Most Disappointing Car Reveal Of 2020: The New Batmobile
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This was the worst reveal of the year.
To say 2020 wasn't a great year for a lot of things would be accurate, and that includes car revelations. Worst cam ever about Hollywood and the design of the new Batmobile for the now-belated movie The Batman. After hearing all about how the Dark Knight's new ride a muscle car would be, and seeing some interesting-looking but very shady photos, our hopes were high.
As one of the most popular superheroes of all time and as a symbol, people are understandably quite critical of the portrayal of Batman. If you're also a gearbox like us, put extra focus on what the Dark Knight is driving. Everyone has their favorite Batmobile, but chances are not many people put this latest big-screen version of Batman's ride on their top ten list, despite being more muscle car than before.
Photo credit: Twitter
Matt Reeves, the director of The Batman, recently posted these new images of the Batmobile on Twitter. We feel like the auto guys (and gals) who are undoubtedly supposed to be impressed by this more "realistic" Batmobile are being turned off instead.
Reeves already pushed it by casting Edward the sparkling vampire in the lead role. A cool Batmobile might have smoothed things out a bit. This thing looks fancier than a high school car dealership class project. It's a cobbled together mess with no clearly defined design theme.
Photo credit: Twitter
There are several elements in this car that obviously just “look cool” but fail miserably. For example, the two strips that protrude past the rear edge of the hood and then run lengthways before falling below the hood line do not seem to serve any functional purpose. Bonnet cutouts show glowing red lights, possibly where the cylinders would be if the engine weren't at the rear. What real purpose would they actually serve? They also shine through the grille, the part that isn't obstructed by the really weird looking bumper. Batman is said to be stealthy and not give the bad guys glowing red lights to be able to aim more accurately in the dark.
Speaking of bright red traffic lights, what looks like a side vent right behind the passenger tire also has that unnecessary lighting like a rice rocket from 2002. Why didn't they just give the Batmobile an underlight kit to complete the effect? In the back, Batman has put lots and lots of red lights in case the bad men couldn't successfully shoot the Batmobile before it shot past.
Then there's the exposed engine in the back. Things get really confusing with the world's most complex and nonsensical exhaust system that appears to have two exhaust systems coming from two of the ports, two open headers on either side of the engine, and four headers that collect as the LED villain shoots light .
Photo credit: Twitter
We admit, when the rumors first came out that the new Batmobile would be more muscle car, we were intrigued. Then when the first shadow images of Batman's fresh ride came out, we weren't sure what to think. Now that we can see this model in full light, let's hurry to wash our eyes out.
This is the grainier, more realistic Batmobile we've earned for 2020. To be honest, since this is just one model of the car, the final product might look better. There are some notable changes that we can notice in the shady production photos, mostly related to the nonsensical exhaust which looks more realistic, although the number of red lights is pretty much the same, except that those under the hood are thankfully gone.
Are you impressed or not with what you see with the new Batmobile? Will you see the movie when it comes out in 2021? Let us know in the comments.
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