DC Entertainment has issued a statement on the death of George Barris, the designer of the iconic Batmobile from the 1960s “Batman” TV series, including a quote from DC Co-Publisher Jim Lee. The statement follows in full:
George Barris was a true creative genius and we are saddened to learn of his passing. George’s design contributions to the legendary 1966 Batmobile thrilled fans of the classic “Batman” TV show, left an indelible mark on Batman legacy and lore, and is still recognized as one of the most iconic vehicles of all time.
“Growing up I wanted to fight crime just so I could drive George’s Batmobile,” said DC Entertainment Co-Publisher Jim Lee. “It was my great honor to get to meet him in person recently and to thank him for his contributions to the world of Batman, and there was no greater thrill than getting to sit in that Batmobile from my childhood.”
Beyond the Batmobile, Barris and his company Barris Kustom Industries designed and built many custom cars for film and TV, including vehicles for “The Munsters,” “Knight Rider” and “Beverly Hillbillies.” Earlier today, it was reported that he passed away at his home at the age of 89.
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