Ultra-secretive “Dark Knight Rises” director Christopher Nolan has met his match in the city of Pittsburgh. The filmmaker is famous for keeping his actors on spoiler-dishing lockdown, with “Inception” star Joseph Gordon-Levitt once telling us how his boss “very specifically asked [him] not to talk about” the mind-bending thriller and [movieperson id=”257378″]Anne Hathaway[/movieperson] joking about taking a blood oath not to reveal anything about her role of Catwoman.
But as “Rises” continues to shoot on location in Pittsburgh, almost every day brings a fresh batch of spoiler-filled photos and videos about the comic-book flick. The latest is the first glimpse of what appears to be the Batwing, the Caped Crusader’s signature aircraft.
The aircraft appears to utilize fan-driven engines and be made of a series of interlocking plates, indicating that the ship may have some sort of shape-shifting quality. Such a transformational vehicle wouldn’t be out of place in Nolan’s Gotham City; in the “Dark Knight,” part of Batman’s Tumbler turned out to contain a hidden Batpod. A YouTube video from set shows the Batwing being driven down a street during the shoot, its massive body gyrating back and forth, a Batman dummy placed in the cockpit.
In his many comic book, TV and film incarnations, Batman has long had an aerial vehicle. Tim Burton, in 1989’s “Batman,” introduced the idea of (and the name for) the Batwing. Nolan thus far has not delivered anything of the sort. “Dark Knight Rises,” however, seems to be utilizing a slew of vehicles for the film, from a bunch of camouflaged Tumblers to Hathaway’s Catwoman on the Batpod itself to this new aircraft.
And while we know far more at this point about “Dark Knight Rises” than we ever could have expected, and certainly more than Nolan would likely prefer, there remains much we don’t know. Even what we have seen, Hathaway let MTV News know, doesn’t give everything away.
“What I am happy to say is: If you didn’t like the photo,” she said of the first look at her in character as Catwoman, “you only see about a 10th of what that suit can do.”
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