It's finally happening -- a rich entrepreneur is financing a hi-tech Batcave underneath his expansive home. In 2008, Indiana Pacers small forward Danny Granger announced his intention to build a version of Batman's legendary headquarters if he ever built a house. An avid comics and video game fan, Granger mentioned his vision for a real-life Batcave (or "Grangercave") underneath his home in an interview with NBA.com.
"I think when I build a house a couple years down the line, I was telling my fiancee I wanted to have -- once again with the superhero thing -- you know how Batman drives into a hidden cave? I'm serious," Granger told NBA.com. "I even met with like a builder and ask if this would be possible -- have a secret entrance to my house that no one knows about. Make it look like whatever, but have a secret way I can get to my house that I could drive my car in. It would probably cost way too much money but I really may think about doing that. Like seriously. I'm dead serious."
When Granger spoke with Yahoo! Sports later in 2008, he announced his Batcave would actually be built in his Albuquerque, New Mexico home.
"Actually the builder called me and told me he found a nice little feature, a lift for my car, kind of like Batman had. It's in the works, it's a process. [The Superhero stuff] is just a big thing I've been a part of. I love Superman, love Batman. It's just the way I've been always."
In August 2009, Granger gave an update on the status of the Grangercave in an interview with 770 KKOB AM in Albuquerque. While the Pacers' forward was taking an active hand in the design of the cave and had acquired the land, he estimated "a year and a half until it's all completed and done" due to the intricacy of the project. Granger further shared some features had to be stricken due to New Mexico building codes.
"I wanted an underground tunnel entrance. I had to take that out," Granger told the radio station. "I found out there's so many state codes and laws against that (laughing) so we had to take that one out. But we still have the underground thing going on and I mean I've got cars and things that turn my cars and I even got sort of like a moat thing going on so it will be interesting to see."
The latest update in Granger's quest to build a better Batcave came in October 2011 in an interview with SI.com when the player stated construction had resumed following the NBA lockout and teased some features of his creation.
"It's based on the Batcave from the first set of Batman movies -- starting with Michael Keaton," Granger said. "It will have a few aspects from the Christian Bale movies, like a drive-in pathway or tunnel that lights up as you drive through it. It'll also have this kind of circular island, where you park your car on this big circle, and the circle spins, so that you never have to back the car out."
While there have been no updates since October, Granger's estimated deadline for completion of the Batcave is fast approaching -- even considering the time lost during the lockout. While he may not be able to drive his car out of his underground tunnel entrance, he'll certainly have the coolest man cave on the face of the planet. Especially since British DJ Tony Alleyne's full apartment replica of the U.S.S. Voyager from "Star Trek: Voyager" was demolished after a messy divorce.