Check Out All Six Batmobiles at Comic-Con

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Over the last few years there’s been talk that Comic-Con International may do something we’re all dreading and move out of San Diego. One reason cited for the potential location change is lack of space, despite the enormity of the San Diego Convention Center and the 130,000+ attendance. As a result, each year we’re seeing more and more examples of creative uses of outdoor space for not just marketing, but booths and presentations.

We saw the Green Hornet car outside a few years back, video game companies with stands to throw out swag, etc., and this year, Warner Bros. is hosting an outdoor event on 60,000 square feet of space where they are bringing all six Batmobiles to help promote The Dark Knight Rises.

The event – co-hosted by Warner Bros. and Extra entertainment magazine – is free to attend and is located outside in between the Convention Center and the Bayfront Hilton in Bayfront Park (i.e. where thousands line up to get into the major panels of the infamous Hall H). Not only will the Batman rides from the ’50s till present be there, but the live stage will see stars from The Big Bang Theory, Fringe, and The Vampire Diaries.

Comic Con 2012 Batmobiles Warner Bros 570x735 Check Out All Six Batmobiles at Comic Con

  • Adam West’s 1955 Lincoln Futura. Designed by George Barris, this original Batmobile was featured in the cult classic television series and 1966’s Batman, the Movie.
  • Michael Keaton’s Batmobile from 1989’s Batman and 1992’s Batman Returns. Sleek and powerful with a central turbine, the vehicles’ slightly retro design followed Tim Burton’s art deco look of the films.
  • Revamped for Joel Schumacher’s 1995 Batman Forever, with bat-lighting and extended fins, Val Kilmer’s hot rod had the ability to drive up walls.
  • Schumacher updated the Batmobile once again for George Clooney in 1997’s Batman & Robin.At 33 feet long and a top speed of 350 mph with afterburner thrust, this was the largest and fastest Batmobile on the road.
  • The Tumbler designed for Christopher Nolan’s 2005 Batman Begins and 2008’s The Dark Knightis the prototype military vehicle designed by the character Lucius Fox (Morgan Freeman).
  • The unveiling of the replacement Camouflage Tumbler, to be seen in 2012’s The Dark Knight Rises, in theaters and IMAX July 20.

There are the five main movie Batmobiles, with the sixth bat-themed ride being one of the camouflage Tumbler designs from The Dark Knight Rises. There’s no word yet on a Batpod or a Batwing appearance, although the former seems likely considering the ease of its transportation vs. the rest.

For more on the Extra stage schedule, go here, and if you’re not attending make sure to follow all of Screen Rant’s live Comic-Con 2012 coverage.

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Source: Warner Bros.

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  1. Tim Burton’s Batman-era Batmobile is still my favorite.

    • Same here. I want that car so badly.

      • You guys are nuts – if I was rich I would absolutely, without a doubt buy a replica of the Adam West Batmobile! :)

        Vic

        • If we each had our own Batmobile, would being nuts really matter? :)

          • Good point ;)
            I’m with you and Rob: Burton’s Batmobile for me! (Followed closely by the Tumbler…)

          • Ya wanna go nuts? C’mon…lets go nuts!

        • @ Vic

          You & me both plus Burton’s Batmobile. I wouldn’t drive them though,lol.

          • Oh, I’d take that out for a spin once in a while – absolutely. After triple checking the weather report and making sure there’s not a cloud in the sky. :)

            • Well, if i do take drive etheir of them, i know id have to wax them again when i got home so they look good. Id drive the 1955 Lincoln Futura on a hot day if goin for a long drive,lol.

    • +1

      Although I’d like a tumblr to deal with rush hour traffic!

    • Oh yeah, Burtonmobile for me too! Watch us all win the lottery and suddenly there is 20 Batmen roaming different cities

    • I’m with you Jason. The vehicle makes the statement
      that the owner is not quite of this world and in Burton’s
      slightly altered world for Batman his Batmobile fit perfectly.

      • It certainly does! If the reboot of the franchise could balance Nolan’s storytelling with Burton’s gothic beauty, it would make for a truly incredible Gotham City.

        • Now that would be something to see and
          a perfect way to approach any reboot!

          • @ Jason & Robert

            That’s what i been sayin & hoping for from the next reboot.

            • ^ Ditto

  2. Big fan of the Nolan movies, but I think this is where he got it wrong the most. His version of the “bat” vehicles blows – way too military.

    • It’s basically like Frank Miller’s Tankmobile from Dark Knight Returns.

      • Tankman!

