Tim Burton’s 1989 Batman film starred Jack Nicholson as the Joker and Michael Keaton as Bruce Wayne / Batman, along with co-stars Kim Basinger, Robert Wuhl, Pat Hingle, Billy Dee Williams, Michael Gough, and Jack Palance. It’s set early in the superhero’s war on crime, and focuses on his conflict with the Joker. There were many games released over the years, including on the NES, but none come near the quality of this fan game made in Unreal Engine 4. Read more for a gameplay preview and additional information.
You may have seen Batcarts before, but here’s an up-close look at one of these Batman Tumbler golf carts. Marc Irvin of Marc’s Creature Company first created this golf cart for movie director Ray Griggs back in 2013, used mainly to get around movie sets. Since then, Marc has built a few more of them, most recently for an auto enthusiast named Alex, who also goes by “Lambo Jesus” on social media. Read more for an up-close look at one of these machines, which is based on the EZ-Go golf cart.
An engineer who goes by “JT” online has been fascinated by the grappling hooks used by Batman and other superheroes in movies. So, he went on to build his very own, and it wasn’t easy, since the entire process took over a year. What he ended up with was a aluminum chassis that packs a powerful 10,000W skateboard motor, attached to a custom-built grappling hook. The hook itself is propelled using 12g CO2 cartridges, operated by an an analogue throttle wheel controlled with your thumb. Read more for a video and additional information.
The DriveTribe’s Mike Fernie was lucky enough to get behind the wheel of a Time Burton-style 1989 Batmobile, powered by a Chevy-sourced 5.7L V8 producing 380 hp. As you’re about to see, this particular replica requires a driver that is at least 6-feet-tall due to the height of the massive hood. Unfortunately (or fortunately), it does not come equipped with any of the weapons seen in the movie. Read more for the video.
It’s not everyday that you see a Batmobile replica for sale, much less one based on a 1965 Ford Mustang. This example was custom-built by Z Cars, complete with a spaceframe chassis and fiberglass body, making it much lighter than the complete Mustang donor car. Power comes from a Chevrolet-sourced 5.7L small block V8 generating 380 horsepower, but unfortunately, it’s not road legal nor can this vehicle fit inside some standard garages at 22-feet-long. Read more for additional pictures and information.
In the comics, Batman’s grappling gun is basically a pistol that fires small grappling hooks on monofilament wire. Once the hook is secured, a touch of a button activates a powerful motorized pulley system that enables the user to make a quick ascent to a rooftop. There are many variations of this gadget used by Batman and the rest of the characters in this series. However, making one of these in real-life is harder than you think. Read more to see one fan that managed to create a functional grappling gun.
LEGO teamed up with Warner Bros. Consumer Products and DC to bring you the 1989 Batwing and in 2,363 piece fashion. Not just a small static model, this one has craft has a full interior, removable canopy, posable aerodynamic flaps and several Easter eggs, including a screen featuring The Joker’s gas balloons and a ‘Bat Engine’ label on the vehicle’s engine that will transport fans back to 1989. Read more for additional pictures and information.
Nguyen Dac Chung, a 23-year-old college student from Hanoi, Vietnam was always fascinated with the Tumbler Batmobile from Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight. Unfortunately, the few replicas that popped up for sale were way out of his price range. So, he decided to spend 10-months and $21,700 building his own, albeit on a smaller scale. Though it may look complete, Chung says that it’s only 90 percent complete. Read more for a video and additional information.
Director Matt Reeves released a new “The Batman” trailer at the DC FanDome event earlier today, and it’s fittingly set to Nirvana’s “Something in the Way”. We get a glimpse of Riddler (Paul Dano), who leaves a series of deadly riddles for the Batman and Commissioner Gordon (Jeffery Wright), while also giving us a quick look at Catwoman (Zoë Kravitz). Read more for the trailer and additional information
Photo credit: Arjun Menon
India-based photographer Arjun Menon decided to make the best of the COVID-19 lockdown and combine his passion of comic book characters with photography. Some of his past projects included the Terminator, Predator, Joker, Batman, Killer Croc, Bane, Wolverine, and lots more. His goal was to simply turn simple items like cheese graters, ice cube trays, and even air filters, into cinematic scenes. What was really challenging is getting those items to match the scale of the action figures. Read more to see how he turned household items, light painting and an action figure into the Batman: The Animated Series intro.