreak (773371) | more than 3 years ago | (#34840650)

I've never really liked comics books, but wow, I never realised they could also be so consciously boring visually. Most of the 70s, 80s and 00s designs for the car are appallingly uncreative. Many are virtually or totally unaltered versions of existing cars. In fact the most unique, fresh and striking designs come from the TV, movie and cartoon adaptations.

I guess if you want creativity, you don't look at a medium that recycles the same characters for 70 years.

Re:Yawn Comics (5, Insightful)

Monkeedude1212 (1560403) | more than 3 years ago | (#34840816)

I've never really liked internet comments, but wow, I never realized that one specific instance represents the entire spread. Most of the .coms, .orgs, and .net sites for social interaction are appalingly uncreative. Many posts are virtually or totally unaltered versions of existing comments. In fact the most unique, fresh and striking ideas come from Fox News, CNN, and Glenn Beck.

I guess if you want intelligent discussion, you don't look at a medium that connects millions of people from around the world together in live discussion.

Re:Yawn Comics (3, Funny)

Locke2005 (849178) | more than 3 years ago | (#34840852)

My spidey sarcasm senses are tingling!

Re:Yawn Comics (1)

Moryath (553296) | more than 3 years ago | (#34841264)

OMG! Comic book artists can get lazy and use the real world as a model for their art!

My common sense is tingling! [myopera.com]

Re:Yawn Comics (1)

Locke2005 (849178) | more than 3 years ago | (#34841690)

I agree. The real life batmobiles, like the 1958 Corvette based batmobile [corvetteblogger.com] are much more attractive and inspiring than the comic version.

Re:Yawn Comics (1)

ian_from_brisbane (596121) | more than 3 years ago | (#34847298)

Many posts are virtually or totally unaltered versions of existing comments.

I agree. In fact, many posts are virtually or totally unaltered versions of existing comments.

Re:Yawn Comics (2)

91degrees (207121) | more than 3 years ago | (#34840892)

That's what I was thinking. The 60's TV Batmobile is iconic, the '89 movie version looked like it meant business, the animated version was clearly designed to work with the style of the series, and the Begins version is so radically different from all the others that you have to be impressed.

The DC artists seemed to have a sort of childish dream car thing going on.

Re:Yawn Comics (1)

Nadaka (224565) | more than 3 years ago | (#34841036)

There is one bat mobile I do not see on that list, and it happens to be one that has some resemblance to the tumbler. It was very tank like, I don't recall exactly what series it was from though, one where he was an old man.

Re:Yawn Comics (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34841100)

You're probably thinking of Frank Miller's Dark Knight Returns. I don't remember exactly what the Batmobile from that one looked like, but I did find it odd that it wasn't on the list given what a major turning point in the direction of Batman's evolution as a character that book was.

Re:Yawn Comics (1)

Nadaka (224565) | more than 3 years ago | (#34841262)

Thats the one. Big, wide, giant wheels.

Re:Yawn Comics (1)

lgw (121541) | more than 3 years ago | (#34841578)

*SPOILER*

That's the one that shot Superman in the face. Gotta love that, for all the (non) effect it had.

Re:Yawn Comics (3, Informative)

Kitkoan (1719118) | more than 3 years ago | (#34841106)

The Dark Knight Returns. I mentioned it here. [slashdot.org]

Re:Yawn Comics (1)

simcop2387 (703011) | more than 3 years ago | (#34841170)

That's likely the batmobile from Batman Beyond.

Re:Yawn Comics (3, Funny)

eln (21727) | more than 3 years ago | (#34841212)

The first one pictured in the year 2000 is just depressing. Batman looks thoroughly depressed to be getting into what appears to be his father's old Pacer.

Re:Yawn Comics (1)

smitty777 (1612557) | more than 3 years ago | (#34847818)

I was noticing that too. Also, why is he getting in on the wrong side of the car? Is he driving in England?

Re:Yawn Comics (1)

wondafucka (621502) | more than 3 years ago | (#34840968)

I've never really liked comics books, but wow, I never realised they could also be so consciously boring visually. Most of the 70s, 80s and 00s designs for the car are appallingly uncreative. Many are virtually or totally unaltered versions of existing cars. In fact the most unique, fresh and striking designs come from the TV, movie and cartoon adaptations.

