52 Fun Facts About Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice

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The Batmobile

Batman’s most famous mode of transportation is once again reincarnated for the silver screen for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.  Sleek, yet purposeful, this new Batmobile is the embodiment of functional beauty.  As with all Batmobiles that came before it, this beefed up super-vehicle is sure to impress fans with some hidden surprises.

Did You Know?

  • The Batmobile was created by Bill Finger and Bob Kane.
  • First appearing in Detective Comics #27 (May 1939) — also the first appearance of Batman — the Batmobile has been with the Dark Knight since day one.  This first iteration of the famous vehicle was just a red convertible with no special functions or modifications.
  • The name “Batmobile” wasn’t applied until Detective Comics #48 (February 1941).
  • In Detective Comics #30 (August 1939), the vehicle started to evolve into the specialized vehicle fans are now familiar with.
  • In the Batman (1943) serial, Batman and Robin were chauffeured by Alfred with a black Cadillac.  The Cadillac was later replaced with a limousine.  In Batman and Robin (1949) — the follow-up to Batman (1943) — Batman and Robin drove a 1949 Mercury.
  • The original Batmobile for the 1960s Batman television series was supposed to be a 1959 Cadillac built by Dean Jeffries.  George Barris later replaced Jeffries and opted to use a 1955 Lincoln Futura concept car which he modified.
  • The Tim Burton / Michael Keaton Batman (1989) and Batman Returns (1992) Batmobiles were built on a Chevrolet Impala chassis.  They were designed by Anton Furst who won an Academy Award for Batman (1989) for designing the look-and-feel of Gotham City.
  • In Joel Schumacher’s campy Batman Forever (1995) and Batman & Robin (1997), the Batmobiles took on a more exotic sleek look with decorative lighting and fins.
  • In Christopher Nolan’s critically-acclaimed Dark Knight Trilogy, the Batmobile, which was known as the Tumbler, was inspired by the tank-like vehicle seen in The Dark Knight Returns.  The production designer described the design as a cross between a tank and a Lamborghini.

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