The first two trailers revealed that Batman has been Gotham’s protector for quite some time. We saw teases for the Batwing and the Batmobile. Of course, with every new vision comes different interpretations of the character and his weapons and other utilities. Now production designer Patrick Tatopoulos is talking about the differences with his Batmobile and the Tumbler in Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy. More on the story below.
Here’s what Tatopoulos said about the creating the Batmobile for Zack Synder‘s Batman v Superman:
“[Truly] an emotional process – it’s about what feels right. I showed Zack and Zack said, ‘Cool.’ Sometimes it just clicks. These films are very grounded. There will be tons of CG, but also a lot of real stuff – especially with Batman. Of course, building a car from scratch is challenging. The car drives, jumps, pretty much does everything. We got the best people.”
So we know there will be some practical effects in the film, with the Batmobile being one of them. Snyder had actually taken the Batmobile from the film out for a spin the night before WB’s panel at Comic-Con a few weeks back. The production designer then talks about what makes his Batmobile “sexy”:
“He is not driving a Formula 1 car, he’s driving a tank that is very sexy looking. Batman is rougher, tougher, and grungier. So everything is rough: the weapons, the suit and the car. There are machine guns mounted on the front. When you first see the Batmobile, it is being fixed. It is not – boom! – coming out of the garage brand new. It is scratched, damaged.”
Well if Batman’s duct tape looking suit is supposed to represent the rougher, tougher, and grungier look, then everything the Dark Knight uses should be a reflection of that. With that in mind, we are getting a few details on what separates the Batman v Superman Batmobile from others, particularly the Tumbler.
“Batmobiles are often designed very low to the ground, something classical. That didn’t feel fully comfortable for us. I thought the Tumbler was a revolutionary design, with the suspension very high up. I wanted to combine the two vehicles. I wanted something of a motorcycle, too: big wheels, suspension, exhausts.”
One can only imagine how much Batman’s weapons and tactics will change once he comes to blows with Superman, and one would think that this film would influence Batman to modify his weaponry in films like Justice League. But that may not be the case, as Tatopoulos reveals that the Justice League actually influenced the designs for the Batmobile, and more.
“With The Justice League coming, it influences my designs of the Batcave, the Batmobile, the Batwing. We are creating a world for Batman – every set, every prop, is real. We have to be ready for what’s next.”
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice opens March 25, 2016.