If you’re keeping your eyes peeled, you might see the Batmobile around Tulsa in the near future.
Yes, the Batmobile. A $150,000 working replica of the caped crusader’s set piece from Tim Burton’s 1989 “Batman.”
Why that one? “It’s iconic. It’s basically, for most adults, our first (experience with the Batmobile). It’s outlandishly huge, so it’s got that comic feel to it,” says Don Alam, owner of Nerd Alert Customs and project manager for the Batmobile project.
Tulsa Pop Kids, a local nonprofit that advocates for literacy and education programs in schools through pop culture and entertainment, plans to use the Batmobile to that end. Rather than passing out copies of, say, “To Kill a Mockingbird,” they’re using superhero comics and graphic novels.
“We’ll be able to go to some of these north Tulsa schools and bring comics out and have the kids come out and get a picture with Batman,” Alam says. “We’ll be able to do hospital visits … and just bring a little more light to their lives.”
Arthur Greeno, president of Tulsa Pop Kids, reached out to Nerd Alert Customs to kickstart the project, which began this past summer. It was put on hold due to COVID-19.
Construction resumed May 9, and the project is set to finish sometime in late fall, after which the Batmobile will begin its charitable works. It’ll also be available for a chauffeur experience or for a car show. All proceeds will go to Tulsa Pop Kids.