Empire's Dark Knight Rises Cover Is Here

Choose Batman or Bane

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.