Each Batmobile From Films & TV Defined | WIRED

published on July 2, 2020

– His evolution is not a linear one

He changes from light
to dark and back again

and the Batmobile changes in
shape and character and power

and design again and
again to reflect that

[intense music]

– Stop


Hi, I'm Glen Weldon from NPR's
"Pop Culture Happy Hour"

I'm also the author of "The Caped Crusade:

"Batman and the Rise of Nerd Culture"

Today, I'm gonna be walking you through

every Batmobile from film and television

[upbeat music]

– It's a bat man!

– In this, the Batmobile is basically

just a 1939 Cadillac
Series 75 Convertible

It's just a car

Now, to put that in some context,

the Batmobile was introduced very early

in Detective Comics 27
and it was also just a car

as it started out

It was a red Roadster that
was Bruce Wayne's car,

as a matter of fact,

and if you go back and
read those early issues,

they spend a tremendous amount of time

just having him figure
out a place to park it

before he goes and fights crime

He hadn't mastered the whole
secret identity thing yet

And the Batman of the serial, same thing

Hadn't really figured out

the whole secret identity thing yet

– You get in the back and change

I'll drive

– While in the comics, the
Batmobile by this point,

was a beast of car which highly stylized

with a lot of the stuff
that you're gonna see

in other Batmobiles going forward

It has a big hood ornament
kind of battering ram bat head

It's got a giant single bat wing tail fin

and they could get away
with that in the comics

because comics have an unlimited
special effects budget

Movie serials were made on the cheap

– I told you we'd head 'em off

– The way they differentiated it is that

when the top was down,
it was Bruce Wayne's car,

and when the top was up, it was Batman's

And criminals recognized it as such

An interesting point is
that Alfred the butler,

chauffeured both Batman and
Bruce around in that Batmobile

– Alfred drive into that
alley and put the top up

– It doesn't make any sense,

but comics don't make any sense

I mean, Superman wears
eyeglasses, nobody recognizes him

Batman puts the top up,
nobody recongnizes him

Now at this point, comic book heroes

didn't really have personalities

They were just cops in
capes and in this case,

in the movie serial,
Batman is just a detective,

just a cop in a Batman costume

– Dr Decker, who's that?

– Never mind

You'll find out

– And if you go back
and watch these serials,

they are products of the time

They were made during the war

They are incredibly racist
toward Japanese people

– Pretty good, Saki

You're accent's a little off
but your makeup is perfect

– Its anti-Japanese sentiment

is right there on the surface

[dramatic music]

Next up, the 1949 "Batman
and Robin" movie serial

It's a 1949 Mercury

Again, just a car, the
same deal as before

When the top is up, it's the Batmobile

When the top is down,
it's Bruce Wayne's whip

– We'll look into that
explosion as Batman and Robin

– In the comics, at this point,

the design of the Batmobile
was constantly evolving

You'd throw in a mobile crime lab

You'd throw in a big bubble canopy

You throw in bat wings, tail fins,

that kind of grew and
shrank over and over again

It would take another 17 years

before we got another
live action Batmobile

and by that time, the
Batman of television,

had learned about branding
from the Batman of the comics

[dramatic music]

[engine firing]

All right, here it is

The 1966 "Batman"
television series Batmobile

Now, I grew up watching this
series in reruns, in reruns,

and that's why to members of
my generation and those older,

this is the iconic, the quintessential,

the seminal Batmobile

The TV show had two things going for it

that the serials didn't,

one, a budget and two, style for days

[campy music]

This show arrived at the
height of the pop art movement

The pop art movement valued
things that were slick

and commercial and colorful and disposable

which is why they reacted to comic books

and comic book heroes in such a big way

This show became a phenomenon, a fad,

and everything about it,

its iconography, the show's sensibility,

which is to take very silly
things very seriously

– It doesn't seem to make sense

And especially, this Batmobile invaded

the cultural consciousness
and became cause celebs

The Batmobile's design here is based

on the Ford concept car, the Futura,

which never went into production

You'll see echoes of this Batmobile

in just about every Batmobile
that comes after it

You'll see twin bubble canopies again

You'll see this color
scheme, red and black

It won't come back again
until "Batman Beyond,"

