A new Batman film, starring Christian Bale, will premier next year, but preview pictures suggest the Caped Crusader’s new ride looks more like an armadillo than a sleek rocket-propelled crime-buster.

A new Batman film, starring Christian Bale, will premier next year, but preview pictures suggest the Caped Crusader’s new ride looks more like an armadillo than a sleek rocket-propelled crime-buster.


The Batmobile was recently voted the ultimate big-screen car, beating James Bond’s Aston Martin in a film fans’ poll. The Caped Crusader’s hi-tech car first appeared in the Batman comic in 1941 and made its cinematic debut in the 1989 movie starring Michael Keaton.


With its voice-activated controls, retractable armour and arsenal of weapons, the Batmobile was the clear winner in the survey carried out by UCI Cinemas. Secret agent 007’s gadget-packed Aston Martin from Goldfinger came second, followed by the Mini Coopers from The Italian Job.


When is released next year, the new Batmobile will have big tracks to fill. But imagine fans’ surprise when the Warner Bros film company revealed a armour-plated, post-apocalyptic battle tank at New York City's Javitz Convention Centre to star in its upcoming Batman film.


producer Charles Roven said that the new machine has to reach 354 km/h to get airborne, "but then it can jump six, nine, maybe 12 metres."


The film is being directed Christopher Nolan, who directed and received a Best Original Screenplay Oscar nomination for writing . Roven added that the production will film some “jumping scenes” in the coming weeks.


Bale (who starred in ) was cast last September in the coveted role of Bruce Wayne and his alter ego Batman. also stars Michael Caine as Wayne's butler Alfred, as well as Morgan Freeman, Katie Holmes, Gary Oldman, Tom Wilkinson and Ken Watanabe.


But superhero groupies need not worry that the car pictured here will spoil the movie, reports. Although these pictures have since been published on Warner Bros’ official preview site, they do not show “the Batmobile you'll be seeing racing across the screen in 2005”.


“Warner Bros has something cool in store for you guys, and our sources have described a car that's quite different from the pictures at the link above”, the site reported. We live in hope.