Imagine your all-time favorite superhero vehicles. Now think back to how many times you sat in your room (or classroom) fantasizing about one day navigating them. In your mind, you’ve probably been aboard S.H.I.E.L.D.‘s Helicarrier or piloted the X-Men’s Blackbird. Maybe you’ve caused havoc on Green Goblin’s Goblin Glider or surfed the galaxy on Silver Surfer’s cosmic board. But more than any vehicle, you’ve probably imagined driving one of the many Batmobiles from either the comics, the TV shows, or the movies. You’re doing it right now, aren’t you?
Next Monday, The CW will air a special documentary on the history of the Batmobile titled The Batmobile. The documenter was directed by Roko Belic, produced by Tara Tremaine and will tell the story of the evolution of the Caped Crusader’s automobiles – from Adam West’s Batmobile to Christian Bale’s Tumbler.
For those of you lucky enough to be attending this week’s Comic-Con, you’ll be among the first to be able check out the documentary as there will be a special advanced screening on July 12. And if that’s not cool enough for you, all six of the Batmobile models from both TV and film will be on display together. Not a bad photo opportunity, eh?
Here’s the official announcement regarding The Batmobile (via Superhero Hype):
The broadcast network premiere of the new half-hour special on the history and evolution of the Batmobile – ‘The Batmobile’ – will air on Monday, July 16, 8:00-8:30pm ET on The CW. An encore of the special will air from 8:30-9:00pm ET.
The special will have its world premiere screening at Comic Con in San Diego on July 12, where all six of the Batmobiles from film and television will also appear for the first time together.
From its inception in the late 1930s, the Batmobile has been a symbol of power, hope and justice, as well as the pinnacle of technology as the most awe-inspiring weapon in Batman’s arsenal. In its contemporary and most robust form as the Tumbler, the Batmobile is a combination of unbridled creativity, advanced technology and the pursuit of “justice on wheels.”
The special uses archival footage, images and illustrations of the Batmobile to document its birth and evolution to the present day. Interviews with filmmakers, key designers, builders, stunt drivers, actors and fans of the Batmobile lead the viewer on an exploration of the true impact of this cultural icon. Personal stories will interweave with historical context to tell the definitive story of the world’s most recognized automobile. Interviews include actors Christian Bale and Adam West, and directors Christopher Nolan, Joel Schumacher and Tim Burton.
True Batman fans should be licking their chops for the chance to ‘geek out’ a little and learn the history of the uber-famous vehicle right before the release of the highly anticipated The Dark Knight Rises.
As you go back to day dreaming about causing mischief in your all-time favorite superhero vehicle, be sure to set a reminder to check out The Batmobile on July 16th on The CW at 8:00PM. The Dark Knight Rises hits theaters July 20th, 2012.