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The Batmobile: Watch The CW's Special Tonight! (7/16)

Written by Nightfly on Monday, July 16 2012 and posted in News with Benefits

Tonight @ 8p The CW honors The Batmobile with a Special featuring directors, designers, stuntmen and fans talking about the mighty machine of justice.

The Batmobile"Does it come in black?" - Bruce Wayne

Tonight at 8pm The CW airs The Batmobile, a Special Presentation spotlighting Batman's weaponized supercar with insightful tales of its varied incarnations and interviews with the directors that brought it to the big screen. Batmans Adam West and Christian Bale share impressions and memories of their respective rides with spectacular footage showcasing the intimidating auto in action. Christopher Nolan, Tim Burton and Joel Schumacher lovingly celebrate the mythic legacy of the Batmobile joined by comics industry professionals and designers who've added their imaginations and creativity to her legendary lineage. We know Batman's enemies won't dare miss it,... will you?

Burton Era BatmobilesCasual Batman fans are often surprised to learn that, at first, there was no one special "Batmobile". When first starting out, a series of mostly red sedans were used which were then described as "special built" and "high powered." He also drove various blue sedans and a dark blue roadster for awhile. The very first time the term "Batmobile" appeared in print was in early 1941, describing one of his typically fortified (red) sedans - but this one was outfitted with a special *new* bat-shaped hood ornament. The addition of that (functional) ornament and Bat-moniker initiated an epic set of upgrades that have continued every year, every decade since.

When Adam West's sleek 1966 (dual-cockpit) Batmobile, inspired by the 1955 Lincoln Futura concept car, hit TV screens it dazzled the global psyche so profoundly that every subsequent generation has been born into a world already reverential of the heroic black thunderbolt on wheels.

Plan your primetime entertainment tonight around The CW's gracious gift to Bat-fans, The Batmobile, airing @ 8/7c with an encore presentation immediately following @ 8:30p. I'd consider it "essential viewing" before seeing The Dark Knight Rises' theatrical premiere July 20th.

Check-in at GetGlue while watching The Batmobile special tonight to unlock a handsome exclusive Tumbler sticker.

Just for fun, see fan pics of the Bat-Pod and Tumbler from the Tumbler 2012 Tour while you wait for the 8 o'clock hour here (via Facebook).

Wholly unrelated to The CW, yet in the spirit of Batmobile appreciation, enjoy this inaugural webisode of Bat in the Sun's awesome web series that I totally love, Super Power Beat Down, hosted by gorgeous girl-next-door Marisha Ray. Its debut webisode featured (replicas of) the classic 1966 Batmobile racing Tim Burton's 1989 version in a quarter mile straightaway. Check it out below then watch SPBD's latest controversial webisode featuring Batman vs. Uncanny X-Force Wolverine; will you agree with its bloody conclusion? There's still time to log-in your votes for who you think will win the upcoming SPBD battle between Lara Croft and Nathan Drake (from Uncharted) here.

Trust me, you'll want to see the clips (above)... and, you'll likely want to revisit these excellent books before 8pm tonight as well: Batmobile Owner's Manual (2008) and Batmobile: The Complete History (2012). Share your Batmobile fandom by leaving your thoughts in the comments section (below).

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About the Author - Nightfly

A proud member of NBCUniversal's and A+E Television Networks’ Digital Media Teams, Nightfly routinely interviews producers, creators and stars of various network programs and films with a concentrated emphasis on the Syfy channel. Formally educated in Communications, Computer Science and Music, his résumé reflects more than a decade broadcasting in the fields of television and radio. With pieces routinely published at ScreenFad and Press Pass L.A., his primary areas of interest include TV, film, music, web series, comic books, fashion, pen 'n paper RPG gaming as well as various other pop-culture topics. An avid Twitter user, Nightfly supports the arts, the entertainment community, numerous charities and crowdfunding projects through his journalistic netizenship and non-partisan, multicultural-centric activism.

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