If I ever win the lottery, I'm buying myself a Batmobile. Just sayin'.
One of the coolest cars in the history of cinema and TV, the only lingering question for me is, which one?
Fortunately, tonight, the CW is presenting "The Batmobile," (CW, 8 p.m.), a 30-minute special that includes a look at all of the vehicles Batman has used on TV and in the movies, including "The Dark Knight Returns," which hits theaters midnight Thursday (in case you've been living under a rock).
The George Barris-version of the car was a remodeled 1959 Lincoln Futura which debuted in the Adam West "Batman" TV series in 1966. It's a stylish looking car, though its convertible nature might not make it the safest ride these days for the mean streets of Gotham. Still,it's a classic.
The 1989 Batmobile, seen in "Batman" and "Batman Returns," is wonderful-looking vehicle that fit in perfectly with the art deco style of those films. While completely intimidating to Batman's enemies, the car had difficulty making a left turn.
The Val Kilmer Batmobile for "Batman Forever" isn't terrible looking, but unfortunately fits too well with the Joel Schumacher neon look for Gotham. Also, it can drive up the sides of buildings.
The one Batmobile I truly can't stand is the George Clooney version from "Batman & Robin." Not only is the look ridiculous, but it's a poorly designed car with no passenger seat, hatch cover or windshield. The real Batman wouldn't be caught dead driving that thing.
Which leaves us with the Tumbler, the Batmobile from the Christian Bale movies. While it lacks the classic, comics-style look the other cars had, it's such a badass vehicle that its easy to forgive its lack of aesthetics. Unlike the other cars, which were built mostly to be driven on set, this car has actually been put through its paces, so there's not much CGI when it comes to filming the car in action.
This would be my version of the Batmobile, since I'm what you may call an angry driver, and I could use a car with rockets and other devices that allows me to eliminate traffic concerns. Or, one that allows me to plow over or through other cars. Worst-case scenario, I can eject the bulk of the car and ride the Bat-Pod if traffic becomes too bad.
I've built model kits of the West, Keaton and Kilmer cars (I'm not wasting money on the Clooney version), and I'm hoping to pick up the kit for the Tumbler real soon. Also, I've bought a Batmobile inspired by the 1950s version in the comics that will go well with the rest of the Batmobile fleet.
Which one is your favorite?
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ABC Family runs "Secret Life of an American Teenager" at 8 p.m., followed by "Bunheads" at 9 p.m., while MTV has a new "Teen Wolf" at 10 p.m.