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Empire's New 'The Dark Knight Rises' Batman & Bane Covers Unveiled

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November 19, 2011
Source: Empire

Empire's The Dark Knight Rises Cover

What the *Batman* is that? Empire has been running a viral voting game the last few days asking fans to choose which cover of their new issue gets unveiled first - Batman or Bane. The covers are for The Dark Knight Rises and are Empire's "world's first" TDKR mag covers. Once enough votes were cast (about 160K on Saturday), the Bane cover was revealed. It looks badass, nothing we haven't seen before, but I'm more intrigued by Batman—what the heck is he holding, some newfangled UV Bat-binoculars, perhaps? You can see the Bane cover in full below and most of what's revealed of the Batman cover so far, too. Bah-Sah-Rah!

Click on either image to jump to Empire where the reveal took place. I prefer the Bane one - he just looks so badass! Tom Hardy is going to steal the show playing Bane. Any idea what that new gadget is Batman has?

The Dark Knight Rises Empire Magazine Cover - Batman

The Dark Knight Rises Empire Magazine Cover - Bane

The Dark Knight Rises finishes the Batman saga begun by Christopher Nolan in 2005 with Batman Begins. We featured the first teaser back in July and have been waiting patiently for the next trailer later this year.

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 (Batman Begins, The Dark Knight). Warner Bros is bringing The Dark Knight Rises to regular and IMAX theaters everywhere on July 20th, 2012 next summer. The Fire Rises!

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Reader Feedback - 41 Comments

1

cool......these posters increased my anxiety.but what is batman holding(something blue)

Sobha Raj on Nov 19, 2011

2

looks like some sort of bat-tazer

Nick S. on Nov 20, 2011

3

Groovy.

Yzerman on Nov 19, 2011

4

The batman one does'nt look great, bane is savage.

RhythmDave on Nov 19, 2011

5

is he gonna kick someone's ass with his wireless modem?

Joesmice on Nov 19, 2011

6

Hmmmmm Bane!!!!!

Justtogetby on Nov 19, 2011

7

Batman has some cool LEDs on the bottom of his External Hard drive.

WoodSon on Nov 19, 2011

8

Hahahaha so true! That's exactly what it looks like!

Alex Billington on Nov 19, 2011

9

Seriously.... looks like the same gadget found in Arkham City; the remote electrical charge.... If it is, those lucky s.o.b.'s over at rocksteady studios got some inside info on TDKR! "Excuse me ma'am, could you fax me an application form please?"

AcadianSon on Nov 20, 2011

10

batman is holding a strobe light to blind the hell out off bane haha

Anonymous on Nov 19, 2011

11

Bane looks like he belongs in a Mad Max film. 

Kyle Robinson on Nov 19, 2011

12

Well Tom Hardy is supposed to be in the new Mad Max isn't he?

Annonymous on Nov 19, 2011

13

Sweet, that issue is a must have.

Crockett on Nov 19, 2011

14

Really, have they just FORGOTTEN that Catwoman is actually in this movie?! Where the hell is she?!

hello on Nov 19, 2011

15

In the kitchen... making me a damn sammich!

Anonymous on Nov 19, 2011

16

damn straight!

Anonymous on Nov 19, 2011

17

well, since it's  ann hathaway playing catwoman - forgotten is exactly where i'd like to leave it. i'm still laughing my ass off at those early pics of her in that suit.

Anonymous on Nov 19, 2011

18

Suit looks horrible i'll give you that, but dude, how can you NOT agree with her being cast? Picture her with blood-red lipstick in what SHOULD be the correct suit and tell me i'm wrong, I dare y'a.....no, i double dare y'a

Lowrider_83 on Nov 20, 2011

19

nobody "double-dares" me!!!! LOL  i don't understand the percentage of movie-watchers that equate how attractive someone is to how good they'll be in a film (not that i think hathaway is attractive - i don't.)anyway - hathaway can't act. i've never liked her at all. and when is the last time she was in a HUGE production like this??.......never. hopefully she isn't as bad as katie holmes was.

Anonymous on Nov 21, 2011

20

Watch Rachel Getting Married and it will completely change your opinion of Hathaway.  She's an excellent actor.

peloquin on Nov 21, 2011

21

Wow, that doesn't even look like Tom Hardy, so great looks for Bane! Catwoman :/.....i hope being Nolan makes the Batman movies as true to life as possible that her character is just a chick in her 30's that lives in a lonely apt filled with 50 cats like an old widow hense "catwoman". And ann hathaway is the choice of character for doing what she does best in all her movies....showing off her jugs.

