The Batmobile was Batman’s primary mode of transportation. At first, Batman often simply referred to that Batmobile as “the car”, and he later called it the Batmobile. The Batmobile was one of the most daunting components in Batman’s vast arsenal, and he kept it stored in the Batcave when it was not in use. And it was designed specifically for the 1989 “Batman” film.
It was created by Hollywood production designer Anton Furst, who looked at jet aircraft components, war machines, and other such vehicles in their search to produce a car for an edgier, darker Batman than what was previously seen. In the end, and opting for pure expressionism, the production crew took design ques from the Salt Flat Racers of the 1930s and the Sting Ray macho machines of the 1950s to produce a veritable tank of a car.
Batman first used the Batmobile to rescue Vicki Vale from the Joker. After he parked it out front of the Flugelheim Museum, Batman instructed Vicki to get into the vehicle as the Joker’s Goons gave chase in their own cars. After it completely outmatched the Goons’ and the GCPD for pure speed, the Batmobile unfortunately was caught in a bottleneck. With the road blocked by a construction crew, Batman and Vicki abandoned the Batmobile and continued their escape. Eventually, Batman used a remote to call the Batmobile to him after he dispatched Joker’s goons. In an attempt to kill the Joker after the recollection that he was responsible for his parents’ deaths, Batman used the Batmobile to lay siege to Axis Chemicals and effectively demolished the complex despite Joker’s escape in his Helicopter.
The scene in Batman of the Batmobile making its way to the Batcave was partially filmed using a remote controlled Batmobile model that was driven through a miniaturized forest set.
When Jay Ohrberg built the Six Flags versions of the Batmobile, he narrowed their rear quarters by about 4″ on each side to allow the car to be transported easier as the width of the original Batmobile’s hind quarters caused the wheels to hang over the side of a typical transport truck.