What the Batmobile Almost Looked Like in "Batman Forever."

What the Batmobile Almost Looked Like in "Batman Forever."

How would you have felt about seeing the Batmobile designed in this manner in "Batman Forever?" Plus you can view transitions made by the Batmobile over the years from 1941 through the present.

Over the years, Batman's most frequently used vehicle, the Batmobile, has gone through several alterations. Whether it be from television series to the first theatrical film release of 1989 or the changes made from the 1989 film to "The Dark Knight."

When "Batman Forever" was being developed in 1994, the studio asked for the help of designer HR Giger to create his interpretation of the famous Batmobile. Giger is responsible for designing on such films as "Dune," "Alien," "Aliens 3" and "Species."

His style is clearly one of a nightmarish element. So when asked to design the vehicle, he created the following:

As you can see, the images are drastic changes from what we are familiar with. In fact, the vehicle appears of alien origin in my opinion.

Here's a brief trip down memory lane for those who need a visual display of the Batmobile from over the years.

The first Batmobile that appeared in 1941

the Batmobile used in the television series that ran from 1966-1979

The Batmobile used in Superfriends cartoon series from 1973-1977

The Batmobile used in Challenge of the Superfriends Cartoon Series/Comic Books

The Batmobile used by Michael Keaton in "Batman" from 1989 and "Batman Returns" in 1992

The Batmobile used in Batman: The Animated Series from 1992-1995

The Batmobile used by Val Kilmer in "Batman Forever" in 1995

The Batmobile used by George Clooney in "Batman & Robin" in 1997

The Batmobile used in the animated series "The New Adventures of Batman & Robin"
in 1997-2005

The Batmboile used in the animated series "Batman Beyond" in 1999-2002

The Batmobile used by Christian Bale in "Batman Begins" in 2005 and "The Dark Knight" in 2008.

Whispers68: As lame as it sounds, I still think my favorite representation of the Batmobile are the ones used in "Batman" and "Batman Returns" with Michael Keaton. Nonetheless, there have been major changes over the years done to this vehicle. I wonder if things will remain the same if and when Nolan releases a sequel to "The Dark Knight."
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Spilox - 11/3/2009, 1:48 PM
WTF, it looks like a [frick]ed up spider :S
SHHH - 11/3/2009, 1:50 PM
nice find, i'm not sure what to think of it? it would of been different
longbowhunter - 11/3/2009, 1:53 PM
I think the batmobile from the Animated Series will always be my favorite.
thwhtGuardian - 11/3/2009, 2:22 PM
I'm with you longbow,I love the tas batmobile.
answer - 11/3/2009, 2:27 PM
@LongBow, That one is easily my favourite too!
BmanHall - 11/3/2009, 2:38 PM
Keaton's Batmobile was the best. I get hard just thinking about it. =d
vonstallin - 11/3/2009, 2:52 PM
it looks like a Vagina....
BmanHall - 11/3/2009, 2:53 PM
When people imitate my posts, I bust. =0
invalensname - 11/3/2009, 2:54 PM
I would do anything to own the Burton Batmobile. What a machine!
invalensname - 11/3/2009, 2:55 PM
The Giger design looks like a furry pair of pliars.
BmanHall - 11/3/2009, 2:55 PM
Oooooohhhhhaaaaauuuuuuhhhhhh... XO
MovieTheaterLad - 11/3/2009, 2:57 PM
I like how the Batman Forever one that they went with is an homage to the old one that was most notably seen in The Killing Joke.
Tobuttica - 11/3/2009, 3:01 PM
I have to agree about the TAS mobile, but I like the New Adventures of Bman and Robin as well. It just seems like all of them would have a terrible turning radius, but I guess that's what those grappling hooks are for.
BmanHall - 11/3/2009, 3:20 PM
@ teabag: I hate Batman Forever too, but god do I love Wobbly fins!
BruceWayneNewton - 11/3/2009, 3:21 PM
Nothing better than the one from Batman and Batman Returns.
GunRyder - 11/3/2009, 3:22 PM
Thank god for Tim Burton's Batman and Frank Miller, Batman looked like a dumbass until they showed up.
JoshWilding - 11/3/2009, 3:24 PM
Whispers68: Cool article - you're on a roll today, lol!