but it's gonna come back

Both of those things make
this car seem sporty,

which is odd because it is a barge

It is a long, low rectangle of heavy steel

with no clearance

Pray that there's no potholes
or speed bumps in Gotham City

It looks great and it
is great going forward

in a straight line but
zero maneuverability

I mean, the turning radius on this thing

is a literal joke on the show

Whenever Batman needs to make a U-turn,

he deploys a couple of
parachutes to turn the car around

and then a van comes,

the Batmobile parachute pickup
van service, to pick them up,

which just shows you how much Bruce Wayne

is propping up the economic
infrastructure of Gotham City

Now one thing the show did was

to take the comics of the time
and play them very straight

That's where the humor came from

Batman and all comic book
heroes were for kids

People didn't really know
the character that well

because he was relegated
to the comic books

which were read by a few thousand kids

By the time the show ends,

you'll see a different kind of readership

Teens and adults start reading comics

Superheroes get personalities
and personality disorders

to distinguish them one from the other

Something besides their
costume differentiates them

in terms of their personalities

This Batmobile isn't about performance

It's about looking great

It's about looking powerful and branding

– [Announcer] Moments later,
from the secret Batcave

deep beneath Wayne Manor, they roar out,

to protect life, limb and-

– All right, this one's from

the "Batman Superman Adventure Hour"

in 1968, an animated series

This is the first animated Batmobile

and it has echoes of the
1966 live action Batmobile,

of course, but it's much sportier,

and it is actually, if you look,

it's more influenced by racing cars

and sports cars of the time

It's got a very simplified design

to make it easy to animate

It's got one flourish which
are those oversized bat wings

which are so big that in the real world

they wouldn't be so much
aerodynamic as aerolethargic

In comics and animation of the time,

the technology was such that black objects

lost any sense of texture

They looked like black blobs,

which is why this design comes
with those white highlights

It's not ideal, especially
if you are having any scenes

taking place at night
but four years later,

they came up with a solution

"Super Friends," 1973

Notice the kind of blue
we're looking at here

It's a very light blue,
a very friendly blue,

because this Batman is
still the bright, friendly,

careful chum, pedestrian safety, Batman,

who works by day, pals
around with other heroes

Over the course of his career
in and out of the comics,

Batman has cycled through
three phases again and again

He's a dark, lone avenger of the night,

he becomes a compassionate
father figure to Robin,

and then eventually becomes a patriarch

of an extended Bat Family

Every time he does that,
goes through that cycle,

he lightens up a bit but eventually,

he will go back to being a
dark, lone avenger of the night

In popular culture of this time, in 1973,

the '66 Batman and the '66
Batmobile, just hung around,

because the show was such
a cultural phenomenon

In the comics, of course,

something much different was going on

The hardcore fans of
Batman who read the comics,

hated everything about that 1966 show

and as soon as it was over,

the makers of Batman took
him back to his roots

They kicked Robin out,
send him off to college,

and turned Batman into an
obsessed, brooding loner,

back to his original roots

All of the trappings of the 1966

"Batman" television series were rejected

There was no more Batcave

There was no more Batmobile

The Batman of the comics at the time,

as this Batmobile was on television,

was driving a sports car

– The Riddler must be losing his marbles

if he thinks he can out drive me!

– This is the "Challenge of
the Superfriends" from 1978

This is an evolution of
the "Superfriends" show

and here again you see how big an impact

the '66 Batmobile had

It's gonna take something
huge, something unprecedented,

something that could
make a cultural impact

as big or larger than the
Batman television series

to get out from under the shadow
of this particular design

[dramatic music]

