Behind the Batmobile

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What would Batman be without his Batmobile? Take a look at how his gadget-filled car has changed over the years!

1. Batman (1943)

The first live-action Batman portrayal was a 15-chapter serial in 1943. In this movie, Batman drove a chic 1939 Cadillac Series 75 Convertible. Bruce Wayne was a rich man so it only made sense that he'd drive a Caddy.

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2. Batman (1966)

What’s there not to love about Adam West’s Batmobile? This car was based on an almost 10-year old model of a Ford concept car called the Lincoln Futura which never hit the road for regular people to drive. It was the first Batmobile complete with handy gadget-like Super-Powered Bat Magnet and Emergency Bat-Turn Lever.

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3. Tim Burton’s Batmans (1989 and 1992)

Leave it to the eccentric Tim Burton to feature a Batmobile that combines the sleek look of the original Batmobile with just enough exaggerated features to look like it was driven right off the pages of the comic book. It had the perfect aesthetic for the films, while still having crazy features like a grappling hook launcher and rear oil slick dispensers.

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4. Batman Forever (1995)

The Batmobile from 1995's Batman Forever was just ridiculous. We all know that Wayne has a bit of a flair for the dramatic, but the giant wings, bat-emblazoned rims and see-through side panels were too comical even for the Dark Knight. It still sold for $297,000 (half its asking price) in 2007 though!

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5. Batman & Robin (1997)

Joel Schumacher, Joel Schumacher. Why would you trade in one goofy, transparent Batmobile for another goofy, transparent Batmobile? Granted, the giant wings on the back of this one are a little more subtle than the previous ones. The giant bat logo on the hood is a tad tacky... but also kind of cool?

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6. Christopher Nolan’s Batman series (2005-2012)

There is nothing sexy or sleek about the big, bulky tumbling vehicle from Christopher Nolan’s Batman Begins. We have to admit though that it's probably the most practical for his job. And the Batpod that emerges from it is pretty rad.

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