The Batmobile has been many things over the years, from the tank-like creations of the Snyder and Nolan era Dark Knights to that embarrassing rocket-powered phallus in Batman Forever. Very rarely, however, has it been an actual car - the closest it’s come on screen is probably the Lincoln Futura-based Batmobile of the original 1960s TV series.
That’s all set to change, however. The Caped Crusader’s latest outing - The Batman - will feature a vehicle that looks like the product of a weird Max Max/Fast and Furious crossover. The photos shared on Twitter by director Matt Reeves show a Hot Wheels-esque muscle car (maybe a hacked up Plymouth Barracuda) with a giant (possibly V10), exposed mid-mounted engine.
There’s often a high level of fakery to movie cars like this, so the big V engine sitting pretty in that open bay may just be a prop (note the lack of intake manifold), with something smaller mounted up front providing propulsion. But who cares - it’s certainly a distinctive look.
The different take on the Batmobile doesn’t come as a massive surprise - The Batman is expected to be a darker, edgier take on the character with an almost film noir feel. To go with the shift in direction, there’s also a new actor portraying Bruce Wayne and his crime-fighting alter ego, with Robert Pattinson replacing Ben Afleck.
Filming started in January 2020, ahead of a release date on 25 June 2021.
What do you think of Batman’s new wheels?