JBrotsis on Nov 19, 2011

22

Clearly, it's the Remote Electrical Charge weapon from Arkham City. 😉

serke on Nov 19, 2011

23

im sorry but Bane looks like a 1989 Ninja Turtles action figure villain.

happy camper on Nov 19, 2011

24

THANK YOU!! I thought I was the only one UNDERWHELMED by the costume.

John on Nov 21, 2011

25

BATMAN 😀

Amin Shelton on Nov 19, 2011

26

I hope the climactic fight between Batman and Bane will knock everyone on their ass.

Breckinridge on Nov 20, 2011

27

How hard is it to use a luchador mask.

Anonymous on Nov 20, 2011

28

im just not feeling the smaller bane......

stfugtfo on Nov 20, 2011

29

I don't like either of these. I think it's a real problem that the marketing team is too confident about this film's performance based on the last one's numbers. And it shows. No clever viral campaigning (as of yet, anyway) like the Joker one, a teaser trailer that pushes the boundaries of 'teasing', the release of a banal publicity still for Catwoman, and now these sub par cover images that just seem like masked out stills from set unit photography with no mood or campaign-ish look & feel to them as opposed to proper professional looking studio shots with a slight photoshop treatment.  This is embarrassing. Warner Bros have generally been quite lazy with most of their film campaigns, the only exceptions being Dark Knight and Potter. I'm hoping they at least get it right with Dark Shadows.

George Caltsoudas on Nov 20, 2011

30

I don't like either of these. I think it's a real problem that the marketing team is too confident about this film's performance based on the last one's numbers. And it shows. No clever viral campaigning (as of yet, anyway) like the Joker one, a teaser trailer that pushes the boundaries of 'teasing', the release of a banal publicity still for Catwoman, and now these sub par cover images that just seem like masked out stills from set unit photography with no mood or campaign-ish look & feel to them as opposed to proper professional looking studio shots with a slight photoshop treatment. This is embarrassing. I was expecting way better. Warner Bros have generally been quite lazy with most of their film campaigns, the only exceptions being Dark Knight and Potter. I'm hoping they at least get it right with Dark Shadows.

George Caltsoudas on Nov 20, 2011

31

Sorry, I need to correct myself by mentioning that the only thing that's left me impressed so far has been the teaser poster. Obviously the film itself is going to be incredible, it's just embarrassing that they're not working hard at building up a campaign that is deserving of the awesome movie we all know this is gong to be.

George Caltsoudas on Nov 20, 2011

32

i am going to go see Mission Impossible:Ghost Protocol in Imax just to see the Prologue for TDKR. thats hella marketing if you ask me

Anonymous on Nov 20, 2011

33

Batman meets Dead Space

Gabriel Rincon on Nov 20, 2011

34

Bane is NOT big enough!   If you go by the comic....he is freakishly huge!  Not just muscular!  I hope they put in so CGI muscles or something...otherwise it will not have the impact it's supposed to have.   Bane is the only person to ever BREAK Batman, literally.  He broke his back!

weezy1 on Nov 20, 2011

35

he broke batman's back? really............................................................................................................................................................................

AcadianSon on Nov 20, 2011

36

I don't think Nolan goes for copying the comics to that degree, prefers to keep things a little more realistic........

Stevenmark on Nov 21, 2011

37

Yeah Bane is wayyy too small. He should be about 6x bigger. If they don't use CGI to make him extremely jacked, it's just gonna be a bust, because Bane is known for being extremely huge. Plus the definition of the word "bane" is "death;destruction." Nolan better get this film right because so far Bane is lookin like poop.

BATMAN on Nov 20, 2011

38

Batman is holding a much powerful PLASMA CUTTER!

changot on Nov 20, 2011

39

Still some doubts about Bane, Catwoman and even Nolan eh? Reminds me of Ledger being cast as the Joker and his reveal photo and a lot of people saying the movie will suck/Nolan has failed, etc. No need to say what happened afterwards. 😉

Razor on Nov 20, 2011

40

New photo of Bane on the limited edition subscriber-only cover of Empire pic.twitter.com/5G3Gp1Ta

Alex Nicolescu on Nov 21, 2011

41

Will Sasso looks fucking huge in this.

Dane Forst on Nov 24, 2011

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