Guys, check out my INHUMANS fan cast under "Fan Fic"!!! :)
dancingmonkey08 - 11/3/2009, 3:28 PM
the different batmobiles through the years have all been pretty awesome. Though, I have never been so happy to have crappy internet, every pic loads except the crappy Batman & Robin one! lol

But the one big question I want to ask is what are we going to get in the third movie? With the latest Batmobile destroyed, are we going to get a hybrid of the Tumbler and one of the Batmobile from the comics such as one of these:

I would like to see that

And that Bat rocket ship that Reese mentions in the second one better be in the third one lol
Whispers68 - 11/3/2009, 3:29 PM

That rather large and awkward fin on the "Batman Forever" Batmobile is pretty ugly. It looks like an underwater vessel that somehow made its way onto land.

In the animated universe, I like the Batmobile used in "The New Adventures..." But from the original animated series I also like that one. The "Batman Beyond" looks cool but not what I think when the Batmobile comes to mind, even if done in a future representation. Nonetheless, kudos to each designer for their hard work on the designs. The very first Batmobile reminds me of something an old pedophile would drive...somewhat like Old Man Herbet from "Family Guy."
joob234 - 11/3/2009, 3:32 PM
i always loved futuristic, technological stuff so i have to go with the beyond batmobile.
Whispers68 - 11/3/2009, 3:33 PM

Thanks...I haven't been able to find anything good lately but I saw the concept arts for the Batmobile and decided to make my own collection of the Batmobile's used since 1941.


That is a pretty sweet hybrid. I actually like it. Like I mentioned in my article, if he does make a sequel, what representation of the Batmobile will he bring to lfe? I really wonder
slimybug - 11/3/2009, 3:34 PM
FTR, the Burton film wasn't the first theatrical release, as the opening post says. That was the Adam West film.
CorndogBurglar - 11/3/2009, 3:56 PM
i agree with bman. burton's batmobile was the best looking batmobile in all the movies and comics. no other version of the batmobile looks anywhere near as cool as that one.
thesmythefactor - 11/3/2009, 4:03 PM
I actually liked the Batmobile from Batman the animated series, it looked the most appropriate for the time it was sent in out of all the other cars, it just seemed to fit not to much not to little.
dxperry - 11/3/2009, 4:12 PM
Would have went well with the shitty movie
lvlheaded - 11/3/2009, 4:22 PM
batman forever one looks tacky and way overboard. it looks really delicate and lame.
StephenStrange - 11/3/2009, 4:25 PM
The Tumbler is my favorite of all time. It might not be as pretty as some of those others, but that is one MEAN MACHINE.
GUNSMITH - 11/3/2009, 4:44 PM

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bw - 11/3/2009, 4:47 PM
my favorite is the one from the original series. growing up, i loved that car.

the tumbler would be my 2nd.
orod510 - 11/3/2009, 4:56 PM
Keaton's and Animated series are the best
dellamorte1872 - 11/3/2009, 5:10 PM
I LIKE THE keaton and animated series ones too
jallanr - 11/3/2009, 5:11 PM
to me, the tumbler is the only one that suits batman. i mean, its the most powerful and most menacing of all of them. idk that just my opinion

woo hoo!
EatMySword420 - 11/3/2009, 5:21 PM
The batmobile thats used in the new advetures of batman and robin is cool
TheSoulEater - 11/3/2009, 5:36 PM
Thats like Maleficent's head

maleficent Pictures, Images and Photos
TheBumblingIdiot - 11/3/2009, 5:52 PM
the bat mobile from Frorever looked like the batmobile from the 1940s to me not as cool as the 19989 m0vie or the carton but not to defrient from the comics
GUNSMITH - 11/3/2009, 5:56 PM
dragonquest67 - 11/3/2009, 6:14 PM
this must be some type of joke lol

SgtPeppersComics - 11/3/2009, 6:14 PM
The Batmobile used in the animated series is still one of the best.
GUNSMITH - 11/3/2009, 6:20 PM
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