In The Dark Knight, Bruce Wayne tells Alfred he's going to a place. Alfred asks about taking a batmobile. Bruce says it is day now and he going to take another vehicle. Alfred then says, "Oh Lamborghini then, much more subtle". Why is he saying that? Is there any reference or citation that I missed?

  • He's saying a very expensive Lamborghini isn't subtle at all. If it's a reference, I can't recall it (maybe Bond?). I think there's a similar line in Iron Man, but it came out around the same time (summer 2008).
    – Walt
    Commented Dec 17, 2014 at 13:50
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    It's a sarcastic joke
    – Huangism
    Commented Dec 17, 2014 at 14:06
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    Lamborghinis aren't subtle, but they're more subtle than a batmobile. Like @Huangism says, it's a sarcastic joke.
    – Ben Plont
    Commented Dec 17, 2014 at 15:46
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    It's the joke that Alfred knows Commented Dec 18, 2014 at 0:39

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Lamborghini's cost hundreds of thousands of dollars. Everyone (or most everyone) knows this. They're not as common as a Toyota or a Chevrolet. As such, when one is passing by you will almost certainly notice.

This was a bit of sarcasm by Alfred, as both modes of transportation (Batmobile vs Lamborghini) are definitely head-turners and will not go unnoticed.

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