7:00am PT by Graeme McMillan
'Justice League' Batmobile Will Be on Display at Comic-Con
Justice League is still months away from release, but fans will be able to see something special from the movie at San Diego Comic-Con without having to wait in line for Hall H.
Warner Bros. Consumer Products and Mattel are teaming up to display the Batmobile from Zack Snyder's upcoming superhero team-up, with the vehicle on show at Mattel's booth during the convention's annual Preview Night on Wednesday. Fans will have the chance to inspect the 8,500-pound, 20-foot- long behemoth — which includes retractable machine guns and missile launchers to help with the ongoing war on crime — at Booth #3029.
Those who would like a Batmobile of their very own are in luck, as well…kind of. Making its debut at the show alongside the full-size vehicle will be Mattel's remote-controlled Ultimate Justice League Batmobile, which is controlled via tablets and smartphones and features engine sounds, armored wheels and smoke release from the exhaust pipe. It's the next best thing to being Batman yourself.
"I am a huge fan of Batman and wanted to design an RC vehicle that showcased what most people would imagine it doing," Michael Kadile, Toybox lead designer at Mattel, tells Heat Vision. "Bringing the Batmobile to life has been really rewarding as a longtime fan." Kadile's favorite feature of the new RC vehicle is, he says, "the smoke that comes out when you rev the engine. It's an unexpected surprise!"
As a longtime Batman fan, Kadile admits that having the chance to work on this project has only fueled his desire to work on more Bat-projects. "Batman either drives a vehicle or flies in every movie," he explains. "Since I have re-created the Batmobile, I would love to re-create one of his flying vehicles, like the Batwing!"
The Ultimate Justice League Batmobile will be available to preorder from retailers starting Thursday.
San Diego Comic-Con begins Wednesday with Preview Night, and runs until Sunday at the San Diego Convention Center.