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General Information
Official name: Batmobile Tumbler
Appearances: Batman Begins
The Dark Knight
The Dark Knight Rises
Designed by: Nathan Crowley
Christopher Nolan
Type: Land vehicle
Used by: Batman

James Gordon

"Does it come in black?"
Bruce Wayne[src]

The Tumbler was a vehicle used by Batman. It came complete with an array of weapons and gadgets.

HistoryEdit

Batman BeginsEdit

"I've got to get me one of those."
James Gordon[src]

Bruce Wayne acquired a shelved Wayne Enterprises military vehicle, called the "Tumbler", to serve as his Batmobile. Originally sporting military desert camouflage paint, Bruce Wayne requested Lucius Fox to have the Tumbler painted black. At that time, Wayne never referred to it as the "Batmobile."

Several days later, Dr. Jonathan Crane poisoned Rachel Dawes after showing her that his toxin was being piped into Gotham's water supply. She was eventually saved by Batman. The GCPD entered Arkham Asylum and arrested Crane while Batman escaped with Rachel in the Tumbler.

That night, Batman battled Ra's al Ghul aboard a train, then escaped just as Sgt. Jim Gordon, who then drove the Tumbler under Batman's permission, launched the missiles from it, causing Ra's al Ghul to crash with the train to the ground.

The Dark KnightEdit

"That's more like it..."
The Scarecrow[src]

Several months later Batman parked the Tumbler, newly christened the "Batmobile", in a car park, where he remotely controlled it to fire at some cars to intimidate the Scarecrow and a Russian mob before the Dark Knight himself appeared on the scene. Despite failing to stop the Russian mob from escaping, he successfully caught the Scarecrow and a group of Batman impersonators.

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The Tumbler as seen in The Dark Knight.

Wayne Enterprises accountant Coleman Reese confronted Lucius Fox about his designs of the Tumbler, remarking how it was of his design and asking sardonically if Fox never noticed it tearing up the streets on the news.

Harvey Dent was being escorted across the city when the convoy was attacked by The Joker and his thugs, who disabled all of the police vehicles except for the armored car carrying Dent. Batman entered the fray with his Batmobile, and rammed a garbage truck driven by one of the Joker's thugs via head-on collision.

Batman then ran the Batmobile full-speed between the Joker's truck and the armored car, receiving the brunt of an RPG fired by the Joker. After the Batmobile flipped violently on the side of the road, Batman engaged its escape mechanism, converting the Batmobile's left and right front tires into the Batpod before the rest of the vehicle self-destructed.

The Dark Knight RisesEdit

When Bane and his soldiers detonate underneath Wayne Enterprises to gain access to the Applied Sciences Division, they make off with three Tumbler models left in storage. The Tumblers that Bane acquires are present in their original camouflaged colour scheme and not in black, and also make use of armament not originally seen on the original prototype, including a retractable dual-barreled cannon and a multiple-tube missile launcher, both mounted on the vehicle's back.

Whether these weapons were absent on the first prototype or merely not used is unclear. The stolen Tumblers are later used to great effect in suppressing and intimidating the citizens and police officers of Gotham City into inaction. One of the mounted cannons of a Tumbler is used by Bane to destroy the entrance to Blackgate Penitentiary, allowing the criminals to escape.

In the final battle, Talia al Ghul is transported via Tumbler to a truck transporting a nuclear bomb to attempt to secure its detonation. Batman himself engages her convoy of Tumblers from the air in the Bat, as one of the Tumblers fires several anti-air missiles to attack him, but he is able to evade them and even lead a missile into a Tumbler with a direct hit.

FeaturesEdit

The Tumbler has a pair of machine guns mounted in the nose of the car between the front wheels. In "Attack" mode, the driver's seat moves to the center of the car, and the driver is repositioned to lie face-down with his head in the center section between the front wheels. This serves two main purposes: first, it provides more substantial protection with the driver shielded by multiple layers of armor plating. Second, the low-down, centralized driving position makes extreme precision maneuvers easier to perform, while lying prone reduces the risk of injury a driver faces when making these maneuvers. Other devices included:

  • Six rear flaps to assist brakes
  • Twin forward-firing machine guns
  • Rocket launcher
  • Landing hook to Sprung landing stabilization
  • Integrated fire-extinguishing system
  • Integrated safety connection to gasoline control
  • Vector-controlled jet engine on back of car for quick boosts/"rampless" jumps
  • Stealth mode, which turns off the car's lights and cuts the engine. The vehicle is powered by an electric motor, making it very hard to find in dark places (which makes the mode most useful at night), and as demonstrated by the car chase in Batman Begins, can easily throw off pursuers.
  • Explosive mines are deployed from the rear of the vehicle, which can take out any cars that make contact with them.
  • Front of car is heavily armored, so the car can ram as a practical offensive attack, and also protects the driver while in the prone driving position/"Attack" mode
  • Both front wheels can eject when the vehicle is damaged to form the Batpod

GalleryEdit

Behind the scenesEdit

Technical specifications[1]Edit

  • Length: 15 feet (4.57 m)
  • Width: 9 feet 4 inches (2.84 m)
  • Weight: 2.5 short tons (2.3 t)
  • Acceleration: 0-60 in 5.6 seconds. Under full acceleration, the car could actually rise up on its front suspension while the front wheels stayed planted on the ground creating an effect like a giant spider.
  • Approx. full speed: 160 mph (257 kmh)
  • Engine:[2] 5.0 liter Vauxhall/GM engine capable of 500 horsepower. The jet engine and vector controls could jump up to 6 feet vertically.
  • Fuel: The "jet engine" on the back of the car was fed by propane tanks.
  • Tires: Super swampers tires standing 44 inches tall (via titanium axles).

Background Information and NotesEdit

  • While the original tumbler was destroyed in The Dark Knight, three replicas of the tumbler, including one in the original camo design from Batman Begins, have been seen in the City of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania for filming of The Dark Knight Rises.[3] Each of these three vehicles were later used for filming at Heinz Field on August 6, 2011 and were reported to be used by the character Bane and his miltia.[4]

AppearancesEdit

References Edit

  1. Bale Car - Specifications
  2. Bale Car - Jet Burner
  3. 'The Dark Knight Rises' Needs Thousands Of Extras For Football Scene At Heinz Field
  4. 'Dark Knight Rises' Blog: Heinz Field Explodes, Steelers Suit Up As Rogues
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