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News On The Dark Knight Rises
Tom Hardy on Bane, and Nolan speaks!

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

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News On The Dark Knight Rises

You've seen the new Empire covers with Batman and Bane, but here's a sneak peek at some of the news on The Dark Knight Rises inside the magazine. Specifically, Nolan himself gives away a few tidbits on the film's plot and setting, and Tom Hardy talks about Bane.

Let's hear from director Christopher Nolan first, and see what he'll divulge about the film. "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.

"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."

Speaking of physical challenges, what can Tom Hardy tell us about Bane? "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."

Costume designer Lindy Hemming also lets drop a few clues to his backstory as she talks about Bane's look. On the mask, she says, "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."

For much, much more from all these people - as well as Christian Bale - pick up the new issue of Empire when it hits newsstands on Thursday. The Dark Knight Rises is out in cinemas on July 20, 2012.

Its prologue, Nolan has confirmed, will be in select IMAX cinemas on December 21. As with The Dark Knight, it will be - according to Nolan - "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."

Mouth. Watering.

 

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I'm really excited about the Dark Knight Rises. I'm particularly interested to see where it takes off from ___ ____ ______. The entire _______ has been really interesting. I can't believe that it is being set 8 years after the events of ___ ____ ______. I wonder what Bruce Wayne did during those 8 years between ___ ____ ______ and this latest film of which it is appropriate to discuss in this forum. Chris Nolan has grown as a director since he wrote and directed _______, on that note I More

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Ahh so it's a personal problem with me asking you to not take something off topic and to keep a film discussion where it should be. By all means, accuse me of bullying and take it up with James Dyer. In the meanwhile, two moderators have now asked you to not drag this any further off topic so kindly please follow the original request and not choose which of the Empire forum rules you wish to follow and which you don't. More

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Main site rules can be found in the Empire Online subforum. Further guidance on the use of sub-forums can be found stickied in Movie Musings. Site practice, as guided by Empire, is for relevant discussion to go to the relevant sub-forum. E.g. threads that are essentially reviews in Musings will be either moved to Favourite Films OR if there is an existing thread a request will be made that the detailed discussion move there. If you look at the smilies Empire provided, it includes a polite More

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As you are a moderator, I am requesting you to kindly explain to me on what basis and on which forum rules is it an issue to: discuss the broader trilogy of films concerning the film currently in discussion. If you do not refer to c official forum rulesd precisely how I am in breach of them will choose to recognise your comments ct of internet bullyingich point,I will contact the forum official and present the case. More

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L: Englebertnightingale Hi Funkyrae. Thanks. I was responding to a post that was discussing the trilogy. a forum rule? u cannot discuss the prequels of the film in discussion? Especially when, as in the case of Nolans Batman, they are so interconnected? eeping to topic is a forum rule. Reviews and discussions of films in that detail can be done in the appropriate and existing film review thread or, perhaps more relevant here, Favourite Films. This is the Movie News sub More

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dyonsidering the sheer amount of literature that exists in support of Batman being awesome, you have a lot of convincing to do to sway anybody into seeing your point of view. It's pretty ludicrous to criticize Nolans films, but if you must, try harder. I've been watching Batman Begins for the umpteenth time over the last few nights and have concluded that I possibly prefer it to TDK. At least in some areas. To summarize, perhaps I find it a bit leaner and the emotion a bit more tangible. Having More

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L: Emyr Thy King The only thing that I've raised an eyebrow at is the eight-year gap. I think four years would be enough, but then it's premature to pass further comment seeing as we don't know the full story. Jim's right though, it could provide us with some interesting developments. Re-construction of Wayne Manor, further upgrading of the Bat Cave. Greater accrual of weapons and equipment for Batman's arsenal. Plus we'll see Gotham's decay with Batman's absence and perhaps the result More

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The only thing that I've raised an eyebrow at is the eight-year gap. I think four years would be enough, but then it's premature to pass further comment seeing as we don't know the full story. Jim's right though, it could provide us with some interesting developments. Re-construction of Wayne Manor, further upgrading of the Bat Cave. Greater accrual of weapons and equipment for Batman's arsenal. Plus we'll see Gotham's decay with Batman's absence and perhaps the result of the power vacuum that' More

