Every Batmobile from the Movies, Ranked

Cars have personality. Getting behind the wheel invokes a sense of freedom, to take any turn one wishes to make, to go anywhere one wants to go. The construction of a vehicle for movies is an art that is seldom thought of. Model after model, a factory line of duplicate cars is made, and they are damaged for just a few minutes. Fast & Furious is a franchise guilty of turning street racing into a stylized demolition derby The precious eye candy celebrates the physical feat of customized vehicles. Sensational shapes, curves, edges, and colors pique the curiosity of backseat drivers and inspiration of daily drivers.

Movies are not complete or as memorable without the motivation of like gearheads. The Ghostbusters (1984) has its proton packs and Stay Puft Marshmallow Man, but the Ectomobile or Ecto-1 has that classic ghost-white, hearse-shaped body you would be happy to die for a drive in. Back to the Future (1985) made a serendipitous choice and good timing with the DeLorean, a defunct gray car with gull-wing doors that ironically became a timeless classic. Much like an actor makes a scene, a car is an extension of its driver. There is no better scene-maker and car owner than Batman and the Batmobile.


9 Batman (1943)

The 1939 Cadillac Series 75 convertible was the car of Bruce Wayne with the top down and Batman with the top on. In 1941, comic book artist Jerry Robinson realized the first design for the Batmobile, elevating it from a pedestrian red sedan to a midnight blue roadster with a bat head hood ornament on its front bumper. The film serial was shot during World War II, so a studio budget was the least of everyone’s worries. Despite the low production value, this Batmobile is a practical albeit ordinary, hidden-in-plain-sight mode of transportation.

8 Batman and Robin (1949)

Another underwhelming ride from the Batcave, the chosen model here is a 1949 Mercury. Keeping with the times, this was an economical choice, no doubt. The absence of bat-themed accessories once again is disappointing, but the compact, rounded shape was a step towards modern adaptations and American exceptionalism in the 1950s.

7 Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016)

A less-than-street-legal tank, this Batmobile will not stay in its lane. It carves paths, cuts corners, and rearranges traffic without flinching. It has no dents by the end of its road rage spree. Mostly inspired by the Batmobile in both the Batman: Arkham Knight video game and The Dark Knight Returns graphic novel by Frank Miller, the look of it is not unfaithful to the source material. A lot is left to be desired in originality, however.

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6 Batman & Robin (1997)

This Hot Wheels-esque Batmobile is a showstopper. Neon lights shine around and through its body; the wings are reminiscent of 1950s tail fin aesthetics, and the shape is small and thin at the back and big and wide at the front. The counterpoints make this design stand out, just like Bruce Wayne’s double life as a playboy and vigilante.

5 Tumbler (The Dark Knight Trilogy)

Shaped like a geometric hockey puck or a bat roosting, the Tumbler is the alternate name for Christopher Nolan’s Batmobile. The military bridging vehicle was originally designed by the Assisted Sciences Division at Wayne Enterprises until Bruce Wayne asked if it came in black. With the soul of a Lamborghini and the body of a tank, the Tumbler gets the job done.

4 Batman Forever (1995)

Joel Schumacher’s Batmobile was created by the Swiss artist HR Giger’s mix of machines and human anatomy. The body is transparent with inner workings being shown as if it were a rib cage. It also maneuvers like an animal; the wheels can rotate to drive horizontally and have the ability to drive up walls via grappling hook. the Batman: Arkham Knight video game’s Batmobile most likely took inspiration from Batman foreverand it has certainly proven to be a versatile Batmobile.

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3 Batman: The Movie (1966)

Designed by custom carmaker George Barris for the Batman television series, this is the first true and most well-known Batmobile. The executive producer of the show and movie, William Dozier, also had another Batmobile made in 1965 before running with Barris’ build. It was formed from a 1955 Ford concept car called Lincoln Futura, which Barris bought for $1.00. Now the car is worth its weight in gold; the car was so popular, it made its way into animated shows and comic book continuity.

2 Batman (1989)

Tim Burton’s Batmobile is a German expressionist’s nightmare come to life. It has a sleek, long, low-riding, black body. Its paint changes into deep blues and purples when viewed at different angles. The jet engine makes it ludicrously fast, while the pacifier-shaped turbine in the front makes you want to fall asleep to “Beautiful Dreamer” faster before you can face a head-on collision.

1 The Batman (2022)

In Matt Reeves’ The Batman (2022), you get the sense that the Batmobile is a living, breathing monster like Christine (1983). The engine screeches like a bat out of hell. It also felt authentically built by not just Batman, but Bruce Wayne. A rudimentary yet primordial machine, this Batmobile captures the essence of Batman’s crusade and reminds us of the horror Bruce Wayne faced one lone night in Crime Alley.

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