LEGO DC 76224 Batmobile: Batman vs. The Joker Chase revealed

LEGO DC 76224 Batmobile: Batman vs. The Joker Chase has popped up at a Certified Store, revealing a set that was potentially once rumoured to be connected to this summer’s The Flash.

A standalone version of the Michael Keaton-era Batmobile included in 76252 Batcave – Shadow Box, 76224 Batmobile: Batman vs. The Joker Chase revisits a formula that’s worked for LEGO DC countless times before, pitching the Dark Knight’s wheels against the Clown Prince of Crime on foot. This version is inspired directly by the Tim Burton films, and Julian Caldow’s Batmobile design.

The 438-piece set has yet to be officially revealed by the LEGO Group, but a product listing is now live on an Australian LEGO Certified Store’s website, confirming a release date of August 1. It’s due to retail for $72.99 in Australia, so likely around £39.99 in the UK, $44.99 in the US and €44.99 in Europe. This is a similar – but not identical – model to the one included in 76252 Batcave – Shadow Box, which launches June 5 for VIP members.

Rumours of a separate minifigure-scale 1989 Batmobile have been doing the rounds since last year, under the set name 76221 Batmobile: Flash Tracking. That model was said to include 456 pieces and retail for a similar price, but would reportedly have included Michael Keaton’s Batman and Ezra Miller’s The Flash, both of whom will have prominent roles in this summer’s long-awaited The Flash movie.

It seems unlikely that the LEGO Group would launch two otherwise identical sets with two different side characters (swapping out Joker for The Flash), so it’s not beyond the realm of possibility that there’s been a hasty rework here. There are clues in the box art – Joker is in a pose that would definitely have suited The Flash, and the minifigure icons in the bottom left wouldn’t usually be so far towards the centre – but we’re deep into speculative territory now.

All we know for sure at this stage is that 76224 Batmobile: Batman vs. The Joker Chase is launching on August 1, and will be a welcome sight to those of us who don’t want to pony up £344.99 / $399.99 / €399.99 for 76252 Batcave – Shadow Box. Keep an eye on Brick Fanatics for confirmation of the Batmobile’s international pricing and availability.

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Chris Wharfe

I like to think of myself as a journalist first, LEGO fan second, but we all know that’s not really the case. Journalism does run through my veins, though, like some kind of weird literary blood – the sort that will no doubt one day lead to a stress-induced heart malfunction. It’s like smoking, only worse. Thankfully, I get to write about LEGO until then. You can follow me on Twitter at @brfa_chris.

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