If you have been enjoying the plethora of summer blockbuster movies you might have gone to see Avengers: Age of Ultron. In the new Avengers movie there is a sequence where Black Widow, played by Scarlett Johansson, rides an electric Harley-Davidson motorcycle.
The prototype electric motorcycle, which the company has dubbed the Livewire, made a big media splash back when it was introduced last summer. It seemed like the purveyor of “loud pipes save lives” was trying something radically different. It’s now clear that the building the Livewire prototype was partly something that the company did for the Avengers: Ague of Ultron movie. Joss Whedon, the director, approached Harley-Davidson saying that he needed a a cool bike for the movie and something different and futuristic. Hence the Livewire electric prototype was born and was used in the film.
Harley-Davidson LiveWire – Avengers: Age of Ultron
“It’s an electric bike so you have no engine to warm up… nothing is similar with a gas bike except it is on two wheels and you have handlebars.” said Sarah Vignot, the stunt rider for Scarlett Johansson in the Avengers. “This bike completely blew me away, it’s so far out of the norm of what you would expect.” said Justin Hell, the motorcycle coordinator for the movie.
Harley-Davidson motorcycles being in movies is nothing new as the iconic brand has become a symbol of America around the world. However, electric motorcycles being in big budget movies is new. Will we see more electric Harleys or Livewire prototypes in summer blockbusters movies? I imagine so if the company is serious about getting one into market within 5 years. With Polaris entering the market this year with the Victory Charger, Harely-Davidson might want to get the Livewire into production sooner rather than later.
What are your thoughts about the Livewire being in the Avengers: Age of Ultron?