I guess if you want creativity, you don't look at a medium that recycles the same characters for 70 years.

Imagine that, you found a datapoint that reinforces your expectations.

Re:Yawn Comics (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34841128)

Parent may be marked Troll - possibly thanks to the subject line - but he does have a point, doesn't he?

I'm not even sure "Evolution" applies given that it's just snapshots of what a batmobile was in a given period of a year - there's no natural progression from one to the other, let alone 'Evolution'. Sure there's some recurring themes - the double-bubble, the 'bat wings', the mask on the front - but they appear and disappear at random.

Similarly they go back and forth between 'bland' (1970 Corvette-based through 1973 904-based; nothing about them that says 'batmobile') and outrageous (1991 Judgment on Gotham - wtf is that? I'm not sure the Tumbler counts as a batmobile) about as much as they go back and forth between looking futuristic even by today's standards (1989 Comic Books 2nd entry) and looking like I-think-my-dad-drove-that (2000 Comic Books 1st (middle) entry; Is that a Citroën SM?).

It's a cool overview, but if nothing else it shows the nearly complete -lack- of evolution in batmobile designs.

Re:Yawn Comics (1)

Lord_of_the_nerf (895604) | more than 3 years ago | (#34841400)

"Hey Batman, your vehicle isn't visually impressive enough!"

I dare you.

Re:Yawn Comics (1)

jedidiah (1196) | more than 3 years ago | (#34842350)

Show up in some of those cars and you might just get laughed at by the criminals.

That definitely not what Bruce was going after.

The car should inspire fear and awe as much as he does.

Re:Yawn Comics (1)

jellomizer (103300) | more than 3 years ago | (#34841506)

I agree. The standard car, is quite boring. I mean batman is supposed to be over the top. Some of those cars would be fine for Bruce Wane, but not for Batman. Some of those cars almost look like a gremlin. When I think batman I see a car when it drives up the bad guys go oh crap it is Batman. Not hey look it is a random guy driving up.

Re:Yawn Comics (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34841836)

Not only uncreative, but generally ugly.

Re:Yawn Comics (1)

Gadget_Guy (627405) | more than 3 years ago | (#34842620)

I didn't think it was boring, but an interesting sign of the times. However, I can't help but think that the 2000 version (that shows the Batman getting in) looks like he has been forced to drive a rental car. I imagine that it would have the bumper sticker "My other car is actually cool". It would have sensible gadgets like a drink holder and an AM/FM radio to get news reports.

Re:Yawn Comics (2)

wrencherd (865833) | more than 3 years ago | (#34842920)

I guess if you want creativity, you don't look at a medium that recycles the same characters for 70 years.

While the characters and (origin) stories are recycled, the audience is always changing--as with grand opera and Shakespeare--and, in this particular instance, you can see how those changes are reflected in the styling of the car.

Re:Yawn Comics (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34843644)

I agree with that. But of course I see the genius behind those designs. The bad guys think some soccer mom is dropping her kids off until BAM! They get a batarang embedded in their forehead.

Re:Yawn Comics (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34844436)

Perception is the key here; I liked every one, even though all these bat-mobiles are out of context, i.e. why was batman driving a almost nondescript car that could blend in... Also remember where comics where in the late 80 - early 90; so what if they got a bit of extra cash from Detroit...

For anyone who is interested, why else would you be here, check out the TVS "Batman Beyond AKA Batman of the Future", my personal fav, and also not represented in the list; incredible designs.

One thing is undeniable, for something to be popular for 70 years, is an incredible accomplishment, and a tribute to all the hard working and creative people that have carried the torch over the years, and also illustrates how well the concept resonates with the the culture at large.

Re:Yawn Comics (1)

Unkyjar (1148699) | more than 3 years ago | (#34844622)

I saw something different. I saw two distinct stylistic approaches depending on the storylines surrounding the designs. Some cars looking like the vehicles of the day to help the reader identify with the owner of the batmobile. Usually more for the noir and detective stories. Others so outlandish and advanced, as to underline the more fantastic and outrageous elements of superhero storlines.

Re:Yawn Comics (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34845816)

They're deliberately boring visually because it fits in with the lore of Batman preferring to outsmart his enemies. See, no criminal is scared of Superman, because of the gay blue and red costume, cape and undies.
But when criminals see the Batmobile role up, they think "this guy spent zero time pimping his ride, he must spend a lot of time plotting ways to beat the shit out of me".

