I’ll Briefly be on Television Tonight
So, back in December, I was invited to come talk about the Batmobile. I was going to one of maybe a dozen people to riff about the iconic vehicle for a featurette destined for the DVD released of The Dark Knight Rises. It was my first experience being a talking head and I spent about an hour-plus of interview time, joking that they’d use maybe 30 seconds.
I was more recently asked if I had copies of some of the pictures I mentioned and could I send them a picture of the bookshelf full of Batmobiles I had. The former was easy, the latter was accomplished thanks to Deb. Tara Tremaine, the producer, told me she was editing two versions, one 22-minutes, the other closer to an hour. Then, just days ago, I saw the shorter version was being shown at San Diego and a day later, received word it was scheduled to air on the CW network. Tara confirmed I made the cut and I couldn’t wait to see it for myself.
I sat in the audience of the programming room on Thursday night, stunned to see 1000 people packed in to hear about the iconic car. George Barris, who designed the classic television vehicle, led an all-star lineup of people for a fun panel. Ventriloquist Jeff Dunham, who bought and restored one of the Tim Burton models, was on hand as were the engineers who worked on the other movie vehicles along with Batfan/producer Michael Uslan. The 22-minute piece was extremely well received and I was surprised at how much my material was used in the first half.
Official Press Release
The broadcast network premiere of the new half-hour special on the history and evolution of the Batmobile – THE BATMOBILE – will air on Monday, July 16, 8:00-8:30pm ET on The CW. An encore of the special will air from 8:30-9:00pm ET.
The special will have its world premiere screening at Comic Con in San Diego on July 12, where all six of the Batmobiles from film and television will also appear for the first time together.
From its inception in the late 1930s, the Batmobile has been a symbol of power, hope and justice, as well as the pinnacle of technology as the most awe-inspiring weapon in Batman’s arsenal. In its contemporary and most robust form as the Tumbler, the Batmobile is a combination of unbridled creativity, advanced technology and the pursuit of “justice on wheels.”
The special uses archival footage, images and illustrations of the Batmobile to document its birth and evolution to the present day. Interviews with filmmakers, key designers, builders, stunt drivers, actors and fans of the Batmobile lead the viewer on an exploration of the true impact of this cultural icon. Personal stories will interweave with historical context to tell the definitive story of the world’s most recognized automobile. Interviews include actors Christian Bale and Adam West, and directors Christopher Nolan, Joel Schumacher and Tim Burton.
THE BATMOBILE is from New Wave Entertainment and Warner Bros. The special was directed by Roko Belic, produced by Tara Tremaine and edited by Michael Fallavollita.