Whenever a sci-fi director needs a car or, better, a transport vehicle that does not look out of place on a highway in 2045, he picks up the phone to call Harald Belker – that designer from Germany, the home of the car, who gave shape to his own dreams in California. All the way back in the 1990s, Belker sketched the seminal Batmobile for film adaptation of Batman and Robin. Although he admits today that “the movie was terrible”, everyone still remembers the hero’s powerful gothic wheels.
For Steven Spielberg’s dystopian view of the future, Minority Report, Belker built an equally futuristic flounder, unlocked by Tom Cruise via retina scan. And he also had his hand in Tron: Legacy’s iconic light cycles, racing through the film’s digital arenas with an impressive trail of pixels.