Batman Take the Wheel — the Batmobile Through the Years, Comics to Screen

Warner Bros. Consumer Products Exclusively Unveils the BatmobileThere’s been a lot of fuss about the latest armored version of the Batmobile to be seen in the upcoming Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (right), but neither the idea of the car itself or constantly evolving versions of it are anything new.

Batman drove a car in his very first appearance in 1939’s Detective Comics #27, but it wasn’t christened the “Batmobile” until Detective Comics #48 in 1941. The vehicle has undergone a number of changes over the decades — and, perhaps not surprisingly, it has seen the most change during the modern “movie” era.
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Director Pulls Tarp Off the Batmobile

batcarIt seems that a leak yesterday from the set of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice prompted director Zack Snyder to Tweet what he called “a real picture” of the newest version of the Batmobile.

You may recall that Snyder first revealed Batman’s new ride back in May (while simultaneously debuting Ben Affleck‘s version of the Batcostume). The rear end of the vehicle had been teased a bit earlier.

USA Today points out that this Batmobile combines elements from previous movie Batvehicles, such as the sleek cockpit and central chasis of the Michael Keaton/Tim Burton version and the combination tank/monster truck of the Christopher Nolan/Christian Bale Tumbler incarnation.

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is currently scheduled to hit theaters March 25, 2015.

Zack Posts Batmobile Photo — and Batman!

Batmobile2014IIBatman vs. Superman director Zack Snyder just posted another image on his Twitter of the new Batmobile — and Batman is standing next to it!

In his accompanying Tweet, Zack wrote:

I shot this with my @Leica_Camera M Monochrom. #Batman #Batmobile #Gotham

If that is indeed Ben Affleck (and not a lighting stand-in) he looks really great in the new Batsuit! I’ve always been a fan of the short-eared look. Bats looks gruff and solid, like an experienced hero. He is going to kick Superman’s ass!

The new Batmobile appears to be a fusion of the brilliant Tim Burton version from 1989’s Batman and the more utilitarian Tumbler from Christopher Nolan‘s Dark Knight films.

Batmobile vs. Superman: the Tease

Batmobile2014Man of Steel director Zack Snyder, who is helming the upcoming Batman vs. Superman, used his Twitter account (@ZackSnyder) today to tease the Batmobile that will appear in the 2016 sequel by revealing the rear end of the vehicle that has had many onscreen designs.

Snyder’s accompanying Tweet teased the possibility of revealing the whole thing tomorrow — or will the tarp just be pulled back a little more? Stay tuned…