Nolan Reveals When 'The Dark Knight Rises' is Set + New Bane Cover

November 21, 2011
Source: Empire

The Dark Knight Rises

"Brutal." Boy, Empire is milking this TDKR piece, but I can't blame them, this is good stuff. Following up the cover debuts over the weekend, Empire has posted a few snippets of quotes from the inside of the issue that features director Christopher Nolan talking about some details from The Dark Knight Rises you might want to hear. On top of that, as expected, an alternate cover shot of Tom Hardy as Bane has showed up (see below in full) and more scans of photos from inside are hitting, so expect to see more posts about this Empire TDKR reveal soon. For now, Nolan first reveals how long after The Dark Knight this picks up.

Don't worry, none of this is really a spoiler, beyond just basic information that we've finally been waiting to hear about when this takes place. Nolan tells the mag: "It's really all about finishing Batman and Bruce Wayne's story. We left him in a very precarious place. Perhaps surprisingly for some people, our story picks up quite a bit later, eight years after The Dark Knight. So he's an older Bruce Wayne; he's not in a great state." Very interesting choice, but I know a few who'll be pleased to see this much of a leap; it's necessary, and there was a similar time jump between Batman Begins and TDK anyway - that's how Nolan likes his sequels. Speaking of, the villain in this is going to give Batman everything he's got, no holds barred.

"With Bane, we're looking to give Batman a challenge he hasn't had before. With our choice of villain and with our choice of story we're testing Batman both physically as well as mentally." Awesome. Hardy already looks like a badass, but for anyone concerned about that facial mask he's wearing and why he even has it, the costume designer explains later. First, let's hear Hardy tell us just how badass he's going to be:

"He's brutal. Brutal. He's a big dude who's incredibly clinical, in the fact that he has a result-based and oriented fighting style. It's not about fighting. It's about carnage. The style is heavy-handed, heavy-footed, it's nasty. Anything from small-joint manipulation to crushing skulls, crushing rib cages, stamping on shins and knees and necks and collarbones and snapping heads off and tearing his fists through chests, ripping out spinal columns. He is a terrorist in mentality as well as brutal action."

Damn, that sounds intense already. And a bit scary, which is why this guy is going to be quite a challenge for Batman. Speaking of that challenge, his mask is actually part of the reason why he can kick so much ass. Costume designer Lindy Hemming also revealed this tidbit to Empire about Bane's backstory: "He was injured early in his story. He's suffering from pain and needs gas to survive. He can't survive the pain without the mask. The pipes from the mask go back along his jawline and feed into the thing at his back, where there are two cannisters." So basically he can just pump pain-killer, anesthesia, into himself all day, nothing will stop him, no matter what Batman throws at him. Definitely a "challenge he hasn't had before."

While there are more photos inside the latest Empire issue, check out this new Bane cover for subscribers:

The Dark Knight Rises - Bane

This looks much better than that bland actual Bane cover we saw this weekend. The last little tidbit Nolan dropped was a confirmation about the prologue. And it's everything you're expecting to see, in less than a month. It will be "basically the first six, seven minutes of the film" and will serve as "an introduction to Bane, and a taste of the rest of the film." I cannot wait, I was already incredibly excited, but as I was hoping, I think this is going to be some footage of Bane showing us how destructive/powerful he is - all in glorious 70mm IMAX. I'm sure there's more details to come from the Empire update, but that's all for now.

In a separate update on ibnlive, Christian Bale also gave some quotes about his work on TDKR and where the journey will be taking his character in the end. He gives a rather deep answer, so I'll quote him in full:

"How long will you let the pain and loss define your life? Walking around chasing bad guys is very heroic and attracts attention, but at the end it all accounts for, as a means to deal with the pain of a huge loss. We agreed that Bruce Wayne is absolutely sincere as Bruce Wayne, and as Batman utterly sincere but Bruce Wayne, the playboy, is a pure facade, it's a lie he has, somehow, to control one side of your soul that's not really under control.

