1989 was the year Batman came to the big screen for the first time since 1966. Tim Burton’s Batman was going to be darker and more unique version than anyone had seen previously. Tim hired Anton Furst as production designer for Gotham City and the Batmobile. They wanted the Batmobile to look different than any other previous incarnation. The production team merged two Impala chassis and powered it with a Chevy V8. The body was custom-built and has Mickey Thompson racing tires on custom wheels.
Gadgets on this version included: Spherical bombs, pair of forward-facing Browning machine guns, side-mounted disc launchers and chassis-mounted shinbreakers. It also featured a side mounted grappling hook for quick turns and heavy armor cocoon. It also featured oil slick dispensers, smoke emitters, and even a “Batmissile”.
This version of the Batmobile was retired after Batman Returns, but still is one of the most popular Batmobiles of all time.
The Batmobile at the show features fully working machine guns that fire blanks. When demonstrated outdoors, the police need to be called beforehand to alert them in case they receive calls from frightened residents that hear the loud noise!