Batmobile critique

Why Robert Pattinson’s Batmobile in ‘The Batman’ is the Coolest One Yet

Alongside the role of Batman, the Batmobile is arguably the most talked-about facet of this caped crusader and the latest iteration can claim to be the coolest one yet. The Batmobile is steeped in cinema culture as one of the most iconic cars and each iteration has had a massive change with being shaped according to the tone of the character.

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The iconic TV show and its concept car-like Batmobile represented the jet age which gripped the 60s show cars alongside a futuristic shape. The 60s Batmobile was based on a Lincoln but was laced with the same gritty undertone of form with function. The 1989 Tim Burton Batman movie paved the way for a darker Batmobile resonating with the character. The Dark Knight paved the way for a different kind of Batmobile and this time, it was a tank named ‘Tumbler’ lurking beneath the skunkworks of Wayne Industries garages.
However, the Batmobile has now turned grittier and is much closer to the Batman himself in being an extension of his persona.

The previous one was akin to Bond turning up at the Q branch and being handed the keys to his new ride. The older Batmobiles were fancier sci-fi objects while Robert Pattinson takes a more DIY approach. That is all with the tonality of the movie as it traces the origins of how Bruce Wayne turns into Batman. Dare we say it, there is more realism and layers to the character as to how Bruce Wayne builds his own Batmobile. The look of the new car is an old-school muscle car with a lot of menace.

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It’s more of a Frankenstein with parts taken from several cars alongside a no-nonsense look. The front shows hints of a Charger but the new Batmobile is huge and has a massive steel bumper to go through anything. Then the frame is all sold steel while the wheels are a no-frills affair with massive tyres.

The matte black finish fits in the scheme of things while the rear lights are a subtle nod to the 60s car. The new Batmobile also has its massive V8 engine exposed with nothing to hide about its ample power output or the accompanying soundtrack. Even the interior has a whiff of the Batcave with its stark nature and not being a fancy spaceship of sorts.

This refreshing take on an iconic movie car is what ultimately makes it cooler and the car’s Frankenstein-esque nature only helps that. The movie has some incredible chase scenes with no CGI involved and in the forthcoming films we can see a further evolution of the Batmobile but for now, we do approve of Robert Pattinson’s new ride!

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Somnath Chatterjee

Somnath Chatterjee is an experience car journalist and automotive expert. His supercar reviews, interviews and industry features have appeared in global publications such as Upscale living, Robb Report and Yahoo Lifestyle Asia. Somnath specialises in luxury and lifestyle-oriented features with a focus on automobiles, aviation and luxury. He also holds a Post Graduate in International Business from the University of Dehli.