1995 Batmobile

     
 
Cool Fact
When talking about the Batmobile, Production Designer Barbara Ling said, "We went for a stylized, automotive version of a bat. I wanted the Batmobile to look like a living, breathing thing." The car was also inspired by the earliest Batmobiles, with the single vertical roof fin.

 

I have always preferred Batman's darker incarnations; it creates a more interesting dynamic when the "good guy" is on the verge of losing it himself (a bit like the original Mad Max). Batman Forever began the change away from a very serious Batman to campy "comic book style" Batman. One of these changes was the redesign of the Batmobile; instead of the dark, tanklike menace of the previous movies' cars, the Batman Forever Batmobile had a much lighter design - literally.

When I first got it, I built this model box stock, and even gave the chrome panels a light blue wash so they looked like what appeared in the movie. After about a year, though, I decided that it needed to be redone. I took the car apart, cleaned it, and rebuilt it with a darker persona. The large chrome body panels and inner fin were painted dark maroon to give the car a more organic look, and I eliminated the fixed bat-logo wheels and replaced them with a set of chrome racing wheels. I also lost the eye-stalk headlights, replacing them with low profile ellipsoids from a late model Cougar. Finally, the body was painted black and given a coat of Testor's Black Window Tint to give it a dark shine.

In the years since I built this model I grew to respect the original design, and finally decided that I also wanted to have a movie accurate car. I didn't want to lose this version of the car, so I bought a second kit to turn into the Batman Forever Batmobile, complete with illuminated engine panels and wheels.

 

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