Yes yes, we all know that joke about Batman just being a rich person that dresses up like a bat and punches mentally unwell people. We’ve heard it before and we’re tired of it. Even if you’re one of those folks that still somehow deny the excellency of Batman, you’ve got to still appreciate how bitchin‘ his ride is.
The Batmobile is arguably the most iconic car in popular culture and the various forms and iterations it has taken on over the years are fascinating. If you feel like a trip into the storied history of this mechanically magnificent machine, then this hour long documentary simply titled The Batmobile has you covered.
To the Batmobile!
Originally released as a part of the 2012 Blue-ray edition of The Dark Knight, Warner Bros. just went and surprised everyone by dropping the hour long documentary on YouTube for everyone to watch for free. No word on why WB opted to broadcast the documentary to a much wider audience than it previously had but we’re certainly not complaining. For what was initially just a special feature on the second disc of a Blue-ray boxset, it’s a really compelling documentary that features production value to boot.
Covering everything from the original Batmobile from the 1960’s Adam West TV show all the way through to Christopher Nolan’s iconic Tumbler, used in The Dark Knight Trilogy, you’re sure to learn at least a little about your preferred iteration. Our personal favourite, hands down, has got to be that long, imposing figure of Tim Burton’s Batmobile that went on to inspire the decades of comics and even make it’s way into Batman: The Animated Series, one of the greatest cartoons of all time.
While the documentary obviously doesn’t cover the more modern iterations, those being the car-tank hybrid seen in the game Batman: Arkham Knight and Zack Snyder’s Batmobile seen in Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice, the scope of it’s coverage is pretty wide nonetheless. If you’re a car enthusiast, a Batman fan or just someone with an idle interest in practical prop design, give The Batmobile a watch. It’s well worth your time.
(Source: Ars Technica)