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Cacique Caribe19 Feb 2018 9:52 p.m. PST

From watching all the movies in recent decades, starting with the one in 1989, I'm noticing a wasteful pattern.

Am I the only one left wanting to see his high tech planes and other vehicles perform much better … and longer?


Covert Walrus20 Feb 2018 12:46 a.m. PST

So, you'd agree with Alfred from "Batman Animated" when he says "Master Bruce, I do wish you weren't so rough with your toys . . . "? :D

Though you are quite right.

Personal logo Extra Crispy Sponsoring Member of TMP20 Feb 2018 6:20 a.m. PST

He learned it from James Bond

zoneofcontrol20 Feb 2018 6:42 a.m. PST

It is hard for the movie studios to justify marketing all new "Toy" toys to the audience if the old stuff wasn't destroyed in the previous Batman movie or the one before that or the one before that one or the one…

Stryderg20 Feb 2018 8:32 a.m. PST

Most of his gear is prototype, bleeding edge, highly experimental technology. And since it's all built in a secret lab during his free time, there's not a lot of regulatory compliance and OSHA isn't involved.

WarWizard Supporting Member of TMP20 Feb 2018 8:37 a.m. PST

I always wondered how is he allowed to drive his car (Batmobile) when it has no license plate on it.
If he is a proponent of upholding the law, how can he justify breaking the law?

dapeters20 Feb 2018 9:42 a.m. PST

Well he is a Billionaire

Ghostrunner20 Feb 2018 10:10 a.m. PST

If he is a proponent of upholding the law, how can he justify breaking the law?

Not sure if that's how I would describe him.

Right or wrong, the law takes a dim view of 'beating bad guys to a pulp with his bare hands'.

Insomniac20 Feb 2018 10:23 a.m. PST

After living in isolation while he learned his fighting skills, physical possessions are no longer important to him… so he doesn't respect them or look after them properly… especially since he can so easily afford to replace them.

Also… he likes new tech… why keep last year's bat-mobile when this year's one is so much better! Isn't that part of what being so rich is all about?

zircher20 Feb 2018 11:50 a.m. PST

There's also the element of surprise. Use the same tech too much and your enemies will find a way to defeat it.

robert piepenbrink Supporting Member of TMP20 Feb 2018 2:47 p.m. PST

Merchandising--and the constant turnover in producers--are the obvious explanations. But if we want to be "realistic" consider how few Batmobiles are made. Picture Alfred going through the junkyards of Gotham:
"Right front fender for a 2012 Batmobile? No got. We got a 2010 Arrowcar. Maybe with a paint job?"
"No. No carburetor, either. But we got a Green Hornet sedan--a 2013 model. Might work."

Zephyr120 Feb 2018 3:44 p.m. PST

The TV show Powerless (too bad it was canceled) had a humorous take; The Bruce Wayne-subsidiary company produced gadgets/tech to protect citizens against super heroes. They'd come up with something, Bruce Wayne would steal it, then later Batman would use it to defeat some superbaddie or other…

Fatman21 Feb 2018 3:49 a.m. PST

Extra Crispy
Yeah do you ever think that at some point in Live and Let Die Bond thought "You know the micro scuba device from Thunderball might have been handy."?


Russ Lockwood21 Feb 2018 3:44 p.m. PST

>I always wondered how is he allowed to drive his car (Batmobile) when it has no license plate on it.
If he is a proponent of upholding the law, how can he justify breaking the law?

Like speed limits?

FYI: License plate photos from the show:

Bunkermeister Supporting Member of TMP21 Feb 2018 4:02 p.m. PST

In the Batman TV show Batman was a "duly authorized officer of the law" and therefore could exceed speed limits, and did have license plates on his car. However, in other incarnations Batman was often operating outside the law, even if he was morally good. Good / Unlawful in game terms.

Mike Bunkermeister Creek

Personal logo Parzival Supporting Member of TMP22 Feb 2018 8:12 p.m. PST

Well, he doesn't destroy his Batropes and Batarangs, though he certainly has to leave an awful lot of them lying around. Does the man pick up after himself at every fight scene?

As to the question of alignment:

Apparently, he's multiple choice. wink

Dynaman878923 Feb 2018 3:52 p.m. PST

It wouldn't be so bad if the batmobile didn't keep getting uglier and uglier.

chironex22 Mar 2018 1:40 a.m. PST

"Also… he likes new tech… why keep last year's bat-mobile when this year's one is so much better! Isn't that part of what being so rich is all about?"

There's at least one comic in which an array of perpendicular rotating carousels in the Batcave bears stable platforms big enough for a parking space each; the platforms each contain examples of every last Batmobile that had ever been built in that particular continuity….

Sargonarhes24 Mar 2018 4:00 a.m. PST

Batman is a vigilante, you know operates outside the law. Only Commissioner Gordon seems will to put up with Batman skirting the law. But we have learned from the Animated series how he does some of his repair and supply. The episode of the damaged Batmobile, repaired by a guy which the Penguin tracked it down. So for future reference he funnels the money and parts through several dummy companies, probably does the same for the vehicle registration and licensing as well.
Though I'll bet if a cop ran the plates through a check it would probably come up with some other vehicle.

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