Batman Forever was arguably the best of the Batman series redux: We had skinny Val Kilmer, young Jim Carrey, Nicole Kidman, Tommy Lee Jones. You get the picture. The car used to promote that film has not aged quite as nicely (or at least as stolidly) as some of its co-stars–the styling isn’t exactly “classically beautiful”–but if you’re a Batman junkie, today’s your lucky day: Auctions America by RM is offering the 1995 Batmobile Batman Forever at its March 4 sale in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. The car was built in Australia with a fiberglass body and a custom chassis. Its cost $2.5 million to make the body mold alone, plus an extra $300,000 to actually build the thing–which is in proper running condition, RM says. The auction catalog estimate lists it at $200,000-$275,000.
But there is a catch. Warner Brothers must approve the winning bidder before the sale is considered final, and WB can refuse any buyer it doesn’t fancy. It’s largely a formality, spokeswoman Kerrey Kerr-Enskat told me–WB just wants to make sure you won’t be using the Batmobile to promote, say, a Batman movie of your own.
I got to thinking about all the movie and television "mobiles" we have seen over the years. The "Monkee-Mobile", The Munsters car, the original Batmobile...what's your favorite? Mine is a recent addition to the pantheon of movie and television cars...Black Beauty from the new Green Hornet Movie.