Kia Motors America and DC Entertainment will show off two of their Justice League-inspired machines this week at the 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show – the Batman-inspired Optima, previously unveiled in October at the Time Warner Center in New York City, and the Aquaman-inspired Rio 5-door, previously revealed at this year's .
The two vehicles were built by RIDES magazine and West Coast Customs, respectively, both vehicles feature custom artwork by legendary comic book artist and DC Entertainment Co-Publisher Jim Lee.
The Batman-inspired Kia Optima has a matte and piano-black paint scheme, a dramatically lowered coilover suspension and ground effects kit, huge Ksport performance brakes for extreme stopping power, custom-designed 20-inch black wheels with one-of-a-kind Batman-logo center caps and a performance exhaust system.
Kia claims that 85 percent of the Kia Rio's materials are recyclable at the end of its lifespan, making it a natural automotive alter-ego for Aquaman, symbolizing his role as protector of the environment, both land and sea. The Rio 5-door received the West Coast Customs treatment with special gold, green and orange exterior paint and custom metal fins attached to the body. Other visual elements also include Oracle LED wheel rings and body lighting across the exterior and 20-inch color-matched Asanti wheels with Continental tires. The seats have been reupholstered with green leather featuring yellow and gold accents.
says its partnership with DC Entertainment was conceived to benefit "", a giving campaign dedicated to helping fight hunger in the Horn of Africa and inspired by the heroism of the iconic Justice League characters. It says the campaign encourages everyday people to join the fight by getting involved and donating to bring help and hope to the people most affected by the hunger crisis.
In all a total of seven Kia vehicles inspired by the individual characters of the Justice League will be built. And if you'd like to own one you might get a chance as a fully-drivable, eighth custom Kia Sorento that encompasses all seven super heroes will be the final vehicle. It will be auctioned off to raise funds for the "We Can Be Heroes" cause. So far, five vehicles have been shown and three more are to be unveiled over the next several months.