The Batmobile was Batman's automobile and primary mode of transportation. It has been redesigned and rebuilt over the years.
Not much is known about Batman's early Batmobile. Due to mechanical trouble, he was forced to abandon it and had a more robust vehicle designed and built by Earl Cooper, an out-of-work automobile designer with a reputation as a troublemaker in the industry.
Earl Cooper designed and built the second Batmobile (inspired by a vehicle of similar design Bruce saw at the Gotham's World's Fair during a date with Andrea Beaumont) that included such items as a turbine jet, grappling hook, ejection seats, on-board navigation and computer with video uplink, oil slick and caltrops. Batman had two vehicles with this design:
- The first was destroyed by Penguin.
- The second was built after Penguin's defeat with several upgrades.
However, the Batmobile was not absolutely durable, as it was once smashed easily by Bane.
In an alternate timeline, resistance leader Bruce Wayne had a very similar attack vehicle to the second Batmobile.
The third Batmobile design was completely different from the previous ones. In addition to being used by Batman, it was also driven by Batgirl at times and served Batman through his affiliation with the Justice League.
In the mid to late 21st century, a time when vehicles could fly, the fourth Batmobile had flight capabilities that was the main transportation for the new Batman. This new Batmobile would incorporate a similar or greater range of gadgetry as previous Batmobiles and given the fact it's already airborne, precluded the need for the Batwing. The vehicle can pilot itself and can be summoned to Terry automatically when called. It could project a hologram of an ordinary vehicle over itself to avoid suspicion, camouflage itself in similar fashion to his Batsuit, for longer periods of time to deter vandals and tampering. The vehicle is operated through the suit's electronics reducing the amount of effort needed to pilot it, however that may be unnecessary as Bruce was seen piloting the vehicle without it. Its top speed is said to be Mach 3. The Batmobile also has a floor embedded hatch, permitting Batman to drop straight down. The car carries an array of weapons and gadgets. Rear grappling hooks to tow or snag vehicles, bottom mounted magnetic grapples to catch and slow down vehicles. It's also armed with missiles.
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