Comic-Con: Over 30 Images of All Six Batmobiles from Adam West’s 1955 Lincoln to THE DARK KNIGHT RISES Camouflage Tumbler

     July 11, 2012

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One of the coolest things at Comic-Con 2012 we’ve seen so far is the collection of Batmobiles spanning from Adam West’s 1955 Lincoln Futura all the way up to The Dark Knight Rises’ camouflage version of the Tumbler.  It’s an impressive collection, one that billionaire Bruce Wayne was kind enough to lend for the festivities this week.  The Batmobile display is part of the Warner Bros. Extra Stage, which also features guest appearances from their television properties as well as videogame franchises like Lego’s The Lord of the Rings. Hit the jump to check out a ton of images from the Batmobile display and be sure to keep up with all of our continuing coverage here at Comic-Con.

For the gearheads and/or Bat-fanatics amongst you, we’ve been provided with a set of specs and facts for each of the Batmobiles, which we’ll post after the gallery.  Here’s a blurb from the press release with a few facts on the Batmobile collection:

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 Knight is 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.

Panel – Thursday, 7pm – 8pm, room 6DE

First look at 22 minute version of “The Batmobile” Documentary.  Full documentary available on The Dark Knight Rises blu-ray later this year

Panelists – Michael Uslan, Ralph Cirella, Andy Smith, Jeff Dunham, Tim Flattery, Charley Zurian and George Barris

BATMOBILE FROM BATMAN TELEVISION SERIES (1966) – DRIVEN BY ADAM WEST

Specs:

  • Engine – 429 Ford Full Race engine
  • Weight – 5500 lbs
  • Width: 6 feet x 8 in
  • Height: 4 feet x 11 in
  • Length: 18 feet x 8 in

On-Screen Gadgetry and Weapons:

  • Batphone
  • Batscope
  • Bat-turn lever, which pops the bat-chutes
  • Chain-slicer or Bat-ram
  • Bat-computer
  • Batray reactors and laser beams
  • Bat smoke screen

Originally a 1955 Ford Lincoln Futura concept car that cost $250,000, George Barris bought the car for $1 and had three weeks to transform it into Batman’s ride.

The final paint job consisted of 40 coats of super gloss black.

BATMOBILE FROM BATMAN (1989) AND BATMAN RETURNS (1992) – DRIVEN BY MICHAEL KEATON

Specs:

  • 0 to 60 MPH – 3.7 seconds
  • Width: 7 foot x 7 in
  • Height: 4 feet x 8 in
  • Length: 20 feet

On-Screen Gadgetry and Weapons:

  • Grappling hook for high-speed turns
  • Twin Browning submachine guns that rise from the body of the Batmobile
  • Grenades deployed from the center of the wheels
  • Full body armor that is bulletproof and fireproof
  • Bat-disc launchers capable of taking out enemies on either side of the Batmobile
  • Hydraulic lift for u-turns in tight places
  • Voice Command recognition
  • Oil slick dispensers
  • Smoke dispensers

Production designer Anton Furst was inspired by Salt Flat racing vehicles and Stingray cars of the 1950s for his version of the Batmobile.

The vehicle can jettison the bodywork to form the Bat-Missle, narrowing the vehicle down to just the cockpit and turbine engine for quick escapes.

BATMOBILE FROM BATMAN FOREVER (1995) – DRIVEN BY VAL KILMER

Specs:

  • Engine: Chevy 380
  • Width: 7 feet x 9 in
  • Height: 7 feet x 3 in
  • Length: 25 feet

On-Screen Gadgetry and Weapons:

  • Independent rear suspension
  • Fenders and fins to create a Bat wing or Batman’s cape effect
  • Illuminated hub caps that stayed static while the car was in motion so that Bat symbol would always be seen up-right.
  • Blue LEDs and alternating red and yellow lights for the side ribs to give it a look like it was breathing.
  • The full-scale vehicle was powered by a 25-gallon propane tank. When it was fired at full capacity, it could shoot a 25-foot flame out of the rear exhaust.

Production designer Barbara Ling wanted the Batmobile to look like an organic machine always in motion.  Thus the fin design’s structure  mirrored a real bat’s wing.

BATMOBILE FROM BATMAN & ROBIN (1997) – DRIVEN BY GEORGE CLOONEY

Specs:

  • Width: 7 feet x 6 in
  • Height: 5 feet x 8 in
  • Length: 38 feet x 8 in

On-Screen Gadgetry and Weapons:

  • Onboard Voice-Activated Computer
  • Dual-mount sub carriage rocket launchers
  • Front and rear grappling hooks
  • Multipoint infrared and laser scan tracking units
  • Anterior/posterior wheel-based axle bombs
  • Catapult ejection seat

The only film version of the Batmobile that was a single-seat convertible.

The first design of this Batmobile resembled a bullet and had enormous wings emerging from the rear of the vehicle upon start up and retracting when the vehicle would come to a full stop.

TUMBLERS FROM BATMAN BEGINS (2005), THE DARK KNIGHT (2008) AND THE DARK KNIGHT RISES (2012) – DRIVEN BY CHRISTIAN BALE

Specs:

  • Front tires: Axel-less front end with Hoosier racing tires (also used on the Batpod)
  • Rear tires: Super Swampers
  • Width:  9 foot x 2 in
  • Height:  4 foot x 11 in
  • Length: 15 foot x 2 in

On-Screen Gadgetry and Weapons:

  • Armor plating
  • Attack mode, which transports Batman to the center of the vehicle for better maneuverability
  • Silent Mode allows Batman to switch to electric power and navigate via night vision.  Typically used to evade both enemies and police.
  • Auto cannons
  • Caltrops, which were rope mines released to explode behind the Batmobile and disable pursuing vehicles.

