Speaking with Empire, The Dark Knight Rises director Christopher Nolan talked about how the film is 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.”
Nolan also discussed the upcoming prologue that will be attached to IMAX screenings of “Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol”:
“The Prologue is basically the first six, seven minutes of the film. It’s 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. In terms of finishing our story and increasing its scope, we were trying to craft an epic.”
Lastly, star Tom Hardy detailed his character Bane:
“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.”
The Dark Knight Rises is scheduled to hit conventional and IMAX theaters on July 20, 2012.
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