With production well underway, it was only natural that pics and information would start to leak from the cone of silence Chris Nolan has lowered over Batman Begins sequel The Dark Knight.

Plus, Nolan and his corporate overlords at Warners have realised that letting information out on their terms is better than having a flood of fan pics arrive online – even though set reports and candid pics of the likes of Aaron Eckhart and Maggie Gyllenhaal are circling as we type this.

But much more exciting are these new pics that show off Bruce Wayne’s new toys. A giant hi-res of the re-designed Bat Suit can be found here , featuring, we’re glad to see, exactly zero nipples.

And there’s more info fresh from the LA Times, which got the scoop on Batman’s brand new vehicle – the Batpod. According to the paper, the “bike” – you can technically call it that - is “tricked out with grappling hooks, cannons and machine guns. The front and rear tires are both a monstrously huge 508 millimetres, and the engines are in the hubs of each wheel. Steering isn't by hand but by shoulder, since there aren't handlebars. Instead, there are shields that fit each arm like sleeves and have the ability to rotate around the bike's frame. The two foot pegs are set 3 1/2 feet apart on either side of the tank, which the rider lies on, belly down.”

You can see it here (opens in new tab) . Suffice to say, we’re excited to see this puppy in action…

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