And here it is

The "Batman" movie, 1989,
directed by Tim Burton

23 years after the 1966
series we got the thing

that made as big a cultural
impression if not larger

Tim Burton's "Batman" was an event

Summer of 1989, you couldn't escape it

The Bat logo was everywhere

Promotional clips of the movie
played over and over again

on television and many of them featured

this film's radical
reinvention of the Batmobile

This is back to being a show of force,

of power, dark, heavy

If the 1966 Batmobile had a
sullen, teenage, goth son,

this would be it

It is again about design
over functionality

This Batmobile was designed

by Julian Caldow and Keith Short

Caldow did the illustrations

and Short did the final body sculpt

Looks great on the page,
looks great on the screen,

with those swooping fenders but again,

no turning radius to speak of

If it needs to do a quick turn it deploys

a grappling hook instead of parachutes

I do have one quibble and it's a big one

It comes with retractable
front mounted machine guns,

pretty much the anthesis of
everything the character's about

but then so is Alfred letting
Vicki Vale into the Batcave,

so is the Joker killing
Bruce Wayne's parents

I mean, that's Hollywood

– See you around, kid

– Now there were fans of
the comics, of course,

who were now teenagers and adults

who were taking the
character very seriously

but this was a complete
surprise to normals,

people who just went to see the movie,

had no idea that Batman was
this dark and brooding now,

because the last time they
had seen the character,

he was a joke

– Some days, you just
can't get rid of a bomb

– And that's what they went in expecting

and that's not quite what they got

As the film was being
made, hardcore fans hated

everything they heard about it

They hated the armored Batsuit

They hated Jack Nicholson as the Joker

They hated a lot of aspects
of what they were seeing

When the film came out,
it was widely praised,

even by hardcore Bat fans,
especially by hardcore Bat fans,

because suddenly, they could
share this thing they loved,

with people who didn't read comics

or didn't watch animated series

Suddenly Batman was the lingua franca,

was all over the place

He was sports now and that was

a brand new experience for them

[intense music]

All right, this is "Batman:
The Animated Series," 1992

If you take the Tim Burton Batmobile

and you flatten into the shape of the '66

"Batman" television show Batmobile,

and you swap out all of
those swoopy goth elements

that Burton put it and
you go for something

a little bit more elegant,
more refined, more restrained,

you take art deco elements
and there you have it

You've got the animated series Batmobile

Basically, it looks like if
you took the Chrysler Building,

toppled it over and put some wheels on it,

and tooled it around Gotham City

Now, to people who grew up with this show,

this Batmobile is iconic to them

as the '66 Batmobile is to me

I think that has something to do

with its placement, its
prominent placement,

in the opening credits

This Batmobile comes
into your home every day,

always in the same way
at the exact same time

Every episode of the 1966
series started the same way

and when that happens, it
imprints on your brain,

on your very soul

It's an almost ritualistic experience

Something else it has in
common with the 1966 series

is that it is stylized

So heavily stylized that it
ceases to be of a specific time

It is out of time

This show is taking elements

from many different time periods

and mashing them together
so it doesn't look dated

It looks stylish

It looks iconic

And the elements that is has,

the art deco elements, are timeless

In the 1993 episode, "The Mechanic,"

we learn the origin of the Batmobile

It looks a little bit different here

This design is one of the
show's many, many, many,

homages to golden age comics
when the Batmobile sported

an enormous bat head
battering ram like this one

[epic music]

Joel Schumacher took over the Batman films

from Tim Burton and when he did,

he was tasked by the
studio with two objectives,

one, lighten up Burton's kind of dark

S and M tinged universe
and two, sell some toys

He replaced the somber, heavy,
goth excess of Tim Burton

with a different kind
of excess, his very own

Neon, lasers, fluorescent paint

He threw in more Bat costumes
and more Bat vehicles

– What do you suggest, Alfred?

By sea or by air?

– The term toyetic comes into play here

Toyetic means easily licensed
for toys, games and merch

I would argue that this
Batmobile is not just toyetic,

it is sex toyetic

It is undeniably phallic

It is lit from within, it is
ribbed for their pleasure

If Vegas was a marital aid,
it'd look something like this

One of the things about
Batman is that he's open to

a lot of different interpretations

There's not one single kind of Batman

There's different Batmans because again,

he cycles through various stages

Schumacher is a visual
stylist first and foremost,

a storyteller second

If you're gonna ding this Batmobile,

you would say style over substance

But after all, the line
between stylish and garish

is a very personal one

You can see all the familiar elements

underneath that glamor

I think of this as the Batmobile in drag

and I don't hate it but again,

in terms of functionality, it's got none

It's got a grappling
hook that can allow it

to climb vertical walls

What's the exit strategy there exactly?

What do you do when you're
in the middle of a wall?

