How Seven Famous Superhero Vehicles Evolved Over the Years

Thursday, 05 October 2017 - 7:32PM
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Thursday, 05 October 2017 - 7:32PM
How Seven Famous Superhero Vehicles Evolved Over the Years
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You can tell a lot about a superhero from the kind of car they drive. Or the kind of Helicarrier their top secret organization flies through the sky in.

NetEnt Stalker has put together an infographic detailing the changes and updates that have occurred in vehicles that classic superheroes (in one case, a classic supervillain) have driven or flown around in over the years, and it's pretty fascinating to see how far some of this technology has come - and how some heroes have taken a decided step backwards.

Did you know, for example, that the original Batmobile in the comics had a large grill that looked like Batman's own face? That's one way to scare criminals - trick them into thinking that you're both a giant, and slithering towards them at ground level from across an abandoned parking lot. See it below:

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It's interesting to see the Batmobiles laid out like this, as we can clearly see (Christian Bale's Batmobile being the anomaly here) that the iconic superhero car has been getting sleeker, longer, and pointier periodically over the years. Presumably, the Batmobile will eventually evolve into a bobsled; the optimum shape for speedy, aerodynamic villain takedowns.

Then there's the Fantasticar. Perhaps as a testament to just how bad the 2015 reboot was, this infographic points out that in Josh Trank's version of the story, the Fantasticar is a literal car, with wheels instead of the ability to fly. If ever anyone needed proof of how exactly Fant4stic managed to drain all the fun out of the franchise with its gritty reboot, this is the perfect indicator of why this movie is boring, dull, and entirely skippable.

The Green Goblin's mode of transport has an interesting evolution - apparently, James Franco's weird snowboard isn't the only time the Goblin has appeared without his more traditional glider. Even hardcore comics aficionados might not be familiar with the mechanical flying broomstick that the Goblin uses in his original comic book appearance.

Nick Fury's S.H.I.E.L.D. helicarrier has come a long way since its origins in the comics. What's interesting is how well the initial idea still fits in the modern world, even if the helicarrier has needed to be enlarged a lot to keep up with growing expectations surrounding what cool secret agent spy bases might look like.

Then, there's the Ninja Turtles, and the one thing that the most recent movie reboot got right - the Shellraiser van is a lot more fun than even the more high-tech 2003 Battle Shell, proving that sometimes audiences just want to see a bunch of giant turtles in ninja masks cruising around in a green van that looks like the Mystery Machine with a different paint job.

If there's one thing that this infographic teaches, it's that tastes may change, but the overall modes of transport for superheroes ultimately remain the same. The vehicles are an important part of the superhero mythos, and it's important for these cars and flying machines to maintain their consistent legacy. Except the Spider-Mobile - there's a reason it's not on this infographic.
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