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Chris Nolan talks Dark Knight Rises timeline and more on Bane's origins

Nov. 21, 2011by: Mike Sampson

For the first time, director Christopher Nolan is opening up publicly about THE DARK KNIGHT RISES. Speaking to Empire Magazine in advance of the upcoming six-minute preview that will be in theaters with MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE 4, Nolan talked about how this film fits into the trilogy.

"Perhaps surprisingly for some people, Nolan says, "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." You mean, he's in New Jersey?

Lest you think Nolan would give Bruce Wayne the opportunity to sip team and contemplate retirement Nolan adds, "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."

So who is this Bane character anyway? Explains Tom Hardy: "He's brutal. Brutal....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." Ouch?

The film's costume designer explains Bane's look and hints at his origins somewhat by saying, "He was injured early in his story. He's suffering from pain and needs gas to survive. He can't survive the pain without the mask. The pipes from the mask go back along his jawline and feed into the thing at his back, where there are two canisters."

Speaking of origins, Nolan confirms that the six-minute prologue in December will focus mostly on Bane's beginnings so we'll all find out how it happens soon enough...

Source: Empire

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3:33PM on 11/22/2011
Can't wait! I am going to the IMAX for Ghost Protocol at my local Zoo. Excited? Yes!
Can't wait! I am going to the IMAX for Ghost Protocol at my local Zoo. Excited? Yes!
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10:51AM on 11/22/2011
Got my issue yesterday. Great article that made me excited where before a bit meh towards it. Sounds really epic. definatley looking both ways before crossing the street til it comes out.
Theres a couple of badass batman pics inside too, im surprised havent emerged.
Got my issue yesterday. Great article that made me excited where before a bit meh towards it. Sounds really epic. definatley looking both ways before crossing the street til it comes out.
Theres a couple of badass batman pics inside too, im surprised havent emerged.
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6:51AM on 11/22/2011

Damn

Hardy's Bane has fierce fighting styles, now lets just hope we can see his moves through all that shaky cam which afflicts these otherwise excellent movies.
Hardy's Bane has fierce fighting styles, now lets just hope we can see his moves through all that shaky cam which afflicts these otherwise excellent movies.
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12:11AM on 11/22/2011
'Snapping heads off''' Umm, yeah whatever. Nolan's realistic vision seems to push plausabilty there. Bane is a brute, but tearing a persons head off? Is that even possible?
Interesting how big he looks on the cover, yet every shot from the set he looks like a white trash meatbag who hasn't been to the gym in years.
'Snapping heads off''' Umm, yeah whatever. Nolan's realistic vision seems to push plausabilty there. Bane is a brute, but tearing a persons head off? Is that even possible?
Interesting how big he looks on the cover, yet every shot from the set he looks like a white trash meatbag who hasn't been to the gym in years.
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12:30AM on 11/22/2011
You can always go and watch your favorite movie, Breaking Dawn Part 1, again.
You can always go and watch your favorite movie, Breaking Dawn Part 1, again.
4:17AM on 11/22/2011
Did you even see Hardy in Warrior? That man is a monster and could likely tear your head off with ease.
Did you even see Hardy in Warrior? That man is a monster and could likely tear your head off with ease.
10:27PM on 11/21/2011
Tom Hardy is a beast
Tom Hardy is a beast
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8:46PM on 11/21/2011
I'm going to guess that Bane was injured sometime during the events of Begins or Dark Knight, and blames Batman. I wonder if Bruce will still have been Batman for those 8 years, or if he went on hiatus.
I'm going to guess that Bane was injured sometime during the events of Begins or Dark Knight, and blames Batman. I wonder if Bruce will still have been Batman for those 8 years, or if he went on hiatus.
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9:04PM on 11/21/2011
Well when they released info about Catwoman, they explained that he character came about to fill the void that Batman had left.

So from that I'm guessing Batman has been on the down low.
Well when they released info about Catwoman, they explained that he character came about to fill the void that Batman had left.

