Story by: Jack Foley
NOBODY drives it better than
Batman, it seems, if a poll
by UCI Cinemas, to mark the release of Starsky and Hutch, is anything
to go by.
The Caped Crusaders high-tech Batmobile has been voted
the greatest car to appear on the big screen, beating James Bond's
legendary Aston Martin, in the poll of screen cars.
The sleek, black Batmobile's first appearance was in the Batman
comic, in 1941, but screeched onto cinema screens in 1989, in
Tim Burtons epic, starring Michael Keaton.
Also featured in the surveys were the Minis from The Italian
Job, in third place, the VW Beetle, named Herbie, in fourth, and
the DeLorean car, driven by Michael J Fox, in the Back
to the Future trilogy, which finished fifth.
Steve McQueens iconic Ford Mustang, in the 1968 film, Bullitt,
also made the top ten, along with the car from Grease, and the
flying vehicle, in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.
Commenting on the survey, a UCI spokesman said: "Cars in
movies have always helped provide the action in chase scenes and
getaways, but the best big screen cars are the ones that go beyond
simply being a prop and have an identity of their own."
In what proved to be a terrific year for car chases, last year,
films such as Bad Boys 2, The
Matrix Reloaded and The Italian
Job remake all featured memorable high-speed moments.
The Ford Gran Torino used in Starsky
and Hutch did not make it into the top 10.