Early this morning, legendary custom car designer George Barris passed away. Barris designed the iconic cars for a number of popular TV shows, but his most famous creation was the Batmobile for the sixties Batman TV show.
In honor of Barris, DC Entertainment has released an official statement on his passing, which we've included in full below.
George Barris was a true creative genius and we are saddened to learn of his passing. George's design contributions to the legendary 1966 Batmobile thrilled fans of the classic Batman TV show, left an indelible mark on Batman legacy and lore, and is still recognized as one of the most iconic vehicles of all time.
"Growing up I wanted to fight crime just so I could drive George's Batmobile," said DC Entertainment Co-Publisher Jim Lee. "It was my great honor to get to meet him in person recently and to thank him for his contributions to the world of Batman, and there was no greater thrill than getting to sit in that Batmobile from my childhood."