The Batmobile is a car belonging to superhero Batman.
The Batmobile made its first appearance in the comic book Detective Comics #48 in 1941 as a red convertible with a bat-shaped hood ornament.
As different artists drew the car for different issues, it regularly changed its features, shape and size.
For the majority of the 1940s, the Batmobile was a two-door sedan in dark colours with fins and a mask shaped like Batman’s head on the front.
The first standard design of the Batmobile was done in 1944 by artist, Dick Sprang who added red stripes to the otherwise dark car.
The Batmobile has continued to evolve and adapt over the years.
In Batman (1943), Batman and his alter ego Bruce Wayne both drive an unmodified 1939 Cadillac convertible.
In Batman and Robin (1949), Batman drove a 1949 Mercury Convertible.
The first appearance of a Batmobile as we know it today was on the 1960s Batman television series starring Adam West. The car was based on the abandoned Lincoln Futura concept car. This Batmobile had gadgets including a battering ram, rockets and a computer.
In Batman (1989) the Batmobile has a design based on the classic models with fins but with a turbine at the front instead of the Batman mask. This model also appeared in the 1992 sequel Batman Returns.
In Batman Forever (1995), the Batmobile sees a significant redesign. This model featured a fin on top of the car. Batman and Robin (1997) had a similar model with bigger fins and an open cockpit.
Batman Begins (2005) marks the biggest redesign of the Batmobile to date. This time it is an unused experimental military vehicle that can make long jumps. This Batmobile also appeared in the The Dark Knight (2009).
The Batmobile from the 1995 film Batman Forever was sold by RM Auctions in 2007 for $297,000.
The Batmobile from the 1960s Batman TV series sold for $223,000 in February 2007 by Coys auctioneers.
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