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Since the announcement of the release date of Zack Snyder’s highly anticipated Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, fans of the caped crusader are eagerly looking forward to seeing the iconic, gadget-loaded automobile – the Batmobile – in action again.

Designed especially for the film by Dennis McCarthy and Patrick Tatopoulos, this custom-made crime-fighting automobile is 20 feet long and 12 feet wide. Unlike its predecessors, this black beast can be raised and lowered using certain manoeuvres, thanks to beefed up control arms at the front and an upgraded suspension system. In short, much-needed additions to handle the Dark Knight’s action-packed missions.

Over the years, the Batmobile has had many renditions, every one of them in line with the style hallmark of automobiles of the day. In 2014, the 1960s version of the Batmobile came up for auction and sold for a whopping $4.2 million. Long thought to be the original Batmobile, this Lincoln Futura was customised by George Barris.

Last December, the first official Batmobile licensed by DC Comics went under the hammer at Heritage Auctions in the United States. This Batmobile is a buffed-up version of a 1956 Oldsmobile 88, and was created in 1960 by Forest Robinson, a New Hampshire resident. It resembled the 1940s Batmobile as it had a metal fin and prominent bat ears and nose, and matched the original concept art of the Batmobile envisioned by Batman’s creator Bob Kane. No wonder Batman purists and collectors point out that the ‘Robinson Batmobile’ is far more authentic than the $4.2 million dollar 1960s version.

Despite this, the Robinson Batmobile was forgotten and remained parked in a New Hampshire field for over 50 years before it was discovered and restored by the collectible company Toy Car Exchange, and eventually auctioned off for a mere $137,000.

– Tariq Ziad Khan