I'm all for recycling, but I think we can all agree that recycling is better when it involves Batman. That, at least, seems to be the theory that Li Weilei, a Chinese businessman and mechanic, seems to be operating under, which explains why he and a team of friends have been building replicas of the Tumbler, the vehicle Batman drove in Christopher Nolan's Dark Knight trilogy, out of scrap metal.

While Weilei's vehicle is touted as a full-sized replica, it lacks an engine, which means that a) it can't actually drive anywhere and has to be moved by a hoist, and b) it likely does not turn into a motorcycle that you can use to flip over a semi truck. Still, it's pretty cool to just have these things hanging out on the streets of Shanghai.

 

 

According to the Daily Mail, which some of you may recall as Harry Potter's Uncle Vernon's newspaper of choice, Weilei's Tumbler replicas, while non-functional, only cost about $12,000 to build, which is significantly cheaper than the actual functioning car (with engine). As a result, he and his team have built "a dozen" replicas of Batman's car, with two of them in Shanghai and the others on display around the country.

 

 

For copyright reasons, the Tumbler was never actually referred to as the Batmobile. It is, of course, not to be confused with Batman's Tumblr, which is where the Dark Knight explains his Sherlock and Supernatural headcanons and explains how the end of Captain America 2 got him right in the feels.

[via The Daily Mail]