Everyone knows that it is a superhero’s job to save the day. Whilst many are fully equipped with super powers and elaborate costumes designed to enhance their performances, most of them wouldn’t be the legends they are known as without their driving licenses (yes, they have them). I mean, Batman without the Batmobile doesn’t even bare thinking about. Over the years, we have seen some pretty legendary superhero cars. From the Avengers Quinjet to the Fantastic Four’s Fantasticar, you literally couldn’t get further from a Ford Fiesta if you tried. Here are our top 5:
The Turtle Van (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles)
At first glance, this might not be your typical superhero whip. It’s big, it’s bulky, it’s a little rundown and doesn’t really have the ‘look’ that a superhero might be going for. However, it transports the best crime-fighting, pizza-eating team of all time. Better known as the ‘party wagon’ , it’s sheer size means that it can be equipped with everything, including the kitchen sink. From missiles to jet engines, to a place to sleep in between crime fighting, this monster truck has you covered.
The Spider-Mobile (Spiderman)
You might be thinking that Spiderman owning a car is a little unnecessary, much like Superman owning an aeroplane, but when the Spider-mobile was created it was easy to see why Spiderman needed it. Mainly just a performance enhancer, the Spider-mobile served its owner well, shooting webs left right and centre and possessing the ultimate superhero car essential: an ejector seat. The car was the height of masculinity, shaped like a dune buggy with Spiderman’s masked face printed onto its giant tyres.
No superhero car post would be complete without a mention of the infamous Batmobile. Probably the most well-known and iconic superhero automotive, it definitely deserves a mention due to how well it has served batman for all of these years. Of course, there isn’t just one Batmobile, in fact there are many, all of which have evolved over the years. From the extremely flashy Kilmer Mobile way back in 1995 to the Dark Knight’s the Tumbler, Batman’s cars have evolved with him, each one getting bigger and better over time. The most recent is the Batfleck which made an appearance in Suicide Squad in 2016. This is definitely one of the sleekest of Batman’s inventions, embracing an amazing futuristic aesthetic with a giant machine gun stuck to the front. Well, he is Batman after all.
Again, probably not necessary when he can already fly and run faster than the speed of sound, but hey, sometimes you just wanna be normal. Far from a little, basic run around however, the Supermobile is forged from Kryptonian metal, with the engine drawing energy from the sun and a unique shielding system that will protect its driver and passenger from the harmful rays of kryptonite. Maybe Superman does need his ride after all!
The Acura NSX
Driven by Tony Stark, this has to be the slickest car in the superhero business. Whilst it doesn’t actually exist, it is based on the real life NSX concept. The car can be seen at several points during The Avengers 2012 film. If you are eagle-eyed, you might have noticed that the Acura brand was featured by several cars throughout the movie, but the one that Tony Stark gets into (with Bruce Branner) at the end of the movie is unique because it wasn’t available to the public at the time. Deep maroon in colour, it is hard not to notice the car’s sleek body and overall professional finish had people questioning when and where they could get their hands on it. To throw people off the scent ahead of the car’s actual real life unveiling, The Avenger’s production team made a few tweaks to the model which still to this day makes it truly unique. The biggest difference being that Stark’s car was a convertible whilst the actual NSX was a coupe and details to the front of the car were also left a little nondescript (no headlights or distinct detail could be seen).