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Some Bane Photos From Empire's DARK KNIGHT RISES Coverage!!


Merrick here...

Over the weekend, we got a close-up look at THE DARK KNIGHT RISES' Bane as featured on the immediately forthcoming issue of Empire.  

Sam Jackson's Wig sent in scans of photos that'll appear in an article within that same magazine, which is due in stores 'round Thursday if I understand correctly.  Included in these photos is Empire's special subscriber-only cover...a different shot from the one revealed over the weekend.  

EMBIGGEN the cover shot to better-read Tom Hardy's interesting description of how Bane is characterized in this film.  




In the article, Nolan confirms that THE DARK KNIGHT RISES prologue , wich'll appear in IMAX theaters with the new MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE next month, will act as an introduction to Bane.  It's evidently the first six minutes of the movie.  


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  • Nov. 21, 2011, 3:27 p.m. CST

    I hate the Nolan Bat-Films

    by nobbythehappyelf

  • Nov. 21, 2011, 3:28 p.m. CST

    They've been up all day

    by theBigWasted

    on reddit.

  • Nov. 21, 2011, 3:28 p.m. CST

    I can't wait.

    by skiprat1

    The eight year gap thing is really interesting if true.

  • Nov. 21, 2011, 3:28 p.m. CST

    Bring back Keaton

    by nobbythehappyelf

  • Nov. 21, 2011, 3:28 p.m. CST


    by Rob

  • Nov. 21, 2011, 3:31 p.m. CST

    Please never bring back Keaton and never show those movies again

    by SantiagoAndDunbar

  • Nov. 21, 2011, 3:36 p.m. CST

    Just Walk Away!

    by Youre_Gonna_Bust_Dixie

  • Nov. 21, 2011, 3:37 p.m. CST

    Eight years?!

    by Blue_Demon

    Wow. That's going to be interesting. Does this mean he'll have a real batcave this time? I don't remember seeing it in The Dark Knight...just a well-lit HUGE garage.

  • Nov. 21, 2011, 3:38 p.m. CST

    Hardy's comments about Bane's brutality are fucking awesome

    by Kammich

    Talks about how he is not only cerebral as a tactician and strategist, but how he also literally rips someones spine out of their body. So, uh, yeah... I'm not one of those people that is concerned about Bane. The 8-year gap in the timeline came completely out of left field to me, and has me fascinated. I expected it to take place about 6-12 months after 'TDK' with the police still in hot pursuit of Bats. Having it take place nearly a decade later opens up a whole new can of worms, and a TON of interesting possibilities. It also pretty much kills any notion of the next Batman film being a loose sequel to Nolan's films(if there ever WAS that notion). Sounds like it will have the be reboot or nothin'.

  • Nov. 21, 2011, 3:39 p.m. CST

    Eight years??

    by Chewbacca_Khan

    That sounds insane.

  • Nov. 21, 2011, 3:40 p.m. CST

    wonder what the Joker's been up to the last 8 years?

    by crazy4dragons13

  • Nov. 21, 2011, 3:40 p.m. CST

    Tom Hardys skin

    by Witwiki50

    He needs to see a doctor with skin like that, get some treatment.

  • Nov. 21, 2011, 3:43 p.m. CST

    AHAHAHA BANE is huge you said?

    by KilliK

    THE FUCK HE IS. Nolan needs a lot of CGI to make us believe that BANE is the most physically imposing villain that he has ever fought.Hell my brother is more muscular than what Hardy is in those pics.

  • Nov. 21, 2011, 3:43 p.m. CST


    by The Guy Who Slept Through Everything.

    Say nothing about how the film takes place 8 years after TDK? That's huge news.

  • Nov. 21, 2011, 3:45 p.m. CST

    First guy doesn't hate the Nolan films

    by technosnob

    He's just trying to cause trouble.

  • Was this done to make wiggle room for future Batman movies (since WB announced there would be more Batman movies, although not necessarily by Nolan) to take place in between TDK and TDKR? Or other media like DC Animation features? I really wanted to see the immediate post-Joker results of Gotham. I had hoped to see it descend into a nearly nomadic, pseudo-post-apocalyptic shadow of itself, with roaming thugs and gangs ruling the city. It would be up to Batman to not only restore Gotham but redeem himself. This feels like a gip. And why is Bane pulling a Molly Shannon with his hands under his armpits? Is the mask to protect him from his BO?

