Batman's new mode of transport, the Bat-Pod, is clearly being used as one of the selling points of The Dark Knight. It appears on two of the posters and in the trailer for the movie. But who created this souped-up motorbike? A comparison between the movie and futuristic Bat-comic Batman: Year One Hundred suggests that comic genius Paul Pope may have had an unwilling hand in the design.

Pope compared these two images without commentary on his Flickr photostream:

Of course, even if the Bat-Pod is lifted wholesale from Pope's 2006 comic, it's not as if the moviemakers have necessarily done anything illegal; Warner Bros owns both the comic and the movie, after all. But would a little credit - or even notice - have been too much to ask for?

[Paul Pope's Flickr]