First Look: A New Book Gives The Complete History Of The Batmobile


Mark Cotta Vaz is a New York Times bestselling author and he’s put together an impressive collection of the infamous ride of the Dark Knight; the Batmobile. His new book, Batmobile: The Complete History, will show us the ins and outs of the all-black-everything vehicle we’ve come to know and love, but Vaz will pay special attention to Christopher Nolan’s unique creation–the Dark Knight’s tumbler. Get a sneak peek inside!

Here’s what you can expect from the book:

Here for the first time is the complete history of the sleek, sophisticated, incomparable Batmobile. From its humble beginnings in the pages of Detective Comics, to its reimaginings every decade in the pages of DC Comics, to its unforgettable appearances on the big screen, this book explores each incarnation of the Batmobile in incredible detail and scope.

In addition to comic books, the Batmobile has been immortalized in nearly every imaginable medium, including film, television, toys, and video games. Most recently, it was given breathtaking new life-and incredible capabilities-in Christopher Nolan’s extraordinary film trilogy, which concludes with 2012’s The Dark Knight Rises. While each of the Batmobile’s incarnations will be explored, special attention will be paid to the “Tumbler” Batmobile from Batman Begins, The Dark Knight, and The Dark Knight Rises.

With stunning gatefolds and detailed specs, blueprints, and historical comparisons, BATMOBILE: The Complete History is an informational and visual delight for auto and Batman fans alike. It’s an unparalleled and high-speed journey that will leave you breathless.

Read more here.

Now I’m not a comic book collector nor am I especially Batman-obsessed (maybe Bale-obsessed… maybe… definitely) but the way this trilogy is panning out, I might need to get my hands on something like this! The history of Batman in the movies is already so interesting, I can imagine that this book will highlight many of the changes that we’ve seen over the years. So just in case you weren’t hyped up enough about this Friday’s The Dark Knight Rises premiere, here’s a little more Batman paraphernalia:

From back in the day, the 1960s TV show Batmobile was still pretty cray.

Tim Burton’s Batmobile (seen in Batman and Batman Returns) was the work of Oscar-winning production designer Anton Furst.

Burton handed the franchise over to Joel Schumacher and the Batmobile grew wings, fancy lighting, and developed the ability to mount walls and jump between surfaces.

Batman and Robin brought us the Batmobile with the onboard voice-activated computer.

Christopher Nolan breathed new life into the franchise and brought us the 2005 Batmobile, the glorious new Tumbler of Batman Begins.

Inside the Tumbler we go!

Because sometimes, you gotta get fly on ‘em: The Batplane


You can get a copy of Batmobile: The Complete History here.