While some unofficial photos of the Millennium Falcon from Star Wars Episode VII have been popping up, there hasn’t yet been an official look at Han Solo’s hunka junk … until now. And with it comes the appearance of another famous vehicle, though not one fans may have expected.
J.J. Abrams’ production company, Bad Robot, debuted the first footage of the Millennium Falcon in a short clip. The shot pans down the side of the Falcon when, suddenly, Hans Zimmer’s theme from The Dark Knight kicks up. The audio cue isn’t just a fun reference, however—the video ends with a zoom in on a piece of the Falcon’s underbelly. There, modeled onto the ship, is a recreation of the Tumbler, Batman’s ride from Christopher Nolan’s trilogy of caped crusader films.
The inclusion of the Tumbler—which will likely be almost impossible to see when the Falcon is cruising through space—is also a nod to the ongoing Easter egg war between Abrams and Batman Vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice director Zack Snyder. It’s safe to say, though, that this one takes it up to a level of gleeful insanity that the previous Photoshopped images between the two directors haven’t quite reached.
While it is not the Batmobile from Snyder’s upcoming film, Bad Robot tagged Snyder in the company’s tweet of the video. And only a few days ago, Snyder tweeted the latest in a series of Star Wars-influenced photos from the set of his superhero film, this time of Gotham police arresting a stormtrooper.
Case closed. pic.twitter.com/fVyENoksFp
— ZackSnyder (@ZackSnyder) September 13, 2014
The reveal also plays into Abrams’ pattern of showcasing the practical effects work of his Star Wars films in short teases. While fans wait for the first actual trailer to come out, it seems Abrams and company may continue to offer glimpses of their continuation of the Star Wars universe one side-glance of a vehicle at a time.