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

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  • Dedpool

    GUTSY!! That makes for a whole lot of changes. I’m really hoping that we get to see Batman at his peak, after years of being Batman, as a well oiled machine before Bane comes in and tears it all down. I like that this will slightly follow Knightfall a bit. BRING IT ON!!!

  • Dominique Hatcher

    These new pictures of Bane are BADASS!!!! Seriously, I don’t understand why people are so quick to reject and so slow to get behind Nolan’s look for him. He fits the mold of an ultramilitaristic terrorist to a fuckin’ T. I personally don’t see anything wrong with his look at all, I LOVE IT!!!

    • Dedpool

      Yeah I actually really like this take on the character, because while they changed his look, they have stuck very close to who he is and how he opperates. I am seriously stoked for this now.

  • Juggernaut

    While I’m still not loving Bane’s look, these pics are much better than the spy videos and leaked images that have been flooding the web. The fact that it’s been eight years since TDK is a great touch. They may even show a montage of Batman’s exploits throughout the years. It would be really cool to see some of the fan favorites from the rogues gallery that didn’t get any screen time in brief scenes being thwarted!

    • Dedpool

      That would be a great nod to the comics. And I understand you not loving the look of Bane you have to admit it does look cool, and if you take the background of this version into context it really works. Here’s what the costume designer had to say

      Lindy Hemming Gives Details On Bane’s Mask

      THE BREATHING MECHINISM: “He was injured early in his story. Hes suffering from pain and he needs gas to survive. He cannot survive the pain without the mask. The pipes from the mask go back along his jawline and feed into the thing at the back where there are two cannisters of what ever it is..the anasthetic”

      • Juggernaut

        I read that excerpt earlier. I do think that this look for Bane works it’s just not exactly what I was thinking of.
        I’m glad it’s that far along from TDK. I ‘ve been pretty uninterested in this movie for a while now. This news have ignited my curiosity again. There are so many possibilities now. It could be that Batman has gone into hiding after the events of TDK and the streets have been crime free(since the mafia bosses were all put away by Dent and Gordon) or he could be only operating at night (a montage of him going up against Gotham’s worst) He could also have been grooming a successor in that time (Robin/Nightwing, Catwoman)

        My theory is that Bane showed up five or so years ago. During their initial battle Batman had his back broken. Either Gordon and the GCPD or Catwoman help take him down. Batman escapes but is forced into retirement while Bane rotts in Black Gate Prison. Three years later, Bane escapes from Black Gate, releasing all of Gotham’s deadliest criminals. The GCPD are overun and Gordon suffers a serious injury in the meelee. Bruce now a alcoholic recluse, is brought out of his retirement to face the man who destroyed him years before.

        That would be a cool story arc and fall in line with what the Knightfall comic arc and everything revealed about the film already have stated.

        • Dedpool

          I had the story following the Knightfall arc a bit as well. I don’t know if we’re jumoing ahead 8 years or if the film will take place during the 8 years. I’m thinking it’s an 8 year jump, and he’s just been doing his Batman thing pretty much on the Low, becoming the urban legend that he’s known as in the comics. I don’t think they’d do so much off camera. I’m thinking Bane is his first formidable opponenent in years, he gets in over his head and gets broken. In that time he’s had to retire, and regain his strength and Gotham has gone to hell. Something along those lines or a mix between both of our synopses.

          • Juggernaut

            Another cool theory about the plot that I read is the mix of Knightfall and Frank Miller’s The Dark Knight Returns. Nolan has already used some elements of that story in TDK so it isn’t that much of a stretch. Having Bane being a mixture of the methodical, masked foe while also having the invunerability to pain like Mutant Leader is a cool idea. In Miller’s TDKR, Batman has gone underground and let Gotham be taken over by crime. In this movie he may be forced into exile by having his back broken by Bane. Then has to return to reclaim the city after recooperating. It was also speculated that the character that Juno Temple will be playing may be an amalgam of Catwoman’s friend, Holly Robinson and Batman’s female sidekick, Robin, from Miller’s TDKR, Carrie Kelly. That would be two grreat mash ups of characters similar to what Nolan did with Ra’s Al Ghul and Henri Ducard. That would be brilliant!!!

          • Dedpool

            Yes indeed it would! I wouldn’t put it past him either.

  • YaMoms

    Where does Bane get all those Tumblers???

  • Punishesment

    im very interested in why Bane is holding a picture of Harvey Dent

  • Hells Repo Man

    Think about the ending of TDK: Batman tells Gordon to blame him because if anybody found out that Dent went crazy and killed the two crooked cops, Marone, and then tried to kill Gordon and his family — that everything they’d worked for would fall apart.
    Part of Bane’s strategy would be to destroy the foundation any peace was built on, turning the people of Gotham against the police, Gordon, and Batman.

    • Punishment

      That makes alot of sense thanks but i really hope two face is in it hopefully chilling in arkham