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- I'll need a vehicle... something special.
- -- Bruce Wayne
Most of the Earth-One Batmobiles were designed and built for Batman by stunt driver Jack Edison, who Batman had rescued from a flaming car wreck. Weapon systems and computer hardware were added by Batman.
The Batmobile was built as a vehicle that allows Batman to get around Gotham City in a faster way and it was Alfred who named it "Batmobile". In time, Batman has used many variations of the Batmobile depending on the needs of the situation. Some of the earliest versions of the Batmoile were sports cars, built for speed, with a flame propeller on the rear, a feature that has been standard for most of the vehicles. The car's structure was bulletproof and it was designed to withstand bombings and fire damage. The batmobile was also designed as a remote control vehicle, allowing the driver to control it from a safe distance.
- Batman (60's TV Series):
- Batman & Batman Returns:
- Batman: The Animated Series: The Batmobile featured in this series was the second car owned by Batman after the first one reached its limits. Batman had the Batmobile designed after a vehicle he saw at the Gotham's World's Fair during a date with Andrea Beaumont. This Batmobile was destroyed twice by Penguin and Bane. Its design is very similar to the one featured in the movie Batman.
- Batman Forever & Batman and Robin:
- The Dark Knight Trilogy:
The Batmobile's diverse array of functions have varied with time. Each version of the car has been improved since the vehicle's creation. Following is a list of the Batmobile's capabilities by decade:
- 1940's Batmobile
- 1950's Batmobile
- 1960's Batmobile
- 1970's Batmobile
- 1980's Batmobile
- 1990's Batmobile
- 2000's Batmobile
- 2010's Batmobile
Modern versions of the Batmobile are coated with titanium and the car still has the reactive armor, jet engine, onboard computer (which is capable of connecting the Batcave and Wayne businesses for multiple functions).
The car is heavier than a tank and has the ability to absorb impact.
The car can be triggered by a button on Batman's utility belt or in his gloves.
Among the various non-lethal weapons on the Batmobile, the most notable are:
- Caltrops, oil slick, smoke dispensers, wheel slasher hubs, a missile rack and tear gas dispensers.
The Batmobile contain various projectiles and missiles, although rarely does Batman use this feature. Batman can also make the Batmobile self-destruct by remote control, in the event criminals capture the vehicle.
The Batmobile is equipped with some of the highest technologic devices and features a great variety of gadgets. Some of them are:
- Grappling hook and On-board navigation computer with video uplink.
- The original concept of the Batmobile was developed by writer Bill Finger, and illustrated by artist Bob Kane. Later design concepts were developed by Dick Sprang.
- The Golden Age Batman initially drove a red 1936 Cord with no special modifications. In later issues, he developed his first genuine Batmobile, a modified, blue two-door sedan with scalloped vertical tailfins and a bat-shaped ornament protecting the front grille.
- The Batmobile made its first cover appearance with Batman #20.