Darren Franich
April 05, 2012 AT 03:20 PM EDT

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To celebrate the impending arrival of The Dark Knight Rises — Christopher Nolan’s latest exercise in manic-depressive grandeur — Warner Bros. hosted an exhibition last week in Burbank featuring five iterations of the Batmobile. Videographer Josh Turchetta put together an enticing clip from the event. Watch the video:

Intriguingly, when you see all the Batmobiles together in one place, it’s clear that each vehicle captures the vibe of its respective project. Adam West’s converted Futura looks hilarious — rocket boosters! space-age windshield! — but it’s also supposed to look hilarious. Tim Burton’s Batmobile looks simultaneously organic and retro mechanical, like an H.R. Giger-designed Model-T. Joel Schumacher’s Batmobiles look like two failed attempts at Tim Burton’s Batmobile. And Christopher Nolan’s Tumbler looks like a football player who writes poetry about his massive feelings.

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