Re:Yawn Comics (1)

operagost (62405) | more than 3 years ago | (#34849122)

That's not such my concern as:
1) This series isn't so much an "evolution" as a total reimagining of the car in every iteration. Heck, there's a 2000 car that looks like the 1980s Porsche-inspired one.
2) Some of the 70s-80s artists were terrible. The cars look impractical and out of proportion.
3) The Barbara Ling cars are stupid and hideous. I mean, we had tacky, huge tailfins that flapped homo-erotically to go with the homoerotic Batman costume.

Very Cool (1)

Tekfactory (937086) | more than 3 years ago | (#34840676)

Oddly enough for something like this there aren't any goofy ones.

There are some retro car inspired ones, but nothing too wierd.

Re:Very Cool (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34842690)

Look at the dates. You'll find the bulk of the "retro car inspired" ones were not in fact retro at the time.

Re:Very Cool (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34845774)

goofy ones.

1955
1992: Legends of the Dark Mite
1993 (right)
2003 (middle)
2008: Gotham Knight

Maybe I just have a different definition of "goofy".

Re:Very Cool (1)

Joce640k (829181) | more than 3 years ago | (#34847114)

Some *very* boring ones....

Re:Very Cool (1)

smitty777 (1612557) | more than 3 years ago | (#34847864)

It's also interesting how many of the features are persistent. There is a face mask and single tail fin in v2-4 that keep coming back in the future versions. In fact, these two features are really the only thing that really distinguishes the early versions from a normal car.

Amazing imaginations of the illustrators (2, Interesting)

Suki I (1546431) | more than 3 years ago | (#34840680)

Those illustrators are great, thinking what cars would have been like if they existed before the 1950's. It is like the precursor to steam punk!

Re:Amazing imaginations of the illustrators (4, Funny)

lgw (121541) | more than 3 years ago | (#34841612)

Those illustrators are great, thinking what cars would have been like if they existed before the 1950's.

Wait, what? And modded +4 interesting right now, to boot.

Re:Amazing imaginations of the illustrators (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34841868)

Wait, what? And modded +4 interesting right now, to boot.

The comments are not the only funny things around these parts.

Re:Amazing imaginations of the illustrators (1)

The Grim Reefer2 (1195989) | more than 3 years ago | (#34842220)

I'm hoping the parent was trying to be funny. Sadly, I'm not sure how this is informative though. Interestingly cars have been around since the 1800's and most of the first were in fact steam powered. Here's an interesting read about just how far steam powered cars advanced: http://www.damninteresting.com/the-last-great-steam-car [damninteresting.com]

It makes you wonder what could be done with today's tech.

What a brilliant statement! (4, Funny)

PolygamousRanchKid (1290638) | more than 3 years ago | (#34840690)

I just spent a fairly ridiculously long time staring at.

I could say the same thing about source code, but my manager would not get the joke.

Re:What a brilliant statement! (2)

Abstrackt (609015) | more than 3 years ago | (#34840704)

I just spent a fairly ridiculously long time staring at.

I could say the same thing about source code, but my manager would not get the joke.

He'd probably just spend a fairly ridiculously long time staring at you.

Man, he must be seriously tough on his cars! (2)

Derekloffin (741455) | more than 3 years ago | (#34840716)

I mean, he replaces them often more than once a year.

Re:Man, he must be seriously tough on his cars! (4, Funny)

Kitkoan (1719118) | more than 3 years ago | (#34840924)

Nah, it's because Bruce Wayne is rich... I mean Batman is rich... argh... I revealed his secret identity.

Re:Man, he must be seriously tough on his cars! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34844586)

The comic book versions show that 1989 and 2000 must have been bad years for him though. To the bat-econo-mobile!

Re:Man, he must be seriously tough on his cars! (1)

TheLink (130905) | more than 3 years ago | (#34845172)

I wonder how Batman would get those cars built without revealing that he's Bruce Wayne?

Pay the contractors and builders in cash while dressed up as Batman?

Re:Man, he must be seriously tough on his cars! (2)

Kitkoan (1719118) | more than 3 years ago | (#34845518)

Well I saw the movie, and lets be honest. Morgan Freeman is a smooth talker.

