One of the best things I’ll always remember about the Batman: Arkham series is the level of options they give their players. This holds true specifically when it comes to choosing a costume. Not wanting players to just stick with their vision of Batman, Rocksteady Studios and WB Games have let us pick from up to 20 different costumes (if you include the XE Suit) while playing through their games. It’s a great tradition that I hope will continue in Batman: Arkham Knight. With that in mind, it got me thinking about the Batmobile. If you’re unaware, players who pre-order this game from Wal-Mart get a skin for it called the ‘Prototype Batmobile’. I’m sure we’ll all be able to buy it at some point after its release, but does this mean that there could be more skins for Batman’s famous ride? If there are, these are the ones I want most:
*Some of the nicknames for these vehicles are my personal names for them and not official by any means*
#5 ‘THE TUMBLER’
(NOLAN’S DARK KNIGHT TRILOGY)
Christopher Nolan’s take on Batman had its likes and dislikes (such as making Bane a British Dark Vader, but that’s just me). But one area they got definitely got right was the car. A prototype bridging vehicle built by Wayne Industries, a young Batman makes this his ride of choice, adding a few extra weapons and giving it a new paint job. Described as a ‘black tank’ by both fans and characters in the movies, this vehicle would be an easy replacement to the Batmobile we’ll be driving in Arkham Knight and would fit perfectly with the game’s dark tone.
# 4 THE ‘LIMO MOBILE’
(BATMAN: THE ANIMATED SERIES)
If you were a kid in the 1990s like me, you more than likely watched Batman: The Animated Series, and this was your vision of the Batmobile. Even though this car would probably never exist in the real world, that didn’t stop from being awesome. Among these features were smoke and oil dispensers, wheel-slasher hubs, missiles, tear gas dispensers, ejection seats, titanium alloy wheels and body panels, and reversible jet exhausts. This Batmobile was built for speed and would perform well during The Riddler’s challenges, which are less mind puzzles and more driving obstacle courses.
#3 THE DKR TANK
(THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS)
Another tank-like vehicle, this Batmobile was made popular in Frank Miller’s ‘The Dark Knight Returns’ series, aka one of the most popular “alternate” Batman storylines ever. Period. Built by Batman “during some nasty riots”, this vehicle was made for the type of chaos and destruction we’re expected to see when Arkham Knight is released. This Batmobile even managed to knock Superman his ass, at least for a moment. If you’re doubtful, watch the clip below and try to tell me you don’t want to drive this.
#2 THE ‘BAM KA-POW MOBILE’
(BATMAN 1966 SERIES)
I want this particular Batmobile skin in the game for the same reason I downloaded the Adam West Batsuit in Batman: Arkham City on Playstation 3 – fighting bad guys in it is hilarious! There’s nothing like being in a dark and serious world while fighting criminals with a ‘roided looking Adam West. If the costume option is available this time around, they have to put this in too for pure fan novelty alone. Can you say ‘Holy best frickin’ game ever, Batman’?
#1 THE ‘BURTON-MOBILE’
(BATMAN, BATMAN RETURNS)
In 1989, Batman came to the big screen for the first time since 1966. Not only did the film create what I think is the archetypal vision of Gotham City, but also made a Batmobile unlike any other. The love for this car is so great, it has been used as a basis for several comic book cars and most adaptions of the Batmobile after it. It’s even served as a spokesmodel for OnStar in 1999. For those of you who remember (and if you haven’t seen this film, go watch it now), this particular Batmobile has its own ‘Battle Mode’, equipped with bombs, missles, a pair of forward-facing machine guns, and side-mounted disc launchers. Seems this particular model was made for video games.
What Batmobile skin(s) do you hope to see in Batman: Arkham Knight? Drop a comment below!