The movie Batman & Robin (1997) left a bad taste in my bat-mouth. I was a big Batman fan before I saw it, but it left me conflicted.
Jump ahead several years. With some of Lego's newer curved slope pieces in hand in the color black, I realized I had no choice but to make a Batmobile (this was 2004 or so).
I had already recreated my favorite iteration--the Tim Burton Batmobile--with moderate success in the early 90s, and I didn't want to do that again (I actually never took it apart, so maybe I'll put it online some time. That's why this one is called Batmobile 2).
There weren't any other offical versions of the Batmobile that I wanted to recreate. The ones in Batman Forever and Batman & Robin were a little bit hideous compared to the Tim Burton version. The one from Batman: the Animated Series wasn't as bad, but it was a little two boxy for my liking.
I eventually realized I had only one option: to design a Batmobile with the theme of duality. A Batmobile to represent my love/hate relationship with Batman. It would be equal parts sleek and boxy, sexy and hideous, classy and ridiculous. And really, isn't that what the Batmobile always is?
Jumping from style to technique for a moment, I want to point out that I mostly built this from the top down, so there's quite a bit of hollowness underneath. The gray-bottomed cockpit was inserted at the end.
The spacious interior includes gauges directly behind the seat for no specific reason.
It's hard to tell, but there are also two openable compartments on either side just behind the seat.
Don't ask what Batman does with handlebars and two levers.
Here's a blurry photo of him in all his glory.
I should explain that I like to stretch official Lego pieces to their ultimate limits in pure form, even when those limits aren't very high. While I admire custom paint, knife, and sticker jobs, that's not my style.