  • Nov. 21, 2011, 3:46 p.m. CST

    RIP John Neville :/

    by KilliK

    come on AICN,where is the obit?

  • Nov. 21, 2011, 3:47 p.m. CST

    Eight years later...

    by huskerdu2 a great choice. It's very much like The Dark Knight Returns in that respect. Will Batman have essentially retired by the time the events of this film come around? Maybe. And sounds like Bane, like the previous films, will be the embodiment of a certain thematic strand in the film - a life of pain. Seems that Bane needs the gas - after an accident/incident early in his story - to function properly. All sounding good so far.

  • I was expecting that the film will take place a lot later and not almost immediately after the events of TDK,i was thinking around 5 years.But the 8 years gap seems even more interesting.a lot of things will have changed in that time period.both in GC and Bats. if you want to play with the idea of a fugitive,'dark' hero who was forced to abandon the protection of his home city but now he is forced again to return to protect it. you must leave some time for that idea to flourish,to explore it,to set the following events and to develop further the characterization and most importantly to make stronger and more meaningful the inevitable return of the hero. when TDK ends with the hero on the run,you dont expect him to return after 5-6 months and say: "i am back" while nothing has changed on him and his is not dramatic enough. it's the same thing i talked about in the Rampage topic,about Dom's ridiculous timing in his sacrifice in Gears of War 3.

  • Nov. 21, 2011, 3:51 p.m. CST

    The 8-year thing is genius.

    by Cletus Van Damme

    With this being Nolan's last movie, it's a great way to introduce lesser villains a la Scarecrow's TDK cameo or a quick mention similar to Gordon talking about the Joker at the end of Batman Begins.

  • Nov. 21, 2011, 3:54 p.m. CST

    sierra tango

    by Kammich

    I was a pretty big fan of the "Gotham Knight" animated film that came out before the release of 'TDK,' so I'm in full support of them releasing something similar to fill in the gaps between 'TDK' and "The Dark Knight Rises." Good idea.

  • Nov. 21, 2011, 4 p.m. CST

    It's a little weird that it is set 8 years after DKR.

    by AshMcQ

    Given how much Nolan emphazised on the fact that his Bat-Movies represents the early years of the character. However, he also said he would like to finish the story of bruce wayne so maybe thats it.

  • Nov. 21, 2011, 4 p.m. CST

    8 Years Later Makes Sense

    by Aragorn742

    It would explain his absence and the guilt he felt over the deaths of Rachel and Harvey. Plus, Wayne Manor is supposedly rebuilt in this film which wouldn't be possible in just a few months. He went into hiding and was seen as a fugitive at the end of The Dark Knight. Bruce Wayne wouldn't bring out Batman unless absolutely necessary. Here, it will be a challenge for him to don the suit whilst dealing with a villian who cannot feel pain and let's out all the freaks from Arkham to ravage Gotham City. Add to the fact that this film's timeline will put Bruce Wayne in the 40ish age category, it makes sense that he's not as quick on his feet, Bane has the upper hand, breaks his back and Bruce hands the reigns of Batman off to someone else. Just my take on things...

  • Nov. 21, 2011, 4:05 p.m. CST

    i saw a pic of him with tattoos- what the fuck was that?


    i saw pics of hardy as bane without his jacket and he had a rather spanish looking mother and child (mary and jesus) on his left arm. am i crazy? only saw that once. was it a stunt double and the tat would be CG'd out?

  • Nov. 21, 2011, 4:07 p.m. CST

    8 years later and Bane's appearance means that Nolan

    by KilliK

    has heavily based his movie on the TDKR novel.even the title is similar to the title of the comic.

  • Nov. 21, 2011, 4:08 p.m. CST

    The Joker got AIDS in prison and died.

    by KilliK


  • Nov. 21, 2011, 4:09 p.m. CST

    8 Years

    by SminkyPinky

    Great idea. Creepythinman, yer full of shit. This is a great idea. People want to talk about escalation? Spark it off with the Bat, the nutters move in, the Bat is forced to hide (for one reason or another - Gordon already says he disappeared in the teaser) and the ht benutters have the opportunity to REALLY MOVE IN? Brilliant idea. Anyone who says otherwise only wants their own, private, fanboy version of Batman and not the intelligent films these guys have to offer. The Dark Knight Rises as The Dark Knight RETURNS!!!

