- Batmobile (Batman & Robin)
Infobox comics elements
name = Batmobile
debut = "Batman & Robin"
altcat=BatmobileAs the 1990s Batman films were handed over to director
Joel Schumacherfrom Tim Burton, the design for the Batmobilebecame increasingly fanciful, as decorative lighting was added to the vehicle's rims, sides and front edge, and the wing-shaped fins reached further into the air. New abilities included the speed to perform large jumps from surface to surface during chases across Gotham City's elevated freeways and gigantic statues.
The second Shumacher era Batmobile (as seen in the 1997 film "Batman & Robin") also did not feature either a passenger seat nor a canopy. Like the "
Batman Forever" car, this Batmobile (which was designed by Harald Belker[ [http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9D04E5D6133AF933A05752C1A9659C8B63 The Cat's car was designed by Harald Belker, who also did the futuristic red Lexus that Tom Cruise drove in "Minority Report." Born in Germany, Mr. Belker went to the Art Center College of Design and worked for Porsche and Mercedes-Benz before turning to movies, video games and comic books. He designed the Batmobile for "Batman and Robin"; a muscle car for the Vin Diesel-powered film "XXX"; cars for "Battlefield Earth" and "Inspector Gadget"; and electric bikes for Lee A. Iacocca.] ] ) featured light-up wheels and engine panels. The displays were much more involved with this car, however, with red, orange, yellow, and blue lights, as well as special pulsating lights in the counterrotating turbine intake. The nozzles were canted away from the centerline of the car slightly, so the final effect was that the six exhausts made a "V" pattern to keep the car pointed straight ahead. A bat mask was incorporated in the nose of the car, though the sculpted lines made it somewhat difficult to make out at first. The fins were unmistakable, though, and remain as the largest set ever built into a real-world Batmobile.
Role in "Batman & Robin"
It is somewhat unclear as to whether or not this Batmobile [ [http://www.batman-on-film.com/opinion_jett_batmanandrobin.html Batman then climbs into a stupidly long convertible Batmobile, Robin jumps on his "Redbird" motorcycle, and both speed off out of the Batcave. "I'll cancel the pizzas," says Alfred. Why didn't they just cancel this friggin' movie?] ] was destroyed during the film (or whether or not there were backups). As
Batmanand Robin were in pursuit, Mr. Freezeshot the underside of the car for several seconds with his freeze-gun, before the car crash-landed. However, in the next scene in the Batcave, the Batmobile is sitting back on its pedestal appearing to be in perfect condition.
Fictional technical summary
pecifications [ [http://www.chickslovethecar.com/clooney.asp Clooney Car - Specifications] ]
*Length: 33 feet long; 10 meters long. The six flame columns formed a V-shaped output of 1,80 m length.
*Height: 1.5 m
*Maximum Speed: 230 mph on open road, 350 mph with afterburner thrust; TFX road tested the Batmobile at 140 mph. 350 km/h and the additional jet propulsion brings the cars to 530 km/h.
*Engine [ [http://www.chickslovethecar.com/clooney.asp?mode=turbine Clooney Car - Batmobile Turbine] ] :
Chevy 350 ZZ3(off-road racing motor). Instead of a single jet exhaust, this Batmobile had a "boattail" rear flanked by separate fenders, each with three smaller exhaust nozzles.
*Axle Base: 388 m
*Tires: It rode on custom 22" wheels with prototype, 55 m GoodYear tires.
The aeronomical chassis design and "T" axis wheelbase provided the "Batman & Robin" Batmobile counter-balance gyrometric stability, allowing for high velocity 90-degree turns at speeds greater than 70 mph without losing momentum.
=Gadgetry [ [http://www.chickslovethecar.com/clooney.asp?mode=gadget Clooney Car - Batmobile Gadgets] ] =
Its arsenal of weaponry and gadgets is controlled by an onboard voice-activated computer which surrounds the single-seat cockpit. From behind the wheel, the driver has access to a multifunctioning key command response system which delivers immediate weapon activation during attack and defensive procedures.
The "Batman & Robin" Batmobile was equipped with dual-mount, subcarriage rocket launchers, front and rear grappling hooks, multipoint infrared and laser scan tracking units, anterior/posterior wheel-based axle bombs, catapult ejection seat, and disguised central carriage, which detaches to become an emergency road vehicle.
The single-seat cockpit [ [http://www.chickslovethecar.com/clooney.asp?mode=dash Clooney Car - Batmobile Dashboard] ] featured a two-way
videoconferencingscreen, radar unit, and Redbird cutoff switch.
*Grappling hooks in front and in the back
*Infrared and laser beams for pursuit
*Independent suspension in the back
The Bathammer [ [http://126.96.36.199/language/translation/translatedPage.php?lp=de_en&text=http%3a%2f%2fwww.batmannews.de%2fgotham_city_central%2fbatcave%2fbathammer.html BATMAN-NEWS - Bathammer] ] [ [http://www.batmanytb.com/movies/batmanandrobin/gadgets/bathammer.php Batman: Yesterday, Today, and Beyond - Bathammer] ] is in essence, a
Batmobilefor travelling on large icy surfaces (e.g. a hockey rink). It is 33 feet long & 6 feet high. The top speed is 100 mph on ice. Initial plans had the Batmobile being able to transform into this vehicle, but such plans were abandoned and the designers came up with a unique vehicle.
Role in "Batman & Robin"
In "Batman & Robin", the Caped Crusader uses the Bathammer to battle
Mr. Freezeand his henchmen through the frozen streets of Gotham City. The Bathammer can move over enormous skids underneath. It also carries vertical stabilizers (3 m long) that can be directed upward in an emergency and used as shield.
Fictional technical summary
*Size: 1.80 m high; 10 m long; 3.88 m on conditions
*Maximum speed: Over 160 km/h on ice
* [http://www.batmobilehistory.com/1997-batmobile.php Batmobiles 1997]
* [http://www.hollywood-diecast.com/batman%20&%20robin.htm Click on the title to see die-cast vehicles from that movie or TV series.]
Internet Movie Car Database
** [http://www.imcdb.org/vehicle_12536-Made-for-Movie-Batmobile.html Made for Movie Batmobile in Batman & Robin, Movie, 1997]
** [http://www.imcdb.org/vehicle_12541-Made-for-Movie-Bathammer.html Made for Movie Bathammer in Batman & Robin, Movie, 1997]
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