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No superhero has been as busy on the big screen as The Batman. He’s getting ready for his eighth major motion picture since 1989 when Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice comes out next year. With that much previous screen time, it could be difficult for the film makers to find anything unique and new to bring to the world. Still, at least one of Batman’s major tools will see a significant change over its previous iteration. The Batmobile will be a very different vehicle in the new film.
This week Batman creator Bob Kane was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and Zack Snyder, the man behind the next Batman, was on hand for the event along with the new Batmobile. When IGN asked for info about the new Batmobile, Snyder said this:
The new Batmobile is super fast. It's purpose built, which I like. We imagine that Batman built it over time, you know, with parts from Wayne Industries or something. He's made it specifically for the job of fighting crime.
While we never saw the exact origin of the Batmobile in Tim Burton’s Batman the vehicle was introduced as a repurposed military bridging vehicle called the Tumbler in Christopher Nolan’s Batman Begins. Snyder’s "purpose built" comment appears to be a direct reference to differentiate this Batmobile from its previous design. The idea is that the Batmobile has been an ongoing project for Bruce Wayne for some time. As he was able to get his hands on useful pieces from Wayne Industries that would not be missed he added them to the car. This also opens up the possibility that the car may see significant changes over time, throughout future DC movies, or even within the same film, as Bruce Wayne is able to find new upgrades to make.
Check out the interview, along with a nice shot of the Batmobile, below.
Batman has always been about the gadgets that he creates because they help him fight crime. This version of the Batmobile looks to be a major extension of that. What sorts of things would a man with all the money put on a car designed to fight the bad guys? What would you put on it? We’ll finally see the new Batmobile in action when Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice hits in 2016.