They are missing one (4, Funny)

Locke2005 (849178) | more than 3 years ago | (#34840726)

the latest batmobile [posterous.com]

Re:They are missing one (1)

by (1706743) (1706744) | more than 3 years ago | (#34840800)

Quick! To the Batmob...ah screw it, I'll just walk.

And another one... (1)

Ecuador (740021) | more than 3 years ago | (#34840850)

Re:And another one... (1)

Locke2005 (849178) | more than 3 years ago | (#34841084)

That Greek batmobile is so delightfully campy and retro, you can just picture Adam West cruising around in it!

Re:They are missing one (1)

kimvette (919543) | more than 3 years ago | (#34845168)

The Batman and Robin who ride in that thing really are gay!

How many times do you have to fold that . . . (2)

Rob the Bold (788862) | more than 3 years ago | (#34840770)

. . . to get it back in the middle of the magazine?

Missing the Dystopian Batmobile (5, Informative)

Kitkoan (1719118) | more than 3 years ago | (#34840792)

Its missing the Batmobile [mocpages.com] from Dark Night Returns comic series [batmobilehistory.com] . It was designed by Frank Miller.

Re:Missing the Dystopian Batmobile (1)

sh00z (206503) | more than 3 years ago | (#34840914)

Best. Batmobile. Evar. Higher-quality image here [blogspot.com]

Re:Missing the Dystopian Batmobile (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34841770)

At least it has the gay Batmobiles from the molded-nipple films.

Re:Missing the Dystopian Batmobile (1)

Rogerborg (306625) | more than 3 years ago | (#34842156)

Good call. I wonder - does Dark Knight Returns mark the start of the Reboot Era?

Just in case it's slashdotted... (1)

Stormwatch (703920) | more than 3 years ago | (#34840818)

Just in case the page gets slashdotted, here is the pic: http://www.multiupload.com/9DUI40ATQT [multiupload.com]

Re:Just in case it's slashdotted... (1)

Kitkoan (1719118) | more than 3 years ago | (#34840986)

Doubt it will be /.'d No boobies in this one (unlike the NASA one)

Batman Beyond (2)

GammaKitsune (826576) | more than 3 years ago | (#34840882)

They appear to have missed the futuristic Batmobile which appeared in Batman Beyond. Maybe they figured it didn't count?

Re:Batman Beyond (1)

PRMan (959735) | more than 3 years ago | (#34841492)

They'll do it when they get to Batplanes...

Re:Batman Beyond (2)

DerekLyons (302214) | more than 3 years ago | (#34841924)

The site [batmobilehistory.com] the graphic's creators ripped off lists the Beyond Batmobile [batmobilehistory.com] under 'Alternate Timelines'.

Batman: Arkham Asylum (1)

vgerclover (1186893) | more than 3 years ago | (#34840902)

Kinda disappointed that in such a detailed graph they forgot to look at the game [msn.com] . I'm sure that there are better screenshots of it, as it was one of the unlockable trophies.

Re:Batman: Arkham Asylum (1)

vgerclover (1186893) | more than 3 years ago | (#34840932)

I'm an idiot, it's right there separated from the rest in its own box.

advertising (2)

Onymous Coward (97719) | more than 3 years ago | (#34840938)

This is the kind of advertising I don't find offensive. Well done.

Evolution is the wrong word (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34840954)

One design doesn't follow another, it just jumps around.

George Barris (3, Interesting)

I8TheWorm (645702) | more than 3 years ago | (#34840956)

George Barris [barris.com] did some really amazing work, including the 66 Batmobile, the Munster's coach, and a huge list of other slick creations. In the 60's he had a car driven by a joystick in the center console.

Check out his site... pretty fun stuff there.

Re:George Barris (1)

baegucb (18706) | more than 3 years ago | (#34842832)

Thanks for the link. I used to see the original Batmobile being driven around Burbank Ca. in the 60s. And yes, I'm older than dirt :)

Evolution of campy (1)

ackthpt (218170) | more than 3 years ago | (#34840980)

With the pending release of the Green Hornet we get a new Black Beauty. Where once the Green Hornet and Kato tore about the city in the sleek, supercharged car, which must have turned a bit over 100 HP, we're in for something which will have to make even the Batmobile look like yesterday's Fiero.

