Magazine article Screen International

To the Batmobile!

Magazine article Screen International

To the Batmobile!

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Jeremy Kay checks out the Batmobile exhibition at Comic-Con.

West, Keaton, Kilmer, Clooney, Bale. The years pass and still they come: hearts full of hope, chests inflated, arms akimbo. Each has squeezed into the Batman livery, suffered the amusing pointy ears, mastered the gadgetry and taken a stab at the growl. The quality of performance varies, however if there is a consistent thread of pedigree running through the cinematic depictions of Gotham City it is the Batmobile.

Prowling the streets with its dark master, this juggernaut of justice has seldom disappointed at the movies. So in the run-up to this week's release of The Dark Knight Rises, now seems an opportune time to report on a Batmobile exhibit that drew lines of admirers at Comic-Con over the weekend.

The curators assembled a fine display of vehicles, with handy notes for each. There was Christian Bale's ride, the Tumbler, which is the only vehicle used by a Batman that isn't referred to as the Batmobile. It boastes an axle-less front end, silent mode and rope mines released to detonate behind the vehicle to deter foes in pursuit or unlucky civilian cyclists. Apparently director Christopher Nolan and production designer Nathan Crowley bought a load of model kits and "kit bashed" until they came up with a hybrid of a Humvee and a Lamborghini. …

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