In fact, only Alfred knows who he is. It's time for Bruce Wayne to face the pain, that has always stirred his life."

Whoa. I almost feel like that's a voiceover from the trailer that Bruce is giving for real, either way just as powerful, it's coming from the same guy anyway. I'm beyond excited for The Dark Knight Rises, of course, and I'm expecting nothing less than sheer brilliance, but it's always great to hear quotes like this. Sounds like they've really hit something major to bring this Batman saga to an end. As for how epic this will be, Bale also talks about the production: "Shooting in seven different locations, chosen by Nolan was a pleasure. It's really a privilege to work well, especially with the extraordinary troupe of actors, who always manage to meet Chris' expectations." Besides Bale & Tom Hardy, the troupe also includes Michael Caine, Gary Oldman, Anne Hathaway, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Juno Temple, Marion Cotillard, Morgan Freeman and many others.

Bane in The Dark Knight Rises

Head over to Empire for all of the quotes and to wait for more updates from their big TDKR fall reveal issue. I'm curious to hear the feedback on all this information and the recent cover shots anyway. Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight Rises will arrive in theaters next summer on July 20th, 2012, with a six-minute IMAX prologue and first full-length trailer launching in front of Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows and Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol starting December 16th. Can't wait to see it! We'll keep you updated.

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Now THIS is the Bane image I wanted to see.

Big Boss on Nov 21, 2011


Darn! Can't wait for July to come!

Moutchy on Nov 21, 2011


I hope the climactic fight between Christian Bale and Tom Hardy will knock everyone on their ass.

Keegan on Nov 21, 2011


chills....chili chills....this sounds insane....."ripping spinal chords out" mpaa gonna pass that for pg13?

Danimal on Nov 21, 2011


8 years later...... YES!

Rv on Nov 21, 2011


8 years? That seems like a huge jump, there was only a year between Begins and TDK.

The_Kid89 on Nov 21, 2011


This movie is going to be bad-ass.

richard on Nov 21, 2011


Now THAT'S more like it!!!! I want to buy that!

George Caltsoudas on Nov 21, 2011


this movie is gonna be good but nowhere near as good as batman begins or the dark knight. bane looks shit nothing like the comics.

captain marvel on Nov 21, 2011


It's apparent that we aren't looking at the same photo. Nolan's films have always placed a realistic approach on the lore to the comics and still pulled them off just as accurately. Your comments remind me of those who said the same thing about Joker, or how Ra's could never carry the story as the main villain because he wasn't mainstream enough. This is your opinion(even if it's a poor one) and the First Amendment says you're entitled to it but I think you'd be better off invoking the fifth amendment so we don't have to be subjected to your mindless babbling. If you want Bane from the comics, check out Batman & Robin...But we all know how that one turned out.

KeyserSoseOwnsYou on Nov 21, 2011


bane from the comics was nothing like the one in B&R. he may have looked a bit like him, but he's far more than a hulking idiot.

Dan on Nov 21, 2011


I was referring to Captain Marvel's poor comparison to Bane's physical appearance from the photograph in regards to the comics. No one needs a history lesson from you Captain Obvious, but I'll be sure to post exactly what I mean next time.

KeyserSoseOwnsYou on Nov 21, 2011


You make it sound like you think you're the shit, you're not the smartest guy on here and these are peoples opinions, just because captain marvel prefers the much larger Bane, as do I, it doesn't mean you have to be an asshole about it. Get a life and stop picking fights from behind a computer.

BATMAN on Nov 21, 2011


Ummm not that I care but your names are corny as hell. At least KeyserSoseOwnsYou is somewhat creative. Batman, you and Marvel are probably living out of your parent's basement. Don't criticize someone for something and then turn around and do it yourself. Sounds like you're trying to take sides with someone in an argument who in my opinion seems to got everything he deserved. I don't recall Keyser stating that he was smarter than anyone. He was stating very credible FACTS as far as I'm concerned. Many people are criticizing the movie based off of what they have seen so far let's wait until we see more. Marvel lost me when he said that this movie wont be as good as its predecessors. How does he know? There's a fine line between an opinion and making absolutely no sense. Where are his facts to back up his opinion? Keyser was a little harsh on Dan and I'm sure that's why you felt the need to pounce but contrary to what they say, two idiots aren't necessarily better than one. Just saying. These pics are rad!!! Cannot wait for this!

