The Dark Knight Rises Takes Place 8 Years Later, New Pics

Bane in Empire Magazine CoverWith all the leaks and fanboys clamoring for every little juicy tidbit they can get from Christopher Nolan’s upcoming “The Dark Knight Rises”, it’s amazing that this part of the movie has gone uncovered — until now: “The Dark Knight Rise” actually takes place 8 years after the events of “The Dark Knight”.

Nolan confirms this in the latest issue of Empire Magazine (via Comingsoon)::

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.

In the same issue, Tom Hardy also discuses the brutality of Bane; in particular, how this freakazoid is going to go mano-a-mano with Batman and not only survive, but give him a good run for his money:

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.

Nolan also confirms that the first 6-7 minutes of “The Dark Knight Rises” will play in front of the IMAX showing of “Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol” as previously reported. The footage will introduce Bane to audiences and as Nolan puts it, give us a “taste” of what’s to come. More (via CBM):

The Prologue is basically the first six, seven minutes of the film. Its the introduction to Bane and a taste of the rest of the film. With Bane we are looking to give Batman a physical challenge that he hasn’t had before. He’s a great sort of movie monster, but with an incredible brain, and that was a side of him that hand’t been taped before. Because the stories from the comics are very epic and very evocative—very much in the way that Bruce Wayne’s origin story is epic and evocative. We were looking to really parallel that with our choice of villain. So he’s a worthy adversary. I felt that if I could get somebody as talented as Tom to agree to hide himself in the character I would get something very special. What I really feel with a great actor is every movement, every hand gesture, every step, has performance in it. Tom completely got it. It’s an incredible challenge to remove motion of the face so that you can’t put things across in the usual way, and you just have the eyes and a bit of the scalp and the arms and legs. What I knew is that from Tom I would get something where you get a total character and everything has incredible thought applied to it. And a lot of what he’s doing is very counterintuitive. He has this incredible disjunct between the expressiveness of the voice and the stillness of the movement of his body. He’s found a way to play a character who is enormous and powerful with a sort of calm to it, but also is able to incredibly fast at times. Unpredictable. He just has a raw threat to him that’s extraordinary. It’s a very powerful thing when you see it come together, beyond what I have ever imagined. That’s what you get from working with great actors.

Plus, new pics:

Tom Hardy and Christian Bale in the Dark Knight Rises (2012) Movie Image

Tom Hardy in the Dark Knight Rises (2012) Movie Image

Christian Bale in the Dark Knight Rises (2012) Movie Image