This past week, a loon not even worth naming committed a heinous act now associated with Batman. Fortunately, there are many more fans of the Dark Knight who have their heads on straight and some of them are doing great things in his name. Christian Bale traveled to Aurora, Colorado to visit the community most directly impacted by the shooting there.
Then there’s Lenny B. Robinson who made news earlier this year as the Lamborghini Batman when police pulled him over in Silver Springs, Maryland for driving without plates on the car. Now he’s traded in the Lambo for a highly detailed replica and is traveling across the US visiting kids in hospitals to cheer them up. This morning he visited the Robert H Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago and he still has plans for visits in Indiana, Ohio and West Virginia. You can find more details about his itinerary and charity on his Facebook page, Superheroes for Kids.
The Batmobile is a big part of the Batman mythology. The new issue of Rides Magazine features an article imagining what it would be like to build a Batmobile using a Bugatti Veyron as the donor car. The folks over at Hagerty Insurance have a fun little article looking at the movie Batmobiles built since 1989′s Batman directed by Tim Burton. The San Diego Comic-Con had all six movie Batmobiles on display and was attended by George Barris, designer of the original Batmobile.
For collectors, Hot Wheels has released a collection of 8 previously-released Batmobiles with new artwork on the cards. I’m kind of curious why they included two goofy cars and left the Tumbler out of the mix. Either way, they are priced just a little over standard Hot Wheels and fairly easy to find.
People who want to learn more about Batmobile reproductions should check out BatmobileCollector.com which features photos and details of 486 different diecast Batmobiles in the collection of Todd Klacko. Crafty individuals who want to make their own Batmobile should check out the paper model of the 1940s Batmobile at The Professor’s Paper Empire. If you’re just thirsty for knowledge, check out The History of the Batmobile.