The Batmobile Insert Cockpit used in the making of Tim Burton’s 1992 caped crusader sequel, Batman Returns. This piece is a studio process car used by production for interior shots taking place within Batman’s spectacular Batmobile. Originally designed by Anton Furst, this process car was designed to help Tim Burton and his team obtain key shots of Batman within the cockpit. By removing the body of the vehicle, the cameras were able to get up close with Batman, the interior electronics, and gadgets within the vehicle. As such, only the interior of the cockpit and the back wall of the car were built for production, while the outer casing seen on the sides were added later to make the piece more presentable.
The dashboard inside the Batmobile can be screen matched in numerous scenes and is outfitted with numerous buttons and gauges that light up when powered by a 110 volt battery. While a few small dials and switches are now missing and the CD player and radio have been removed, the monitor screen is still intact.
The center console between the seats showcases the original throttle, console lights, and levers, and is framed by original vinyl upholstery. Most recognizable is the original steering wheel with Batman’s signature logo in the center. Located over the cockpit is a removable roof, which granted director Tim Burton easy access into the vehicle.
While this rare piece remains largely original, a number of components were replaced or added in the years since the film was released. Sometime after production the seats were replaced (see photos) and panels were added to the sides and front of the process car to give the piece a presentable appearance. This piece is in good condition and is believed to be the only item of its kind in existence today.