Nolan, Bale, Hardy Talk Dark Knight Rises

Written by Curtis Sell November 22, 2011

As it gets closer and closer to the July 20, 2012 release date for The Dark Knight Rises speculation is only heightened for the hugely anticipated sequel. Fear not Batman fans for We Eat Films has got your back. In a recent interview, director Christopher Nolan (Inception, Memento) revealed a bit about the timeline of the series:

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.

Tom Hardy (Inception, Warrior) let us in on what Bane might be like in the film:

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.

Costume designer Lindy Hemming additionally had something interesting to note about Bane:

He was injured early in his story. He’s 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 jaw line and feed into the thing at the back where there are two canisters of what ever it is…the anesthetic.

Christian Bale (The Fighter, American Psycho) expanded further upon what challenges Bruce Wayne will have to face in the sequel:

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.

Christian Bale also said that working on the new Batman film: “It’s like saying goodbye to an old friend.” Christopher Nolan‘s Batman trilogy will finally end when The Dark Knight Rises is released on July, 20 2012 but until then just check out the trailer below.

Source: /Film, IGN

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