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.
|Cover of the Dark Knight Manual
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.
|inside page of The Dark Knight Manual
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.
|The Dark Knight Manual includes Bruce Wayne's access card
"The Dark Knight Manual: Tools, Weapons, Vehicles and Documents from the Batcave" hardcover book contents include training, base of operations, the Batsuit, Dark Arsenal, Vehicles which cover the Tumbler, Bat-pod and "The Bat" flying vehicle. The last section Profiles feature case files for The Joker and Dr. Crane, as well as hospital records for Harvey Dent, among the list of characters who play a majot part in the trilogy storyline.
|Bat Cowl technical specifications and drawings
Besides the standard printing for a book, extras have been added in the form of notes pasted over the pictures / diagrams to add a little bit more realism to it, as if Bruce Wayne himself put everything together :)
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Batman's Dark Arsenal is covered in much detail and there's an insert booklet of Wayne Enterprises Applied Sciences Division Magnetic Grappling Gun / Harness + Belt. A manual within a manual. One of the major disappointment was the lack of details on the EMP Device / Gun :( The sonar aspect of the cowl was also not presented in detail but just a brief mention.
|Sticky Bomb Gun Specs and Description
The section on Vehicles covers the Tumbler Specifications (quite a number of pages are devoted to it)
The Bat-pod (described in "The Dark Knight Manual: Tools, Weapons, Vehicles and Documents from the Batcave" hardcover book as Tumbler Escape Pod)
The Bat gets its share in the Manual as well
The book's section on Profiles is a who's who of the main characters that have played an influential part in all three of Christopher Noland's Batman films including Harvey Dent / Two-Face,
and Selina Kyle / Catwoman.
There are also a list of removable inserts which include The Cave blueprints, Bat Signal Stickers / Decals, The Bat (flying vehicle) blueprints, Gotham Police Dept. stickers, Harvey Dent campaign stickers, 8 Joker cards and Map of Gotham City. There is also a hidden disc behind the folder on the last page. The code for the disc is found on Bruce Wayne's access card (shown in the third picture from the top). The disc includes 14 high-res images.
Note: There are many other inserts (such as photographs, case files, post-it notes etc.) included, but they are not designed to be removed from the book.
Overall, "The Dark Knight Manual: Tools, Weapons, Vehicles and Documents from the Batcave" hardcover book is packed so full of stuff that you'll find yourself just turning the pages and going over every single detail and appreciating the amount of work they put into making this Manual possible and enjoying every minute of it :) Who says books are a thing of the bygone era?