6 Big Screen-Bound Batmobiles, From Adam West to Ben Affleck
Film director Zack Snyder — of 300, Watchmen, and Man of Steel fame — set off a flurry of buzz on Tuesday when he teased what has so far been the most complete image of Batman and his Batmobile from the anticipated Batman vs. Superman epic, which is due out in 2016. Immediately, observers began drawing parallels between the vehicle’s new concept and its ancestors, from the mighty Tumbler to the first big-screen car to be adorned with the iconic bat logos.
While much of the Caped Crusader has remained the same, his vehicle has changed dramatically over the last 70-plus years. Batman made his debut in comic book form in 1948, just three years after the end of World War II. Fast-forward to present day, and his franchise is still pulling in record figures under the watchful eye of directors like Snyder and Christopher Nolan, fueled by star power ranging from George Clooney to Ben Affleck to the always entertaining Adam West.
We scanned through the history of the Batmobile (which, if you’re cataloguing those from the comic book series, is remarkably expansive) and found the six vehicles represented on the big screens going back to 1966. Here they are, in order of appearance.