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:

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)