The Mount Rushmore of Batman’s “Wonderful Toys”

Vehicles, Gadgets, and Technology...Oh My!

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Where does he get those wonderful toys?!The Joker in BATMAN ’89

In another edition of BOF’s “Mt. Rushmore of Batman” series, here’s a list of the top 4 things found in Batman’s arsenal — gadgets, vehicles, etc.

Make sure to check out BOF’s previous installments in this series


THE BATMOBILE

It’s the car, right? Chicks love the car.”

Yes, they do…as does everyone else!

When “The Bat-Man” made his debut in DETECTIVE COMICS #27 (1939), he drove around in an unnamed red sedan.

The Batmobile — as we know it decked out with Bat-motifs — first appeared in BATMAN #5 (1941), and Batman’s ride was first called the “Batmobile” in DETECTIVE COMICS #48 (1941).

The Batmobile has had many designs over the years.

It’s been long, tall, short, and everything in between.

It’s been depicted as a tank, convertible, sedan, muscle car, and more.

1970 Batmobile

Hell, here recently in the comics, Batman has been able to turn any old car into a Batmobile virtually with Wayne Enterprises technology — thanks Lucius Fox!

Historically, the first true, special-built, live-action Batmobile appeared on the 1960s BATMAN TV series.  It has also been featured in every live-action Batman movie to date — including the upcoming film THE BATMAN which is scheduled to be released on October 1, 2021.

The Batmobile is not only the most iconic vehicle in comic book/superhero history, but it’s also one of the most well-known and popular cars in pop culture.

THE BATARANG

The Batarang first appeared in DETECTIVE COMICS #31 (September 1939), in the story “Batman Versus the Vampire.”

It’s one of Batman’s oldest and recognizable gadgets and Batman is shown using Batarangs in every single media incarnation of the character — comics, film, animation, and video games. Check it!

 

THE BATCOMPUTER

My first recollection of Batman using the Bat-Computer comes via the 1960s BATMAN TV series starring the late/great Adam West.

“Officially,” the Batcomputer made its debut in BATMAN #189 (1967), but Batman had used various machines located in the Batcave that did computing work, etc. before that specific issue.

DETECTIVE COMICS #229 (1956)

The Batcomputer is featured in almost every single Batman comic book story as well as the live-action movies and animation.

Batman/Bruce Wayne and Alfred work on the Batcomputer in THE DARK KNIGHT RISES (2012)

THE BATLINE/BATROPE/GRAPPLING GUN

In the early days of 1939, The Bat-Man used a silken rope which would eventually be called “The Batrope.”

DETECTIVE COMICS #28 (1939)

Eventually, the Batarang was attached to the Batrope and Batman would swing from building to building…or in the case of the 1960s BATMAN TV series, climb up the side of buildings and run into famous people, like Sammy Davis, Jr.

Thanks to the 1989 BATMAN movie, the grappling gun was introduced. Instead of using a Batarang to propel the Batrope, the grappling gun would shoot the Batrope out of it (attached to a hook/claw) and allow Batman to “swing” from building to building, up and down.


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Lifelong Batman fan Bill "Jett" Ramey is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Batman-On-Film.com. His passions include Dallas Cowboys football, Elvis Presley, Rock music, cold beer, dive bars, the University of Texas Longhorns, and of course, Batman. He resides in the great state of Texas with his lovely wife ("Announcer Rachel") and his .5 Boston Terrier.

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