The Batmobile: 6 Hollywood Depictions Of Batman’s Badass Car Ranked From Best To Worst
There’s no denying it. The Batmobile is the most badass car we’ve ever seen in film or TV. Yes, we’re even including KITT from Knight Rider.
But, to be fair, not every version of the Batmobile has been perfect. In fact, there are some which have been far from perfect. We’re going to rank the 6 Batmobiles used by Hollywood so far from worst to best. Here it goes:
#6 As seen in ‘Batman’, 1966
Adam West will always be remembered as the man who brought Batman to the silver screen. His goofy take on the character was legendary, to say the least. Unfortunately, it wouldn’t stand up in today’s world. The same goes for his Batmobile.
It started off as a customised vehicle that was based on a 1955 Lincoln Futura concept car. In 1954, when it was built, it cost around $250,000. It was later converted into the Batmobile for an additional $30,000.
This car had a lot of gadgets including a remote batcomputer, a cable cutter blade, and an automatic tire inflation device. Before you judge, we didn’t say the gadgets were cool. Just that it had a lot of them.
#5 As seen in ‘Batman & Robin’, 1997
The only reason why this Batmobile is not dead last is because we aren’t considering the plot of the movie or the number of “ïce jokes” made by Arnold Schwarzenegger, just the Batmobile. It was a comic take of the caped crusader and something we could certainly have done without. We still have nightmares about the ‘Bat Credit Card’.
The biggest question we have about this car? Why create a single seat Batmobile for the first movie where Robin is a primary character? His name’s in the title for crying out loud. Guess, it was just so that they could sell more toys, eh? Wonder how many Redbird (Robin’s motorcycle) toys were sold by the end of it? We doubt it’s a large number.
In terms of gadgets, this was probably the most loaded of the lot. It had everything from rocket launchers to grappling hooks and even an ejector seat for some weird reason. Guess they decided Batman loved insects in his face since the car doesn’t have a canopy, though.
#4 As seen in ‘Batman Forever,’ 1995
This freaking Batmobile was capable of driving up walls. Yup, straight up walls. If that isn’t cool, we don’t know what is.
One other amazing feature about the Chevrolet 350 ZZ3 which was turned into the Batmobile was its ability to lock all wheels perpendicular to the centreline and move sideways.
Why did Joel Schumacher go that extra step and ruin this one in ‘Batman & Robin?’
#3 As seen in the ‘DC Extended Universe,’ 2016
The Batmobile we saw in the last Batman movie was a pretty mean machine.
It was a combination of the Tumbler from the Dark Knight trilogy and the Batmobile from the earlier Batman movies. It took the best of both and what we got was a car you wouldn’t want to mess with on the streets.
It was last seen in Suicide Squad. But, it’s not going to be in the upcoming Justice League movie since Superman ripped it to shreds in Batman v Superman. We’ll get our first look at the Nightcrawler in that movie.
#2 As seen in the ‘Dark Knight’ trilogy, 2005-2012
If you ever had to get yourself out of a tricky situation where you were surrounded by tanks on all sides, this is the Batmobile you would go with. The only reason it’s number two on this list is: it scores poorly in the looks department.
It didn’t lack in any way as far as gadgets were concerned, though. It had rear flaps for breaking assist, dual front autocannons, a rocket launcher, a jet engine, stealth mode, explosive caltrops, heavy armour, and a landing hook.
Let’s not forget it was also a sort of carrier for the Batpod. What a motorcycle that was!
#1 As seen in ‘Batman/Batman Returns’ 1989 & 1992
This is the coolest looking Batmobile ever created. It had spherical bombs on its sides, a couple of M1919 Browning machine guns, a grappling hook for sharp turns, a Bat-disc ejector on the sides, super hydraulics, oil slick dispensers, smoke emitters, etc. We can go on and on.
This car is so popular that there’s even a replica of it in Pune. Boy, does it look fantastic!
So, there’s our list. Which Batmobile do you think is the most badass?
We leave you with Batman taking on Superman in ‘Dawn of Justice’. Do you think Batman was just pissed because Superman wrecked his ride?