Everyone knows Batman’s Batmobile from comic books and movies, but did you know other comic book heroes have their own crime fighting cars? Not only that, you can even own these ones in real life! Find out which superhero cars make the list.
Everyone idolizes the Dark Knight as one of the best comic book heroes of all time. Batman has all of the best gadgets, the best sidekicks, and most memorable villains like the Joker. There’s just one more thing that made him a comic book icon – his Batmobile. A highly modified, super-fast, and technologically advanced vehicle built with the help of Wayne Enterprises and paid for by a wealthy beneficiary who is definitely not Batman’s alter ego (wink, wink).
The Batmobile has had so many different iterations over the years – from the classic Batman TV show Lincoln Futura Batmobile, to the jet-propelled cartoon series Batmobile, to the latest muscle car inspired movie Batmobile slated to debut in 2021 – there’s just too many to list! While it’s nearly impossible to get your very own Batmobile, there’s other comic book heroes riding in more realistic style. Here’s our list of some of the best superhero cars you can go out and own today!
While Batman saves the city in the Batmobile, Gotham’s billionaire playboy Bruce Wayne cruises in a luxury Aston Martin V8 Vantage. In Batman: White Knight #2, the vintage car can be seen being donated for auction with the vanity plates “DALTN007”, a nod to the James Bond actor Timothy Dalton who originally drove the Vantage. While it is sad we didn’t get to see this specific model speed through different comic panels, Bruce Wayne’s affinity for Aston Martins still translated to the big screen. In Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice, Mr. Wayne can be seen pulling up to Lex Luthor’s party in an Aston Martin DB Mark III. Did anyone see what Clark Kent showed up in? I don’t remember spotting him at the valet, almost like he flew there. Weird.
Now, I know what you may be thinking – why would Spiderman need a vehicle at all when he can swing through the city with ease? That’s exactly what Spiderman thought too when he was offered to market the vehicle by the Carter & Lombardo Ad Agency, but, needing the extra cash, he took the deal. With the help of Johnny Storm of the Fantastic Four, the Spider-Mobile was modified into a wall climbing, web shooting, crime fighting machine. The design of the Spider-mobile is heavily inspired by the Meyers Manx kit car, a buggy kit created in 1964 that bolted onto the frames of Volkswagen Beetles. While the Manx may look like the Spider-Mobile, don’t expect to be driving around traffic on the walls of buildings.
Everyone knows Ghost Rider’s iconic Hell Cycle, but when Robbie Reyes took on the mantle, he got a 1969 Dodge Charger R/T. The Hell Charger is just like any other restored Dodge Charger you may find. It has a matte black paint job, huge blower engine coming out of the hood, chrome trim, wheels that start on fire, it can heal itself, it’s possessed… Maybe the Hell Charger isn’t exactly the same as a real one, but you can still get one that looks like it.
Captain America utilizing his inconspicuous van for his motorcycle – marvel.com
Did you know Captain America was an original van lifer? Cap has been known to fight crime on the back of his Harley Davidson motorcycle, but he parked that inside of his headquarters on wheels. His Chevy Van was heavily modified by the people of Wakonda with their advanced technology, allowing Captain America to quickly change the van’s colors or just help locate crime. That’s cool and all, but can you imagine finding Captain America just sleeping in a van down by the river? That’s a scene I wish the Russo brothers and Kevin Feige worked into the Marvel movies.
Iron Man is a self-proclaimed billionaire, playboy, genius, philanthropist and his choice in cars definitely agrees with that. The original Iron Man movie received blatant product placement from Audi with their R8, but it is probably one of the most fitting vehicles for Tony Stark to show up in. The Audi R8 would continue to be his vehicle of choice, even implementing JARVIS into it. In conjunction with the movies, an interactive choose-your-own-adventure comic featuring Iron Man and the Audi R8 fighting off Blizzard was created, allowing me to put it on this list. How nice of them.
Speaking of product placement, remember Pontiac? Well, prior to its debut, the Pontiac Solstice GXP would be the star vehicle in the short-lived DC comic book series Rush City. The car was owned by respected Brooklyn firefighter Diego Zhao who promised his daughter it would be hers when she was old enough. Due to a series of unfortunate events, that wouldn’t happen. He turns to being a vigilante named Rush while driving the Pontiac Solstice GXP he now names after his daughter, Sam.
The Green Hornet is a wealthy masked vigilante with his sidekick Kato that does most of the driving and fighting. The two are perceived by the public as criminals and use this view to infiltrate crime organizations leaving the subdued villains for the police to find. The crime fighting duo can be found riding in the Black Beauty, a decked-out luxury car packed with technology and weapons. Black Beauty has been a Pontiac Banshee, an Oldsmobile 98, and more recently a Chrysler Imperial Crown that was also featured in the movie adaptation with Seth Rogan and Jay Chou.
Hey! A Vespa is a scooter not a car. Oh well, seems fitting with it belonging to the “Merc With a Mouth”. Deadpool has become synonymous with the Vespa ever since Deadpool #68, where he has to carry out a bounty for some cash, but his car has been destroyed by Rhino. Enter Deadpool’s bright red Vespa scooter. Driving down the street, he’s chastised for riding a scooter and has to constantly reassure himself that it is indeed manly and he’s going to prove it by launching it through an office window.
The SHIELD organization has a long history of flying cars in Marvel comics. One of my favorites is Agent Coulson’s 1962 Chevrolet Corvette called the Low-Orbit Liftoff Automobile or Levitating Over Land Automobile, but either version is an acronym called Lola, which happens to be his ex’s name. The sleek classic is highly advanced internally and exclusively driven by Agent Coulson; except that time Deadpool stole it.
So, Booster Gold might not ring a bell when you think of comic book superheroes, but he came from the future to be a famous superhero. The guy constantly show boats while fighting crime trying to gain the admiration of the press and the Justice League, but it’s his car we’re here for. The Boostermobile takes design cues from iconic 80’s cars like the Lamborghini Countach and the De Tomaso Pantera. The car also vainly displays his name along the side with his star logo and it has a spot for his robot assistant, Skeet, to plug into.