Warner Bros. is putting the Batmobile from Justice League on display at San Diego Comic-Con this week along with a realistic version fans can buy. Without question, the Batmobile has been as an iconic piece of Batman lore as the character himself, beginning with the cool hotrod driven by Adam West in the Batman TV series in the late 1960s.
Since then, the Caped Crusader’s retro ride has transformed into a sleek, weaponized vehicle starting with Tim Burton’s Batman films in 1989, and underwent a military-style upgrade with the Tumbler in Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight trilogy. Zack Snyder’s version for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice seemed to draw inspiration from both Burton’s and Nolan’s films with a hybrid design, but at the conclusion, the vehicle sustained some serious damage in the titular battle between the two DC superpowers.
The Batmobile, naturally, will be back in November in Justice League, and to date, fans have only had brief glimpses of the machine in set photos and the film’s trailer. But in addition to the cast’s appearance at Comic-Con at the DC panel, Batman’s newly-upgraded and deadlier set of wheels will also be on display for fans to enjoy.
According to THR, Warner Bros. Consumer Products and Mattel have teamed up to bring the Batmobile to Comic-Con, and it will be on display starting with preview night Wednesday through Sunday at Booth #3029, for fans to inspect. The vehicle, not surprisingly, is massive. It weights 8,500 pounds and is 20 feet in length, and comes fully armed with retractable machine guns and missile launchers.
Also on display at the Batmobile booth for fans to see in person is Mattel’s Ultimate Justice League Batmobile, which was revealed by the toy company earlier this year. The high-end action figure vehicle, which will retail for $250, can be controlled by smart phones and tablets, and will feature engine sounds, armored wheels and smoke coming from its exhaust pipe.
Including the Justice League’s Batmobile at SDCC this week is a great move by Warner Bros. Not only will it give fans a rare opportunity to see an impressive piece of movie machinery in person, it will no doubt stir up anticipation for the Justice League panel Saturday in Hall H, which will feature Ben Affleck (Batman), Gal Gadot (Wonder Woman), Jason Momoa (Aquaman), Ezra Miller (The Flash) and Ray Fisher (Cyborg). With any luck, maybe Affleck will pop by the Batmobile display at some point, too, to say hello to an old friend.
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