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Jun. 15, 2012by: Alejandro Stepenberg

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The good people over at SuperHeroHype have found themselves a copy of a book called "The Dark Knight Manual: Tools, Weapons, Vehicles and Documents from the Batcave," which actually sounds fascinating considering Nolan's attention to detail and his efforts to ground Batman's journey in an extension of pre-existing real-world possibilities.  A few photos from the book focusing on the Caped Crusader's new vehicle The Bat have been released, and you can get a feel for the book through checking out the photos/description below.  That last picture shows a Fusion Reactor that presumably owers The Bat.

This isn't a car:

The Bat concept art 1

The Bat concept art 2

The Bat concept art 3

The Bat concept art 4

The book's description: In 2005, filmmaker Christopher Nolan redefined Batman for a new generation with Batman Begins, followed in 2008 by The Dark Knight, and now 2012’s conclusion to the trilogy, The Dark Knight Rises. Here, for the first time, is an in-world exploration of Christopher Nolan’s Batman: The Dark Knight Manual, the definitive guide to his tools, vehicles, and technologies.
 
Following the destruction of Wayne Manor, Bruce Wayne began to assemble key sketches, diagrams, observations, and other top-secret documents germane to becoming Batman; he then entrusted this manual to his faithful butler, Alfred. Every defining moment is detailed here, charting Wayne’s collaborations with Lucius Fox at Wayne Enterprises on the latest cutting-edge technology.
 
Featuring removable documents, including the design and capability of the famed utility belt, the hi-tech functions of Batman’s cowl, and every detail of
his amazing arsenal of weapons and gadgets, The Dark Knight Manual reveals how Bruce Wayne operates as Gotham’s greatest protector.
Extra Tidbit: I've always found the "tank" joke in BATMAN BEGINS hilarious. So kudos to that actor - your line was very well delivered, sir.
Source: SuoerHeroHype

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9:03PM on 06/15/2012
It's the newest Hunter Killer.

Batman used to be somewhat of a neck breaker for those of you who think he isn't capable of killing.
It's the newest Hunter Killer.

Batman used to be somewhat of a neck breaker for those of you who think he isn't capable of killing.
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6:56PM on 06/15/2012
Holy...
Holy...
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6:32PM on 06/15/2012

Love/Hate

I must admit I really enjoy Mr. Nolans batman and the way he portrays the character, but the vehicles have always been a weak point for me. The bat is no exception, it just kinda looks like the tumbler (batmobile if you wanna call it that) just spread out. It kinda reminds me of when I built stuff with legos as a kid. You're all like look its the batmobile, when really its just a blocky mess. And what's up with all the spelling errors lately Joblo? No spell check? LOL
I must admit I really enjoy Mr. Nolans batman and the way he portrays the character, but the vehicles have always been a weak point for me. The bat is no exception, it just kinda looks like the tumbler (batmobile if you wanna call it that) just spread out. It kinda reminds me of when I built stuff with legos as a kid. You're all like look its the batmobile, when really its just a blocky mess. And what's up with all the spelling errors lately Joblo? No spell check? LOL
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5:00PM on 06/15/2012
The Nolan Batman vehicles are some of the worst Bat-vehicles I have seen. Ever.
They all seem so uninspired.
The Nolan Batman vehicles are some of the worst Bat-vehicles I have seen. Ever.
They all seem so uninspired.
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12:08PM on 06/15/2012

Seriously?

You guys really think they're gonna have Batman gunning down people? Relax
You guys really think they're gonna have Batman gunning down people? Relax
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5:53AM on 06/16/2012
I guess he'll finally snap and do that and probably brood about it like "OMG, I can't believe I did that"
I guess he'll finally snap and do that and probably brood about it like "OMG, I can't believe I did that"
11:58AM on 06/15/2012
I wonder if The Bat was influenced at least a little by the flying Batmobile in Batman Beyond.
I wonder if The Bat was influenced at least a little by the flying Batmobile in Batman Beyond.
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11:44AM on 06/15/2012

not sleek!

