The L.A. Times’ Hero Complex page currently has a big spread on director Christopher Nolan and his upcoming “The Dark Knight Rises” (rising everywhere July 20, 2012), the final installment in the director’s Batman films. It’s a very long piece, and worth a read if you’re interested in just how Nolan works. (The man doesn’t even own a cellphone, apparently. Wow. In 2012?)
The article also fills us in on how “The Dark Knight Rises” opens:
As “Dark Knight Rises” opens, Bruce Wayne (Christian Bale) is a sullen shadow of himself, and instead of his Batman mask he hides behind a scraggly hermit’s beard. Eight years have passed since the murder of his true love, Rachel Dawes, and the fatal tumble of the deranged Harvey Dent. With the weight of those memories, the recluse must lean on a cane as he wanders a sealed-off wing of Wayne Manor. The world outside claws away at that isolation, almost literally in the case of Selina Kyle (Anne Hathaway), the femme fatale traditionally called Catwoman.
Things get worse for Wayne and Gotham as a mysterious terrorist named Bane (Tom Hardy) unleashes a campaign to sever the city from the outside world; like a brawny butcher swinging a cleaver, there’s no hesitation or empathy that slows his hand as he goes about his wet work amid the body count. Anarchy spreads but the chaos is only a cover for Bane’s true plans — those, like the villain himself, are difficult to unmask.
Along with the article, there are also new set images of Nolan and star Christian Bale:
And oh, in case those weren’t enough, the film’s Facebook page recently released an IMAX poster, which you can take a gander at below: