Tuesday, July 28, 2009

The Batmobile from Tim Burton's Batman and Batman Returns movies...

Almost twenty feet in length, the Batmobile was driven by Michael Keaton in Tim Burton's 1989 Batman and the 1992 movie Batman Returns

With his dark reinvention of 'Batman' Tim Burton really did kick-start the boom in big-budget Hollywood comic book movies.  

Tim Burton's Batmobile
Tim Burton's 1989 Batmobile movie car
Batman and Batman Returns Batmobile
Batman 1989 Batmobile movie car
The Batmobile featured in the movies were based upon a 1967 Chevy Impala found at a London junkyard. It was powered by a 327-cubic inch V-8 Chevrolet engine mounted low in the frame in order to drop the hood line and enhance the sleek profile of the car. 

1989 Batman movie poster
Tim Burton's Batman movie poster

The Batmobile from Batman and Batman Returns
Batman and Batman Returns Batmobile film car
Designer Anton Furst took the iconic Batmobile design and reinterpreted it into a powerful and menacing crime-fighting machine which fit into Tim Burton's Art-Deco inspired Gotham City.

Michael Keaton as 'Batmanwith the Batmobile
Michael Keaton's Batman with the Batmobile
Rolls-Royce jet engine components were used to form the hood-mounted intake and turbine blades in the nose piece were scavenged from a British Harrier fighter jet.

The Batmobile as featured in Tim Burton's 
1989 Batman and 1992 Batman Returns
Batman 1989 Batmobile movie carBatman's1989 Batmobile movie car
Two Batmobiles, the featured car and a stand-in, appeared in Batman and Batman Returns. Three additional studio-authorized Batmobiles, of which this car is one, were constructed for publicity and promotional purposes after the film's release.

The impressive Batmobile was photographed on July 28, 2009 in the 'Hollywood Star Cars' exhibit at The Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles.

The Batmobile on display at 
The Petersen Automotive Museum in L.A.
1989 Batman Batmobile promo movie car

1992 Batman Returns movie poster
Batman Returns Movie poster

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