Batman and the Batmobile go hand in hand; over the years, the iconic car has become just as iconic as the Batcave, the Batsuit, or even Caped Crusader himself. Every iteration of Batman has brought its own unique twist to the Batmobile, from the 1960s version (Adam West’s bubble topped cruiser), to the 2000s iteration (Christopher Nolan’s behemoth Tumbler from The Dark Knight trilogy).
In introducing Batman to the DC Extended Universe — as well as having him go toe-to-toe with the Man of Steel — in Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice, director Zack Snyder has created his own version of the famous vehicle — and it is now on display at Warner Bros. Studios in Hollywood, California.
Sitting in an open warehouse, and accompanied by other Batmobiles, the version driven by Ben Affleck in the upcoming superhero showdown has gone on display for everyone to see (including, those online – see the above video). It most certainly looks like a Batmobile, possessing a dark color palette, and twin fins that seem reminiscent of the pointy ears atop Batman’s own cowl. Watching visitors on the tour really helps to convey just how important the vehicle is to the current pop culture zeigiest; people from all races and ages respond to it with a familiarity and reverence not often seen.
Aesthetically, Snyder’s version of the Batmobile seems to draw inspiration from all areas of the Batman mythos, creating something that is both fantastical, but practical. It has an aerodynamic, almost sports car-esque shape that seems inspired by the Joel Schumacher era, but it also has a weight and durable appearance that conjures memories of the Tumbler. The interior of Affleck’s Batmobile also resembles the interior of a fighter jet with all of its switches and buttons — advanced enough to beat anything it goes up against, while old enough to get across that this Batman has operated in Gotham for a while now.
The balance between fantasy and reality is an important line for Snyder to walk for every element of Batman V Superman. While the film is about the inherently absurd notion of a godlike alien squaring off against a highly trained (and angry) human, Man of Steel set a precedent that this is still a world based in reality – and demands that audiences view it as such.
Of course, fans will not really be able to see what this Batmobile is truly capable of until they watch it square off against Superman and/or Batman’s enemies on the big screen in 2016. Considering the fact that Superman pretty much peels the roof off of the car in the Batman V Superman Comic-Con 2015 trailer, Batman will probably need a bit more than just a fancy set of wheels to handle the Last Son of Krypton.
Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice opens on March 25th, 2016; Suicide Squad on August 5th, 2016; Wonder Woman on June 23rd, 2017; Justice League on November 17th, 2017; The Flash on March 23rd, 2018; Aquaman on July 27th, 2018; Shazam on April 5th, 2019; Justice League 2 on June 14th, 2019; Cyborg on April 3rd, 2020; Green Lantern Corps on June 19th, 2020. Untitled Batman and Superman Solo Films will be coming at dates TBD.
Source: Warner Bros. Studio Tour Hollywood