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Empire's Dark Knight Rises Cover Is Here
Choose Batman or Bane

19 November 2011  |  Written by Helen O'Hara  |  Source: Exclusive

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People seem to be just a little excited about The Dark Knight Rises, the third of Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy - and given how brilliant the last one was, who can blame any of us for that? In the spirit of that excitement, we have persuaded Nolan to lift his veil of secrecy just a touch, and give us a glimpse of what we're in for on two exclusive covers for the new Empire magazine.

Following frenzied voting for their favourite, readers have now revealed both covers, showing Batman (Christian Bale - sing it with us now) with a snazzy new gun of some sort (what are we, masters-at-arms?) and nemesis Bane (Tom Hardy) looking big and masked and very, very nasty.

We'll be wrangling more Bat-news with our, er, Bat-wranglers on The Dark Knight Rises later this week before the magazine hits shelves on Thursday, so keep checking back between now and then for all the news that's fit to print.


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Your Comments

I wouldn't worry about Bane being the villain, he looks crazy and Nolan knows what he's doing, this will be genius More

Posted by conywolf at 10:45 on 29 November 2011 | Report This Post

Na na na na na na na na...Batman!
Bruce Wayne loves anacott steel. More

Posted by higgins78 at 10:18 on 22 November 2011 | Report This Post

Thanks
Thanks Empire! The subscriber edition is AWESOME!!! Bane looks so f***ing mean! More

Posted by TheColumnist at 08:35 on 22 November 2011 | Report This Post

Steve Zissou
Is anybody worried about character overload?too much to fit in what I loved about Begins was the focus on Bruce Wayne More

Posted by Steve Zissou at 12:55 on 21 November 2011 | Report This Post

Loving Bane but...
Why did you choose a picture of Bats holding a tanning lamp? There must've been more dramatic pics available. More

Posted by Porter at 12:01 on 21 November 2011 | Report This Post

RE: HD
Thought Bane was playing in goal for Chelsea yesterday till I realised it was Scorpio from Farscape More

Posted by Wild about Wilder at 09:42 on 21 November 2011 | Report This Post

HD
Batman loves his new external hard-drive. More

Posted by fwkelly at 09:14 on 21 November 2011 | Report This Post

Get Both...HELL YEAH
these are two great covers...it really is a tough choice so I'm gonna buy both...it's not sad, it's just epic..I like to think of it as epic ahahahahaha More

Posted by megank13 at 23:47 on 20 November 2011 | Report This Post

Quotes
Like those quotes at the bottom of the covers: Christian Bale - "He has to answer the question: how long do you allow pain to dominate your life?" and Tom Hardy - "He's brutal. He's a terrorist. A really horrible piece of work." Nice. More

Posted by temetnosce at 22:26 on 20 November 2011 | Report This Post

Film looks great. I would have had Joe Pesci as The penguin if i was doing a Batman film, it would have featured Gotham mafia heavily and would have included a realistic Poison Ivy instead of Catwoman (who I'm sure will be great anyway). Bane is an inspired choice. Always a dark, serious villian though some people refuse to look beyond his wrestler mask and appearance in batman And Robin. More

Posted by Cyberleader at 21:58 on 20 November 2011 | Report This Post

Is it me
or has Bane got a pair of Cyberdog pants over his face?? More

Posted by Andybee76 at 21:00 on 20 November 2011 | Report This Post

For me, Begins was quite a bit better than TDK. From everything I've seen; Bane, Catwoman, the flaming bloody batplane thing which I really don't see fitting into this world, I'm not filled with confidence. I'm pretty excited despite all that, but I'm bracing myself for pain. More

Posted by crazymoviesdude at 20:02 on 20 November 2011 | Report This Post

Catwoman
I will admit, Nolan may have to sell the new Catwoman. People have been unsure about both of her costumes, and she really needs to prove that she will look fitting for the movie and will have a workable role. More

Posted by nKutzler at 16:09 on 20 November 2011 | Report This Post

RE: subscribers?
L: leroythemasochist do we get a choice? bet not ndeed, is it going to be pot luck when it comes to which cover subscribers get? More

Posted by CU@theOscars at 15:42 on 20 November 2011 | Report This Post

subscribers?
do we get a choice? bet not More

Posted by leroythemasochist at 14:49 on 20 November 2011 | Report This Post

Banes still a disappointing choice
3way I completely agree. Catwoman should be there. It makes me feel as if her role in TDKR is supplementary. I still feel disappointed about Bane being chosen as the villain. I was really hoping for a gritty take on the Penguin or Hugo Strange. More

Posted by Englebertnightingale at 14:38 on 20 November 2011 | Report This Post

3way
okay two points lets get this out of the way,1.we all know what batman looks like,2.we all know what bane looks like but you cant really tell thats tom hardy.so where is cat woman?, she would shift way more copys of your fine publication if you had ann hathaway in skin tight leather looking feirce and provocative straddling the bat pod ,so bite the bullett stop the press ,get us catwoman cover or maybe total film will beat you to it. More

Posted by bogman2099 at 14:34 on 20 November 2011 | Report This Post

Am I alone in not liking the look of Bane? I know his look has to be grounded in reality but I think he should be bigger. More

Posted by mbeat32 at 12:53 on 20 November 2011 | Report This Post

I want the one with Bane (though I love ol' bats). Out of my choice though as the shop I get my mags from puts Empire mags aside for me. They'll choose if it's B or B. More

Posted by Cyberleader at 12:26 on 20 November 2011 | Report This Post

Get both!
I am. Sad? Maybe. More

Posted by ThismonkeyhasRAGE at 12:22 on 20 November 2011 | Report This Post

i dont have an empire mag with batman on it, so i have no idea which one i should get because i want one with batman on it, and im not sure if empire will make another mag with batman or bane on the front cover, any ideas? More

Posted by adammac467 at 10:32 on 20 November 2011 | Report This Post

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