There’s nothing impressive about a man dressed in a bat costume, unless they are the one and only Batman. Having been one of the most iconic heroes of all time, Batman has become a household name among fans and critics alike. He first appeared in the 1939 Detective Comic’s Issue 27 and has since gone on to star on big movie productions such as Batman Forever, The Dark Knight and Justice League. This vigilante has it all; the cape, the money, the Batcave, the Bat signal, and his weapons are even shaped like a bat. Probably one of our favorite gadgets in Batman’s arsenal is his Batmobile. There’s even an entire museum exhibit dedicated to his car. That’s a lot of cred surrounding a car! Though, Batman isn’t the only superhero with a famous car.
Even comic book heroes from the Marvel Universe have their favorite vehicles. Some have cars that can even fly! Here are 10 iconic cars from the MCU that can compete with Batman’s legendary Batmobile any day.
10. The Audi Electric R8 E-Tron
Iron Man is everyone’s top favorite Marvel Superhero. We mean, what’s not to like? He wears metal armor that gives him the ability to fly, shoot blasters from his hands, and super strength. With all the money and gadgets in the world, what more could Iron Man need? Apparently, a garage full of exotic fast cars. Having been the staple car of every Iron Man movie ever made, the Audi car brand is just as big of a star as the hero himself. One of our favorites is the electric R8 E-Tron model that made its debut in the 2013 Iron Man 3 movie. Actor Robert Downey Jr, who plays Tony Stark, announced at the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show that the car will also make an appearance in the new Avengers: Endgame movie. Pretty soon the Audi R8 E-Tron will be just as huge of a celebrity as the Batmobile.
9. The Acura NSX Roadster
The Avengers even have a few signature cars of their own. Coming in next on the list of Marvel cars to rival the Batmobile is the Acura. These vehicles make a cameo appearance in almost every Thor and Avengers film, mostly in heavily-packed action scenes. Probably the most memorable vehicle was the Acura NSX Roadster that made its debut appearance in The Avengers. The car manufacturer specifically designed the car just for the movie. While we expected some of the other Avengers to drive the Acura NSX, it was none other than Iron Man himself who leaped at the opportunity. With its stylish design and crisp, clean lines, we’re sure Batman might be tempted to trade in the Batmobile for this car.
8. The Chevrolet Corvette Stingray
Watching the Avengers in action is also a must-see event, especially when Steve Rogers and Tony Stark are fighting side by side. We love their bromance and we hate that these two aren’t on speaking terms. We hope at the end of the Infinity Wars they’ll be best friends again. Though the Captain is a down-to-earth and likable character in comparison to Iron Man, the two have something in common; fast cars. In the Captain America: Winter Solider 2014 film, Black Widow drives a Chevrolet Corvette Stingray. Chevy plays a big part in the Cap’s franchise possibly because producers were setting the tone for “an all-American superhero”. Definitely a great match. While Black Widow’s Stingray doesn’t come with any gadgets, we’re sure it’ll make a great competitor against the Batmobile.
7. The Lexus LC500
So far the cars on this list have dazzled and wowed us to the point where we wish were billionaires like Tony Stark. And while these cars pose as rivals to the Batmobile, the Lexus LC500 is a true competitor. This car may have just been a prop used in the 2018 Black Panther film, but it stands out amongst the other Marvel cars. Made by King T-Challa’s brilliant kid sister, Shuri, the Lexus LC500 is a high-tech vehicle using state-of-the-art technology. It can render itself invisible and is bulletproof, given that it was made from Wakanda’s power source, Uranium. Every king deserves a crown and even a technologically advanced car. The Batmobile may have shared aspects with the Lexus but Bruce Wayne could never compete with Shuri.