BAT-COPTER Looks ugly and undiscreet!..and machine guns seriously...and now BATMAN's killing too lol :P
BAT-COPTER Looks ugly and undiscreet!..and machine guns seriously...and now BATMAN's killing too lol :P
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10:38AM on 06/15/2012

The 'T2' feel is deliberate

Just from the trailers, I've gotten a strong 'dystopian future' vibe from TDKR. Battles in the streets, the military precision of Bane's gang, wide disparity between rich and poor, Gotham under siege. Flavors of Robocop, Mad Max, Terminator 2, Escape from New York. Frankly, its fitting because the comic this seems to be drawing inspiration from 'Dark Knight Returns' also has this theme and mood.

And visually, if Batman Begins was Nolan's ode to Ridley Scott...and 'Dark Knight' his ode to
Just from the trailers, I've gotten a strong 'dystopian future' vibe from TDKR. Battles in the streets, the military precision of Bane's gang, wide disparity between rich and poor, Gotham under siege. Flavors of Robocop, Mad Max, Terminator 2, Escape from New York. Frankly, its fitting because the comic this seems to be drawing inspiration from 'Dark Knight Returns' also has this theme and mood.

And visually, if Batman Begins was Nolan's ode to Ridley Scott...and 'Dark Knight' his ode to Michael Mann...I can't help but get a strong James Cameron vibe from this flick.
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11:04AM on 06/15/2012
I never saw it from this perspective but I believe you are quite right mister
I never saw it from this perspective but I believe you are quite right mister
10:32AM on 06/15/2012

Machine guns 'deterrant'

Very smart. In both the movies and comics, Batman is forced to compromise his 'no guns' policy somewhat when it comes to his vehicles. The Tumbler fires rockets/grenades to 'intimidate' enemies by blowing up empty cars. The Batpod has machine guns to break down barriers.

In the comics, the most notable example comes from The Dark Knight Returns...the batmobile is armed to the teeth with machine guns. Armed with rubber bullets.
Very smart. In both the movies and comics, Batman is forced to compromise his 'no guns' policy somewhat when it comes to his vehicles. The Tumbler fires rockets/grenades to 'intimidate' enemies by blowing up empty cars. The Batpod has machine guns to break down barriers.

In the comics, the most notable example comes from The Dark Knight Returns...the batmobile is armed to the teeth with machine guns. Armed with rubber bullets.
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9:22AM on 06/15/2012
It looks like a robocop villain, or something from the opening of T2. ...I guess I just don't get the Dark Knight vehichles.
It looks like a robocop villain, or something from the opening of T2. ...I guess I just don't get the Dark Knight vehichles.
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9:13AM on 06/15/2012

The new drop ship from Sulaco II?

And no, machine guns are not on Batman's arsenal.
And no, machine guns are not on Batman's arsenal.
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10:34AM on 06/15/2012
Batman has usually had vehicles armed with machine guns.. Well at least since the 80's anyway.
Batman has usually had vehicles armed with machine guns.. Well at least since the 80's anyway.
10:54AM on 06/15/2012
But he has been known to use rubber bullets. Honest.
But he has been known to use rubber bullets. Honest.
11:51PM on 06/15/2012
Obviously you haven't watched the Batman movies. Even in '89 the Batmobile had machine guns used to open garage doors. Dark Knight the Tumbler used rockets to "intimidate." In both cases they were never used on the criminals themselves just their surroundings.
Obviously you haven't watched the Batman movies. Even in '89 the Batmobile had machine guns used to open garage doors. Dark Knight the Tumbler used rockets to "intimidate." In both cases they were never used on the criminals themselves just their surroundings.
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8:21AM on 06/15/2012
So it's powered by EDI from Stealth?
So it's powered by EDI from Stealth?
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5:57AM on 06/16/2012
lol! thats exactly what I was thinking
lol! thats exactly what I was thinking
8:20AM on 06/15/2012
Machine guns are a "deterrent"? Well that's okay, as long as they're not guns to shoot people with that would basically go against Batman's core beliefs. As long as it's not that.
Machine guns are a "deterrent"? Well that's okay, as long as they're not guns to shoot people with that would basically go against Batman's core beliefs. As long as it's not that.
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