Bane's Gotham Strike Map Printed on Viral Tube + T-Shirt Package
by Alex Billington
December 15, 2011
The Fire Rises strike map? Gotham is staked out? So did we miss something? I feel like this is a huge jump ahead, right on the verge of the IMAX prologue being released this weekend, but here we go. Warner Bros has been mailing packages to various websites, us included, containing The Dark Knight Rises swag - a badass new Bane "Fire Rises" t-shirt that comes in a tube wrapped in a map of Gotham City (see the photos). The shirt looks great, but the tube has caught the attention of the web, with sites like ComingSoon and ComicBookMovie dissecting the notes like they're viral clues. As far as I can tell, this may just be a gift.
We received one of these tube packages at FS.net HQ today as well, and I took a few photos (the top two below). The Fire Rises shirt is awesome, I wish it was in my size, but oh well. The tube was just a cardboard tube with that map printed on it, nothing else really special about it. But, it is perhaps a spoiler regarding Bane's plans, so watch out. Here are a few photos, with a tube-map reconstruction via CBM at the bottom.
Here's a shot from SuperHeroHype of essentially all the package was. The tube-map as put together below.
So the map just seems to contain a layout of Bane's "Fire Rises" plan to uh, bring down Gotham City, it looks like. The "strike zones" include a lot of key areas, like bridges and downtown buildings, but it's probably all for nothing and just decoration in reference to Bane just being ruthless and maniacal. Only time will tell I suppose, but no one has reported on picking up any clues out of this yet, as far as we know (we'll keep you updated if they do). If it all was a gift, my humble apologies for being boastful, but it's still cool TDKR swag.
The Dark Knight Rises is once again directed by Oscar nominated British filmmaker Christopher Nolan, of Following, Memento, Insomnia, Batman Begins, The Prestige, The Dark Knight and Inception previously. The script was co-written by Christopher & Jonathan Nolan (The Prestige, The Dark Knight), from a story by Chris Nolan & David S. Goyer (of Batman Begins, The Dark Knight). Warner Bros is bringing The Dark Knight Rises to regular and IMAX theaters everywhere July 20th, 2012 next summer. The Fire Rises...