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L: smcdonagh The more I hear, the more I think this could be Nolan's first misfire. 8 years later? Batman during the day? Catwoman? I'm getting the vibe that Nolan is moving away from the reality perspective that made the first two work. This could be a huge disappointment! Too much expectation. eah i agree. I've been disappointed about a heap of small things about the whole production of this. filming in the day, Catwomans look, and Bane as the main villain. Hugo Strange or countles More

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Speculation..... everyone getting so fixated on the 8 year gap, quite simply, in my view, it gives Batman enough time to re-build mansion and develop bat cave, after all, all the work will be by himself, gives rise of crime to a crippling level in his abscence and Catwoman's intro time plus Bane's capacity to break all from Arkham and develop the internal strands of the police investigation background we were left with at the end of TDK whilst Bruce has to stand and watch whilst his city More

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L: smcdonagh The more I hear, the more I think this could be Nolan's first misfire. 8 years later? on the story reason for it Batman during the day? Py reasonable: BB...crims operate at night, Batman attacks them from the shadows...TDK, the crims meet in broad daylight to avoid Batman...TDKR: Crims in total control of Gotham, not scared of anything, shows of criminal strength in broad daylight, on the streets. Metaphorically, Batman's character has slowly emerged More

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Bane won't break Batman's back
I don't think Bane will break Batman's back for one very important reason: if they did include that little plot line, the author of the original story would have to get a ton of money and story credit. More

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Here's a thought
Ever since Bane was announced as the villain, there's been speculation as to whether the film would follow the comics in having Bane break Batman's back. But I struggled to figure how they could run that story arc in a 2 hour movie as it would have Batman missing for a large part of the action. Maybe the prolgoue will feature Bane breaking Bat's back and then the movie could jump forward 8 years to a point when Bane returns to Gotham to wreak havoc again, resulting in Gordon urging Wayne to More

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The 8 year gap is strange but it might be a way to expaiin away the joker. More

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Getting worried
The more I hear, the more I think this could be Nolan's first misfire. 8 years later? Batman during the day? Catwoman? I'm getting the vibe that Nolan is moving away from the reality perspective that made the first two work. This could be a huge disappointment! Too much expectation. More

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Not really how I feel about the 8 year gap but it puts into the context the line in the teaser "The Batman must come back" "What if he doesn't exist anymore..." More

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The dark knight returns
Cant wait for this! i'm intrigued by it being set 8 years later, considering that Bale and the rest of the cast obviously aren't that much older since the last movie but its very intriguing, maybe it will have elements of Frank Millers The dark knight returns?? Normally movie sequels try to lessen the years that have passed between movies so that the characters are made to seem younger than they actually are! Good to see Nolan going in a totally different direction. More

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RE: Good luck to him.
L: elab49 Not rating the first 2 Nolan Batmans highly and just saying isn't necessarily trolling - I'd rate them boring and decentish but overlong respectively, myself. But, Burtbondy, that can be done without namecalling and attacking other posters - so please moderate your posting style, thank you. eah, but you hate movies. More

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RE: Good luck to him.
Not rating the first 2 Nolan Batmans highly and just saying isn't necessarily trolling - I'd rate them boring and decentish but overlong respectively, myself. But, Burtbondy, that can be done without namecalling and attacking other posters - so please moderate your posting style, thank you. More

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Is this praise for The Dark Knight Rises only thread??You  Authoritarian troll. More

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RE: Good luck to him.
L: burtbondy Nope, you're judgeing my comment against batman to be the dumbest comment ever made therefore in you're book batman is the  pinnacle of all intelligence.Why don't you turn your computer off now and have a little lie down before you become more confused. o feed El Troll amigos. More

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RE: Good luck to him.
Nope, you're judgeing my comment against batman to be the dumbest comment ever made therefore in you're book batman is the  pinnacle of all intelligence.Why don't you turn your computer off now and have a little lie down before you become more confused. More

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There goes the theory that it takes place literally hours after TDK finishes. More

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RE: Good luck to him.
L: burtbondy The only problem its going to have is that its going to be as stupid as the first two. nless you care to elaborate, I believe this constitutes ‘Trolling’ no? More

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RE: Good luck to him.
So you are judging intellect on Nolan's Batman films? Dork. More

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