This incarnation of the vehicle is the only one that has ever been named something other than a Batmobile, i.e. the Tumbler.

The creation of the Tumbler first started when production designer Nathan Crowley and director Christopher Nolan bought a bunch of model kits and “kit-bashed” until they came up with a hybrid of a Humvee and Lamborghini.

Panel – thursday, 7pm – 8pm, room 6DE

First look at 22 minute version of “The Batmobile” Documentary.  Full documentary available on The Dark Knight Rises blu-ray later this year

Panelists – Michael Uslan, Ralph Cirella, Andy Smith, Jeff Dunham, Tim Flattery, Charley Zurian and George Barris

BATMOBILE FROM BATMAN TELEVISION SERIES (1966)

DRIVEN BY ADAM WEST

· Specs:

o Engine – 429 Ford Full Race engine

o Weight – 5500 lbs

o Width: 6 feet x 8 in

o Height: 4 feet x 11 in

o Length: 18 feet x 8 in

· On-Screen Gadgetry and Weapons:

o Batphone

o Batscope

o Bat-turn lever, which pops the bat-chutes

o Chain-slicer or Bat-ram

o Bat-computer

o Batray reactors and laser beams

o Bat smoke screen

· Originally a 1955 Ford Lincoln Futura concept car that cost $250,000, George Barris bought the car for $1 and had three weeks to transform it into Batman’s ride.

· The final paint job consisted of 40 coats of super gloss black.

BATMOBILE FROM BATMAN (1989) AND BATMAN RETURNS (1992)

DRIVEN BY MICHAEL KEATON

· Specs:

o 0 to 60 MPH – 3.7 seconds

o Width: 7 foot x 7 in

o Height: 4 feet x 8 in

o Length: 20 feet

· On-Screen Gadgetry and Weapons:

o Grappling hook for high-speed turns

o Twin Browning submachine guns that rise from the body of the Batmobile

o Grenades deployed from the center of the wheels

o Full body armor that is bulletproof and fireproof

o Bat-disc launchers capable of taking out enemies on either side of the Batmobile

o Hydraulic lift for u-turns in tight places

o Voice Command recognition

o Oil slick dispensers

o Smoke dispensers

· Production designer Anton Furst was inspired by Salt Flat racing vehicles and Stingray cars of the 1950s for his version of the Batmobile.

· The vehicle can jettison the bodywork to form the Bat-Missle, narrowing the vehicle down to just the cockpit and turbine engine for quick escapes.  

BATMOBILE FROM BATMAN FOREVER (1995)

DRIVEN BY VAL KILMER

· Specs:

o Engine: Chevy 380

o Width: 7 feet x 9 in

o Height: 7 feet x 3 in

o Length: 25 feet

o Independent rear suspension

o Fenders and fins to create a Bat wing or Batman’s cape effect

o Illuminated hub caps that stayed static while the car was in motion so that Bat symbol would always be seen up-right.

o Blue LEDs and alternating red and yellow lights for the side ribs to give it a look like it was breathing.

· The full-scale vehicle was powered by a 25-gallon propane tank. When it was fired at full capacity, it could shoot a 25-foot flame out of the rear exhaust.

· Production designer Barbara Ling wanted the Batmobile to look like an organic machine always in motion.  Thus the fin design’s structure  mirrored a real bat’s wing.  

BATMOBILE FROM BATMAN & ROBIN (1997)

DRIVEN BY GEORGE CLOONEY

· Specs:

o Width: 7 feet x 6 in

o Height: 5 feet x 8 in

o Length: 38 feet x 8 in

· On-Screen Gadgetry and Weapons:

o Onboard Voice-Activated Computer

o Dual-mount sub carriage rocket launchers

o Front and rear grappling hooks

o Multipoint infrared and laser scan tracking units

o Anterior/posterior wheel-based axle bombs

o Catapult ejection seat

· The only film version of the Batmobile that was a single-seat convertible.

· The first design of this Batmobile resembled a bullet and had enormous wings emerging from the rear of the vehicle upon start up and retracting when the vehicle would come to a full stop.

TUMBLERS FROM BATMAN BEGINS (2005), THE DARK KNIGHT (2008) AND THE DARK KNIGHT RISES (2012)

DRIVEN BY CHRISTIAN BALE

· Specs:

o Front tires: Axel-less front end with Hoosier racing tires (also used on the Batpod)

o Rear tires: Super Swampers

o Width:  9 foot x 2 in

o Height:  4 foot x 11 in

o Length: 15 foot x 2 in

· On-Screen Gadgetry and Weapons:

o Armor plating

o Attack mode, which transports Batman to the center of the vehicle for better maneuverability

o Silent Mode allows Batman to switch to electric power and navigate

via night vision.  Typically used to evade both enemies and police.

o Auto cannons

o Caltrops, which were rope mines released to explode behind the

Batmobile and disable pursuing vehicles.

· This incarnation of the vehicle is the only one that has ever been named something other than a Batmobile, i.e. the Tumbler.

· The creation of the Tumbler first started when production designer Nathan Crowley and director Christopher Nolan bought a bunch of model kits and “kit-bashed” until they came up with a hybrid of a Humvee and Lamborghini.

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