Bane Empire Magazine Cover January 2012, The Dark Knight Rises Plot Details. The Bane Limited Edition Subscriber-only Cover and The Dark Knight Rises plot details for the January 2012 edition of Empire Magazine brings into focus many rumors that have swirled around about the storyline for the upcoming Batman film. Christopher Nolan and others from the production of The Dark Knight Rises recently spoke in a interview with Empire Magazine about the film and certain characters in the film.
When The Dark Knight Rises takes place:
“Our story picks up EIGHT years after The Dark Knight”.
In terms of finishing our story and increasing its scope, we were trying to craft an epic”
“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 our choice of villain and with our choice of story we are testing Batman both physically as well as mentally. Also, in terms of finishing the our story and increasing its scope, we were trying to craft epic so the physicality of the film became very important.”
The eight year gap sounds great. It clears the slate. With Harvey Dent’s prosecution still in place, Gotham City should have endured a period low crime, a least for the first of those eight years.
Christopher Nolan discussed Bane and the prologue for the film (written about earlier here: The Dark Knight Rises prologue begins Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol):
“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.”
Bane as seen through Tom Hardy‘s eyes:
“He’s brutal. Brutal. 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. He’s a smashing machine. He’s a wrecking ball. If we’re going to shoot somebody, shoot the pregnant woman or the old lady first. Make sure everybody stands up. He’s a terrorist in his mentality as well as brutal actions. He’s horrible piece of work.”
Here is one of the most intreresting parts of the Empire Magazine interview and a spoiler for purist of the comic book incarnation of Bane. The quote is from costume designer Lindy Hemming about Bane’s Mask:
“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”
Christopher Nolan discusses finishing his Batman trilogy, his Batman story:
It’s really all about finishing Batman’s and Bruce Wayne’s story. We left him in a very precarious place at the end of The Dark Knight. His reputation in tatters, on the run. And I think perhaps surprisingly for some people, out story picks up quite a bit later. He’s not in great state. He’s frozen in time, he’s hit a brick wall. Batman Begins was very much about the explaining the logic of the suit, and how it belonged in the shadows, in a position of stealth where he’s able to intimidate people with it as his new entity. And then through The Dark Knight we would him out during the magic hour and we changed the suit accordingly so he withstood that kind of exposure. But also the character himself has the reputation now, so he;s able to expose himself more and still intimidate people. And with the third film we’re pushing that further…but plenty of it takes place in the dark too.”
On ibnlive, Christian Bale spoke about Bruce Wayne and his journey through all three Christopher Nolan-directed Batman films:
How long will you let the pain and loss define your life? Walking around chasing bad guys is very heroic and attracts attention, but at the end it all accounts for, as a means to deal with the pain of a huge loss. We agreed that Bruce Wayne is absolutely sincere as Bruce Wayne, and as Batman utterly sincere but Bruce Wayne, the playboy, is a pure facade, it’s a lie he has, somehow, to control one side of your soul that’s not really under control.
In fact, only Alfred knows who he is. It’s time for Bruce Wayne to face the pain, that has always stirred his life.
The Empire Magazine Bane Limited Edition Subscriber-only Cover (click to enlarge):
Bane Empire Magazine Exclusive Cover January 2012
About The Dark Knight Rises production:
The Dark Knight Rises is the highly anticipated final installment of Warner Bros and DC Entertainment’s new Batman film franchise. Christopher Nolan has returned to direct the film from a screenplay he wrote with Jonathan Nolan, from a story by himself and David S. Goyer. Details about the film’s storyline are scarce, but it has already been established that one of villains set to take on the Batman (Christian Bale) will be the powerhouse known as Bane (Tom Hardy). Selina Kyle (Anne Hathaway), better known to comics fans as Catwoman, will also have a central role in the movie. The will be distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.
The Dark Knight Rises‘ cast also includes Marion Cotillard, Michael Caine, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Josh Stewart, Daniel Sunjata, Burn Gorman, Diego Klattenhoff, Josh Pence, Matthew Modine, Tom Conti, Joey King, Alon Aboutboul, Nestor Carbonell, Brett Cullen, and Juno Temple.
For more The Dark Knight Rises photos, videos, and information, check out our Batman Page. The Dark Knight Rises opens in US theaters on July 20, 2012.