For National Superhero Day, We Name the Best Batmobile
Among superheroes not gifted with the power of flight like Superman, there's a lot of transportation variation. Wonder Woman flies an invisible jet. Thor helicopters his hammer. Aquaman rides his giant seahorse, Storm. Green Lantern has his magic ring. And Spider-Man, well, rides the subway.
Besides Tony Stark, who's been known to drive an Audi R8 when he's not in his flying Iron Man suit, not a lot of superheroes actually drive a car as their means of getting from one epic-battle-to-save-the-earth to the next. That's one of the (many) things that makes Batman simply the coolest superhero on the planet — and, likewise, the Batmobile the coolest car.
Among comics, cartoons, TV shows and film, there've been many different iterations of the Batmobile since Batman first appeared in 1939. Those in the movies reached the widest audience, so in honor of National Superhero Day, we decided to rank the five versions of the Batmobile that have appeared in major Hollywood films.
5. Lego Batmobile
Also known as The Speedwagon, this incarnation of the Batmobile was driven by Lego Batman (who else!?) in this year's "The Lego Batman Movie" and excited audiences at the 2017 Chicago Auto Show. It's fantastic (made of plastic!), but you have to be made of snap-together toy pieces to drive it, so…
4. 1960s Batmobile
This version was driven by Adam West's Batman and Burt Ward's Robin in both the campy '60s TV series and the 1966 movie, and is an indisputable classic. It was based on the 1955 Lincoln Futura concept car and modified to suit the needs of crime-fighting caped crusaders. As cool as this absurd, gadget-laden version is, at the end of the day it's still just, like, a car.
3. Burton's Batmobile
Director Tim Burton reimagined the entire visual and dramatic landscape of the Batman universe for 1989's Batmania-inducing movie that defined the modern summer blockbuster and established comic-book superheroes as lucrative film fodder. This long, jet-fusillade-inspired vehicle driven by Michael Keaton's interpretation of the Dark Knight Detective continues to be imitated in every subsequent Batmobile design.
2. The Tumbler