And in about 2 more years Green Hornet Returns will have yet-another iteration of the famous Black Beauty.

Honestly, where do you park a car like that while you're in the building fighting with gangsters, where nobody's going to notice it?

Re:Evolution of Hearse (1)

sempir (1916194) | more than 3 years ago | (#34841172)

Batman has to die...right....so before I do I have to see the Bathearse!

Re:Evolution of campy (1)

Capt.DrumkenBum (1173011) | more than 3 years ago | (#34841422)

Wasn't there a TV series or movie, where the Green Hornet had a green AMC Hornet?
My father had an AMC Hornet station wagon.

Re:Evolution of campy (1)

ackthpt (218170) | more than 3 years ago | (#34841832)

Wasn't there a TV series or movie, where the Green Hornet had a green AMC Hornet?

My father had an AMC Hornet station wagon.

That would certainly be a large step down from what the Black Beauty was all about. I've seen AMC Hornets. It may have been tongue-in-cheek advertising.

Re:Evolution of campy (1)

geekoid (135745) | more than 3 years ago | (#34843020)

everything about the green hornet looks horrid.

I recently re-watched some of the original. yeah, a ,lot of the filming technique s are 'dated' or immature by todays standards; however Bruce Lee is awesome fast, no special effects.

For you batmobilephiles... (2)

Radical Moderate (563286) | more than 3 years ago | (#34840996)

...here's a great site [javelinamx.com] about the creation of the vehicle used in the TV series.

BATMAN ?? I WANT MORE FUCKIN GREEN HORNET !! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34841050)

I need more Green Hornet !!

I got to have MORE GREEN HORNET !!

Give ME MORE GREEN HORNET !!

What the fuck !! All this Green Hornet and all I get here is fucking Batman ??

Where the fuck can I get MORE GREEN HORNET ??

I need more GREEN HORNET !!

I want more GREEN HORNET !!

I got to have more GREEN HORNET !!

Remember the Corgi model? (5, Interesting)

H0p313ss (811249) | more than 3 years ago | (#34841224)

If you were a kid growing up in the '70s then chances are you or one of your friends had one of the Corgi Batmobiles, and if you did my Grandfather played a small part in your childhood.

My grandfather was a "skilled metal worker", his specialty was the dies for casting metal, and later, plastic parts. His last job before retirement was over a decade with a small design shop in Worcester (UK) that contracted to Corgi. Many of the elements of the Batmobile were done by him and his friends.

Over a decade later he still called the Batmobile design his best work.

He passed away in 2002 at the age of 88 and I can tell you that even in his final months he was still passionate about craftsmanship. In one of the last conversations I had with him he told me about hanging out with his own grandfather who was a basket weaver and being taught how to weave reeds.

Re:Remember the Corgi model? (1)

PRMan (959735) | more than 3 years ago | (#34841508)

I still have one of those on my desk at home. Cool story. Thanks.

Re:Remember the Corgi model? (1)

Hozza (1073224) | more than 3 years ago | (#34847124)

I had one of those, it was really cool, even as a kid you could see it was designed better than most other toys. Thanks for the back story.

Missing the 2009 model (1)

Narishma (822073) | more than 3 years ago | (#34841254)

They're missing the 2009 model [pcgameshardware.com] .

Still the classic! (1)

Sponge Bath (413667) | more than 3 years ago | (#34841436)

The TV series car based on the 55 Futura is still burned into my mind as the classic implementation. I love the list of futuristic features in the article's image:

* Nose mounted chain slicer (WTF is that?)
* Atomic turbine engine (Mr. Fusion)
* On-board telephone (As Steve Jobs says: It's magical!)

Forgot some (1)

lyinhart (1352173) | more than 3 years ago | (#34841568)

Not surprisingly, they left out the ones from old 1940s serials. Everybody overlooks those.

Where are the cars from the 1940's Batman serials? (1)

drainbramage (588291) | more than 3 years ago | (#34841788)

Black and white, no sissy 3D or color!
Lucky we had sound I tell you.
Alfred driving Batman around in a big ol' limousine.
That was crime fighting!
Now get the heck off my lawn.

You can buy a replica of the 1966 TV Batmobile... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34841816)

... a company in Indiana hand-builds them. I think they cost around $100K.

