Next summer's Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice features a Batman that is older, more experienced, and a little gruffer than the version presented in Christopher Nolan's Dark Knight trilogy. And like the new Batman, his world and weapons are also going to be rougher around the edges.
Speaking to Empire (via ComicBookMovie), designer Patrick Tatopoulos discussed his process for creating the new Batmobile seen in promo images from Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.
"[It was truly] an emotional process - it's about what feels right," said Tatopoulos. "I showed [Zack Snyder] 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."
"He is not driving a Formula 1 car, he's driving a tank that is very sexy looking," added Tatopoulos. "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."
Tatopoulos wanted to design something new, but which was informed not just by previous Batmobiles of the comics, but by the tumbler from the Dark Knight trilogy.
"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."
The final element of the Batmobile design, Tatopoulos said, was making sure it fit with the world that Zack Snyder and Warner Bros. are building for their cinematic universe.
"With 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 hits theaters March 25, 2016.