‘The Batman’: Classic Stephen King Horror Inspired New “Animalistic” Batmobile

Whenever there’s a new cinematic take on Batman, fans get obsessed with two things: the costume, and the car. In both cases, but especially with the latter, the Batmobile is indicative of the director and his vision for the character. I personally loved Christopher Nolan’s version, which was built like a damn war rig from Mad Max. But in the case of Matt Reeves’ The Batman, his inspiration for the Batmobile comes from a surprising place.

With Robert Pattinson playing a younger Batman who is seen as a terrifying urban legend to his enemies, Reeves pulled from a classic car horror when designing the Batmobile’s look. He told Empire

“[The Batmobile] has to make an appearance out of the shadows to intimidate, so I thought of it almost like Stephen King’s ‘Christine,’” 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. There is absolutely a horror-genre aspect to this movie.”

I just think that’s hella cool, and is another indication that Reeves’ take on Batman will be different from any that we’ve seen. Just looking at the trailers you can see the horror influences everywhere, especially in Paul Dano’s murderous take on Riddler. Now we know it extends to the Batmobile, too.

The Batman opens March 4th 2022.

Travis Hopson has been reviewing movies before he even knew there was such a thing. Having grown up on a combination of bad '80s movies, pro wrestling, comic books, and hip-hop, Travis is uniquely positioned to geek out on just about everything under the sun. A vampire who walks during the day and refuses to sleep, Travis is the co-creator and lead writer for Punch Drunk Critics. He is also a contributor to Good Morning Washington, WBAL Morning News, and WETA Around Town. In the five minutes a day he's not working, Travis is also a voice actor, podcaster, and Twitch gamer. Travis is a voting member of the Critics Choice Association (CCA), Washington DC Area Film Critics Association (WAFCA), and Late Night programmer for the Lakefront Film Festival.