New photos from The Dark Knight Rises' LA set

As if the photos of Anne Hathaway's full Catwoman costume weren't enough of a treat this weekend, new images from the Los Angeles shoot show off a bit of kit that's sure to have a major impact on The Dark Knight Rises .

Yes there were more images of Christian Bale's Batman in the Batwing and shots of multiple Tumblers but it's the thing being revealed in the back of that box that has TF 's full attention.

The massive device was previously seen in Pittsburgh during the shoot at Heinz Field and if fan speculation is right appears to be a doomsday orb.

Is Tom Hardy's Bane planning to finish what Liam Neeson's Ra's Al Ghul started in Batman Begins and utterly destroy Gotham?

Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight Rises opens on 20 July 2012.