Monday, August 20, 2012

On my last post I focused on how the characters of the Batman film franchise have evolved and changed over the years. This time I will focus on the portrayal and evolution of the Batman film vehicles

During the Adam West film era, the vehicles of Batman were as bright and campy as the film itself, with red being the predominant color in all the vehicles. The Batmobile, Batcycle, Batcopter, and Batboat were the epitome of 60's style

The late 80's/early 90's Batman films abandoned the bright red vehicles and went with sleeker, black vehicles for Batman to drive. The Batmobile, Batcycle, Batwing, and Batboat were not only high-speed transports for the Dark Knight, but were weapons as well.

The mid-90's Batman films added a skeletal, ribbed effect to the vehicles of the Caped Crusader, as well as the making the vehicles themselves seem more stylized. The Batmobile, Batcycle, Batwing, and Batboat all seemed more menacing the the previous incarnations
The late 90's saw the Batman films bring back the 60's feel to the Bat-Vehicles, adding shining red and retro-designs to the previously dark and futuristic transports. The Batmobile, Batcyle, Bathammer, and Batsled all seemed unusually shiny and bright for the Batman.
The 2000's introduced vehicles for the Batman that were angular, black, and militaristic. The Batmobile, Bat-Pod, Batwing, and Batboat seemed more fitting for a soldier than a superhero like Batman

Robin also had a few vehicles over the film franchise, the 60's saw the Boy Wonder driving his tiny R-Cart, and the late 90's saw Robin riding the Robin-Cycle, and dark and sleek Redbird cycle soon after. Then the Attack Skiff Redbird was given to the Boy Wonder, and then the Nolan era introduced the Bustertank in Robin's colors.

Batgirl patrolled the streets of Gotham on her dark purple Batgirl-Cycle in the 60's, however before it was officially revealed on the screen it was given a lace ruffled makeover. Batgirl then raced down the dark city streets on the decidedly more heroic and practical Batblade in the late 90's, and also had the Icestrike Cycle, and then Nolan era released the Jetcruiser in Batgirl's colors

1 comment:

  1. Where is the bat cycle in the Forever picture from? It doesn't appear in the movie… I'm guessing the cycle in the 80s/90s pic is a toy?