  3. If that is the case can we get Burtons Batwing too?

  4. If that is the case, can we get Burtons Batwing too?

    • @ pawn65

      I’ll take Burton’s Batwing aswell. It would be worth the time getting my pilot’s license.

  5. I would actually be ecstatic to have the ’89 Batmobile or the Tumbler. The other three, for me, would be more Saturday night cruising cars than anything else. The Bane Tumbler I am simply counting as a variant of THE Tumbler, albeit one I am quite interested in seeing in action onscreen.

    :D

    • Robin: Ju want to take a ride in my love machine, bay-bay?

  6. Time Burtons followed by Adam Wests followed by The Tumbler

    I’d burn the Joel Schumacher ones

  7. They all look pretty neat, but the only one that would really make sense to have, as far as what you would need if you were some crime fighting vigilante, would be the Tumbler. A 33ft long car would be really hard to drive, much less park at Wal-Mart!!!….but at the end of the day, I’d drive the piss out of the Futura!!!

  8. Gotta say the best car by far is still the 1966 batmobile. i don’t know, it just is to me. I also like burton’s batmobile with Michael keaton because it looks so sleek (i guess it has something to do with how it is pictured above). I also like bale’s batmobile. The tumblr is just nice. Only those three. You can have the others.

  9. Adam West all the way, followed by Burton, then Nolan’s original. I always loved West’s batmobile.

  10. I’d want the tumbler

  11. The thing is, the 1997 batmobile would probably be ok if it did not have the bat wings on it. They just take away from the car. It has the shine of a real car, but the wings just don’t do it any justice. Though the finish on burton’s batmobile always looked plastic-like to me, I still prefer it over the 97 batmobile. The top half of the car (Burton’s) sliding back and forth to let Bats in and out is just cool, also.

  12. wait a minute…7 movies? Bats has had 7 movies over a span of 23 years? isn’t that the most for any superhero so far? Batman, Batman Returns, Batman Forever, Batman and Robin, Batman Returns, The Dark Knight, and soon to be The Dark Knight Rises. Supes, so far, has had 5 right; with christopher reeve being in 4 of them and brandon routh in brian singer’s version; and the soon to come Man of Steel, which would make it 6.

  13. sorry folks, i see that I typed batman returns twice. my mistake, but the count is still 7 for bats.

  14. Well technically if you count the serials more like 9 or 10!

  15. I`m a trucker fan The Tumbler is my favorite, you can ride it anywhere you want

  16. There’s still a part of me that loves the Batmobile from the 60′s because that’s the one I grew up loving as a kid watching reruns in the 80′s but I still love the Tumbler.
    At 1st I wasn’t a fan but for Nolans Batman it’s a perfect fit. I can’t imagine the designs of the earlier versions in this current setting.

  17. The West Batmobile is iconic…. Definitely West, then Burton’s (That was a Corvette ZR-1 that was converted if I recall correctly). The gay rave Batmobile’s of the Schumacher era were just terrible. Nolan’s Tumbler (even though it is a homage to Frank Miller’s Dark Knight vehicle) is disqualified for not taking the Batmobile name (However I would love to drive that thing)

  18. Question: How is the Camo tumbler different that what we saw in Batman Begins. It was a prototype military vehicle after all.

    • To me it looks as though there are a few modifications to the body design, expressly around the windows.

  19. @ Ray according to Burton it was two Impala’s welded together.

  20. My alltime fav is the 1955 Lincoln Futura, still cool & campy after all these years. Shoemaker even ruined the batmobile.

  21. I never realized how sweet Clooney’s batmobile looked. I know we didn’t see it very much in the film (probably because we did not care for it), but in the light that car just looks awesome. I love how low it sits and its intimidating front end, and I did not know it was the fastest…always good to learn new facts for trivia questions.

    Still, gotta love the 89 that just sticks to the heart.

  22. Tim Burton’s Batmobile from both Batman(89) & Batman Returns is my #1 favorite. But if i was a car collector, id buy the 1955 Lincoln Futura Batmobile Adam West drove. Worse Batmobile is the one from Batman & Robin imo.

  23. The Burton Batmobile is, IMO one of the greatest aesthetic designs of all time, absolutely classic. Also, shout out to the Batmobile from Batman: The Animated Series. I would love to see one of those in the flesh. But any one of them would make my day.

  24. Id love to see Bat-Plane from Batman:TAS in live-action as it looked sleeker.

  25. Michael Keaton’s Batmobile for sure as well as Adam West’s 1955 Lincoln Futura, both to add to a car collection.

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