How Justice League influenced the new, 'real' Batmobile and Batcave designs in Batman v Superman

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Jul 30, 2015, 3:59 PM EDT

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice production designer Patrick Tatopoulos opened up about the new Batmobile; how we’ll be introduced to it, to the way it differs from director Christopher Nolan's Tumbler design, as well as what the film's new Batcave owes to The Justice League.

In fact, it would appear that the new designs for the Dark Knight’s ride, lair, and Batwing (Yep! the Caped Crusader's flying vehicle will be seen in Batman v Superman) owe a lot to the Justice League flick DC and Warner Bros. have in the works with a release date of November 17, 2017. "With The Justice League coming, it influences my designs of the Batcave, the Batmobile, the Batwing. We are creating a world for Batman - every set, every prop, is real. We have to be ready for what's next," said Tatopoulos.

Once again, all the juicy information comes from Empire Magazine’s newest issue (via the good people at Comic Book Movie), where Tatopoulos also described the process of bringing Batman’s iconic ride to the big screen, saying that it was "[Truly] an emotional process - it's about what feels right. I showed Zack and Zack said, 'Cool.' Sometimes it just clicks. These films are very grounded. There will be tons of CG, but also a lot of real stuff - especially with Batman. Of course, building a car from scratch is challenging. The car drives, jumps, pretty much does everything. We got the best people."

Tatopulos  added "He is not driving a Formula 1 car, he's driving a tank that is very sexy looking," he adds. "Batman is rougher, tougher, and grungier. So everything is rough: the weapons, the suit and the car. There are machine guns mounted on the front. When you first see the Batmobile, it is being fixed. It is not - boom! - coming out of the garage brand new. It is scratched, damaged."

Not only did Tatopoulos want a Batmobile that looks like it’s been used and abused, but it was also important for him that this version was different enough from the vehicle we saw in Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight Trilogy. "Batmobiles are often designed very low to the ground, something classical. That didn't feel fully comfortable for us. I thought the Tumbler was a revolutionary design, with the suspension very high up. I wanted to combine the two vehicles. I wanted something of a motorcycle, too: big wheels, suspension, exhausts."

Are you looking forward to seeing the new Batmobile in action? Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice will open on March 25, 2016.

(via Comic Book Movie)