• Dec 7, 2007
Our friends over at Hemmings who follow the auction scene like crack-addled chipmunks came across the mobile bane of the Batman franchise. The Batman Forever iteration of the Batmobile is one of the worst ever devised. Universally panned along with the film in which it appeared, it was forced to do sit-com work after it was retired, appearing on The Drew Carey Show (some say the Batmobile's appearance on the show was when it officially jumped the shark). The car was recently up for auction with no reserve and sold for $297,000, less than half its estimated worth. Aside from being an abomination and afront to Bruce Wayne groupies everywhere, the car sold so low because it came with many conditions set by Warner Bros. and DC Comics, including one barring the owner from driving the car in view of the public! This car's a runner too, with a small-block Chevy V8 that can whisk it away from laughing crowds at super hero speeds. But its new owner will apparently never get the chance to be laughed at in public, because doing so would mean driving the car in public, and that would violate the contract he (or she) signed. On second thought, perhaps Warner Bros. and DC Comics was doing this guy a favor.

Check out the Batmobile's appearance on The Drew Carey Show after the jump.

[Source: Hemmings]



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      • 7 Years Ago
      Did you use the word "bane" on purpose?
      • 7 Years Ago
      Why is it so hard to believe he can't drive it? Its perfectly legal to put boundaries on a sold product. On how many home computers can you load Windows XP? WB still owns the inellectual property, Batman, and this car is part of it. If he goes out in public he's representing Batman and WB and frankly they are who controls when Batman and WB make public appearances. I wouldn't have bought the car. Its ugly and it comes with rules.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I like the older looking batmobile that Six Flags Great Adventure has better.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Sounds like Warner Bros. has successfully introduced DRM for automobiles!

      --Dave
      • 7 Years Ago
      There has to be a way to get out of some stupid ass contract like that. Hire a good lawyer and get it thrown out. Or modify it in some stupid little way and call it a "new" car and then drive it.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Follow the linked story:

        4. No modifications, alternations or cosmetic changes of any kind can be made to the Batmobile nor can the Batmobile be reproduced in any way.
        • 7 Years Ago
        I'm sure in WB's view, having Drew Carey and Mimi Bobeck drive the car really consolidates what it means to be a lithe, crime-fighting, guardian of the night.

        Oh wait...
        • 7 Years Ago
        It's not that easy; the car is likely protected under trademark law - Warner Bros / DC Comics would argue that if the car is publicly displayed, that'd cause "dilution of the distinctive character of the senior [Batman] mark."
      • 7 Years Ago
      First, its bull$%&* that he cant drive it or mod it. If he owns it, he should be able to change it.

      Second, why are you saying the car is the worst ever? Have you not read the comics? It looks almost identical to a few of the comic book batmobiles (there are more iterations of that car than I can count).
      • 7 Years Ago
      take off the fins and it wouldnt be so bad.
      why buy it if you cant drive it or show it?
        • 7 Years Ago
        The owner cant drive it right? But what if Batmans new ride breaks down and he has to borrow this one? .. see where I am going with this....

        BUY a bat suit dude and drive the car to your hearts content - no way WB can bust you for that - you will be wearing a mask!!!
      • 7 Years Ago
      ive seen the one from the 60's tv show driving around the streets many times. was a little weird the first time it pulled up beside me. if its street leagal the owner should be able to do what ever he wants, if warner bros doesnt want him doing certain things with it, they should have never sold it.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Maybe that's how Batman fought criminals. When they fell over laughing at his ride, he'd simply walk up and handcuff them. I mean, Batcuff them.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Man that is uglier then I remember.

      It says the owner can not drive it in public... they can show it off if they want to, but Warner Bros/DC doesnt want some random Joe/Jane hopping out of the Batmobile and ruining some kid/adults idealization/fantasy of Batman. Rather standard stuff in the world of masked superheros and multi-million dollar franchises.
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