Batman's always had the coolest villains, and also the sweetest rides.
The Batmobile has evolved since driving off the comic-book page and onto the screen in the 1966-1968 Batman TV series. The car driven by a cowled Adam West in the title role gave way to the rocket-powered hero machines piloted by Michael Keaton, Val Kilmer and George Clooney in four Batman films in the late '80s and early '90s, and ultimately led to the intimidating Tumbler seen in director Christopher Nolan's recent Batman film trilogy.
A special feature on the DVD and Blu-ray of Nolan's The Dark Knight Rises (out Dec. 4) showcases all of the on-screen Batmobiles enjoyed by car-crazy fanboys over the years, with an extra emphasis on the Tumbler, a functional vehicle for Christian Bale's Dark Knight that's equal parts Lamborghini and Humvee.
Vehicles play an important role in The Dark Knight Rises, as the evil Bane (Tom Hardy) acquires his own camouflaged Tumblers in his efforts to take over Gotham City and Batman gets an all-new toy in the form of the awesome aircraft called simply The Bat.
And for those fans who want to see the Batmobiles up close and personal, they'll be on display -- from the original 1966 vehicle (which George Barris built using the 1955 Lincoln Futura concept car) to the Tumbler -- in Los Angeles at The Dark Knight Legend Exhibit at L.A. LIVE's Event Deck from Friday through Dec. 14.