During the chase sequence in which Batman reveals himself during The Dark Knight Rises, there is a sequence when Batman uses a pump action disruptor weapon against Bane's getaway motorcade.

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Moments after we see how useful this weapon is, a rookie cop shoots the weapon, disabling it:

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The next part really puzzles me: Batman throws the weapon down.

It's obviously useless to him: but he's just given over a piece of evidence to them, which seems hugely uncharacteristic of the Nolan-Verse Batman SOP.

During The Dark Knight, his Tumbler even self-destructs after the Batpod is ejected, presumably to destroy any evidence that would link the vehicle to Wayne Enterprises.

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I realize that he gives a boy a surveillance device during Batman Begins, but I think given the police attention these are different circumstances.

I also accept that the moment is funny, and understand it to be a nod to the audience that Nolan isn't going to let batman use his 'gadgets' to pull victory out of his a$!%hole, like times of yore...

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But I still don't understand why he would throw the device down. It just seems incredibly sloppy for what has been typically methodical execution.

Does anyone have any insight on this?

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    Holy S*t. Just realized by watching the 2nd Gif that the Batpod is made by the two *front wheels. Mind = Blown. Nov 6, 2013 at 3:34
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    Somewhat related tv trope: main/throwaway guns, but it's also very common in movies for characters to just throw away a gun after using it in one scene - particularly action/horror films. "Sweet, we got through this one battle, won't need this gun anymore!"
    – phantom42
    Nov 6, 2013 at 11:59
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    @JamesSheridan: " I'm not in a position to pull out my DVD and watch it right now" - then you get into position. This isn't amateur hour, James, this is Stack Exchange damnit. Nov 6, 2013 at 13:51
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    Cross-site duplicate movies.stackexchange.com/questions/14998/… Nov 6, 2013 at 16:10
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    @JohnSmithOptional Please don't cross-post the same question on multiple SE sites.
    – user1027
    Nov 6, 2013 at 16:37


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