Nolan’s Batmobile Tumbles on National Tour

The Tumbler – the tank, monster truck, SUV crossover that became the Batmobile in Batman Begins, The Dark Knight and this summer’s The Dark Knight Rises – is on a national tour. The vehicle from Christopher Nolan’s Dark Night series is making stops in multiple cities across the country to give fans everywhere a chance to see a piece of movie and super hero history up close and personal.

The tour started recently in the Gotham-esque metropolis that is Bentonville, Ark. with fans visiting their local Walmart parking lot to see Batman’s big wheels. The traveling Bat circus then headed to Tulsa, Okla.

The remaining stops on the tour include:


5/23 St. Louis, MO

5/25 Chicago, IL

5/27 Washington, DC

5/28 Baltimore, MD

5/30 Philadelphia, PA

6/1 Buffalo, NY

6/7 Toronto Canada

6/10 Montreal Canada

6/12 Purchase, NY

6/13 Columbus, OH

6/15 Lansing, MI

6/16 Detroit, MI

6/17 Brooklyn, MI

6/19 Indianapolis, IN

6/21 Nashville, TN

6/22 Knoxville, TN

6/23 Atlanta, GA

6/25 Dallas, TX

6/27 San Antonio, TX

6/29 El Paso, TX

7/1 Albuquerque, NM

7/2 Phoenix, AZ

7/7 Santa Clarita, CA

7/12-7/15 San Diego, CA

7/20-7/22 Los Angeles, CA

7/27-7/28 Orange County, CA

If you live in any of the cities listed above, the Tumbler will arrive in a white semi adorned with Dark Knight Rises decor. As an added bonus, fans can also get a look at the motorcycle-ish Bat Pod from The Dark Knight.

The coolest thing about The Tumbler for car fans is that it actually works, unlike previous movie incarnations. While the Tim Burton and Joel Schumacher Batmobiles needed to be towed or simulated via visual effects, you can drive the Tumbler. It was built in the UK with a proper engine and fully functioning chassis. Obviously, there are no weapons systems. It doesn’t have a stealth mode. But it can otherwise motor. I have no indication whether or not it’d be road legal.

For the record, the original Batmobile – as seen in the 1960s Adam West TV series – was a real car and was street legal. A version of it sits today in the Petersen Automotive Museum on Los Angeles’ Miracle Mile.


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