Batman: The Animated Series
If there was one thing that Tim Burton’s 1989 Batmobile DLC pack is guaranteed to do, it is to hit every Bat-Fan with all the nostalgia. However, there was one other contender from the same era possessing equal acclaim and notoriety. From 1993-1995, Bruce Timm and Eric Radomski produced the critically acclaimed Batman: The Animated Series.
During BTAS, Batman would scour through the streets of Gotham with stunning retro-futuristic Batmobile that was born from movie and comic book inspirations, as well the series’ heavy Art Deco aesthetic flair. This Batmobile featured a long sleek design featuring strong, straight edges, long sweeping bat-like fins, chrome grill, a jet turbine engine, and quite literally – more on-board gadgetry than all of the James Bond vehicles had combined. Seriously, this Batmobile had everything from: advanced on-board computer and navigation, oil slick dispenser, deployable spiked wheels, forward-launching grappling hooks, driver & passenger side ejector seats, missile launchers, tear gas launchers, and a “shield mode.”
The Arkham series pay homage to the legacy of BTAS in a number of ways – most notably the release of the Batman: Animated Series skin in Batman: Arkham City. It is only right that this skin be reunited with its vehicular counterpart. If the inclusion of the 1989 Batmobile was chosen for its indelible contributions to the cinematic representation of Batman, the BTAS Batmobile is the perfect avatar to represent Batman in the world of animation.