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The One and Only- Tim Burton’s Batmobile

A full-fledged film about Batman was released in 1989. The talented director Tim Burton was in charge for initiating people into the elements of this universe. He did quite a lot for the film franchise about the Dark Knight. We can say that he set the tone of the narrative, not only for further films, but also for film comics as a whole.

Batmobile is Batman’s main vehicle in films, comics and games. In the film, Burton has shown new vision of the Batmobile. However, unlike previous TV series and movies about Batman, this car was unique to such an extent that it is very difficult to recognize the car based on which it was created. It was radically different from the serial version. In the film “Batman Returns,” the car looked more restrained, which was generally consistent with the concept of the films. This car was built on the basis of two models. In the Batmobile, though with great difficulty, you can recognize the features of Buick Riviera and Chevrolet Caprice. In case, you are not familiar with these cars, choose any other model while using exotic car rental colorado springs.

Main technical characteristics of Tim Burton’s Batmobile:

  • Length: 6.2 meters
  • Width: 2.5 meters (rear feed)
  • 7 LT1 engine – 264 hp
  • 4-step automatic transmission
  • Rear drive
  • Air suspension
  • Hydro and servo drives of moving body elements such as: cockpit roof, aft nozzle, coming up automatons on the front fenders.

Burton’s variant of the car is one of the most canonical Batmobiles, which simply cannot fail to please the dedicated comic fans. Exactly this car was the Dark Knight’s auto at the legendary comics of the ‘Crisis’ era. Moreover, in modern graphic novels marked “New 52” when creating the design of “Batmobile,” the artists were clearly inspired by the brainchild of Tim Burton.

The way this monstrous car looks like is the direct merit of designer Anton Furst. In the design of the Batmobile, you can see the similarity with both the jet car, build to set speed records, and with the tank. Although the “fins” in the form of bat wings are just a decoration.


Nevertheless, they give this vehicle a stylistic similarity with the bat and the very dark charm that other superhero cars have been deprived of. By the way, designer Anton Furst created not only the Batmobile, but also the decorations of Gotham City, drawing inspiration from the images of “Metropolis” by Fritz Lang and Ridley Scott’s “Blade Runner”. The artist deliberately mixed architectural styles so that the scenery of Gotham looked as frightening as possible and even repulsive. The same could be told about the Batmobile.


Some interesting facts about 1989 Batmobile

 I dreamed of this car in my childhood. Honestly, I was ready to sell my soul to Devil at least for a plastic toy copy of this legendary vehicle made of fake chinese LEGO’s. This car might be not as popular as Delorean form Back to the Future Franchise, James Bond’s Aston Martin or original Batmobile from 60’s. Nevertheless, I’m sure that Tim Burton’s Batmobile is one and only iconic movie vehicle for the whole generation of millenials like me.


  1. Before reading this, you should take into account that the Batmobile is not a real car. The speed that we are going to state is not the real speed that the Batman’s vehicle could reach. Nevertheless, in the Burton’s films about Batman, the maximum speed of the Batmobile evidently was 530 km/h with the usage of the boosters. It could also go from 0-100 km/h in 3.7 seconds, which sounds not so surprising for a car that can go faster than any supercar has ever gone.
  2. Another curious moment is that the hero calls his Batmobile either “car” or “Batmobile”. No other terms apply to this vehicle from the 1989 movie “Batman”.
  3. The Batmobile Cocoon armor is heavy armor that can be deployed while the vehicle is stationary (it is called the “Cocoon Mode”). This armor is stronger than the regular Batmobile trim, and can stop even the most destroying weapon. For scenes when the Cocoon armor was applied in the 1989 Batman movie, a full-size vehicle model was created, and the animation was provided with the technology of stop motion. In ‘Batman’s Returns’ movie, armor design was more subtle, and special effects were achieved using computer-made images, rather than using the graphics of stopped motion.
  4. It is hard to believe, but in both Tim Burton’s Batman movies, each gadget at the Batmobile was functional, except for the above described “Cocoon” mode. However, the afterburner could work for only 15 seconds due to the amount of fuel consumed, but still it was functioning. It really was a miracle of automotive engineering, especially for cinematography, that is one of the reasons, why Tim Burton’s Batmobile is so iconic and memorable.


Batmobile is one of the most famous cars in the movies. Many fans dream of having the same car. The evidence of this fact is Zac Mihajlovic from Camden, Australia, who built the functioning model of the Batman car from the 1989 film. This person not only drives the Batmobile, but also likes to surprise children, by wearing a superhero costume. Using the car is legal: it has license plates and there are no built-in weapons.

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