Whatthehellisajigawatt on Nov 21, 2011


are you retarded?

nick on Nov 21, 2011


I'm all for seeing a distinguished Wayne with a little Grey and the resulting Batman as a seasoned, cunning detective / crime fighter who completely knows his sh*t.

Anonymous on Nov 21, 2011


im hype!!!

Guest33 on Nov 21, 2011


Next year will be seven years since the first film came out and since the second was set a year after the first one, moving eight years forward for this film brings it right up to our present day. Bale no longer needs to look younger and can look his age in this one. The prologue will probably chronicle Bane's origins and this injury that was mentioned. I am rather surprised that they only focus on Batman and Bane in this feature. I thought at least Selina Kyle would be a part of it as well. 

Gallagher on Nov 21, 2011


8 years later and no change in the batman costume? You'd think being a seasoned batman he'd have little tweaks here and there like iron man does to make his combat style more efficient unless he went on a few years hiatus forced to wear the bat suit again with the threat of Bane on the horizon.

Anonymous on Nov 21, 2011


I'm hoping there is a subtle change, but don't really see a need as it comes across as though he's hung up the suit at some stage (which is why he's told the Batman has to come back in the teaser...)

Stevenmark on Nov 21, 2011


Empire cover is class,really suprised about the eight years but Nolan always delivers. Maybe the prologue is set before the eight year jump.

tir na nog on Nov 21, 2011


Why is Bane doing the Superstar arm cross pose?

Xerxexx on Nov 21, 2011


Because it makes him look bigger...

Stevenmark on Nov 21, 2011


Indeed it does...its just I half expect him to yell superstar!

Xerxexx on Nov 21, 2011


make sense? meaning?

Xerxexx on Nov 22, 2011


wow pissy. Chill.

Xerxexx on Nov 22, 2011


Bane looks like a real badass!

Said Samayoa on Nov 21, 2011


How long after Batman Begins could The Dark Knight have been? The end of BB sets up The Joker...TDK has him still at large and continuing his thing...and the mansion is still not rebuilt...not way it was more then like 6-12 months.

Chris_G on Nov 21, 2011


I know I could just look it up, and probably nit picking... but at the end you put "with a six-minute IMAX prologue and first full-length trailer launching in front of Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows and Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol..." Does that mean that both the prologue AND trailer will be in front of Holmes? Or just the trailer premiering with Holmes, and the the prologue with MI4.

Anonymous on Nov 21, 2011


Another domestic terrorist! First there was Ras Al Gul, then the Joker and now Bane. Wow Nolan really likes to make Batman's villains to be terrorists!

John on Nov 22, 2011


i was hoping for bane to morph into a tank size bulldozer when he hits on his secret button or something.. That will look much more intimidating and much more invincible that will match to the description of bane....... His head and his mask looks bigger than his body.... doing the superstar arm cross pose on the cover make him look big but how but in the movie?

Stevenfreestyler on Nov 22, 2011


*how about in the movie?

Stevenfreestyler on Nov 22, 2011


wow 😀

Anonymous on Nov 22, 2011


I got my fingers crossed that thiss will be a good movie. It would be HORRIBLE to have the 2 best batman movies and then a disaster for the third. I will say I now think bane looks pretty cool and I like the 8 year setup. It should be a pretty interesting story, atleast I pray

Kirk528 on Nov 23, 2011


Size isn't everything. lol

Bella Bellucci on Dec 29, 2011


How much fresh it will be certified in Rotten tomatoes is the question!

ASB on May 28, 2012

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