The New Batmobile Design Is Going For “Sexy Tank.” Yeah, Okay

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The Batmobile’s look in Batman v. Superman reminds me of the design of the vehicle in Christopher Nolan’s trilogy; turns out I’m not wrong. I’m not sure “sexy” is the word I’d use to describe the results, but production designer Patrick Tatopoulos insists:

He is not driving a Formula 1 car, he’s driving a tank that is very sexy looking. Batman is rougher, tougher, and grungier. So everything is rough: the weapons, the suit and the car. There are machine guns mounted on the front. When you first see the Batmobile, it is being fixed. It is not – boom! – coming out of the garage brand new. It is scratched, damaged… Batmobiles are often designed very low to the ground, something classical. That didn’t feel fully comfortable for us. I thought the Tumbler [from Nolan’s Batman films] was a revolutionary design, with the suspension very high up. I wanted to combine the two vehicles. I wanted something of a motorcycle, too: big wheels, suspension, exhausts.

The rest of Batman’s accoutrements will match this aesthetic, says Tatopoulos:

With The Justice League coming, it influences my designs of the Batcave, the Batmobile, the Batwing. We are creating a world for Batman – every set, every prop, is real. We have to be ready for what’s next.

“Real,” eh? So, what, it all really works? Should we be worried about Ben Affleck playing vigilante on the streets of Los Angeles after this film wraps?

(via Collider, image via Blastr)

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