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"It's the car, right? Chicks love the car."
―Batman to Dr. Chase Meridian.[src]

The Batmobile was Batman's primary mode of transportation. At first, Batman often simply referred to the Batmobile as "the car", and he later called it the Batmobile. The Batmobile was one of the most daunting components in Batman's vast arsenal, and he kept it stored in the Batcave when it was not in use.

History

Battling Two-Face

After he replaced the previous Batmobile that he used in his battles against Joker and the Penguin, Batman took this model Batmobile out to confront Two-Face as he held up the Second National Bank of Gotham.

While he patrolled Gotham City's streets, Batman was ambushed by Two-Face and his thugs. While he escaped the initial attack, Two-Face's Thugs gave chase in their own cars until Batman turned down an alleyway and, using a grapple system that was built into the Batmobile, ascended the building walls; that allowed him to escape while Two-Face's Thugs crashed into the wall below.

Dick Grayson's Joyride

Following Dick Grayson's discovery of the Batcave, Alfred was forced to inform Bruce of the theft of the Batmobile as Grayson had taken the car on a joy-ride through Gotham's streets. This resulted in a dangerous encounter with a Neon Gang who nearly overwhelmed Grayson after saving a young girl from them. As he was already in Gotham, Batman managed to quickly locate the car and frighten the gang away.

Destruction of the Batcave

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During Two-Face and the Riddler's attack on Wayne Manor, this Batmobile was destroyed along with a majority of the Batcave. A bag of green bat-shaped bombs were placed in the cockpit, resulting in massive damage to the vehicle.

Appearances

Behind the Scenes

Flattery batmobile

Tim Flattery illustration

The car was conceived within the film's "Gigeresque"-inspired biomechanical theme for the vehicles by Tim Flattery.

Trivia

  • The Batman Forever Batmobile had a Chevy 350 ZZ3 high-performance motor. It had high compression, 345 horsepower, aluminum heads, angled plugs, and a good valve grind.
  • The body was made from a high-temperature epoxy fiberglass laminate. All of the air was extracted though vacuum bagging.
  • In episode 53 of the TV series The Drew Carey Show, Drew Carey won the Batman Forever Batmobile as a prize. Lewis and Oswald took it on a joyride dressed as Batman and Robin without Drew's permission. On a sidenote, Oswald was played by Diedrich Bader who later voiced Batman in Batman: The Brave and the Bold.
  • The Batman Forever Batmobile was seen in the 2011 Warner Bros. film, Arthur
  • The pivoting tires can be explained through the use of hyperboloid gears[1] on axles.

Gallery

References

  1. Connecting Skew Axles with Hyperboloidal Gears
Connecting Skew Axles with Hyperboloidal Gears
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