Hollywood Drive of Fame: Tim Burton’s Batmobile 9 years ago

Hollywood Drive of Fame: Tim Burton’s Batmobile

There have been quite a few cars made famous by Hollywood movies, so for this week’s Hollywood Drive of Fame we’re taking a look at Tim Burton’s Batmobile.

Everyone has their favourite Batmobile, whether it’s the Christopher Nolan Tumbler that appeared in the Dark Knight Trilogy, or the iconic Batmobile from the 60s TV series. POW! SMASH! BONK! BOFF!


However, there’s one, and only one, Batmobile that sticks out as the top contender for JOE’s favourite and that has to be the incredibly sleek Tim Burton Batmobile that featured in 1989’s Batman and 1992’s Batman Returns.


Before we get into the backstory behind JOE’s favourite Batmobile, lets take a look at the very VERY first Batmobile that appeared in 1941’s Detective Comics #48.

The very first Batmobile didn’t come with any fancy livery or high-tech weapons and instead it featured an indestructible nose and a small Batman-symbol hood-ornament. So it was a world away from the Batmobiles that we all know and love today.



Now, back to the Bat-matters at hand. Burton’s Batmobile was built on two Chevrolet Impala chassis that were cut and welded together in order to make the car longer. The ’89 Batmobie was power by a Chevy V8 engine and rode on custom wheels with Mickey Thompson racing tires, while its body was a custom-built fabrication that some say was inspired by the 1969 Corvette Stingray.

It was crammed full of mind-blowing tech including an armour plated 'Cocoon', a large 'foot' that could be deployed while stationary in order to turn the car 180 degrees, a rake of guns, missiles and Batdisc launchers and, most importantly of all, the jet engine afterburner. Unfortunately, the afterburner could only be used for 15-seconds at a time in the actual movies, as it burned so much fuel.



Pic via Mr.choppers

So there you have it folks. We’ll get to see yet another Batmobile in the not too distant future in Zack Snyder’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. The man himself has already teased two pictures of the new Batmobile, but it looks like we’re going to have to wait until closer to the movie’s release date before we see the new car in full.