The Batman v Superman Batmobile Was Influenced by Justice League, Described as a 'Sexy Tank'

Thursday, 30 July 2015 - 4:48PM
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Thursday, 30 July 2015 - 4:48PM
The Batman v Superman Batmobile Was Influenced by Justice League, Described as a 'Sexy Tank'
We've had many opportunities to see the Batmobile over the last year; indeed, it was arguably the first news about Batman v Superman that generated any real hype. And just a few weeks ago, delighted fans in the Hall H line at San Diego Comic Con (including us) got to see the newest Batmobile up close, driven by none other than Zack Snyder:



Now, production designer Patrick Tatopoulos discussed the design of the new Batmobile in the latest issue of Empire (via Comic Book Movie), and how it reflects Ben Affleck's version of Batman. Like this Batman, this Batmobile is essentially Christopher Nolan's version, but older and "rougher":

Opening quote
"He is not driving a Formula 1 car, he's driving a tank that is very sexy looking. Batman is rougher, tougher, and grungier. So everything is rough: the weapons, the suit and the car. There are machine guns mounted on the front. When you first see the Batmobile, it is being fixed. It is not – boom! – coming out of the garage brand new. It is scratched, damaged… Batmobiles are often designed very low to the ground, something classical. That didn't feel fully comfortable for us. I thought [Christopher Nolan's] Tumbler was a revolutionary design, with the suspension very high up. I wanted to combine the two vehicles. I wanted something of a motorcycle, too: big wheels, suspension, exhausts."
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He also revealed that his design of all the Bat accessories were influenced by the upcoming Justice League film:

Opening quote
"With The Justice League coming, it influences my designs of the Batcave, the Batmobile, the Batwing. We are creating a world for Batman – every set, every prop, is real. We have to be ready for what's next."
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We're not sure what this means exactly, and it could just mean that all the movies in the DC Universe will follow the same general aesthetic, which we knew already. But it could also mean that we should look to the Batmobile and Batwing for clues to the design of major Justice League sets/props, like maybe the team's base of operations?

Batman v Superman comes out on March 25, 2016.
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