Tumbler? HA! (1)

The Archon V2.0 (782634) | more than 3 years ago | (#34842144)

That's nothin'. You want a real Batmobile, you want a completely unmodified '49 Mercury [wikipedia.org] .

Huh (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34842984)

My grandfather worked at Kustom's when the '66 TV series Batmobile was being done. I remember him telling me the stories about how fast they had to work, the pressure and everything they had to do to make it work. About 70% of the work done on the car was done by him and a couple of other guys. It's where he made his name before he came back to Canada. Of course everyone remembers Kustom, but few people remember the guys who a lot of the work. I wish they had the pictures of the work-in-progress while it was being done, but they lost everything in a house fire about 35 years ago.

Barris is a good guy though. Back oh 20 years ago I was in California and my old man took me to see him, toured around, got to play in the paintbooth(no cars), got shown how to do things and how they'd changed from when he was working there. He always made the comment that if you wanted to learn how to be a bodyman, and do it fast you went to the US. If you wanted to learn how to do it right you went to Canada.

Wrong movie for Tumbler (1)

Anubis IV (1279820) | more than 3 years ago | (#34843066)

They appear to have mixed up The Dark Knight and Batman Begins...

Re:Wrong movie for Tumbler (1)

boxwood (1742976) | more than 3 years ago | (#34843956)

the tumbler was in both movies. I guess its kinda weird they used a colon instead of a slash to separate batman begins and dark knight, but whatever.

Used to have a battery-operated '66 batmobile toy (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34844200)

...the kind that runs in a slight turn, and when it hits an obstruction, turns its wheels to point in another direction, then continues like an ancient retarded version of the roomba. The top light iirc, would blink red, and even though the whole thing was metal, Batman's and Robin's heads were rubbery and hollow and squeezable. Always made us laugh when you pinched them and watched them go right back slowly into their proper round shapes. If I'm not mistaken these cars were made in Japan because they lasted.

We were 5 brothers that liked the show, so what could Santa do but give each one of us the same thing. I've always wondered why the light on my car didn't work. It turned out, Dad told us, that when Santa was about to put my present next to my bed, I rolled over and farted in my sleep. This startled Santa and he dropped the toy!

The best one was from the 1989 movie (2)

jollyreaper (513215) | more than 3 years ago | (#34844668)

I've never been satisfied with any of the other batmobiles. The Tumbler from the reboot is a very cool vehicle but it doesn't say "batman" to me, just generically awesome.

Re:The best one was from the 1989 movie (2)

PyroMosh (287149) | more than 3 years ago | (#34845886)

Agreed. Dark Knight replaced the Burton Batman films as my favorite, but the Batmobile didn't seem like the Batmobile - just another of Batman's "wonderful toys".

Evolution of the Batmobile (1)

Odinlake (1057938) | more than 3 years ago | (#34844816)

That is to say it hasn't really evolved since the 60's (excepting the Dark Knight version) but only adds or deducts a few wings and shapes randomly, and modifies a few lines to keep up with contemporary automotive trends? That's how it looks to my untrained eye anyway.

Nice Touch (1)

sodafox (1135849) | more than 3 years ago | (#34845358)

I especially like the nice touch at the end, where they put the name of the insurance aggregator that Bruce Wayne uses when he's shopping around for... hey, wait a minute...

Unprotected tires (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34845628)

Only a few of the designs have protected tires...

...but missing the most important Batmobile (1)

Tomsk70 (984457) | more than 3 years ago | (#34845982)

No Dark Knight Returns tank.

For those who might not know - Dark Knight Returns is as big as it gets and one of the most important graphic novels of all time

Not including the extraordinary batmobile from DKR is like missing out Tom Baker in a Doctor Who chart.

BatmobileHistory (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34846950)

Pretty much all of these images were taken from BatmobileHistory.com [batmobilehistory.com] , which includes a lot more (including the missing Dark Knight Returns, Beyond, and Serial cars)

clickety-clickety-click (1)

water-and-sewer (612923) | more than 3 years ago | (#34848886)

I'm not much of a batman fan, but enjoyed this anyway. Mostly because the author put the whole thing on one diagram, instead of doing what EVERYONE else is doing now: putting each of 60 diagrams on a different page and making you click through them, one by one, with a new ad on each page.

Kudos to this guy. The rest of the web is slowly turning to crap thanks to this "get as many ads across you as possible in one session" mentality.

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