Ben Affleck is the new Batman. No matter how you feel about that decision, I think you’ll agree that the only chance Affleck has of filling Christian Bale’s colossal Bat-boots is to not even try. Don’t growl like a strep patient. Don’t hit on Anne Hathaway. Don’t crash a Lamborghini. Don’t drive the massive, 8-wheeled, paramilitary-styled, helicopter-engined Tumbler.
Affleck has to play a different Batman than Christian Bale’s über-dark Batman, and getting away from the Tumbler – arguably the real star of the latest Bat-trilogy – is a great way to start. So, it’s 2015. Batman is driving around Gotham City. What’s he driving? Here are a few green-gearhead options that would be perfect for a slimmer, sleeker, more polished Batman. You know, the kind of Batman who would be believable in “Gigli” and “Jersey Girl“.
Here’s my short list of contenders. Enjoy!
Batmobile Option 1: Nissan Deltawing
Nissan’s matte-black version of the Deltawing racecar that ran at LeMans and the Petit LeMans last year positively screams “New Batmobile!” already, and it’s got a European panache that totally eluded the Tumbler. Where the Tumbler shouted “‘MURICA!” and bashed its way through police cruisers, the Deltawing is light, lithe, and blisteringly fast enough to simply go around them. Make it electric, and it would be whisper-quiet enough to fit some Bat-sonar equipment to.
Batmobile Option 2: Monster Tajima’s PPIHC Car
Monster Tajima’s electric Pike’s Peak Hillclimb car is brutally fast, durable enough to brave one of the world’s toughest rally courses, and has a slick, high-tech JDM quality to the styling that might fit a more “Metro” sort of Bruce Wayne. The best part? This big-winged new Batmobile contender comes in black!
Batmobile Option 3: Lola/Drayson LMP
The Lola-chassis-equipped electric Drayson LMP cars have set track records at Goodwood and top speed records, to boot! They’re fast, nimble, quiet, look good in black, and promise to be oh-so expensive. The perfect thing for a new Batmobile.
What do you guys think? Think the “wow” factor of the Nissan outweighs the fact that the Drayson has a few hundred lb-of torque and a passenger seat? Think Monster Tajima’s Pike’s Peak ride has what it takes to be the new Batmobile? Did I get it 100% wrong? Let us know what you think in the poll, below, and feel free to tell me what the “right” answer is in the comments, at bottom.