Elon Musk may have given us the CyberTruck, but that pales in comparison to the vision of director Matt Reeves who today released a series of images teasing the new Batmobile.
Regardless of whether you're a fan of the Batman franchise or think The Joker is a character from Avengers, you'll know of the Batmobile. Perhaps one of the most iconic cars in pop culture, the name refers to the car driven by the caped crusader. Housed in the Batcave, the Batmobile isn't merely a hot ride, but also a personalised custom-built pursuit that allows the superhero to fight crime in Gotham. Basically, it makes those cars on Pimp My Ride and Fast and Furious seem positively pedestrian.
Over the years, we've seen the Batmobile get a number of upgrades as the franchise has become increasingly more modern and backed by a big studio budget. And while the upcoming film directed by Matt Reeves has largely been kept under wraps, the director's latest post suggests that the Batmobile we're going to see in the new film will be a unique one.
Taking to Twitter, Reeves shared three images of the new Batmobile which, like the film it will star in, looks rather retro. The images depict something akin to a late '60s muscle car that comes complete with a mid-mounted V-8 and turbine-like exhaust. Its machine-like body has a cut-down, angular look and to be fair, we're all for it. Even Jeffrey Wright, who will play Commissioner Gordon, responded to the images with: "Wait 'til you hear it."
It's certainly a transition from the car-tank hybrids we've seen in Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight trilogy, with Reeves opting for something far more classic in its approach. Fans have said that it is reminiscent of the old Detective Comics.
I like it. Has a nice Adam West/Barris feel to it. It’s a believable Batmobile that someone who’s not a billionaire could build - which also helps throw people off the scent of Bruce Wayne being #TheBatman. Thanks for the early looks! We’re all rooting for you! https://t.co/iO9DIGblDa— KevinSmith (@ThatKevinSmith) March 4, 2020
The release of the images comes after we got a glimpse of Robert Pattinson in the titular role. When Pattinson was first announced to take over the reigns as Batman, reviews were mixed. But with Reeves touting the new film as one which will go back to the heart of the Batman comics, portraying the superhero as more of a detective thanks to a crime-thriller vibe, it looks like Pattinson might just be well-cast after all.
Sadly, that's it for spoilers thus far. We'll just have to wait and hope Reeves shares more behind-the-scenes details of the upcoming flick soon. The film is expected to premiere on June 25, 2021, launching a new DC Extended Universe (DCEU) on the big screen. We'll be sure to keep you updated as filming unfolds.