Batman is in Oklahoma City this week, and since there are criminals everywhere, he's brought several Batmobiles with him.
Through Saturday, you can see one up close at the Science Museum Oklahoma, 2100 NE 52.
The vehicle is here as part of the “Batman Live” performances Wednesday through Sunday at the Chesapeake Energy Arena.
The display includes the car, schematics of the Batmobile and a series of comic-like panels describing the show.
“Batman Live” tells the story of how Robin becomes Batman's partner, and shows both superheroes battling the Caped Crusader's many foes.
Bruce Wayne, who often is seen in the same town as Batman, dropped by the museum to check out this high-tech automobile.
“I'm not quite sure what event I'm in Oklahoma City to attend because Alfred sorts out my schedule,” Wayne said.
Actually actor Jack Walker, who plays Batman (and alter-ego Bruce Wayne) was at the museum to unveil the car in its exhibit and spoke as both Wayne and Batman.
“There are criminals everywhere, and it's good to strike fear into them, wherever they are,” he said, as Batman.
Walker trades the lead role with another actor on a regular basis, but has toured with the show for a year.
“It's a pretty amazing show. People really respond, but the kids respond the most. Children are so untrammeled, so truthful,” Walker said. “It's a comic book on stage.”
The “Batman Live” Batmobile is based on a Formula 1 racing car designed by Gordon Murray.
The Batmobile — as driven by Batman in Gotham City — has a breathable type of carbon fiber body, 10 times lighter than steel and 100 times stronger. It also makes it undetectable.
Rather than using rubber tires like the cars we drive, the Batmobile uses virtual wheels indicated by LED lights. The virtual wheels oppose gravity to lift the car and provide braking, driving and steering forces. The front and rear emit microwaves to jam all detection systems and the entire car is controlled with two “Bat Grips” and two information screens in the cockpit.
The Batmobile at the museum has had many of its top-secret parts hidden, but anyone can walk around the car, take pictures and look at the additions.
It is on display during museum hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday. Museum-only admission is $13.95 for adults, and $9.95 for seniors 65 and older and children ages 4 to 12.
For more information, call 602-6664 or go to sciencemuseumok.org.