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The Dark Knight Rises Over Empire
New covers! New pics! Feature preview!

24 May 2012  |  Written by Helen O'Hara  |  Source: Exclusive

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Rejoice, Bat fans! The new issue of Empire, on sale May 31, is jam-packed with exclusive material on The Dark Knight Rises. Behind our two gorgeous, world-exclusive covers lies a 23-page celebration of Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy in all its glory, including everything you could possibly want to know about this summer's final instalment.

 

CHOOSE YOUR SIDE - FREE MASSIVE POSTER!

As if that weren't enough, we are also including a giant double-sided poster this month, showing Christian Bale's Batman and Anne Hathaway's Catwoman (to match the covers, you see). We're spoiling you, really. Get a sneak peek below.

Empire Magazine's Free Dark Knight Rises Posters
Poster size compared to the issue of Empire magazine. We told you they're big!

 

EXCLUSIVE FEATURE PREVIEW

But that's not the only treat in store right now! Below, you can read the prologue to Dan Jolin's exhaustive and comprehensive feature on the making of The Dark Knight Rises.

For the full thing, you're going to have to pick up the magazine (or subscribe to Empire), but this will give you just a hint of what you're in for...

THE CROWD ROARS. August 6, 2011, and Empire is peering out of the press box nestled high in Pittsburgh's Heinz Field football stadium. We take in a vast arena wrought from 12,000 tons of steel, home (appropriately) to the Pittsburgh Steelers, many of whom are today out on the pitch in old-school-Batman black and yellow to portray fictional team The Gotham Rogues. Across from us, on the home side, around 11,000 extras wave self-crafted Rogues placards and yell deliriously, as instructed by megaphone-waving assistant director Nilo Otero.

It's an oppressively humid day, pushing 100 Fahrenheit; yet in Gotham it's midwinter. Which means the assembled throng, most of them Pittsburgh locals here voluntarily, are sweltering in thick jackets and scarves. The potential ordeal is leavened by an ongoing prize raffle, and during the lunchbreak three desert-camouflaged Tumblers — those bespoke Lamborghini-Hummer-hybrid attack vehicles introduced and sprayed none-more-black in Batman Begins — trundle out. One performs a few speedy circuits. Atop another sits Steelers star player Hines Ward, waving and smiling. The third is cannon-mounted. It fires off a blast. The crowd roars.

And soon after, it screams. People scramble out of their seats and struggle for the exits. From Empire's (thankfully air-conditioned) God's-eye perspective, it looks like someone's just dropped a neatly packed box of marbles. Panic is orchestrated. Something terrible is happening. The 'terror' comes later. First we see stuntmen-footballers sprinting across the field and falling into crashmat-lined craters, which pock a jagged-edged, raised-platform section laid over roughly a quarter of the pitch.


Next come the detonations. BAM BAM BAM BAM. More than 50 dirt-piles explode in seven blasts, leaving the air writhing with dark smoke. Heavily armed mercenaries storm the area. And then, striding in his fur-lined greatcoat, face swathed in a metal, snarling-baboon-maw mask and trailed by some strange, trolley-mounted, spherical doomsday device, arrives Tom Hardy's Bane, powerhouse antagonist of The Dark Knight Rises. "This is the moment where Bane makes his plans known," explains producer Emma Thomas, also Christopher Nolan's wife. Big plans...

Empire has never before seen filmmaking on this scale. This is indisputably jaw-dropping. Huge. And it's no boast to say that to witness such a spectacle is a precious rarity in the early 21st century. This stadium set-piece is more reminiscent of the genuine cast-of-thousands era of Ben-Hur — and we're thinking as much of the 1925 version as William Wyler's Chuck Heston-fronted '59 one. These days we're more used to scale segments built on studio lots or in cavernous, green-walled soundstages with digitally cloned CG extras in the stalls. It's funny how for years we were all so impressed by Hollywood's new digital, reality-replicating flourishes when, all along, they were nowhere near as extraordinary as, well, reality. Nobody makes movies like this anymore. Or rather, nobody else...

 

BRAND NEW IMAGES

And we're still not done! Here, for your viewing pleasure, are four new and exclusive images from the film - and there are more in the magazine, you lucky lot.

And once again, the magazine is out on Thursday May 31 in shops and on iPad. To make sure you don't miss a copy of Empire subscribe today.

 

The Dark Knight Rises is out on July 20.


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same here! but batman poster instead ;-) More

Posted by Daangerous at 16:39 on 23 June 2012 | Report This Post

Poster
Hey...Great issue! We brought the issue with Catwoman on the cover, but there is no poster inside it. My sis and I were super sad:(. We would love the Catwoman poster. We would really appreciate it if Empire can send it to us? We can show you proof of purchase. Sincerely, Christy and Shirley Batman fans forever! More

Posted by MightyChristy at 20:18 on 09 June 2012 | Report This Post

Daan
I didn't get the poster. Is it in every issue? More

Posted by Daangerous at 21:00 on 06 June 2012 | Report This Post

Daan
I didn't get the poster. Is it in every issue? More

Posted by Daangerous at 20:48 on 06 June 2012 | Report This Post

MY LIFE IS MADE.
The Batman poster is now hanging on my wall so I can sleep and wake up to it BUT...THIS MOVIE IS GOING TO HIT BIG. I mean after the Dark Knight man! that one back then blew me away. though,it's the last one. THE LAST ONE. how am I going to cope with this? but LONG LIVE NOLAN. More

