Batcycle

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  1. Ziggyman Scar Jo = Ziggywoman

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    I really liked the Batpod...I also thought the need for it and why he needed it was very practical and made sense...Not just another toy...
     
  2. Nightwatcher11 Insomniac

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    I believe if there is a third, the bat-pod could be taken to the next level, I always wanted to see it on top of rooftops and maybe crash right through a building's windows flying through inside it's interior only to break out on the other side. Wouldn't that be awesome? In a cubical office place, a loud noise, a bike crashing through a window surface, then breaking the floor and falling a few floors down then flooring it and zipping by, as people jump out of the way screaming, and a employee simply looking over his cubical and raising an eyebrow and then simply getting back to work. LOL
     
  3. Nitemare Guest

    the batcycle looks really sweet in the movie, but honestly, the handling is VERY unrealistic. very often while taking corners bruce wayne leaned the bike to take the corner better, but with tires that rediculously wide, it wold be impossible to ride on the corner of the tire like that.

    btw, iirc, the motorcycle was always a robin thing because he didn't have the nut to drive a car. ie: batman returns

    batgirl pwns i <3 alicia silverstone
     
  4. Bat101 Guest

    Could somebody please tell me how the two front tires of the Tumbler combined to form the bat-pod? Was there a robotic arm that attached the front right tire to the rear? Also, how did those two gunners/grapplers appear on the front of the Bat-pod? Did it also slide from the center viewport?

    :huh:

    Also, was this escape system originally included since Batman Begins? Or was the bat-pod something Bruce asked Lucius to install? In Batman Begins, I originally thought the escape system would comprise of a vertical ejection system much like in modern jet fighters.
     
  5. Shane Diesel Registered

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    The left tire spins to create ejection force. Once the guns and lights lock into position the left front arm and wheel lunge forward. The canopy that shields Batman as he's in the floorboard position flies off as he continues to move forward. The right front tire rotates and locks into position forming the rear of the Batpod. This locked position is depicted as a slight skidding in the film as the Batpod forms its final shape.

    Debatable. It seems that it was not included in BB. I say this b/c the steering controls on the Tumbler in DK hare wires which are not present in the Tumbler in BB. These wires are the brake wires for the Batpod. So I think the idea for the Batpod was strictly formed during DK and then adapted to the Tumbler's function as shown in BB (ie. he goes into the floorboard position so he's in the batpod position already).
     
  6. Bat101 Guest

    Thanks for the info! But I'm still confused. Does anybody have any visuals of that scene? Illustrations? When I was watching it in the theatre, that scene had poor lighting (or perhaps the theatre had a worn out projector).
     
  7. Shane Diesel Registered

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    Yeah I saw the film in a few theaters and in some showings I could barely make out what was going on. In better lighted ones I could see it much more clearer. It'll look very clear on the DVD.

    It seems that the front wheels are connected in a U-shape since there's no center axle. So if you can imagine the front tires in a U-shape with the open section of the U as the front end of the Tumbler then picture the left side of the U bending and rotating out making the U into an almost straight shape you can get an idea of how the Batpod forms.

    Hope that wasn't too confusing.
     
  8. Bat101 Guest

    Wow. I never knew the Tumbler was so complex!

    At least the Bat-Pod coming out of the Tumbler wasn't as extreme as the Bat-missile from Batman Returns.
     
  9. Shane Diesel Registered

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    Here's my very poor drawing of how the Batpod forms. The yellow line represents the mechanicals of the front tires as they are in normal Tumbler mode. The red lines represent what happens to form the Batpod. So the yellow U bends and rotates to become a straight line with the front left tire of the Tumbler as the front tire of the Batpod and the front right tire of the Tumbler as the rear of the Batpod. If you can forgive the poor quality it should give you an idea of what happens:

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  10. Bat101 Guest


    1) During the tunnel chase, was Batman able to have the Tumbler jump without him going into the "lower front portal" position? The quick editing of this sequence made it hard for me to accurately visualize what was going on.

    2) Also, why is the front portal needed in the Tumbler? Couldn't the driver just operate the guns and "jumping" from the regular driver's seat?

    3) Was the tumbler turning into the Bat-Pod scene done in CGI? Or was it all physical, mechanical props?
     
  11. Shane Diesel Registered

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    Based on BB Batman can jump the Tumbler in the normal seated position like when he's with Fox and when he jumps into the batcave after saving Rachel. In the beginning of DK the Tumbler fires with the seat in the normal position when its on auto pilot. So I assume he can fire in the normal position.

    However, the forward position seems to be some sort of combat mode where Batman can fire and jump the Tumbler as well. The way I understand it is he goes into combat mode so that in the event of catastrophic damage he is in the Batpod eject position.

    The actual formation of the Batpod looked like CGI.
     
  12. Bat101 Guest

    Wow! Nolan and his team were very clever in BB and TDK! It seems that back in 2005, Nolan probably envisioned the "Bat-pod" coming from the Tumbler. :wow:
     
  13. Bat101 Guest

    Was the Tumbler's interior in TDK the same with BB? In TDK I thought I noticed that the LCD monitor could swivel out from the dashboard.

    Did the Bat-Pod have a touch screen flat panel computer as well?
     
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    Somebody get this man a beer!
     

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