Its wheels can pivot to allow
for perpendicular movement

and when I check the Wiki,
there's always a Wiki,

it said that's explainable by virtue

of hyperboloid wheels on axles

I don't know what that
means but it looks cool

Burton's Batman return was so dark

that it was hard to license materials

It was hard to get a deal with McDonald's

because it was such a weird film,

so tinged with S and M elements,

and they wanted to target
more directly to kids,

so they turned to Joel Schumacher

who made it very bright and
very colorful and very gay

Here it's a much lighter version of Batman

because, after all, he is mentoring Robin

He's a different kind of figure

than the lone grim avenger
of the Burton films

Now he's got a kid to take care of

so that brings into it a
more kid friendly approach

"Batman and Robin," 1997

We're sticking with Schumacher again

He comes back to direct
this, an even more campy,

a more direct homage to the 1966 series

You see the cycle has turned

Now this one's based on a Roadster

It's a single seater
because by this point,

Robin's got his own cycle

And look how far we've come

When you couldn't even see
inside Burton's Batmobile,

it was all black matte,

here the driver is open to the air,

just like Adam West Batmobile was

Again, the cycle is turning

The bat wing tail fins here
are larger than they'll ever be

because this approach,
Schumacher's approach,

is about blithe excess

Bigger, swoopier, campier

He's famous for telling his
cast and crew on this film

that they're called comic
books, not tragic books,

which fundamentally
misunderstands the whole

what comic in comic books
mean, but let that go,

because that's his approach

He is all about go big or go
home and no one goes home

So once again, the cycle's about to turn

This very popular, very
fun, but much disliked

by the hardcore fans version of Batman,

has kind of salted the earth and said,

"Nobody can make another Batman film"

Just like the 1966 "Batman"
series, it cast a long shadow

People wanted to get out from under it

and it would take a long time
for anybody to try it again

and when they did,

they had to radically revise
how they approached it

[dramatic music]

[tires squealing]

"The New Batman Adventures," 1997

After the Schumacher Batmobiles,

any Batmobile would look
like a scaling back

Anything would look more grounded

This is a very simplified design

but one that would become part of

the DC Animated Universe for a while

It's one that Batman used in
the cartoon Justice League

– [Terry] Woo hoo!

– [Batman] Mind not doing that?

– [Terry] Sorry

– [Batman] You scratch it, no allowance

– "Batman Beyond," 1999

This is set in a future time
period when Batman has retired

He takes under his wing, Terry McGuinnis,

a young punk kid who becomes
the Batman of this future age

– You may be used to dealing
with freaks and monsters,

but I'm a little new at this

– In the future, the Batmobile's gonna fly

because of course it will

What else do you need there?

It is very visually
reminiscent of the flying cars

from "Blade Runner" which makes sense

because a lot of the design aesthetic

of this particular show owes
a lot to "Blade Runner"

At the time, people wondered
why this version of Batman,

the Terry McGinnis Batman,
needed a flying car,

because he could fly himself

His Batsuit allows him to fly

To that I would say, you can
walk, you also have a car

Not all crime happens next door

"The Batman" from 2004

Okay, you already noticed the
pendulum is swinging back

We had very light

We had fluorescent and
glowing and big wings

to something a lot more
compact, a lot more powerful,

a lot less flashy, more about
sportiness and performance

It's a lot more butch than
the Schumacher Batmobile

– I just thought I'd take it for a spin

– And in 2005, they
redesigned the Batmobile

for "The Batman" animated series

The original Batmobile in
that series got totaled

so they introduced this
version and here we are again

We're going back out of the sense of fun

and lightness to something much darker,

much heavier, must more module

– It's a black tank

[engine roaring]

– So again, we're going from light to dark

and now we're back to
dark, firmly back to dark,

and grim and gritty and purely functional

Nothing extraneous

No design for design's sake here

This is seriously, this
is manly, this is butch

This is no fun at all

This is Christopher Nolan

The design of this one, I was
gonna call it the Batmobile,

but that would be silly because
this is Nolan's stated goal

in making this film was
to disavow anything fun

or campy about Batman,

to dispel the ghost of Joel Schumacher

So it's not called the Batmobile

It's called the Tumbler

Tumbler was the first thing
designed for this film

Everything about it in terms

of production design flowed from it

Nolan took a lump of clay,

shaped it into this
vaguely tank-like shape

and gave it to his production
designer to go to town

This is all about practicality and power,

a show of force, not style

– There's nobody left to send in

– So you got armor plating
instead of bat wings,

nothing sleek or swooping or stylish here

This is a workhorse of pure functionality

and again, not to put
too fine a point on it,

it's not red, it's not
black, it's not blue

It's gray

The influence of this film
would be seen for a long time

because the public loved
it, the geeks loved it

Everybody came together and said, "Yes

"This is a version of Batman that I like"

The thing is though, that this approach

works great for Batman

If you try to apply this same
approach to say, I don't know,

let me pick a name out of a hat, Superman,

who is about hope and
light, the tones don't mesh

The tone of a dark,
gritty Batman makes sense

and it's one that has been
in the comics since 1970,

so it lines up with the comic
book readers' sensibility

and it also makes for
a good super hero film

for the normals and again,

this is why comic book readers

really gravitated to
these films in a big way

They said, "Finally, this
is the version of Batman

"that we've always had in our heads"