Posted by Mrs.Wayne at 21:19 on 05 June 2012 | Report This Post

MY LIFE IS MADE.
The Batman poster is now hanging on my wall so I can sleep and wake up to it BUT...THIS MOVIE IS GOING TO HIT BIG. I mean after the Dark Knight man! that one back then blew me away. though,it's the last one. THE LAST ONE. how am I going to cope with this? but LONG LIVE NOLAN. More

Posted by Mrs.Wayne at 21:18 on 05 June 2012 | Report This Post

How do I buy both individual issues? More

Posted by justinpark1992 at 22:00 on 31 May 2012 | Report This Post

Please give me Catwoman, I wanted Bane back in January's issue but of course ended up with Batman More

Posted by Gears of Kong at 16:23 on 28 May 2012 | Report This Post

Please give me Catwoman, I wanted Bane back in January's issue but of course ended up with Batman More

Posted by Gears of Kong at 16:23 on 28 May 2012 | Report This Post

Oh dear, it didn't take long to be reminded of this
http://twitpic.com/9i8dcn/full Can you imagine how odd it would have been if Bane had posed like that? More

Posted by enemysprout at 15:15 on 27 May 2012 | Report This Post

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L: doubtlesswonder I really hope I get the Catwoman one. Which means I'll probably get the Batman one. Always happens. 'll happily swap if I get the Catwoman one! More

Posted by polkadotty5 at 00:55 on 27 May 2012 | Report This Post

Bane
There has already been an exclusive subscribers cover for Bane (a few months back) so I'm guessing he wont be on the cover of this latest issue. I'm not bothered which one I get if there are two versions. I'll get the other off eBay. I'm just really glad i'll be able to read the entire issue in full now my exams are over. More

Posted by SUPER_movie_FREAK at 00:19 on 26 May 2012 | Report This Post

Bane
There has already been an exclusive subscribers cover for Bane (a few months back) so I'm guessing he wont be on the cover of this latest issue. I'm not bothered which one I get if there are two versions. I'll get the other off eBay. I'm just really glad i'll be able to read the entire issue in full now my exams are over. More

Posted by SUPER_movie_FREAK at 00:18 on 26 May 2012 | Report This Post

RE: RE:
I really hope I get the Catwoman one. Which means I'll probably get the Batman one. Always happens. More

Posted by doubtlesswonder at 22:54 on 25 May 2012 | Report This Post

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Well if we're discussing Hathaway or Johansson in regards to leather outfits. It would be Hathaway every day of the week. More

Posted by fish that roared at 14:46 on 25 May 2012 | Report This Post

Bane?
I trust a Bane option will be there too? More

Posted by DaleLawson at 12:53 on 25 May 2012 | Report This Post

should be better than the Skyfall edition disaster...... More

Posted by dragon_irl at 08:06 on 25 May 2012 | Report This Post

YES! What a fabulous end of exam season present. Can. Not. Wait. Thanks Empire! More

Posted by polkadotty5 at 21:20 on 24 May 2012 | Report This Post

if you've seen the trailer, Bane is walking towards Batman in the third picture, now that we see Catwoman on the other side, me thinks she is a double agent/nice/like Rachel McAdams is in Sherlock Holmes, working for Bane, because she has to or something like that. just a random thought....probably wrong. but I have a gut feeling about her character in this film. BTW AWESOME covers! :D I dunno whether I wanna buy Catwoman cover, because=Girl Power! or Batman's cover, because HELLO Christian Bale More

Posted by megank13 at 19:25 on 24 May 2012 | Report This Post

Subscribers get Bane right? YOU AIN'T A REAL DOG UNLESS YOU SUBSCRIBE FOOL More

Posted by thepluginbaby at 17:56 on 24 May 2012 | Report This Post

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how massive is massive? More

Posted by adammac467 at 16:27 on 24 May 2012 | Report This Post

RE: RE:
Anne Hathaway is smokin' More

Posted by drews at 16:27 on 24 May 2012 | Report This Post

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Oh dear, seems mr. Johansson has ruined leather outfits for other actresses More

Posted by st3veebee at 15:24 on 24 May 2012 | Report This Post

Not happy they brought catwoman into this, will be well Fucked off If I end up getting her on my cover. Please send me Batman. More

Posted by theonering at 14:47 on 24 May 2012 | Report This Post

OMG!
I think I came a little! More

Posted by AquaDragon2K at 14:43 on 24 May 2012 | Report This Post

Good cover and it looks like a good movie- if batman dies at the end I will cry. More

Posted by lewisb548 at 14:41 on 24 May 2012 | Report This Post

Poster
more posters in empire in the future! More

Posted by bereski at 13:33 on 24 May 2012 | Report This Post

can't wait
People who were worried about Anne Hathaway can shut up now... More

Posted by ronniem at 12:58 on 24 May 2012 | Report This Post

Hmm, no posters for the iPAd :(
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Posted by jack_edson at 12:47 on 24 May 2012 | Report This Post

Nolan is God!
nuff said! More

Posted by mbembet at 12:05 on 24 May 2012 | Report This Post

Nolan is God!
nuff said! More

Posted by mbembet at 12:03 on 24 May 2012 | Report This Post

Holy Smokes Batman!
I think I may do a little excited wee... definately going to be waiting by the door for my copy to arrive, in fact I'm going out now to buy ice-cream in preperation for the marathon empire-reading-batman-begins-and-dark-knight-watching i'm going to be doing... More

Posted by Swedle at 11:02 on 24 May 2012 | Report This Post

Looks good! Hopefully no spoilers? More

Posted by Fincher at 11:00 on 24 May 2012 | Report This Post

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