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DC Reveals Just How Fast the Batmobile Is

Batman: Urban Legends reveals exactly how fast the legendary Batmobile can go.

A preview for Batman: Urban Legends #21 features pages from the issue's "The Wheelman of Gotham" story by writer Anthony Falcone and writer-artist Michael Cho, in which Batman pursues a mysterious getaway driver who has been outrunning the Gotham City Police Department for weeks. Batman gives chase in the Batmobile and is surprised at how the driver keeps ahead of him in a mere sedan. Batman's inner dialogue details that the Batmobile's top speed is 230 miles per hour, but it is capable of up to 350 miles per hour for only ten seconds when its thrusters are activated. Just as Batman is about to close in on the criminal nicknamed "Getaway," the driver pulls a swift U-turn that leaves the Batmobile on a collision course with a dump truck.




  • Cover by MICHAEL CHO

  • Variant cover by JORGE FORNÉS

  • Variant cover by EDWIN GALMON

  • $7.99 US | 64 pages | Prestige

  • (all covers are card stock)

  • ON SALE 11/8/22

  • This month’s issue brings you the Dynamic Duo pushing the Batmobile to its absolute limits. The Murder Club has thrown Batman’s life into chaos—how will Robin, Alfred and Nightwing keep him together? Arkham Academy opens its doors to its first-ever class of students related to Gotham’s greatest villains—will they make the grade? And we see Renee Montoya’s last days as a detective before she became Gotham City’s newest commissioner.

The Batmobile first appeared alongside Batman in 1939's Detective Comics #27, where started out as a plain-looking red car. The image of the vehicle has completely transformed over time, with modern depictions usually showing the Batmobile as a high-tech, all-purpose, crime-fighting machine. Its appearance has varied from a heavily armored tank to a sleek racecar like the one seen in "The Wheelman of Gotham," but most versions sport elements to fit in with Bruce Wayne's bat theme.

Batman's Batmobile Is Just One of Many Flashy Vehicles

The Batmobile is just one of several other bat-themed vehicles owned by the Caped Crusader. There have been Batplanes and jets like the Batwing, along with themed rocket ships, boats, helicopters and motorcycles. At one point in time, Batman even rode on a giant red batarang, called Batarang X. For many of the scenarios the Dark Knight faces, Batman is often depicted as having just the right vehicle for the missions that come his way.

Batman: Urban Legends is an anthology series focusing on the titular hero and his allies, each issue featuring several storylines either as parts of a larger arc or self-contained short stories. "The Wheelman of Gotham" and "Survivor's Guilt" are two independent stories in Urban Legends #21, which kicks off the three-part "Arkham Academy" arc. The issue also continues the title's "Murder Club" story, which features a younger Batman investigating the mysterious killings of Gotham's wealthy elite.

Along with Falcone and Cho, "The Wheelman of Gotham" features colors by Dave Stewart and letters by Lucas Gattoni. Other stories in Batman: Urban Legends #21 are contributed to by writers Julio Anta, Dennis Culver and Joey Esposito, artists Miguel Mondonca, Hayden Sherman and Vasco Georgiev, colorists Roman Stevens, Jordie Bellaire and Alex Guimarães, and letterers Becca Carey, Pat Brosseau and Carlos M. Mangual. Along with main cover art by Cho, the issue features variant cover artwork by Edwin Galmon and Jorge Fornés, and goes on sale Nov. 8 from DC Comics.

Source: DC Comics

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