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Holy makeshift Batcycle, Batman. This rider in Japan deserves a round of applause and pat on the back for his dedication to an idea. We've seen people build more authentic looking recreations of the Batpod in the past but never with this much commitment to the whole look.

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Citizens of Europe, your roads are at the same time a little bit safer and a little bit more dangerous. That's because the Tumbler, a replica of Batman's crime-fighting ride in the Christopher Nolan trilogy, won't be taking part in the nonsense that is the Gumball 3000.

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Batman is getting yet another new Batmobile. We recently saw teases of director Zack Snyder's take on the iconic vehicle for the upcoming movie starring the Dark Knight and Superman. The movie isn't due to hit screens until 2016, so until then, we'll have to focus on the video game world as the Bat gets a new car to appear in Batman: Arkham Knight.

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Update: After this post went live, Batman vs. Superman director Zack Snyder tweeted a glimpse of the front view of the coming Batmobile with Ben Affleck as Batman alongside. We've added the tweet below. Hat tip to BipDBo.

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Batman is a superhero known primarily for his cool gadgets, and over the years his cars have deservingly received a lot of attention. On the big (and small) screen, the Batmobile has evolved with each new director of movies and television shows, and this trend will continue with the next Batman movie (in which the Dark Knight will be portrayed by Ben Affleck) expected in 2015.

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People who own movie cars are a different breed. Judging from the two videos on theAFICIONAUTO, a trend seems to be forming among them: they're not interested in cars per se, but more specifically cars that double as movie props.

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If anyone had the famous chin to play Batman, it would certainly be Jay Leno, but no, the car-loving comedian hasn't bumped Ben Affleck from his upcoming role as the Caped Crusader. Instead, Warner Bros. swung by for the latest episode of Jay Leno's Garage to show off the modern interpretation of the Batmobile – known as the Tumbler.

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What would Batman drive for his weekly trips to Home Depot for the bits and pieces needed to keep his lair deep below Wayne Manor in tip-top condition? Certainly not the Batmobile – there's no way a 4x8 sheet of plywood will fit between the wheel wells, not to mention the fact that jet turbine engines have an unfortunate tendency to set trailers on fire when towing...

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Some people are satisfied with collecting action figures and posters of their favorite superheros, but one Batman fan in Vietnam decided to take it a step further and built his own Batpod motorcycle.

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If you're looking for a different way to ferry your children about in the car safely, KidsEmbrace may have you covered. The company makes specialty car seats fashioned after DC Comics superhero Batman and NASCAR legend Dale Earnhardt Junior.

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If you're still upset that you missed out on bringing home the $4.62 million 1966 Barris Batmobile, the internet may just have your redemption. Technically, the car created for the TV show wasn't the Caped Crusader's first ride. In the early '60s, All Star Dairies commissioned this machine to promote the company's Batman and Robin milk. The owner originally built the car between 1961 and 1963 using an Oldsmobile chassis (complete with a 350 V8) and a custom fiberglass body, and the dairy company

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We've seen a handful of clever Lego interpretations of the Tumbler from Batman, but this one takes the cake. Not only is it remote controlled, but it also packs in all of the features we love from the movie-going machine. The builder specifically engineered the front suspension and steering mechanism to work like the real deal, and the super-soft suspension setup means there's all kinds of body roll around corners. Out back, this Lego Tumbler works in a live axle set up and a spinning thruster l

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Holy celebrity auction, Batman! The one and only original Batmobile, constructed by celebrity customizer George Barris, is slated to go up for auction at the Barret-Jackson auction in Scottsdale, AZ, on January 19, 2013.

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DC Entertainment is leading a charity campaign called "We Can Be Heroes" to raise awareness of hunger in The Horn of Africa. With help from artist Jim Lee and Rides magazine, Kia has joined the Justice League with a Batman-themed Optima SX apparently inspired by the Dark Knight's darkest nights.

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We weren't aware of the Toronto Batman before we saw this video, but apparently he gets around. Making a stop in London, he crashes a review of the Hyundai i30 by journalist Rory Reid and – being a rather high-strung Canadian Batman still upset about his parents being dead – starts off by issuing an uncomplimentary single-word verdict on every one of the i30's features.

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Chrysler and Warner Brothers have partnered up on a new ad for the 300S and The Dark Knight Rises. The spot shows a special concept version of the big sedan being stitched together in Bruce Wayne's underground lab to music borrowed from the film.

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By now you've probably heard about "Batman" getting pulled over by the cops in his Lamborghini Gallardo Spyder. The story has been all over the Internet this week, thanks to the in-car video from the local Maryland police department that stopped the caped crusader. But now we've got the real scoop on this would-be Bruce Wayne, thanks to the Washington Post.

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If there's one thing nerds love more than obscure factoids, it's the thrill of a good argument. MSN has set out to settle one of comic bookdom's quintessential questions by attempting to discern whether the 1989 Batmobile is quicker than its 1966 predecessor. While we'd love nothing better to see the atomic-powered sire do battle with its jet-powered offspring, we'll just have to make due with a couple of replicas. In this case, the '89 gets its power from a carbureted Chevrolet small block with

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Where does he get those wonderful toys? We're speaking, in case you didn't catch the movie quote, of Batman. Specifically, his most famous car, otherwise known as the Batmobile. There have been well over a hundred Batmobiles since the first, a 1936 Cord, was used in 1941.

The term "Batmobile" is one that gets thrown around a lot in automotive circles. Pretty much anything black and sinister is described as the Dark Knight's new ride. But aside from the handful of custom vehicles made for the various TV shows and movie installments over the years – ranging from campy to badass – few have been truly worthy of the name. Enter the Wiesmann MF5 Black Bat.

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