- The Washington Times - Thursday, June 16, 2005

To the Batmobile

Fans have numerous ways to enjoy their favorite vehicle via multiple multimedia avenues:


The most comprehensive site on Batmobile lore has been created by scale model builder and graphic artist Bill Spencer. The History of the Batmobile (https://www.batmobilehistory.com/) covers almost every permutation of the car, including its cartoon appearances.


Owning one of the Batmobiles can be as easy as purchasing Mattel’s current 13-inch model from the “Batman Begins” film. It costs $29.99 and includes a black, battle-damaged paint job, rocket engine and laser sounds, lights and a button that reveals twin, side projectile launchers.

Also, Corgi USA, the original maker of the 1966 toy Batmobile, has resurrected the die casting license. Over a dozen, highly detailed models covering comic book designs are available at toy stores in 1:24, 1:18 and 1:43 scale versions with prices starting at $9.99.

Sequential Art

DC Comics offers numerous Batman comic book compilations. The best selection of stories highlighting the Batmobile designs include Batman in the Forties, Batman in the Fifties, Batman in the Sixties, Batman in the Seventies and Batman in the Eighties, which average $20 each and contain more than 200 pages of stories from legendary artists, such as Dick Sprang, Bob Kane, Walter Simonson, Alfredo Alcala and Sheldon Moldoff.

Video Games

Electronic Arts’ Batman Begins simulation ($39.99 for Xbox, PlayStation 2 and GameCube) allows players to drive the new Batmobile in vehicular combat levels that mix with stealth-based, third-person action.


All of the older movies with their slick Batmobiles can be found on DVD releases from Warner Brothers Home Video ($9.99 each), and a look at the not-so-slick Batmobile can be seen via the 2-disc “Batman and Robin: The Complete 1949 Movie Serial Collection” (Columbia Tristar Home Entertainment, $29.99).

Animation fans can see the Batmobile in the new compilations “Batman: The Animated Series, Volume 3” (Warner Home Video, $44.99) and “The Batman: Training for Power” (Warner Home Video, $14.99).

? Joseph Szadkowski

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