Ultimately though I grew up watching the campy yet fantastic starring Adam West as Batman and Burt Ward as Robin which ran from 1966 – 1968 (there was also a movie in 1966). The movie and TV series brought all the classic villians into technicolour life – The Joker, The Penguin, Catwoman and The Riddler. Holy Cinemascope Batman!
The Batman movies had all sorts of great vehicles and aircraft but the most memorable ones were from the 1960’s. There was the Batmobile, the Batboat, the Batcycle and of course the Batcopter! Recently I have seen originals of these 1960’s vehicles at the excellent in North Miami, Florida where they have a fantastic display hall dedicated to Batman. The best was seeing the original Batcopter actually fly at the Sun ‘n Fun Air Show in Florida (unfortunately it is missing the bat wings)! I have also in recent times seen various replicas and originals of the Batmobile from the 1960’s and later variants from Batman (1989), Batman Returns (1992) and Batman Forever (1995).
The original Batmobile as seen in the comics was just an ordinary car but by the 1940’s the first true Batmobile appeared. The 1940’s version set the stage for a series of great vehicles to follow that have featured cool gadgets and weaponry – a battering ram, guns, rockets, lasers, anti-theft devices, you name it and at some stage the Batmobile had it!
The most famous Batmobile is the iconic 1966 one made by of Barris Kustom City for the Batman TV series and movie (1966-1968). He was given $15,000 and had less than 3 weeks to come up with the car. I think he did an amazing job!