Of all the awesome tech used by Bruce Wayne in Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight trilogy, perhaps nothing compares to the Tumbler – the savage utility vehicle that Batman uses to do his dirtiest work.
A military vehicle taken from Wayne Enterprises, the Tumbler is more tank than sports car. The hardcore Batmobile dropped many fans’ jaws when it first appeared in 2005’s Batman Begins. It then made encore appearances in The Dark Knight and this summer’s The Dark Knight Rises. The Tumbler does some serious damage, and is key to Batman’s success, as well as to the trilogy’s gritty style.
But for all the on-screen magic to happen, someone had to build the Tumblr in real life.
The exclusive video clip above, provided by Warner Home Video, provides a small window into that process. Members of the trilogy’s production team discuss the process of creating the Tumbler, which was initially conceptualized from on-high by Nolan himself. Among the findings: The Tumbler’s lack of a front axle presented one logistical hurdle, and it uses a pair of massive 44-inch Super Swamper monster-truck tires on its back wheels.
A more extended look at the making of the Tumbler can be found in the extras for The Dark Knight Rises Blu-ray, which comes out on Dec. 4.
The film opened in theaters this July, raking in a whopping $160.9 million in its first weekend out. That’s impressive, but a piddling amount compared to what it would cost a real-life Batman to fight crime. That total? A stunning $682 million.
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