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The H.R. Giger Batmobile

H.R. Giger is best known for his work on the “Alien” movies and his ability to make everything look biomechanical and creepy, and if you think about it, his work wouldn’t seem totally out of place in the ominous cityscape of Gotham. Super Punch pointed out today that this mashup almost happened back in 1994, when Giger was contacted to design a Batmobile for “Batman Forever.”

There’s something very distinctly sci-fi about the design, which was built in the shape of an X, and included “articulated front legs/mandibles, retractable fins, and gatling gun emplacements on each of the four pods on the sides of the vehicle. The design also combined side and forward intake ports with [organic] spines and a central pod connecting the four legs.”

It reminds me a little of a chromosomal Cylon Raider and/or something out of Babylon 5, but I can’t say I’m 100% into it, possibly because Giger’s work always has the ring of the unsettling to it — not in an “I am the night” kind of way, but more in a “beetles will eat your eyes while you sleep” kind of way. Still, it could have at least been something distinct and interesting within the carnival of mediocrity and Bat-Nipples that was “Batman Forever.”

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