‘Dark Knight Rises’ Set Photo Reveals What Might Be The Batwing

Published 4 years ago by , Updated September 18th, 2012 at 8:23 am,

Batplane image from The Dark Knight Rises Dark Knight Rises Set Photo Reveals What Might Be The Batwing

It’s been a big few weeks for Batman fans as ever since production on Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises moved over to the public’s view in Pittsburgh and we’ve been gifted with set photos and videos galore. The best part is, is that the unofficial media has been very revealing, so much so that we’ve been able to confirm the return of a pair of Batvehicles and character costumes, through a photo of Bane standing on the Tumbler and the Batpod being ridden by Anne Hathaway, rocking her Catwoman suit.

A brand new photo from the set however, reveals what may be another vehicle in Bruce Wayne’s secret arsenal…

Bystander Ross Petrocelli managed to snap a photo during production earlier today and it reveals a new vehicular Batman-esque design we’ve not seen yet. It follows a similar design to that of the the top of the Tumbler and it could very well be a part of that, much like how the Batpod emerged from the crashed Tumbler in The Dark Knight Rises.

We all expected another vehicle to be introduced in the third Batman film – DC needs to sell some toys! – and there were rumors way back in March that The Dark Knight Rises would introduce a Batjet of sorts – could this be it?

Here’s the original image (click to enlarge)

And here’s a close-up of the important part:

The Dark Knight Rises Batwing Dark Knight Rises Set Photo Reveals What Might Be The Batwing

That definitely looks like something that could fly in the Nolanverse, and we can appreciate how it’s not actually designed to look like the Batman logo (a la Tim Burton’s Batman shown up top). That begin said, this vehicle may have added parts inserted through CGI effects and may transformer into more of a jet-looking shape.

With the plot spoilers we’ve learned from recent set photos, Batman will definitely need all the help he can get to save Gotham this time around, so another new ride is certainly part of the solution, especially if he will be going up a Tumbler (or multiple) himself. If this is truly a new flying machine for the caped crusader, than all the of the Batman vehicles we hoped to see are making an appearance to close out the trilogy.

Are you excited to see Nolan’s take on the Batwing and is this a photo of said vehicle? Or is it a bit too far-fetched, even for the Nolanverse version of Batman?

The Dark Knight Rises cast sees the return of Christian Bale, Gary Oldman, Morgan Freeman, Nestor Carbonell and Michael Caine along with franchise newcomers Anne Hathaway, Tom Hardy, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Marion Cotillard, Juno Temple, Josh Pence, Daniel Sunjata, Burn Gorman, Diego Klattenhoff and Alon Aboutboul.

The Dark Knight Rises hits theaters July 20, 2012.


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Source: Ross Petrocelli (via Batman-News)

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  1. This may just be the user friendly part for the movie the rest of it could be CG.

  2. Maybe it’s a combination of a Harrier and a F-14 Tomcat.
    When at high speed, they unfold, in Harrier/Hover-mode, the wings fold in. It comes in handy between al these big Gotham-buildings.

    When you look closer, there seems to be a round propulsion system in the middle, under the elevator unit.
    It lacks a vertical stabilizer, so a vertical propulsion system is also likely, to stabilize and steer it in full speed flight.

    • I meant: “there seems to be a round propulsion system in the middle, between the elevator units”.

  3. Yes but can he splunk in it?

    • What’s the meaning of “splunk”, i’m German and my online dictionary didn’t know it either.

    • I think you mean spelunking (cave diving)? “Splunk” isn’t a word ;)


    • @ mc coy

      Lol, you sure it’s not Megatron?

  5. If it is The Batwing then it would be awesome to keep the best for the last.

    I hope Bane turns out to be a great villain and the cast seems good.

    Let’s hope the trilogy ends with a great ending.

  6. Looks like something out of the last Riddick movie.

  7. … just so long as it’s not the tumbler turning into the batwing, I’m OK with it — whatever “it” is.

  8. It looks to be the back of the tumbler, That would be a lot of CGI to make that into something that is going to fly. But if that is a glider now popping out of the Tumbler this time I’ll be very disappointed in that fact.

  9. From the picture, most of it looks not much different from the Tumbler if that is the Batwing. I hope they add cgi parts to it make it look better than that, otherwise it looks like crap if stays like that for the film. Still love the Batwing from Burton’s film, it was iconic. Especially what it Batman did in it in that scene where it flew in front of the moon in the sky.

        • @DSB Like the article!

          Am I the only one that loves Bales Batman voice?

          “SWEAR TO ME!” “DO I LOOK LIKE A COP?!”

          LOL, I love it!

          • @Tim
            Yes, yes you are lol

  10. It’s a flying tumbler.
    This movie is set for failure.
    freaking 5’5 bane, and a sky kids version of Catwoman.

    • ill let you know when you can pre order your ticket…

    • Come on dude, don’t judge the film if you haven’t even seen it (or even a trailer) yet.

      Sure, it has some shortcomings: Hathaway as Catwoman without the actual “Cat” part, a short (slightly skinny) Bane, stupid looking vehicles, etc. Wait a sec… now that I think about it… this movie will suck! ;)

      Nah, whatevs, I’m sure it will be fine (although I doubt it’s going to be as good as the first two…)

  11. Is it just me or does that “think” look VERY bulky… the Batwing is supposed to be sleek and sexy (like in the picture at the start of the article)

    I’ve always considered Batman as quite a cool/sleek/discreet/stealthy character (very much like a classic DETECTIVE): the tumbler and this new “thing” really doesn’t fix my description of Bats… the vehicles are so VULGAR and HUGE.

    Maybe that’s just me though? ;)

    • Sorry, I meant “THING”

      • @Avenger

        Yeah I agree, does look a bit bulky and big for batmans taste, same the tumbler, but it does seem pretty cool, whatever it is…

  12. It looks like a remote controlled hover craft. It’s too big to be part of the Tumbler. Anyhow, I welcome any new Bat vehicle they’ll bring for the final part. It’s a logical step to go into that direction. Batwing ! Hell yes !

  13. although i know batman has no outside-of-reality superhuman strength, having assistant gadgets/weapons and vehicles that don`t exist today shall make it even more thrilling with a flying aircraft as it gets even more intense and busy up in the air.

  14. hey what the h*ll is that in back of the new vehicle it looks like a scorpion transformer`s tail. transformers is NOT batman batman is a unique type and by the way wouldn`t one problem with a bat-shaped vehicle be that it gives his villains a greater clue that it`s batman in it aiming at them?

    • You do realize that Transformers was created after Batman Begins. With the way the tumbler was designed its not farfetched to already have assumed the batwing would have the same type of design. Also the bat-shaped vehicle you speak of was already done twice. So hats off to Nolan for creating a new design for the batwing.

  15. I can’t wait to hear Lucius Fox explain his new creation.

  16. It’s quite possible the Batwing can morph from a more neutral tech shape… that’s a post-Transformers trend that we now see in “Battleship”, for example.
    Lucius Fox has obviously been busy!

  17. Def looks like some type of Harrier type aircraft that can hover in one spot for a period of time. Looks cool and mean!

  18. It’s definitely some type of “Bat vehicle” just we don’t know which. I aint saying anything until we get official word.

  19. lol in the 2 batman films the batmobile didn`t look like a bat-shaped car at all it actually looked more like a tank black-painted the may give the “unheard of villains” a clue an army tank is being used in the streets now unlike any time in the past when crime could govern a city.

    • I know. I was never crazy about the Tumbler. The Batmobile’s supposed to be sleek and elegant, and the Tumbler was anything but lol

  20. Searches Me – The things ugly!