|IT BEGIN IN THE 1930s WITH THE TALENTED ARTIST BOB KANE
IT WAS GIVEN NEW LIFE IN THE 1960's WITH GIORGE BARRIS'S CREATIVE REDSIGN OF THE BATMOBILE
IT WAS ELEVATED TO THE STARS IN 1989 WHEN THE ARTISTIC GENIUS
ANTON FURST CREATED THE "FURST BATMOBILE"
TODAY THE BATMOBILE HAS BECOME UNRECOGNIZABLE AS IT ASCENDED INTO THE SKY TO BECOME
A FLYING WAR MACHINE BUILT FOR THE MOVIE THE DARK KNIGHT RISES.
BATMAN AND THE BATMOBILE HAVE EVOLVED
|In the beginning, it was a detective story, fashioned by artist Bob Kane for Detective Comics.
Created during the days of heroes such as "Flash Gordon", "Tarzan" and " Ivanhoe".
He Was a combination of all.
He was high tech, athletic and enforced the laws of the land.
By todays standards, very little emphases was put on the car he drove it was all about the man and his moral code of justice.
The Batman's first car was a bright red 1930s coupe. In a time when red was commonly used for emergency vehicles.
Batman's car was impressive in the 1930's but understated by todays standards. There was nothing notable about it other than it's
bright red color.
The 1940's introduce the 1940 roadster Batmobile.The roadster Batmobile introduced the mobile crime lab in the trunk.
This Batmobile was unrmarkable as a Batmobile. It has a very small Batman emblem on the grill. It was a convertible with a high
powered engine. The 1940's saw the advent of two Batmobiles,
The second 1940 Batmobile was the first iconi Batmobile that took on the features of a Bat. It was Black with blood read stripes
running from the front to the rear with a bat head shaped ram in the front and a huge bat wing rising up out the center top of the car.
These cars were produced in diecast by Corgi around 2005
Corgi made the 1930 Batmobile in 1:43 scale
The first 1940 batmobile was made in 1:43 and 1:18 scale
The second 1940 Batmobile was made in 1:43 and 1:24 scale
Corgi no longer produces these cars and they are rare and hard to find.
DC comics took the evolution further into the future and later animated versions appeared
Long sleek simplified designs easy for animators to work with. Today Corgi can take credit for having created the most diverse
collection of batman cars in die cast today.
|As the Batmobile evolved Bob Kane's original design influence the design of the Batmobile for the decades following.
George Barris Took Bob Kane's lead when he modified the Lincoln Futura a 1955 concept car designed by ford and built by Ghia.
Barris used the mobile crime lab introduced in the 1940 roadster and he made his Batmobile a convertible, he also used the black body
with red stripes color scheme of the iconic 1940 bat wing batmobile and modified the car to resemble a bat in flight. Corgi was the first
to product this car in a 1:64 die cast.
Corgi was never able to produce the Barris 1966 Batmobile in larger scales. Mattel Hot Wheels got that privilege and they exploited it to
the max.1/64 scale, 1/50 scale, 1/43 scale 1/18, standard release, limited edition, Elite, Chrome Elite, Super Elite, High gloss version
Elite , Matte black version Elite, anyway the knife would turn Mattel sliced the 1966 Batmobile in to the market as the most sought after
and most owned die cast car in history. Recognized around the world as the quintessential Batmobile, It's dominance in the die cast car
market has only been challenged by another Batmobile
| In 1989 all that changed with the Block Buster American Movie "Batman".
It introduced the ultimate Batmobile, Designed by artist Anton Furst This was the first full scale Batmobile designed from the ground up, It was
not a modified version of another car it was a completely original design.
Anton Furst had a few tricks up his sleeve when he designed his Batmobile.
His Com- Batmobile is second to none in creative design. Within its form are subtitle and familiar anatomical shapes
It is Alive, Muscular, Deadly and almost pornographically Male.
|FIND AN EVOLUTION OF BATMOBILES ON DIECAST HEAVEN
|Enter "The Dark Knight Tumbler", This was a whole new Batmobile and it was not received by the public who had a kinship with the Barris and Furst
Not only did it not look like a Batmobile, it was not called the batmobile either. A era had passed an evolution had taken place and the Batmobile was no
The Tumbler did not look like the Batmobile but it took cues form he 1966 Barris Batmobile with turbine exhaust and the transformation ability of Anton
Furst's 1989 Batmobile to introduce the "Bat Pod".