So from that I'm guessing Batman has been on the down low.
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7:33PM on 11/21/2011
The 8 year retirement with Batman eventually returning to rally the support of the people, and the description of Bane makes this sound a lot like The Dark Knight Returns. It sounds like instead of using a generic villain like the Mutant Leader to tell this story they swapped him out for Bane, and Bane sounds more like an amalgam of the two. Mutant Leader couldn't feel pain either, and the mouth part on the mask looks kind of like the Mutant Leaders teeth. Not to mention Bane leads an army of
The 8 year retirement with Batman eventually returning to rally the support of the people, and the description of Bane makes this sound a lot like The Dark Knight Returns. It sounds like instead of using a generic villain like the Mutant Leader to tell this story they swapped him out for Bane, and Bane sounds more like an amalgam of the two. Mutant Leader couldn't feel pain either, and the mouth part on the mask looks kind of like the Mutant Leaders teeth. Not to mention Bane leads an army of Gothams criminals just like the Mutant Leader, and Catwoman could also be in the Carrie Kelly/Robin role here too. Begins drew heavily on YEAR ONE, and I think this one finds its inspiration mostly from The Dark Knight Returns with bits of Knightfall.
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7:39PM on 11/21/2011
Only part about this, is they didn't say Bane couldn't feel pain, infact, they said the pain is unbearable, so they would be opposite there...
Only part about this, is they didn't say Bane couldn't feel pain, infact, they said the pain is unbearable, so they would be opposite there...
7:54PM on 11/21/2011
It says he was injured and uses gas to stop the pain, therefore he can't feel pain because he's on pain killers. I said he sounds like an amalgamation of the two characters, not that he's just the Mutant Leader in Bane's clothes. The storyline will probably be very close to The Dark Knight Returns, while adding in Bane's origin and maybe some elements of Knightfall. Nolan doesn't do strait forward adaptations, he takes bits and pieces from various stories and then mashes them together.
It says he was injured and uses gas to stop the pain, therefore he can't feel pain because he's on pain killers. I said he sounds like an amalgamation of the two characters, not that he's just the Mutant Leader in Bane's clothes. The storyline will probably be very close to The Dark Knight Returns, while adding in Bane's origin and maybe some elements of Knightfall. Nolan doesn't do strait forward adaptations, he takes bits and pieces from various stories and then mashes them together.
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7:12PM on 11/21/2011
I like this take on it. Nolan has done a good job of kind of creating his own Batman world while staying true to the characters and themes. I see the same here. I like what he's done so far with these characters and I can't say I've been disappointed by what I've seen or heard, this Empire stuff included. Can't wait for this film. I anticipate good things again.
I like this take on it. Nolan has done a good job of kind of creating his own Batman world while staying true to the characters and themes. I see the same here. I like what he's done so far with these characters and I can't say I've been disappointed by what I've seen or heard, this Empire stuff included. Can't wait for this film. I anticipate good things again.
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5:49PM on 11/21/2011

Screw the haters

That picture above is bad ass! The mask is such a great adaptation from the comics. It literally looks just like Bane just with the white parts being his face instead of a mask. His arms also look huuuuuuge there. Anybody saying Hardy looks too small in that picture need to look in he mirror at themselves and get a clue. Plus its not all about size, Hardy is going to be a great intense, intimidating villain. He's going to break Batman's body and mind.

I like that the gas is basically his
That picture above is bad ass! The mask is such a great adaptation from the comics. It literally looks just like Bane just with the white parts being his face instead of a mask. His arms also look huuuuuuge there. Anybody saying Hardy looks too small in that picture need to look in he mirror at themselves and get a clue. Plus its not all about size, Hardy is going to be a great intense, intimidating villain. He's going to break Batman's body and mind.

I like that the gas is basically his Venom. I have a feeling that it might have some steriods mixed in, but the fact that he can't feel pain is great. Just imagine how far this crazy mofo can push himself if he doesn't feel pain. He really doesn't even need steriods at that point.
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5:29PM on 11/21/2011

Notice she says

"where there are "TWO" canisters." Could just be me.
"where there are "TWO" canisters." Could just be me.
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4:23PM on 11/21/2011

BTTF

Nolan could 'reboot' his old plot device and tell the story backwards, scene by scene, until Bane 'finally' gets his injury!
Nolan could 'reboot' his old plot device and tell the story backwards, scene by scene, until Bane 'finally' gets his injury!
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3:57PM on 11/21/2011
I am thinking the "venom" aspect does come into play sort of because Bane will abuse this gas to the point that not only does it dull the pain from his injury but it makes him unable to feel newly-inflicted pain all together, so that he becomes a brutal machine that can keep fighting and fighting no matter how much his opponent hits him. I think that's perfectly good explanation for "super strength" in the semi-realistic world Nolan has established.

It also sets up Bane as a mirror to Bruce,
I am thinking the "venom" aspect does come into play sort of because Bane will abuse this gas to the point that not only does it dull the pain from his injury but it makes him unable to feel newly-inflicted pain all together, so that he becomes a brutal machine that can keep fighting and fighting no matter how much his opponent hits him. I think that's perfectly good explanation for "super strength" in the semi-realistic world Nolan has established.

It also sets up Bane as a mirror to Bruce, who similarly has to decide whether he will abuse his Batman persona, become less human in order to protect and discard his feelings of anguish over his parents and Rachel, or if he will find some balance between Batman and Bruce and finally stop letting pain dictate his life choices.
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6:42PM on 11/21/2011
^^^I'm really digging this approach to the characters. Hopefully it will not have spoiled when i see it in the movie.
^^^I'm really digging this approach to the characters. Hopefully it will not have spoiled when i see it in the movie.
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2:54PM on 11/21/2011
Damn, Bane looks badass. So I guess we know how he'll be beaten. Batman will take his mask off and the pain will cripple him.
Damn, Bane looks badass. So I guess we know how he'll be beaten. Batman will take his mask off and the pain will cripple him.
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2:44PM on 11/21/2011

"needs gas to survive"

So its not a venom milkshake... its a gas. I highly doubt they won't call the gas venom. It is easier to explain a inhalant than something you inject anyways...

Either way, I am psyched to hear it takes place 8 years later.
So its not a venom milkshake... its a gas. I highly doubt they won't call the gas venom. It is easier to explain a inhalant than something you inject anyways...

