Batman Review: THE DARK KNIGHT MANUAL written by Sean Gerber June 14, 2012 Since 2005, moviegoers around the world have followed Bruce Wayne on his journey from traumatized young boy, to vengeful young man, to ninja understudy, all the way to Gotham’s Dark Knight. Director Christopher Nolan left no stone unturned and neither have author Brandon T. Snider and publisher Insight Editions in their new book, The Dark Knight Manual: Tools, Weapons, Vehicles, & Documents from the Batcave. Every practical, technical, and emotional detail that helped Bruce Wayne become and remain The Batman is collected in this outstanding chronicle of the most beloved era of the historic franchise. The beautiful debossed cover alone makes The Dark Knight Manual worth displaying on any shelf, but the ability to relive Nolan’s films a little bit more with the turn of each page is what really drives this book. Journal entries from Bruce Wayne take readers through virtually every decision he’s ever made in developing his Batman persona, tools, vehicles, suits, and weaponry. There are a few minor gaps in continuity here and there, but nothing major and they don’t affect the experience very much, if at all. It is fascinating to examine all of the small parts that went into things like the re-designed batsuit, and to do so from Bruce Wayne’s perspective. These are all the decisions he and Lucius Fox made that we were not privy to in the films. No tool was left out either, as even the infrared periscope that Batman used only one time in “Batman Begins” also gets its due. This wealth of technical knowledge is accompanied by a barrage of photos and concept art from “The Dark Knight” trilogy. There is a particularly great piece of overlapping artwork showing each layer that changes Bruce Wayne from his Armani threads into his current cape and cowl. We also get our best look at The Bat so far and learn all that it can do, which is much more than the trailers have shown. Here’s hoping some of these additional functions make it into the finished film. Character profiles provide Bruce’s perspective on many of the people who’ve shaped not only his life, but the fate of Gotham. Batman, like you would expect, has been keeping files on all of his allies and enemies. In case anyone’s wondering, yes, the new characters from “The Dark Knight Rises” are also included. These profiles are effectively an expansion of all Batman’s detective work in the films. Now we have a narrative for the Nolan world that is similar to the one we’ve long known from the comics. Fans looking for easter eggs will find this manual littered with them, starting right from the beginning with Jim Gordon’s responding officer report from the scene of the Wayne murders. There’s a hospital admittance report from Harvey Dent’s scarring, Jonathan Crane’s clinical report on Victor Zsasz, and even a police report on The Joker. The highlights, though, are the blueprints for things like the Batcave and The Bat. Those less concerned with keeping their manual in mint condition will find plenty of stickers for decoration as well. Brandon T. Snider and Insight Editions have really outdone themselves with the quantity and quality of the content in this book. Fans looking for a comprehensive companion piece to Christopher Nolan’s trilogy will find just that in The Dark Knight Manual. It is among the best souvenirs of the films and will provide lovers of the franchise reentry into this world of story again and again. The Dark Knight Manual is available for pre-order now on Amazon. Review: THE DARK KNIGHT MANUAL was last modified: February 23rd, 2016 by Sean Gerber Related The Dark Knight RisesThe Dark Knight Trilogy 11 comments 0 Facebook Twitter Google + Pinterest Sean Gerber Sean Gerber is the founder and editor-in-chief of Modern Myth Media. When he's not writing here, you can catch him as the host of Popular Opinion Podcast, Batman News, and Marvel News! previous post ‘Arrow’ Headed to SDCC! next post MMM Exclusive Interview with Matthew Modine from ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ You may also like Now THIS Is The Batmobile From BATMAN... September 11, 2014 BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE May 21, 2014 WB Releases List of ‘TDKR’ Prologue IMAX... December 2, 2011 TDKR Viral Campaign Begins (Again) December 8, 2011 Alfred Moved to Tears in TDKR February 10, 2012 Ben Affleck Officially Cast As Batman In... August 22, 2013 ‘Legends of the Knight’ Will Soon Be... April 13, 2012 Brand New ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ Character... May 23, 2012 OPEN FORUM: BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF... March 24, 2016 L.A. Live Showcases THE DARK KNIGHT LEGEND November 30, 2012 Alex I’m really curious, did the manual have anything on Catwoman’s tech? Sean Gerber Yes! Alex You just made my day 😀 Luis WOW! I’m getting two! Adrian * checks pockets for money * I’m so getting this !!! Also we need a podcast for this also 🙂 Matthew Great review, Sean. I’m looking forward to this the most out of the three Batman books released around TDKR. While I’m sure we’ll have all seen TDKR several times before the book’s release date, are there any notable spoilers or bits of info you wish you hadn’t come across? One blink for yes, two blinks for no. Pingback: New Facebook-Exclusive ‘Dark Knight Rises’ TV Spot, Secrets Revealed In New Book | Geeks on Movies() Michael Paksima Thanks for reviewing this. It was on my “maybe” list for TDKR merch. Now it’s on my “save up to pre-order” list. 🙂 Chris Tehm This is awesome, definitely pre ordering this online now! Q You mentioned a blueprint for the Batcave. Does it really show all of the tech equipment and a hangar for the Bat similar to layouts of the cave in the comics? And does it show stuff that perhaps we might not see in the film? Michael Mendonca I just got my copy today and I just went through it. I felt like a kid again. This Batman fan is super happy with this book. Definitely worth getting.