The Tumblers life was short and it did not survive the Joker. But it's replacement was cut from the same mold.
|The Furst Batmobile was a computer operated jet on wheels, It had machine guns, a armored defense system and the ability to transform into
another vehicle known as the Bat missile. The Furst Batmobile now defined Batmobile the way no other design had.
The Batman forever and Batman and Robin Batmobile were so cartoonish in their designed that they only inspired ridicule. Both went way over the top
with the bat wind tail fins.
As the years past the Furst Batmobile remain the Iconic Movie Batmobile over shadowing the Barris Batmobile and out classing every thing that followed.
Batman forever brought about one of the most criticized designs of the Batmobile to date, known as the Forever Batmobile.
The concept was interesting but the end result was a ridiculous looking vehicle that appeared to be an update version of the 1940 iconic Batmobile.
This Batmobile had such a radical shape that no company made a 1:18 die cast version of it.
There are plastic models of equal size but the largest was a 1:50 die cast model produced by Hot Wheels the wings on this car are made of soft plastic.
|Not to be out done by the creativity of Bob Kane's designs. The Barris Batmobile introduced the Jet exhaust which became a standard addition in latter
batmobile designs. The Barris Batmobile was one of the most anticipated die cast cars in recorded history. It was produced in 1:64 scale, 1:50 scale, 1:43
scale and 1:18. It was produced in chrome, flocked, matte, and high gloss in the 1:18 scale model. It seemed everyone wanted the batmobile of their
childhood and for most that was the 1966 TV Batmobile, with it's open cockpit and turbine engine.
DC comics produced so many variations of the Batmobile that they have little nostalgic value and they were not as memorable.
The Corgi DC Comics 2000 Batmobile came in two versions, the more popular of the two was released in 1:43 and 1:18 scale and mimicked the 1989
Batmobile in styling.
Corgi was known for designing a moving part into it's Batmobile,
Each Batmobile had it's own gimmick.
They varied from car to car and from scale to scale.
The 1:18 scale 2000 Batmobile had a transparent hood and a beautifully detailed turbine engine with parts that moved with the wheels
The transparent canopy reveals rotating rear turbine also connected to the wheels.
|2012 introduced "The Bat".
This flying assault vehicle brought a new definition of the Batmobile as
the evolution continues.
There are several die cast versions of this vehicle, Two by Hot Wheels,
One by Matchbox and an all plastic version by Hallmark.
The vehicle is scaled at 1:64 by Hot Wheels and Match box and 1:50 By
Hot Wheels and Hallmark. Hot Toys has an anticipated release of a 1:6
scale model which is Highly detailed and mostly plastic.
|The Introduction of "The Bat" leaves most to wonder, has technology of today made the concept of a Batmobile
limited to driving on the ground, archaic and primitive?
The design of the Bat is an enigma, It does not bring to mind an image of a Bat no matter how you look at it.
The Bat looks more like turtle than a Bat. The evolution has taken it beyond the confines of streets and
highways, to the limitless freedom of the skies.
The question becomes, "How can you build a Batmobile that is superior to the flying abilities demonstrated by
the Bat"? I suspect the Batmobile will become the secondary vehicle or become incorporated in a Turtle like
flying Tank. The Bat has nothing in common with any Batmoble ever designed.
Are there politics behind the scene that have decided to replace the clean minded, dedicated Batman with a
mentally troubled obsessed character called the Dark Knight and eliminate paying royalties to anyone
connected with the Batman franchise? If so they are doing a good job as they slowly strip away the very fabric
of the Bob Kane's Batman to make it only a shadow of what it spawned a curiosity of a comic book past.
We have seen the Batman and his Batmobile replaced by The Dark Knight and his Tumbler. Bat Pod and The Bat
This could mark the end of a long lasting relationship between the Batman and his Batmobile.
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