Subcompact crossovers are becoming so popular that even Batman is driving one.
Set to be released on March 25th, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice has fans around the world giddy with anticipation. Building off this excitement is Jeep’s all new Renegade 4×4 Dawn of Justice Special Edition, which is featured in the film.
It’s bold, it’s beautiful, and it’s blacker than Batman’s cowl. Coated in either a Granite Crystal or Carbon Black paint, it sits upon 18 inches of glossy black wheels and features gloss black accents around its exterior. The price tag isn’t too shabby either. If you’re looking to be as cool as
Ben Affleck Batman, you can do it for about $26,250 CAD.
The Special Edition Renegade comes not long after Jeep unveiled its 6-vehicle lineup of limited edition vehicles in order to celebrate its 75th birthday. It sports a 2.4-liter Tigershark engine, with four drive modes, a nine-speed automatic transmission and dual-zone automatic temperature control among other features.
Bruce Wayne’s vehicle of choice probably has a lot to do with FCA’s “one-of-a-kind branded partnership” with Warner Brothers, the film’s production company. The Special Edition Renegade isn’t the only FCA vehicle featured in Dawn of Justice either. The film is a veritable advertising agency for the automaker’s vehicles, showcasing Dodges, Chryslers, Fiats, Alfa Romeos, and the all-powerful Masarati.
In addition to the film, the FCA made a pretty bad ass commercial for the new Renegade too (see above). It features Bruce Wayne (played by Affleck) speeding through a city under attack. “We need you to rush in, when everyone else is running away” a voice-over says. While the masses flee, Batman hurries into the destruction in order to save the city and, ultimately, the day. He probably had nothing else to do that day, right?
The Evolution of the Batmobile
The first one ever was created in 1941 and it was just a plain, red convertible with nothing in the way of special functions. Soon it began to develop special features and eventually, it’s design included a large, dark body and bat-like accessories (including large tailfins scalloped to resemble a bat’s wings).
Batman: The Movie (1966)
The 1966 creation is arguably the first ever proper Batmobile. Most Batman fans and true car fanatics will instantly recognize this one. It was modeled around a rejected 1955 Lincoln Futura prototype. With Bubble canopies, long fins and an added afterburner, it set the tone for all Batmobiles to come. The car sported a Ford V8, atomic turbine engine which made acceleration a seamless, beautiful event. It also donned a pair of rear-mounted parachutes that helped Batman make 180-degree spins whenever his enemies took an unexpected turn.
Michael Keaton played Batman in this 1989 version of the film and he did it in the coolest Batmobile the world has ever seen. It was armed with twin machine guns and the hubcaps shot grenades powerful enough to destroy the Joker’s entire Smilex factory. It also sported a grappling hook and was able to navigate the streets of Gotham autonomously. Oh yeah, and it was black from beginning to end. The perfect color for the perfect car.
Batman Returns (1992)
Batman returned three years later with some brand new gadgets. This time the Batmobile came with a retractable rotation platform in the base of the car. This allowed him to get out of all the tight corners his previous ride could not. When Batman activated the platform, it lifted the vehicle off the ground and turned him around on the spot. It also came with the Batmissile: an ejectable escape vehicle!
Batman Forever (1995)
In Batman Forever (1995), the Batmobile was equipped with engine panels, wheels, and an undercarriage that were indirectly lit so that they glowed blue. Also, the wheels were made to keep the bat emblems upright when they turned. It was a lean, mean, glowing machine! The most impressive part about this Batmobile was its ability to drive up the side of buildings. Yeah, you read that correctly. The car would fire grappling hooks up the side of a building and then use them to support itself as it drove upwards.
Batman & Robin (1997)
In Batman & Robin (1997), the Batmobile was designed with a “T” axis wheelbase, allowing for high-velocity 90-degree turns at high speeds without any loss of momentum. The fins are what make this version really cool though. They’re large and in-charge, remaining the biggest set ever built into a real-life Batmobile.
Batman Begins (2005)
Then came the strongest one yet. In Batman Begins, Bruce Wayne drove the prototype vehicle known as the Tumbler. Weighing in at 2.5 tons and powered by a 500hp Chevy 350 V8, the batty behemoth boasted four 44-inch Super Swamper tires and could hit speeds up to 177km/h! It also had a tough enough exterior that it could break through almost anything (even concrete) without taking on any damage. And despite it’s weight, it could go from zero to 100 km/h in under six seconds. It was an impressive feat considering its huge size.
Batman: Arkham Knight (2015)
It’s important to make mention of this bad boy right here. In the video game Batman: Arkham Knight the new, virtual reality take on the Batmobile is impressive. Heavily influenced by the Tumbler from Batman Begins, it’s a force to be reckoned with. It’s heavier than a tank and it has the ability to absorb impact in a way that makes it almost indestructible! Batman can also summon the car with just a press of a button AND it can eject him hundreds of feet into the air.
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016)
What does the new Batmobile look like? Well that’s a good question. According to the Warner Bros. Studios, the new Batmobile combines inspiration from both the sleek, streamlined design of classic Batmobiles and the heavy-duty, military build from the Tumbler. It’s definitely not the prettiest looking Batmobile, but when you’re facing the Man of Steel himself, your first concern isn’t clean lines and a nice polish. It’s kicking ass.
When Bruce Wayne isn’t answering the bat signal, he’s just your average millionaire whose “non-work” vehicle of choice used to be a lamborghini. He drove a model Murciélago (which means “bat” in Spanish) roadster in Batman Begins, a model Murciélago LP 640 The Dark Knight and a model Aventador LP 700-4 in The Dark Knight Rises.
The Renegade seems like a much more modest choice to Batman’s former ride, but it’s not any less powerful. With just over a month left before the film’s released, Renegade: Dawn of Justice fans can appreciate it’s power and form in the new Jeep commercial (above). Or you know, you could just buy one and see what it feels like to be Batman.
We can’t guarantee it’ll come with grappling hooks and twin machine guns though.