<i>Dark Knight Rises</i> Concept Art Reveals More About The Bat

With the opening of The Dark Knight Rises a mere five weeks away, Superhero Hype has gotten its hand on new concept art of The Bat, new take on the Batwing that so intrigued fans when it was initially revealed last year on the Pittsburgh set of director Christopher Nolan's film. It's since been seen in the movie's trailers and TV spots.

The images come from an early copy of The Dark Knight Manual: Tools, Weapons, Vehicles & Documents From The Batcave by Brandon T. Snider, which sounds like a must-buy for devotees of Nolan's trilogy:

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.

Check out another image below, and visit Superhero Hype for more. Opening July 20, The Dark Knight Rises stars Christian Bale as Batman, Anne Hathaway as Selina Kyle, Tom Hardy as Bane, Marion Cotillard as Miranda Tale, Joseph Gordon-Levitt as John Blake, Michael Caine as Alfred, Gary Oldman as Commissioner Gordon and Morgan Freeman as Lucius Fox.

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