Q: How would Batman fare in the world of Wacky Races? -- @sprucetonberry
A: I'm going to go go ahead and guess that this question was inspired by this week's release of DC's new Wacky Raceland comic, in which the classic road race cartoon was reimagined for the grim darkness of a post-apocalyptic future. With that being the case, I have to admit that the comic was a little disappointing for me. As much as I love that premise and the idea of going super over-the-top with it --- and as much as there were scenes in there that captured exactly what I want out of a story like that --- the whole thing left me a little cold.
But like most things in this fallen world of ours, I'm pretty sure it could be improved with the addition of Batman.
Toronto gets turned into a film set on a semi-regular basis. It's no Los Angeles, but it sometimes plays her --- or any other North American city --- on the big screen. Not long after I first moved to the city, there was fake snow on the ground for the Scott Pilgrim movie (a rare case of Toronto playing Toronto). The street where I live is sometimes lined with yellow New York cabs, most recently for Kick-Ass 2, and the next spooky Guillermo Del Toro may be lurking around any corner at any time.
Right now, the city is overrun by the Suicide Squad movie, as demonstrated by our video and photos of Ben Affleck's heavy duty industrial Batmobile chasing down the brightly-colored Jokermobile during last night's shoot.
Auctions America, which specializes in classic cars, has some very snazzy replicas of the Batmobile and Batcycle from the 1966 Batman TV series going up for sale Saturday, with estimated prices of $125,000 to $175,000 for the car, and $10,000 to $20,000 for the motorcycle.
Listen: I love Batman, and, for obvious reasons, I am always up for seeing people who love Batman get unexpected and unique Batman-related presents just because they really, really love Batman. As a result, it was pretty fun to watch the video above, an installment of Super-Fan Builds where a big Batman fan and his presumably equally Batman-loving son are given a custom-made stroller built to look like the Tumbler from Batman Begins.
There's just one problem, and it's a pretty obvious one. You, uh... you know how Batman's origin story goes, right? As cool as it is, maybe an item that makes your kid more like Batman is not the best idea.
Whatever your opinion of Christopher Nolan's Dark Knight trilogy, the Bat-vehicles of the series had an undeniable coolness. Seemingly practical and fantastical all at once, the Tumbler in particular invoked great envy in a number of fans. Where once owning a Tumbler of our own may have been nothing more than a pipe dream, Soap Studio has shrunk down the tactical transport to a more manageable size, in regards to both storage and, more importantly, price.
While director Zack Snyder did share a look at the 'Batman vs. Superman' version of the Batmobile, it was parked in a warehouse and half-covered in smoke. In short, you couldn't really get a good sense of what it would look like in action. Today, we get a much better look at what Batfleck's Batmobile will look like in 'Batman vs. Superman' as Bruce Wayne's whip has rolled onto the film's set for the first time.
Have you ever been playing Rocksteady's Batman: Arkham games and thought "this would be great, but I really wish this character I'm playing as was less like Batman. I wish he'd wear a suit of Iron Man armor and drive around blowing up tanks with a machine gun"? Well, if you have, and to be honest, I cannot actually imagine that is the case, I have some very good news for you.
Yesterday at E3, hot on the heels of a teaser showing off the many, many guns mounted on the Batmobile, Rocksteady released gameplay footage showing off both the new city environment of their upcoming Batman: Arkham Knight, along with the drivable Batmobile tearing around the city and blowing things up. With its guns. The gigantic guns that have been mounted on the Batmobile, the signature car of Batman, a character who fights crime because his parents were shot with a gun. I just wanted to make all of that very clear before we move on.
I'm all for recycling, but I think we can all agree that recycling is better when it involves Batman. That, at least, seems to be the theory that Li Weilei, a Chinese businessman and mechanic, seems to be operating under, which explains why he and a team of friends have been building replicas of the Tumblr, the vehicle Batman drove in Christopher Nolan's Dark Knight trilogy, out of scrap metal.
Ever since the announcement of the upcoming Batman: Arkham Knight video game, one of the key selling points has been that it's going to feature a Batmobile that you can actually drive around Gotham City. It's pretty cool to see, if only because Batman's car is really the only aspect of the character that the previous three games in the series didn't really make an attempt to recreate, and today we've gotten a sneak preview of the Batmobile's "Battle Mode." It seems that players will be able to use the Batmobile in combat, deploying all the guns and missile launchers on Batman's iconic car.
Yep. All those guns. On Batman's car. You can probably see where I'm going with this.
Good news for those of you still looking forward to Man of Steel 2, AKA Superman vs. Batman vs. Wonder Woman vs. Cyborg vs. Green Lantern Maybe vs. Oh My God They Are Probably Going To Put Aquaman In A Movie: Justice League Begins! Visionary Director™ Zack Snyder took to Twitter today with an exciting look at one of the elements of the new film and revealed the brand new movie Batmobile!
Well, sort of. He revealed a wheeled, Batmobile-shaped object mostly hidden by a tarp, but hey, close enough. Check below for a larger look at the rear wheels, giant tailfins and potentially flaming exhaust of the sweet ride that Ben Affleck will be driving while quoting Frank Miller comics next Summer!
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