'Justice League' Image Shows Off an Enormous New Batplane

Thursday, 10 August 2017 - 7:25PM
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Thursday, 10 August 2017 - 7:25PM
'Justice League' Image Shows Off an Enormous New Batplane
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Good news for fans of the Batplane, and for those who just have a thing for enormous flying machines.

Entertainment Weekly has a first image of the gigantic version of the Batplane which the Justice League will use as their mobile base, while heading out onto missions in their upcoming movie. Named The Flying Fox (after one of the world's largest species of bats), and according to production designer Patrick Tatopoulos, this thing is designed to house some serious equipment:

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"You can put three Batmobiles in the lower part of it. I didn't want to do a sleek airplane; it needed to feel like an extremely avant-garde classic. With the maneuverability of a jet-but it can actually carry things... The bottom part of the jet is a huge cargo bay, which the Batmobile sits in. The second floor is like a cultural center, with computer terminals. The third story is the cockpit. Whatever floor you are on, you can see [the other] two stories."
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This thing does sound like a pretty impressive set for the upcoming movie - almost a miniature Batcave in the sky. With all the new (mostly gun-themed) bells and whistles that the Batmobile's gained since Batman v Superman, it's likely that a lot of other bat-themed tech is going to have had an upgrade as well, as will be reflected by the equipment on The Flying Fox.

Here's the full image:

Ed Natividad/Warner Bros.


Perhaps the most exciting this about this is the prospect of seeing what stand-in director Joss Whedon might have planned for filming the space. Two of his shows, Firefly and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., have featured communal, portable team areas where characters can interact together in different parts of the environment. In Firefly in particular, the characters' spaceship home, Serenity, ends up feeling like an additional character, and the same could be possible here if Whedon gets the chance to explore how to use the space in reshoots.

After all, the Batplane's history in Batman movies is mixed at best. It doesn't always feel right to take the Dark Knight away from street-level crime by having him soar around in the sky, carrying atomic bombs or trying to gun down either The Joker or Superman, depending on what kind of mood he's in.

It seems that in Justice League, The Flying Fox won't be an offensive weapon as the Batplane is in most movies that it appears in - instead, it'll be more of a way to bring the League together, both literally and figuratively, as well as showing off Batman's detective skills - after all, if there's a computer lab in this thing, it must be there for a reason beyond aesthetics. This will essentially play the part of the helicarrier in The Avengers, albeit in a far more intimate setting without an entire government agency breathing down the heroes' necks as they prepare for battles.

Fans shouldn't get too attached to The Flying Fox, as it's worth assuming that this thing might not make it through the movie. As The Dark Knight proved, the best part about Batman having an enormous unstoppable vehicle is watching it crash and burn.

Perhaps, ultimately, one of the reasons why the Batplane has never been perfectly used in a Batman movie is because it's more fun to watch Bruce Wayne remain a little more exposed while flying through the air. At the end of the day, who even needs a plane when you're Batman?



Justice League comes out November 17, 2017.
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