BySkyler Sneathen, writer at
Avid comic book fan and history buff.
Skyler Sneathen

We all know and celebrate the Batmobile as one of the coolest superhero inventions in history. Several directors have brought us various incarnations of this iconic vehicle, yet we forget that is a wealthy man and has plenty of other toys on four wheels. Just like the iconic Batmobile, the civilian vehicles of Bruce Wayne have evolved over the years.

Let's take a look at some examples from the most recent movies.

Tim Burton's Bruce Wayne

'Batman' and 'Batman Returns' [Source: Warner Bros.]
'Batman' and 'Batman Returns' [Source: Warner Bros.]

From aesthetics alone, this first car is hardly an eye-catcher. In Batman he drives a 1978 Plymouth Volaré. When adjusted for current inflation, the car sold originally for barely $20,000, which is nothing for billionaire playboy Bruce Wayne. There’s a theory that Mr. Wayne drives the car in this scene to visit the site of his parents’ murder while escaping any possible paparazzi attention. This would work, seeing as the film uses many cars of the '70s to '80s, including other Plymouth vehicles. It also fits with Burton's vision of Bruce Wayne/Batman, who is not a man of the limelight. Instead, he is rather silent, mysterious and awkward.

Mr. Wayne saves the luxury for the end in both films. Michael Gough’s Alfred is seen behind the wheel of the exquisite, post-war Rolls Royce Silver Wraith. Perhaps a ride in this after a two hours of fighting evil is a relaxing end to a night of brooding and caped crusading.

Joel Schumacher's Bruce Wayne

'Batman Forever' [Source: Warner Bros.]
'Batman Forever' [Source: Warner Bros.]

Schumacher took a different approach with Bruce Wayne — he's a man who appears on television, magazines and is seen as "yesterday's news" when compared to his opponent: Nygma. Schumacher did have a knack for the bombastic in his Batman films, which is shown in both Batman and Bruce Wayne. We see Bruce drive his 1954 Jaguar XK120 Roadster to his appointment with Dr. Chase Meridian. Mr. Wayne also has in his collection a 1972 Dino 246 GTS, 1955 Jaguar D-Type, 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL coupe and 1966 Shelby Cobra.

A few of these background cars do re-appear for Batman and Robin. Most of these cars are historic, classy, convertible sport coupes and they are certainly head-turners. This is quite the change from the low-profile and pedestrian approach of Burton. Instead of a strange armory collection with Burton, we have a car collection — a collection that currently has net a value of close to $28 million. But Mr. Wayne has the money to spare, right?

Christopher Nolan's Bruce Wayne

'The Dark Knight' and 'The Dark Knight Rises' [Source: Warner Bros.]
'The Dark Knight' and 'The Dark Knight Rises' [Source: Warner Bros.]

Christopher Nolan goes for a modern approach with cars made during the times of the film. His choice of cars for Bruce Wayne especially helps drive home Bruce Wayne as eccentric, billionaire playboy. The Lamborghini Murciélago was a most appropriate automobile for Bruce Wayne (fun fact: the word is actually Spanish for bat). It was unfortunate and horrifying when the car got wrecked in The Dark Knight, but that is the price of justice.

When Bruce Wayne resurfaces in The Dark Knight Rises, he has the new Lamborghini Aventador LP 700-4. Bad luck strikes again when Selina Kyle hijacks the car from Mr. Wayne to leave the party. There seems to be a trend running here that Mr. Wayne cannot hold onto a Lamborghini.

Zack Snyder's Bruce Wayne

'Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice' and 'Justice League' trailer [Source: Warner Bros.]
'Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice' and 'Justice League' trailer [Source: Warner Bros.]

Ben Affleck’s Bruce Wayne makes heads turn, including Clark Kent’s, when he arrives to Lex’s party in his 1957 Aston Martin DB Mark III. This car is quite iconic, as it was the car James Bond drove in the Goldfinger novel and would go on to influence the secret agent’s cars in other films. One could argue Bruce Wayne is an American equivalent of Bond — he rolls up in style under the guise of Bruce Wayne for a villain's party, but is really there on Batman business to collect info and then get distracted by a cunning and beautiful woman. One other interesting fact is this car actually belongs to director Zack Snyder.

It seems is taking the classic car approach of Schumacher with the Aston Martin and the modernity of Nolan with the new Mercedes Benz Vision Gran Turismo for . In fact, this car marries those two visions of modernity and classic, given its body resembles the classic 300S Coupe, along with the gull wing doors.

Bruce Wayne has had an exciting collection of cars and it's fascinating how each director has taken a different approach with the hero's garage. Tim Burton took a minimalist approach, Schumacher made Bruce an avid collector, Nolan gave Mr. Wayne a contemporary edge and it seems Snyder is combining the last two.

What is your favorite car of Wayne's? Let me know in the comment's below.


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