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Forget Bruce Wayne. Think Bruce Wang instead. A Chinese Batmobile has just been designed. Southern Metropolis Daily says the engineer behind the car’s construction is Li Weilei, a big fan of the comic book franchise. Li decided to build his Batmobile from discarded metal he was able to pick up in scrapyards. The finished product has caused something of a sensation at the venues in Shanghai where it has been on show. Li leases the car out to malls and exhibition centres, where crowds can take photos perched on the Caped Crusader’s vehicle. In fact, the newspaper says local businesses are willing to pay as much as Rmb48,000 ($7,776) a day for the car to draw consumers to their venues. The handmade effort weighs two tonnes, but there is no danger of it being stolen. A high-tech Bat-security system, you ask? No, this Batmobile simply lacks an engine…

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