This feature ran on IFC.com while I was on vacation, so I’m finally getting around to posting an excerpt now.
As part of the lead-up to the premiere of “Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance” (which I thoroughly enjoyed — suck it, haters!) I put together a list of my favorite 10 vehicles from comic book movies over the years.
While I was coming up with the list, I found it interesting how many cool vehicles on my list came from really bad films (i.e., Abin Sur’s ship from “Green Lantern” and the horse with gatling guns from “Jonah Hex“). When it came to film franchises with multiple variations of the same basic vehcile, I also felt compelled to identify my favorite version of the vehicle from the series (i.e., my favorite Batmobile).
Here’s an excerpt from the list:
The Batmobile (“Batman” & “Batman Returns“)
Fans of Christopher Nolan’s big-screen Bat-verse might scoff at the choice of this version of the Batmobile (from Tim Burton’s “Batman” and “Batman Returns”) as my favorite of the bunch, but in my mind, this version of Batman’s ride offered the best balance of form and function for The Dark Knight. Designed by Anton Furst, who won an Oscar for conceiving of both the Batmobile and the noir-influenced take on Gotham City seen in the film, this Batmobile exists equidistant from Nolan’s military-style “Tumbler” and the glowing, missile-like Batmobile from Joel Schumacher’s “Batman & Robin.”
You can read the rest of the list at IFC.com.