Batmobile documentary announced

It’s about as iconic as a vehicle gets. This documentary on the Batmobile is slated to arrive on Blu-Ray for the 2012 holiday season.

The film will premiere at San-Diego Comic-Con on July 12. It also airs on the CW network on July 16 at 8 p.m. ET.

The Tumbler that has been smashing its way through Gotham in Christopher Nolan’s current trilogy is just one in a long line of cars Batman has used to get from point A to point B.

Here’s a look at some of the dark knight’s best wheels.

6. The Tumbler

It might be the most current iteration, but the Tumbler is actually one of the least interesting Batmobiles.

It doesn’t have any of the trappings the batmobile is known for — it’s essentially utilitarian.

That makes sense, as Christopher Nolan’s trilogy is grounded as firmly as it can be in reality. To have Christian Bale driving around in a winged car would look ludicrous.

Still, standing on its own, the Tumbler is kind of boring.

5. The 1940’s Batmobile

The ’40s Batmobile is the sort of thing that could only have existed 70 years ago.

Essentially a VW Beetle with a menacing face and a bat-wing slapped on it, it was the perfect vehicle to use zipping about Gotham and snagging mobsters, but still getting home before the tea Alfred made got cold.

This one is best left viewed with the rose-tinted glasses of nostalgia — though it is pretty distinctive, at least.

4. The Batman Forever Batmobile

Blasphemous as it may be to include anything with Joel Schumacher on any Batman-related list, this version of the Batmobile does beat out the last two.

It has that kind of gothic-chique thing going for it, but suped up with blue lights. The crew must have thrown them in there to try and distract audiences from the terrible movies they were inexplicably sitting through.

3. The Batman: The Animated Series Batmobile

Undoubtedly one of the best comic book to television adaptations ever, the Paul Dini and Bruce Timm led animated series from the ’90s also had one hell of a Batmobile.

Its sleek, curved lines fit in perfectly with the pseudo-noir feel of the show. Though judging by the length of the damn thing, parallel parking it must have been a real pain.

2. The ’60s TV show Batmobile

This is the car that generations of people think of when they think Batmobile. Popularized by the kitchy 1960’s TV show starring Adam West and Burt Ward, this wacky convertible fit in perfectly with the show’s feel and style.

And after looking at this photo, there’s a 99 per cent chance the show’s theme song is stuck in your head, too.

1. The Tim Burton Batmobile

Without a doubt, the coolest looking Batmobile comes from Tim Burton’s seminal film from 1989. It might not be grounded in reality like the current trilogy, but Burton captured most of the gothic sensibilities inherent in Batman throughout his two films.

The car is far from utilitarian — it’s set so low that a relatively small pothole would cause it some problems. But with its curves, wings, tinted windows and matte black finish, it’s just so … cool.

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