[dramatic music]

[engines powering up]

"Batman: Gotham Knight," 2008

This is an anthology film, basically,

a bunch of different stories

Now, take a look at this Batmobile

We are reaching a
different kind of extreme

Instead of glitzy, sleek and glamorous,

we are now mashing up a literal
fighter jet with a tank

This is Batman as manly

This is Batman as bro

[intense music]

[engine roaring]

"Batman: The Brave and the Bold," 2008

This series mission statement
was to pay loving homage

to every era of Batman

so you get every era of the Batmobile

You get a golden age Battering Ram

You get the fenders, the single tail fin

but the details and the highlights

come from the classic 1966 Batmobile

Everything about this
seems more open to me,

more playful, less
defensive, less militarized

This is going away from the
Christopher Nolan approach

It's less insistent we take everything

about Batman very seriously

[engine roaring]

– Stop

[tires squealing]

– "Batman: The Brave and
the Bold," a 2009 redesign

We're getting even farther away
from the militaristic here

We're leaning harder into the 1940s,

specifically the 1940s comic book version

of Batman in every detail

This could've leapt
straight off the book page

of a 1940s Batman comic

– "Batman: Under the Red Hood"

We don't see a lot of the Batmobile

in this particular animated film

but what we do see is a cross
between the Burton Batmobile

and the sharper, curvier lines

of some of the Batmobiles
that came after it,

but of course, it's post-Nolan,

so we need that armor plating

Everything's about armor plating

[tires squealing]

– [Narrator] Experience the world

of Batman like never before

– "Batman Live," 2011

Now, not many people
actually got a chance to see

this particular Batmobile

because it was featured
in a live stage stunt show

that toured the US and the UK

Instead of stylized bat wings,

you get a pretty standard spoiler

The shape is more reminiscent
of formula racing cars

It's like a broodier version
of Speed Racer's Mach 5

And by the way, in terms
of iconic fictional cars,

it goes number five,
"Chitty Chitty Bang Bang,"

number four, Herbie the Love Bug,

number three, Kit, number
two, Speed Racer's Mach 5,

number one Batmobile, fight me

[dramatic music]

"Beware the Batman"
animated series from 2013

This is very low and sporty

It's got the curvy fenders
of a Formula 1 race car

It looks kind of like what
would happen if you stuck wheels

on the flying Batmobile
from "Batman Beyond"

"Teen Titans Go!" 2013

Again, we are now seeing
the light to dark,

to light to dark cycle speeding up

Here is an animated version
of Tim Burton's Batmobile,

just down to the turbine
engine on the hood

– Let's see how this baby handles

[engine revving]

[tires squealing]

[dramatic music]

– Once we arrive in Cloud Cuckoo Land,

we'll raise an army of master builders-

– Yeah, yeah, anyway

You guys gotta check
out these new subwoofers

I installed in the back

– "The Lego Movie," 2014

We are now fully back into the
light, into the sense of fun

To keep up with the film's
very fun, fast approach,

very fun, fast tone, yeah,
it looks like the Tumbler,

yes it does, tank-like but again,

you got those bat wings
straight out of Joel Schumacher,

which makes sense

It's a Lego

It's so you can put things together

from a lot of different eras

It's a stylistic mash up really
and it makes a lot of sense

– I'll drive

– No

– I know how

– No

– "Son of Batman," 2014

This animated film has a darker tone

so it took the familiar
"Brave and the Bold" design

and literally darkened it up

[tires squealing]

"Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice"

Well, we're swinging back
to the gray, militaristic,

armored but this doesn't
quite have the ruthless

functionality of the Tumbler

There is a half-hearted
attempt at stylization here,

at some familiar Bat iconography

There's something vaguely gothic about it

but again, machine guns

It's not the worst things about the movie,

but it is an ill-considered choice

It doesn't make a lot of sense for Batman

It's a violation of the character

but instead of feeling like a synthesis

of a lot of different approaches,

this thing feels caught between
two different aesthetics

Is it a tank?

Is it a race car?

Is it a racing tank?