Either way, I am psyched to hear it takes place 8 years later.
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2:17PM on 11/21/2011
Any chance this preview be showing here in the UK?
Any chance this preview be showing here in the UK?
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2:09PM on 11/21/2011
Wow 8 years...wonder if it's possible for a Catwoman spinoff that shows the time before DKR...I can see it happening since Batman will be ending. It would already be better than the 2004 one.
Wow 8 years...wonder if it's possible for a Catwoman spinoff that shows the time before DKR...I can see it happening since Batman will be ending. It would already be better than the 2004 one.
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1:47AM on 11/22/2011
OMG, or a separate DVD early release before the film opens, like Gotham Knight!!
OMG, or a separate DVD early release before the film opens, like Gotham Knight!!
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1:58PM on 11/21/2011
I'm super pumped for this. However, the only thing I don't like to this point is Annes Hathaway. She may be a talented actress but I'm not buying her being the "super-hero" type. I can't take anymore 105 lb characters throttling 200 lb baddies. I don't thing we need her character to drive the story. JMO
I'm super pumped for this. However, the only thing I don't like to this point is Annes Hathaway. She may be a talented actress but I'm not buying her being the "super-hero" type. I can't take anymore 105 lb characters throttling 200 lb baddies. I don't thing we need her character to drive the story. JMO
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1:04PM on 11/21/2011
"Sip team"?

Nice job.
"Sip team"?

Nice job.
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12:36PM on 11/21/2011

8 years

dang...Joker effed up batman's life more than we thought...
dang...Joker effed up batman's life more than we thought...
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12:31PM on 11/21/2011

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Wow, this really caught me off-guard but actually makes perfect sense. It just goes to show the speculating naysayers know nothing & Nolan still has both feet on the ground. Now I'm really intrigued about the STORY this film is going to tell.
Wow, this really caught me off-guard but actually makes perfect sense. It just goes to show the speculating naysayers know nothing & Nolan still has both feet on the ground. Now I'm really intrigued about the STORY this film is going to tell.
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11:52AM on 11/21/2011
Watch what you say about Jersey, Sampson! ;)
Watch what you say about Jersey, Sampson! ;)
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11:24AM on 11/21/2011
Sounds exciting.

Not to sure about the lack of VENOM though - that's a big part of Bane.
Sounds exciting.

Not to sure about the lack of VENOM though - that's a big part of Bane.
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1:29PM on 11/21/2011
I agree
I agree
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10:54AM on 11/21/2011
Su-weet! A gap in the timeline means they can explain The Joker angle with tact. Maybe even say he escaped once and was caught by Batman again. Also gives a lot of room for them to allow Batman's character to be more mature, more experienced in his art. And to have Bane to challenge that would be epic. F**king hyped for this film now.
Su-weet! A gap in the timeline means they can explain The Joker angle with tact. Maybe even say he escaped once and was caught by Batman again. Also gives a lot of room for them to allow Batman's character to be more mature, more experienced in his art. And to have Bane to challenge that would be epic. F**king hyped for this film now.
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10:42AM on 11/21/2011
Awesome so now that we've jumped ahead 8 years in the movie that guarantees we will see a reboot in 5 years since its gonna be near impossible to make a sequel now. Robin needs to be in this movie, people think cause robin has been portrayed like shit thus far in the movies and tv show that he'll ruin a movie. Well youre wrong, Robin can be awesome and is integral to Batman's life.
Awesome so now that we've jumped ahead 8 years in the movie that guarantees we will see a reboot in 5 years since its gonna be near impossible to make a sequel now. Robin needs to be in this movie, people think cause robin has been portrayed like shit thus far in the movies and tv show that he'll ruin a movie. Well youre wrong, Robin can be awesome and is integral to Batman's life.
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10:29AM on 11/21/2011

Sounds awesome!

This "realistic" take on Bane sounds interesting and the pic above is badass!
This "realistic" take on Bane sounds interesting and the pic above is badass!
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10:24AM on 11/21/2011
I really like the direction they're taking this film.
I really like the direction they're taking this film.
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10:23AM on 11/21/2011
Damn, Bane looks like a monster. Batman is screwed.
Damn, Bane looks like a monster. Batman is screwed.
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10:12AM on 11/21/2011
So we're gonna have some Dark Knight Returns influence here in addition to the Knightfall storyline.
So we're gonna have some Dark Knight Returns influence here in addition to the Knightfall storyline.
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12:00PM on 11/21/2011
RIGHT?! lol
RIGHT?! lol
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10:08AM on 11/21/2011
Even though it's not Venom that fuels Bane like in the comic, from what Nolan said I can accept that. 8 years after The Dark Knight sort of make sense when you think of all Batcave-related pictures we've seen so far. Can't hardly wait for the ultimate showdown of Batman vs. Bane!
Even though it's not Venom that fuels Bane like in the comic, from what Nolan said I can accept that. 8 years after The Dark Knight sort of make sense when you think of all Batcave-related pictures we've seen so far. Can't hardly wait for the ultimate showdown of Batman vs. Bane!
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