6. The Chevrolet Tahoe
Joining the fleet of Chevy props that appeared in the Captain America films is the Chevy Tahoe. Perhaps it is most known for starring in the Captain America: Winter Soldier film. The Tahoe belongs to S.H.I.E.L.D’s head agent Nick Fury, the man who believes in justice. His truck is worse than a police squad car and people should watch out when Fury’s behind the wheel. The Chevy Tahoe has bulletproof doors, high-tech driving software, and a minigun turret that pops out in the driver’s console. We think Nick Fury and Batman have a lot in common when it comes to cars.
5. The Lamborghini Huracan
Taking a break from the Audi and Chevy car brand, the 2016 Doctor Strange movie introduced a new fast car to the MCU; the Lamborghini Huracan. The film’s producers know how to keep with the tone of the movie, as the Huracan was specifically chosen to match Dr. Stephen Strange’s arrogant and obnoxious personality. Additionally, it falls in line with the trend of superheroes driving nice cars. Unfortunately, like most car props in the MCU, they’re either blown up or end up in a tragic car crash. In the Italian beauty’s case, it was driven off a cliff, having died a far worse death than the Batmobile. Heroes are reckless drivers and should never behind the wheel.
4. The Hovercar
Having made a few appearances in Captain America: The First Avenger and Agent Carter’s: Hollywood Ending episode, the Hovercar is the ultimate driving machine. It was created by Tony Stark's father, Howard Stark, and presented at the 1943 World Exposition of Tomorrow for all the world to see. Like all great inventions, however, this prototype failed. A second was made and thus used to close the portal between Earth and the dark entity Zero Matter. Though this car is a flying vehicle, hence the name, and clearly used to defeat evil, it came with several gadgets that Batman might even be tempted to try. According to the comics, the Hovercar (or rather Flying Car Mark V—as it was known by the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D) came equipped with high-tech such as “electronic intelligence, communications, and reconnaissance gear”. A superheroes car doesn’t get any better than that!
3. The Audi A8
The Audi has held a longstanding partnership with Marvel properties, especially the Iron Man Franchise. The car manufacturer was even responsible for producing other Marvel movies such as the 2013 The Wolverine and the 2017 Spider-Man: Homecoming films. Of course, we should’ve known with Iron Man’s presence in the 2017 Spider-Man reboot, that there’d be an Audi nearby. The all-new Audi A8 appeared in the film when Peter Parker was chauffeured by Tony Stark’s bodyguard, Happy Hogan. We may expect superhero cars to have high-tech in the comics and movies, but the Audi A8 is the real deal. A representative from the car manufacturer stated that the “car’s AI traffic jam pilot will kick in and allow the car to drive for short periods of time once it’s activated”. This car can certainly compete with the Batmobile.
2. The Schmidt HYDRA V16 Coupe
One of the most unforgettable cars in the MCU is the Red Skull’s Schmidt HYDRA Coupe. If one of these cars existed in real life, we’re sure it would turn heads. Not to mention a villain with a way cooler car than Batman’s Batmobile is saying a lot. Our heroes need to step up their car game. So how did the villain get his hands on such a beauty? According to Captain America: The First Avenger, Red Skull came to possess alien technology while working for the HYDRA organization. He apparently built this tech into the classic roadster and the car gained the rep for being the fastest and most malicious vehicle ever known. With a V16 engine, we're sure the Batmobile would lose in a drag race against this villainous roadster.
1. The Hyundai Veloster
Unlike other Marvel properties, the Ant-Man films shows off MCU’s softer underbelly. Scott Lang, also known as Ant-Man, brings comedy and spunk to the world of Marvel superheroes that is usually acted out by lesser characters. Keeping with the light but still very serious tone, Hyundai partnered with Marvel in 2018 to not only showcase their new Veloster model but provide a prop for action scenes, claiming it would have a major role in the second installment. Not sure if it was that epic of a scene but the car was pretty cool. It reminds us a lot of a Hotwheels toy car brought to life. Given its performance in the 2018 Ant-Man & The Wasp’s car chase scene, we’d say the Hyundai Veloster could hold its own against the Batmobile.