The Dark Knight races around in his muscle-car Batmobile in the name of justice in this latest clip from the upcoming comic book adaptation The Batman. Released courtesy of The Batman Film News Twitter account, the footage shows the DC hero chasing down Oswald Cobblepot, AKA The Penguin, in the footage, which teases the hugely explosive action to come when The Batman hits theaters in March.
This version of the Batmobile is a much more understated version of the iconic vehicle than audiences have seen before. Rather than being covered in fins and weaponry or looking like a cross between a tank and a sports car, The Batman’s Batmobile is simply a souped-up muscle car that is nonetheless just as intimidating. In the clip, the engine sparks and revs to life before expertly dancing through traffic in pursuit of Colin Farrell’s crime boss before leaping through an explosion and into all our hearts.
The new footage certainly demonstrates what director Matt Reeves had aimed to achieve with his version of the Batmobile, with the filmmaker hoping to make the car just as terrifying as The Caped Crusader himself. “It has to make an appearance out of the shadows to intimidate, so I thought of it almost like Stephen King’s Christine,” Reeves said. “I liked the idea of the car itself as a horror figure, making an animalistic appearance to really scare the hell out of the people Batman’s pursuing.”
Reeves clearly went to a lot of effort to get crucial elements such as the Batmobile just right, explaining at a previous DC FanDome event that he and his team were working on them for quite some time. “This Batcave, the Batmobile, and the bat suit, they took a long time, you know… And we, we worked in the designing of it again, as I was writing in the idea of him being able to fight in it. And so they started illustrating and I’d say, I’d say we spent easily, a year to do the bat suit and then to get into the Batmobile and that of course, that part’s a dream, I mean you know you start the idea of getting to do your own version of the Batmobile is like you just kind of like that.”
According to Reeves, all the hard work was worth it, with the director describing the chance to work on things like the Batmobile and Bat-Suit as “incredible candy.”
Picking up during his second year of fighting crime, The Batman pursues the Riddler, a serial killer who targets elite Gotham City citizens, leading him to uncover corruption that connects to his own family. Directed by Matt Reeves, who wrote the screenplay with Peter Craig, The Batman stars Robert Pattinson as Bruce Wayne/Batman alongside Zoë Kravitz as Selina Kyle/Catwoman, Paul Dano as Edward Nashton/Riddler, Jeffrey Wright as James Gordon, John Turturro as Carmine Falcone, Andy Serkis as Alfred Pennyworth, and Colin Farrell as Oswald “Oz” Cobblepot/Penguin.
The Batman is scheduled for release in the United States on March 4, 2022.