Bat-School: "Skyhook" explained

Welcome to the first installment of Bat-School, where I will periodically pose an essay question about — or gave some insight or background into something related to — our favorite guardian and protector, the Batman.

I won’t say much about this first lesson in case you’re one of the seven people in the world who haven’t seen The Dark Knight yet.

But there’s a certain sequence in Hong Kong that involves something referred to by Wayne Enterprises CEO (and Batman’s gadget guru) Lucius Fox (Morgan Freeman) as “Skyhook,” which is a nickname for the Fulton surface-to-air recovery system.

The sequence has gotten cheers from every crowd I’ve seen it with.

(Four so far and the fifth already schedule for this weekend, in case you’re wondering/counting.)

Click here …

Fulton air-to-surface recovery system

… to read more about this interesting rescue maneuver.

And go see The Dark Knight if you haven’t already; I’m taking my time on my formal review and I’ll put it up next week when I feel like I’ve talked about everything that needs to be talked about, which is a lot.

It exceeded every one of my outlandish expectations. It did so in ways I still can’t believe, and went to places I never thought we’d be lucky enough to see in a Batman movie.

Much more to come.

Count on it.

P.S. If you’re reading this and you have an MC-130, I’d like to get some people together next week to try this. I’ll provide the pizza and the Pepsi.


  1. Hmm, required course books for the Bat-school are …? At any rate, sign me up.

    An MC-130? Ohh, yeah, I have one of those … ;D

    That was just bad ass in the movie.

    Holy crap, John, haha! That’s awesome you’ve seen it so many times now—but I can only afford to go twice. =D Heh.

  2. Bree says:

    I haven’t seen the movie yet because I bought a Wii Fit and I’m pretty much addicted to exercising right now.

    ALSO: Hard to get IMAX tickets, which is the only way I will watch this movie for the first time. (Subsequent watches can be on smaller screens.)

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