You Won't Believe How Terrible H.R. Giger’s Designs For The Batmobile Were

You Won’t Believe How Terrible H.R. Giger’s Designs For The Batmobile Were

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It’s been revealed that the highly accomplished designer, H.R. Giger, well known for his sci-fi creatures in the Alien films, also did a few designs for 1995’s Batman Forever. Ultimately, his designs were turned down and Joel Schumacher went with Barbara Ling’s design.

H.R. Giger’s Batmobile is distinctly his style: a slightly unsettling mix of biology and technology (not unsimilar to his work on Alien). It’s probably something that belongs more in a sci-fi horror film than a Batman comic book movie. It’s not that difficult to imagine that the design was inspired by a pair of scissors. The real question is why? Either way, we’re all shocked that Schumacher missed the opportunity to make a bad film even worse. I mean this Gigermobile fits right in there with the Batnipples.

H.R. Giger was contacted in 1994 to design a Batmobile for Batman Forever. His unique “X” shaped design was to include articulated front legs/mandibles, retractable fins, and gatling gun emplacements on each of the four pods on the sides of the vehicle. The design also combined side and forward intake ports with organic spines and a central pod connecting the four legs.

Below you can see some of H.R. Giger’s Batmobile…

H.R. Giger Batmobile

H.R. Giger Batmobile

You Won't Believe How Terrible H.R. Giger’s Designs For The Batmobile Were

H R Giger Batmobile

H R Giger Batmobile Concept Art


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26 Comments

  1. H.I McDunnough

    That’s the stupidest looking thing I’ve ever seen and I’ve seen Batman & Robin. It looks like some shit The Grinch would drive on his way to fuck shit up in Who’ville.

  2. Luis Diaz

    Wow like-minded comments. Seems legit. These designs are bad ass, but it doesn’t fit with the atrocity that was that early Batman franchise. It seemed to have the umbilical chord still attached from the campy 60’s Adam West Batman. Tim Burton did a good job, but unfortunately it still had that late 80’s flair attached and didn’t fully understand the character. I think no one really does. Nolan had some nice instances of it, but frankly the best Batman story will always be between pages in a comic or graphic novel.

  3. Frank

    You should change the title of the article to “You Won’t believe how dumb the Art Directors for Batman were.” because this shows more of a bad art direction choice rather than Giger doing something bad. You hire Giger to do surreal bio-mechanical designs that no one else would think of, you don’t hire him to design a bat-mobile – unless you want the design to be a surreal bio-mechanical design that no one else would think of. Or you’re just a huge fanboy of Giger and this was your chance to get him to draw you a bat-mobile.

  4. Dan

    Ginger has been dead 3 years now. Easy to badmouth someone not around to defend themselves. The design itself is solid and creative, just inappropriate for the overly campy “Batman Forever.” I could easily see this working for a Batman Arkham project, or a new Batman vs Predator mini-series.

  5. le110pillole

    Its’ not Giger works that was bad, it’s your childish batmobile that wasn’t enough for an Artist like Giger. It’s like calling Leonardo Da Vinci and ask him to design the wheel for your hamster, or ask Fellini to film the birthday of your Uncle.

  6. Chaingunart

    Well they look like Giger’s work.
    If you hire an artist with a distinct style that’s what your gonna get.
    I don’t think you they’re terrible, far from it.

  7. Andrew Sutherland

    its Giger. He’s a genius so obviously he’s going to design something unlike anything anyone has seen before. It’s why his work was so great for alien but inappropriate for Batman.

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