It doesn't make a lot of sense to me

This film was directed by Zack Snyder

who is a devotee of Ayn Rand

and you can tell the dude does not believe

in the whole notion of heroism

It's a rough fit, really,

and that leeches into the
design aesthetic of the film

and to the grayness of his films,

then into every aspect of
design including the Batmobile

It feels hopeless

It feels like there's no
point, there's no reason

to try to save others because
nobody's trying to save you

It doesn't feel like the Nolan films,

the Nolan films which at least

were about the hero's journey

This feels like what's the point

Critics didn't care for this film

The public liked it the first weekend

and then not much the second

This doesn't have a good reputation

and I think it's deservedly so

[dramatic music]


But that's only one approach
to Batman after all,

'cause in "The Lego Batman Movie,"

– [Female] Thanks for saving the city!

– You're welcome

– [Male] Hey man, I love
you more than my kids!

– We are once again right
back into the light,

right back into the fun

We're getting tonal whiplash right now

This is a long roadster

Not to put too fine a point on it

but the Batmobile that
we see in this film,

is a lot like the Schumacher film Bat

and it's a long roadster
with a single seat,

a great honkin' bat wing design

and again, he begins the
film as a dark, grim loner,

which is why this Batmobile
has a single seat cockpit

– Hey computer, I'm home

– The second Batmobile, 2017,
"The Lego Batman Movie,"

by the end of the film, he's
back to being the leader

of an extended Bat family
so everything about this

is bright and light here and in fact,

the design of this entire
Batmobile is just a vehicle

for Robin, a vehicle for Alfred,

a vehicle for Batgirl,
all smashed together

"Justice League," 2017

Almost an instantaneous
reversion to the light side

No more silliness

Now we're gonna take this
guy who dresses up as a bat

so he can punch crime in the face,

we're gonna take it very seriously

Say this much about this
version of the Batmobile

in the "Justice League" film,

it's a more effective synthesis

of all the pre-existing Batmobiles,

the live action film Batmobiles

It's about 25% Burton,
10% Schumacher, 65% Nolan,

and while the design of the Batmobile

is an effective synthesis,

the film itself is kind of a mash up

It feels like it's all over the place

It doesn't feel like the tone of Superman

matches the tone of Batman

It feels like they're trying
to mash these things together

in a way that's not entirely effective

– V8, five liter, 460 horsepower engine

– "Gotham," 2018

Now, this is not an official Batmobile

I won't call it that
because it comes from a show

about Batman before he was Batman,

so let's call this the
Master Bruce mobile

It's a black Ford Mustang

That's all it is

What is interesting here
is that this is Batmobile

as a muscle car which
it hasn't been before

It's an interesting concept

that's about to get fleshed out a lot more

but not before "Titans" 2018

The DC Universe show
introduced this version

of the Batmobile in its sixth episode

and there's nothing new here

That's kind of the point

You want it to be instantly
recognizable as the Batmobile

This is not a radical reinvention

Basically, you're just doubling
down on previous designs

The "Batman Live" Batmobile,

the "Brave and the Bold" Batmobile,

the "Under the Red Hood" Batmobile

You got the twin bubble canopies

I told you they'd come back and they did

because again, the influence
of the 66 Batmobile

just isn't going away

"The Batman," 2021

We've only gotten a
glimpse of this so far

It's the one that will appear
in the Matt Reeves film

but what we've seen looks interesting

It's basically a suped-up muscle car

It looks a lot like a Plymouth Barracuda

Nothing so prosaic or
militaristic as a tank

It's built for speed and performance

and again, branding,
instant recognizability

You see this and you think, Batman

We find ourselves at a
weird point in the cycle

because again, while this
looks like a very serious,

grounded take on Batman,

it's got some really big
stylistic flourishes

So if the Batmobile is representative

of how this Matt Reeves film is gonna be,

then we're gonna find ourselves
kind of at a crossroads

Instead of turning a
cycle from light to dark,

we're kind of bringing in both

the light and the dark at the same time

Now, we don't have a lot to go on yet,

but just by looking at the
design of the Batmobile,

it looks like it's gonna be
a very grounded approach,

a very practical approach to Batman

He's got a muscle car but there's
a lot of design flourishes

which suggest something
a little bit lighter

So instead of the cycle
going round and round

as it always has,

this might represent a
synthesis of light and dark,

bringing him together,

the light, fun elements and
the dark brooding elements

[upbeat music]

[tires squealing]

So looking at all of these
Batmobiles over the year,

I hope it's clear that
it's not just his car

It's not just a gadget

It's part of his character

It reflects how he changes over the years

and again, his evolution
is not a linear one

He changes from light
to dark and back again

and the Batmobile changes
in shape and character

and power and design again
and again to reflect that

It's a part of who he is,
an extension of who he is

It also looks pretty cool

[dramatic music]

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