The Batmobile 1989

Ryan / August 31st, 2008

This one caught me by total surprise! I was checking out the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles, looking at all kinds of vintage vehicles. They had a room dedicated to movie cars. And there, in a dark corner, was some Batman stuff. So, I knew I had to get some pictures for you. But, it wasn’t easy because it was all crammed into the corner, and there wasn’t much room to stand. Also, it was so dark, even the flash on the camera didn’t help much.

First, there’s the 1989 Batmobile. According to the sign, it’s one of three studio approved replicas. Either way, it was real awesome to look at in person. The coolest design of all Batman’s vehicles, just got even cooler for me!

Like I said, the corner was dark and crammed. Damn that glass case.

Standing behind it, off to the left, is the 1989 Batman costume. According to the sign, this is the ACTUAL COSTUME WORN BY MICHAEL KEATON! And it looks like it’s been through a production, it’s all beaten up. Supposedly, it’s one of only two surviving costumes from the movie, and the mask is the only one that’s survived! And of all places, it’s in an automotive museum.

Then, there’s the Batcycle (with the side car for Robin) from the 1966 TV series. I’m assuming this one is a replica too, but I’m not sure. It’s not as awesome as the Batpod from The Dark Knight, but ┬áit’s still pretty cool to look at.

Batman aside, I recommend the museum, but this just made it even more worth it!


  • March 8, 2011 at 5:05 pm


    thank you james I really enjoyed your pictures


  • March 27, 2011 at 12:26 am

    This is my personal favorite version of all the Batmobiles. I would have been stoked to see it.

  • July 19, 2011 at 2:30 pm

    I remeber (years ago) they had a replica like this one at Six Flags Magic Mountain in Valencia CA. It’s right before you get to the Batman ride. The Batman ride there kicks ass too. The whole facade thing you go through while waiting in line is based on the AXIS chemicals plant. My personal favorite batmobile as well. The gothic design is awesome, and the jet turbine in the front makes it even more menacing.

    • SgtMustang

      December 29, 2011 at 5:55 pm

      It’s still there actually. What a cool car.

  • My1stday

    January 31, 2012 at 8:45 am

    Awesome ! That car it’s so cool !

  • Jimbp

    August 15, 2012 at 1:22 pm

    the best batman movie ever made, because i was 11 and it was bad ass.

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