Ask Professor Popcorn: Batman (1989)





Dear Hoagie,

That is an interesting question. It would seem that having the very same bullet-proof protective armor as the actual frame of the Batmobile makes more sense however, in the back story of the film, Bruce Wayne mistakenly ordered the bullet-proof armor in small sheets instead of ones that would be better suited for the size of the Batmobile. So thinking on his feet, he still used the armor but had to make them retractable (virtually making the Batmobile more than twice its weight) and curve over the entire vehicle for protective purposes. The actual metal of the Batmobile is no different than the tin that packages tuna fish and could be easily damaged. How he was able to invent a retractable function for this armor over a vehicle is still a matter of debate. Just the logistics of how it goes over the Batmobile is mind-boggling and insane. But I hope I was able to shed some light on your inquiry.

Your picture pal,
Professor Popcorn




Dear Vic,

Great question! The “ball bomb” as you put it isn’t actually a bomb at all. The movie makes it seem that the ball is the actual detonator device that explodes but in fact the ball is just a large heavy metal ball. To save running time, the scene was trimmed and never showed us what actually happened with that ball. But I’ve just got off the phone with Tim Burton, who is busy remaking his own penis to look more like Vincent Price’s penis (the guy just loves remaking things!), and he confirmed what I suspected all along. The ball was extended and dropped on the street like we all saw in the film. Then, a large metallic hockey stick-like mechanism is telescoped out of the other wheel and hits the ball (like a golf ball) hard and fast towards a bomb that Batman placed at the Axis Chemical plant days before for this very reason. So you see, the ball was just a ball and used to activate the actual bomb. Thanks for writing!

Your picture pal,
Professor Popcorn



Dear John,

I think that cutting apparatus was primarily used to grab villains, thugs, criminals, etc. from the ground while the Batwing was in flight and was able to take the villain away to another location. That was the intent anyway but just the sheer force of a huge jet coming in contact with a human being just pulverized the person to smithereens and Bruce Wayne just ended up using it for rope cutting. Evidence of this initial intention is shown in the Batman toy line when the Batwing toy is shown in this commercial to fly down to the Joker, virtually stop in mid-flight and grab the Joker to bring to jail. I guess Wayne had hoped that the Batwing could stop or hover like a Harrier jet but didn’t have time to develop the technology. But even if he did that cutting apparatus would just slice someone right in half. Just another disappointment from the Batwing, like not being able to hit a villain when it has a target lock and then being shot down by one simple bullet. Wayne Enterprises half-assed that vehicle completely.

Your picture pal,
Professor Popcorn

Oh so it's a Villain Cruncher. That makes way more sense now.

Oh so it’s a Villain Cruncher. That makes way more sense now.


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