The History of the Batmobile

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Batman: The Animated Series

Batman: The Animated Series The Mechanic Batmobile

Occasionally, the "mainline" Batman stories will venture into alternate timelines. Flashbacks, future visions, and dream sequences all provide fodder for new ideas that did not and will not actually appear. The Batmobile often appears as part of these timelines, since it is an easy way to set the time period and/or mood without requiring exposition.

In Batman: The Animated Series, the designer and builder of the Batmobile was revealed to be Earl Cooper in the episode "The Mechanic." Earl was an out-of-work automobile designer, shunned by the industry because of his reputation as a troublemaker (stemming from an incident where he recommended the recall of a design prototype due to a brake malfunction). In a flashback sequence, Batman comes to Earl one night in this sputtering & backfiring Batmobile, knowing Earl's skills as a designer and requesting a new car. Earl is then shown designing the famous Batmobile that appeared throughout the rest of the original series.

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