Undoubtedly, the Batmobile version used by Ben Affleck in Batman vs. Superman will be one of the most modern vehicles used in movies to date, but how does it compare to others used in the past?
A converted black Cadillac is the earliest Batmobile version, and it came in Batman, the 1943 series. Driven by the loyal Alfred, who took the Dynamic Duo, Bruce Wayne and Dick Grayson, as well as their alter-egos Batman and Robin in both identities around town.
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The Cadillac was replaced by a Mercury in Batman And Robin, a 1949 series.
Next came perhaps one of the most iconic Batmobiles in movies and television created for the 1966 20th Century Fox television series Batman — which ran from 1966 to 1968 — a one-off 1955 Lincoln Futura concept car, created by Ford’s lead stylists, plus the design team at the Lincoln Styling Department.
The 1966 Batmobile is more of a sports car than anything else and stayed true to the feel of the Batman show. pic.twitter.com/MAHxI6PXkt
— William Hamberlin (@willforthrill) May 13, 2014
After much back and forth with the studio, the new designer George Barris decided that it would be easier to transform the Futura into the Batmobile, and in only three-weeks the job was finished. Barris retained property of the Futura and leased it to Fox. It debuted in October of 1965 for a promotional appearance.
However, during filming, several problems arose with this Batmobile version: it overheated, the battery went dead, the tires kept going flat, and the engine and transmission needed to be replaced.
In recent years, one of the most popular Batmobiles was the one used by Michael Keaton in Batman (1989) and Batman Returns (1992). A complete departure from the simpler Futura version.
For my money, there’s no beating the 1989 Michael Keaton Batmobile. pic.twitter.com/AK1E6HaEUV
— Toby James Pestridge (@TobyPestridge) May 14, 2014
Of course, the most recent version is that from Christopher Nolan’s trilogy, starring Christian Bale as Batman, with a completely re-designed Batmobile. Enough said.
It’s been 71-years since 1943 and now we await to find out more details about the latest Batmobile — which the director of Batman Vs. Superman, Zack Snyder released on Twitter — and what our new Batman, Ben Affleck, will do with it when the movie opens in May of 2016.
[Image via Zack Snyder/Twitter]