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"Celebrate later, Alfred, I need the Knightcrawler!."
"I thought you'd never ask. Crawler's on the way. Initiating remote mode."
Batman and Alfred Pennyworth[src]

The Knightcrawler, or simply the "Crawler", is a vehicle used by Batman to access rough terrain that cannot be reached via a car or plane.[1]

History

In Storage

After realizing the impending threat posed by the Parademons, Bruce Wayne works on the Knightcrawler and gets it running as an additional help for the incoming battles ahead. At some point it was known to have been stored at the Wayne Aerospace Hangar.[2]

Skirmish under Gotham Harbor

He used it to transport himself, Flash, Wonder Woman, and Cyborg to Gotham Harbor to search for the kidnapping victims from S.T.A.R. Labs. When Batman was starting to be overwhelmed by Parademons during the fight with Steppenwolf, he requested Alfred Pennyworth remote pilot the Crawler to him for support. He used it to great effect against the Parademons attacking Wonder Woman. But found it ineffective against Steppenwolf, who sliced it open with his Electro Axe and knocked it down the tunnel. Cyborg eventually repaired and took control of the Crawler from Alfred and tried in vain to take out Steppenwolf with its missiles. Which ended up causing the tunnel to be flooded and forcing the team to retreat from the scene aboard the Crawler. Which was left on the tunnel wall after Cyborg got the team to safety and left to retrieve the Mother Box he had hidden.[3]

Capabilities

The Knightcrawler was originally designed by Thomas Wayne, intended to be applied for military use. Its design was eventually used by his son, Bruce Wayne, in his exploits as the vigilante Batman.[1]

It is a four-treaded tank with each tread on a separate leg so it can walk. It can pierce into surfaces with each leg to climb up walls or hang from a roof. Its cockpit interior is based on function, like a forklift. It has one command seat and two fold-out benches. [4]

The Knightcrawler also has powerful weaponry for dealing with alien threats, as seen when Batman used the vehicle's Gatling guns to tear through a Parademon's armour and flesh and two heavy side missile launchers as seen when Cyborg fired them at Steppenwolf. This addition of such weapons was likely added in order for Batman to stand a chance against the Parademon threat facing the Earth.

Behind the scenes

"For long distances, the Knightcrawler wasn't very practical, so I decided to have tank-like treads living within its legs. I asked myself, how does it climb walls? I decided that it has spikes on the side of the legs. One spike embeds itself in the wall and widens, so it gets stuck there, then retracts again as the next spike embeds itself, and so on."
Patrick Tatopoulos[src]

The Knightcrawler was an original vehicle for Justice League, and was created by the film's production designer, Patrick Tatopoulos.

Gallery

Concept artwork

References

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