The threats in 2017’s “Justice League” look to amp up in a big way from this year’s “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice,” especially for Bruce Wayne (Ben Affleck) — moving from targeting one Kryptonian to defending Earth from Steppenwolf and a horde of Parademons, all part of DC Comics’ Jack Kirby-created “Fourth World.” As such, the Dark Knight’s technology looks to evolve as well — including an upgraded Batmobile with some added weaponry. Warner Bros. has revealed the first look at the “Justice League” Batmobile, seen below.
Like “Batman v Superman,” this Batmobile was designed by production designer Patrick Tatopoulos. The “Justice League” Batmobile retains the overall look of the previous film, along with some added firepower — showing that, despite a shift to a generally brighter direction, the movie isn’t backing down from criticism of the heavily armed Batman of “BvS.”
“You have missile launchers, you have cannons, you have machine guns,” Tatopoulos said of the “Justice League” Batmobile, in a group interview with reporters during a visit to the film’s London set.
Since “Justice League” is a team movie, the Batmobile won’t be the only mode of transport featured in the film. The movie will introduce the “Flying Fox,” a large airship for team travel — big enough to fit the Batmobile inside. A set hasn’t yet been built for the Flying Fox — “Justice League” is still relatively early into production — but concept art was shown to press, though it has not yet been released wide and photos were not allowed during the set visit.
“It’s big enough for the Batmobile and it can house other Bat-gadgets,” DC Films producer Charles Roven told reporters. “It’s definitely its own self-contained, fantastic piece of equipment.”
Along with the Flying Fox, “Justice League” also adds a one-person vehicle called the “Nightcrawler,” a smaller piece of Batman-created tech that will sport multiple legs, designed to shimmy through tight spaces. No pictures have yet been shared publicly of the Nightcrawler.
“There’s an action set piece — we’re gonna take you to this tunnel,” franchise producer Deborah Snyder told reporters. “It’s a tunnel they were gonna build between Metropolis and Gotham and it had been abandoned, so the project never really went forward. But there’s abandoned remains of what started to be this tunnel. It’s pretty hard to get the Batmobile through there, so it’s nice to have the Crawler, which can maneuver.”
Additionally, Batman will add another armored Batsuit to his arsenal, along with a more standard outfit. “Justice League” costume designer Michael Wilkinson described it as the “tactical Batsuit;” no images are yet available.
“In the final chapter of our film, Batman realizes he has to step up his game a little bit,” Wilkinson told reporters. “He and Alfred have been working on developing a suit that’s even more protective than the classic suit.”
“Justice League” is scheduled for release on Nov. 17, 2017. Keep reading CBR for much more from the “Justice League” set visit.
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