We all love a good superhero story. Many of you might have been fans of the comic books back in the day, and now, big-budget blockbuster films have brought the high speed chases, big battle scenes, awesome superpowers, and mega-evil villains of the comic books to life. While superheros are pretty cool in themselves, sometimes, they’re made just that little bit more awesome by the car or vehicle that they drive. The release of The Avengers movie on DVD last week had us in a very super-mood, and to celebrate, we take a look at some of the best superhero vehicles in comic book, TV, and film history.
Batman and the Batmobile
Perhaps the most well-known of all superhero vehicles, we think the iconic Batmobile sets the standard for all other superhero vehicles.
While it’s taken on many different forms over the decades, the Batmobile has always been the epitome of cool. From the first red comic book edition (yes, the first Batmobile was red!) to the slick vehicle of Christopher Nolan’s film trilogy, features of the different models have included lasers, on-board computers, battering rams, machine guns, an ‘attack-mode’ and even a self-destruct mechanism, just to name a few.
Tim Burton’s Batmobile – Image credit: Car Throttle
Fantastic Four’s Fantasti-car
The vehicle of the kick-butt super hero team the Fantastic Four, the Fantasticar has been around since first being debuted in the Marvel comic in the early 60s. The flying car features detachable compartments which can be piloted by each individual member of the team, a bulletproof windshield, and is capable of incredibly fast speeds (the 2007 film version of the vehicle in Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer could fly from New York to Siberia in just a few minutes).
The Fantasticar – Image credit: Ugo
Another vehicle flown by a dream team of superheros, the Blackbird aircraft debuted in the 1970s, and over the years, different models have featured capabilities such as holographic camouflage, hypersonic speeds,
and super advanced weapons systems. It’s also pretty darn sleek looking, if you ask us.
The Blackbird – Image credit: Wikia
The Avengers’ Quinjet
The Quinjet – Image credit: Airpigz
Being the transport vehicle of choice for The Avengers team consisting of Iron Man, Captain America, Hulk, Thor, Black Widow and Hawkeye, the Quinjet is a vehicle designed for some serious flying. With capabilities such as vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) and turbojet engines, The Avengers certainly ride in style.
What are some of your favourite superhero vehicles?