Batman (TV Series)
The Batmobile that began it all appeared in all 120 episodes of the 1960s TV show and the feature film. At 5.8 meters long, 2.2 meters wide and 1.2 meters high with a Ford FE-V8 engine, it has everything an aspiring caped crusader could ever need.
From infrared Bat-dust, to a Bat-ray, an emergency bat-turn lever (which deploys a parachute to enable to the vehicle to turn around quickly), a Batmobile parachute pick up service (never leave litter on the streets!), a Bat-zooka, an anti-theft activator, a Batphone and an inflatable Batmobile (to be used as a decoy when necessary) and so much more, there is very little the car can't do.
It has since become one of the most recognizable vehicles in the TV world and the 2.1 meter fins on either side of the car can be spotted a mile off!
Batman (1989) and Batman Returns (1992)
In 1989, Tim Burton brought Batman to the big screen with Michael Keaton in the titular role and Jack Nicholson playing The Joker. In his dark, comic book esque world, wild designs for all aspects of Gotham were welcome and this is very evident in the Batmobile used in the film and its 1992 sequel 'Batman Returns' with Danny Devito and Michelle Pfeiffer as The Penguin and Catwoman respectively).
This beast of a car was 6.6 meters long and 1.3 meters high. The car could accelerate from 0-60 mph in 3.7 seconds It had a top speed (in the film) of 329 mph with the help from the booster. The wheel base alone was 3.5 meters. Nothing about this car was small.
Its arsenal included side mounted grappling hook launchers, a central "foot" located underneath the vehicle capable of lifting the car and turning it 180 degrees, rear oil slick dispensers, smoke emitters, armored plating and two forward mounting Browning M1919 .30 caliber machine guns.
Batman Forever (1995)
In 1995, Val Kilmer donned the Batsuit to battle Jim Carey's 'Riddler' and Tommy Lee Jones' 'Two-Face'. As part of this, he got a new Batmobile that was a whopping 7.62 meters long and 3.2 meters high. It had the same maximum speed as its predecessor and came with wheels capable of both forwards and sideways driving. It also had a rocket thruster beneath its forward chassis to assist the grappling system. As seen above, the wheels also came with the signature Bat symbols on them - in case anyone wasn't sure whom the car belonged to.
It was designed by Tim Flattery and the car used in the film had a Chevy 350 ZZ3 high performance engine. The body of the vehicle was created from high temperature epoxy fiberglass laminate and all the air was removed from it by vacuum bagging.
Batman and Robin (1997)
In 1997, Joel Schumacher left his mark on the Batman franchise in a truly unique way. George Clooney became Batman, Chirs O'Donnell donned the Robin outfit again and Arnold Schwarzenegger suited up as 'Mr Freeze'. While not a gem in the Batman crown, the film did at least have a somewhat memorable Batmobile.
Going for the bigger is better mentality, this Batmobile was ten meters long, had a Chevy 350 ZZ3 off road racing engine and 22" custom wheels with prototype 55 m Goodyear tyres. It also had 1.80 meter long fins on the rear of the car in the shape of Bat wings. Subtle, right?
The Dark Knight Trilogy (2005-2012)
In 2005, director Christopher Nolan reinvented the Batman franchise - and the comic book franchise for that matter - like nobody before with 'Batman Begins'. Christian Bale put on the Batsuit for the three films that would reinvent the character for the 21st Century. With a modern adaptation, there had to be a modern Batmobile. This came in the form of the Tumbler.
It was just 4.57 meters long but weighed 2.5 tonnes. This meant that the 0-60 mph time was a respectable 5.6 seconds. When up to full speed, the car could actually rise up on its front suspension whilst the rear tyres stayed firmly on the ground. It had a 5.7 liter GM engine capable of 500 horsepower and had a top speed of 160 mph. In the films, it had twin forward firing machine guns, stealth mode (used to avoid Gotham PD in 'Batman Begins'), a landing hook and rocket launcher amongst other things. When the vehicle was badly damaged (as it was after sustaining heavy fire from The Joker in 'The Dark Knight') the front wheels could eject and form The Batpod.
The Batpod is unique in its method of steering in that it is done more so with the driver's shoulders than his hands, hence the swift movements you can see in the film. The engines that powers the Batpod are actually mounted inside the wheels rather than in the frame of the vehicle itself. As the Tumbler is destroyed in 'The Dark Knight', it is the Batpod that is predominantly used by Batman (and Selina Kyle) in 'The Dark Knight Rises.
Batman Vs Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016)
Four years after the conclusion of The Dark Knight Trilogy, Batman returned in a grizzled, veteran style way in Zack Synder's "Batman Vs Superman: Dawn of Justice". Here, Batman was played by Ben Affleck and his hardened take on the character meant that this would naturally have to be reflected in his own Batmobile. It was 6 meters long and weighed 3.1 tonnes; this fully armored vehicle was kitted out with everything from an anti-roll system, a ballistic missile defense system and twin .50 caliber machine guns. Batman showed little mercy to his foes in the film, deploying many of the vehicles weapons and defense systems to great effect.
It's subsequent appearances in "Suicide Squad" and "Justice League" showed it was more than capable of taking on a variety of villains from the Joker to the Parademon army of Steppenwolf.
With Robert Pattinson taking over in the role of Bruce Wayne/Batman for the next film set to come out in a couple of years time, we are sure to get yet another take on the Batmobile then.
What do you think about the Batmobiles we've seen so far? Are there any others from other mediums that you think are better than any of the ones on this list? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below.