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By now you probably know that about six or seven minutes (or thereabouts) of Christopher Nolan’s “The Dark Knight Rises” will be shown before the IMAX screenings of Tom Cruise’s latest “Mission Impossible” movie, “Ghost Protocol”, and that the prologue will essentially be an origins tale about Batman’s latest villain, Bane (played by Tom Hardy in the movie). But what exactly will those 6-7 minutes show us?
The boys and girls at Rama Screen recently received an answer to that. They make it pretty clear that these are unsubstantiated, meaning they can’t vouch for it, so it could be all true … or all made up. Judge for yourself.
Nolan has significantly rewrote the story of Bane from the comics. He is raised by Ra’s al Ghul and his up bringing mirrors that of Bruce Wayne. It’s a mirror of Bruce, except it’s darker and twisted. Bane is trained to be an assassin for the League of Shadows. He kills political figures that are deemed unfit by the LOS. So he is a bit of a Che Guevara/ Jason Bourne type character. A revolutionary and an assassin. He comes to Gotham to start a revolution by revealing the cover up dealing with Harvey Dent and killing the Mayor, among other key political figures.
And here’s what supposedly takes place in that IMAX prologue:
It is one of the assassinations ordered by Ra’s al Ghul. A mind blowing action sequence set aboard the Hercules plane, involving some innovative camera work ala Inception hallway fight scene. Bane and his mercenaries hijack a military plane transporting a dictator of a country which is in unrest (think Saddam Hussein type figure). He successfully kills the leader, but makes some mistakes along the way and is unable to safely land the plane. Because of the resulting injuries from the accident, he has to undergo complicated surgeries and that is how he winds up with that scar down his neck and the need for the mask to numb the pain.
So there you have it. True? Not true? Find out for yourself when “Ghost Protocol” opens on IMAX screens December 16th.
“The Dark Knight Rises”, starring Christian Bale, Gary Oldman, Tom Hardy, Marion Cotillard, and Anne Hathaway, rises again July 20th, 2012.