  • Nov. 21, 2011, 4:11 p.m. CST

    Brokeback bat

    by wellgoodgravy

    Batman's back gets broken in the first 6 minutes by Bane immediately from where TDK leaves off. Eight years later, The Dark Knight Returns. Or Rises. This way Nolan will get the question of the broken back out of the way immediately leaving everyone wondering what else is going to happen. Why the hell not... if I were Nolan, I'd want the question 'does he break his back? Does he break his back?!' out of the way too.

  • Nov. 21, 2011, 4:15 p.m. CST

    creepythinman, I think you just squandered your own point

    by Kammich

    With a much leaner timeline, like 6 or 12 months after 'TDK,' everyone WOULD be wondering wear the Joker was. A lot of casual filmgoers would probably feel cheated, in fact. Stretching that window out to 8 years is actually the easiest and most novel way to avoid that predicament. It can all pretty much be explained away with a few lines of dialog.

  • The prologue picks up the moment TDK ends, bats tries to escape the city, fights bane...knightfall...left for dead. The "8 years later" thing actually makes perfect sense.

  • Nov. 21, 2011, 4:24 p.m. CST

    Nolan had NO CLUE about how to follow TDK

    by Ditko

    Hence the 8 year gap. Easiest cop out.

  • Nov. 21, 2011, 4:29 p.m. CST

    Zombot in the comics he's born in a south american prison

    by Autodidact

    He's born in prison and takes on his father's prison sentence at birth. I really hope they keep that in the comics. I thought his origin in VENGEANCE OF BANE was really cool.

  • Nov. 21, 2011, 4:30 p.m. CST

    No one else noticed Bane's holding a photo of Harvey Dent?

    by sunwukong86

    Guess no one seems to care, or I'm the only one who didnt know it was part of the plot

  • Nov. 21, 2011, 4:34 p.m. CST

    Nolan likes to go in between time lines...

    by VALENTINEproductions

    All his movies dont take place at one time. Look at Begins. Look at Memento, the Prestige...So this 8 year gap is actually a great way of telling us what happened and hopefully showing us the other villians we never got to see. The only gripe i have is, in 8 years, Batman never updated his suit again? That seems odd.

  • Nov. 21, 2011, 4:35 p.m. CST

    autodidact- i know about the south american backstory


    what i was asking though, is i've only seen ONE pic of him with that tattoo- nothing here shows a tattoo at all. kind of odd- so i'm thinking that was a stuntman- but why not cover the tat up?

  • Nov. 21, 2011, 4:36 p.m. CST

    ditko, bullshit

    by Mattman

    If I can think of several scenarios off the top of my head that could follow Dark Knight, I'm pretty sure Nolan can. It's not like that's some huge challenge. He's setting it eight years later because that's what he wants to do. I'm guessing he wanted a significant passage of time before Batman comes back.

  • Nov. 21, 2011, 4:40 p.m. CST

    Narrative is this (spoilers here)

    by prawnofthedead

    A prologue description was revealed recently (cant find the source now but it seemed quite genuine to me - does anyone know where it was posted?) 6 min prologue is set directly following on from TDK, Batman is on the run (with lots of police following him as we have seen in the spy pics) he gets to the batcave entrance and suddenly trucks pull in front of it and BM crashes into them whilst on batpod. Then he has a run in with Bane and his crew, a fight ensues near a waterfall in the batcave (which fits in perfectly with the empire bane waterfall pics) and ultimately batters, who is half destroyed from his battle with harvey and the joker is put to the sword by bane, who proceeds to put him over his knee so to speak.Cue a broken bruce wayne helpless and unable to fight back during his 8 year hiatus as gotham burns, which culminates in Batters being spurred back to action 'rising' when gotham and gordon (in hospital bed) are at their weakest. Means that we have a truly exciting cliffhanger of a prologue to whet the appetite for next summer - job done, with nighfall and dark knight graphic novel narratives welded neatly into Nolans world. You heard it here 12th folks.

  • Nov. 21, 2011, 4:42 p.m. CST

    Prologue Description SPOILERS!!!!

    by eric haislar

    The movie opens up silently with a close up of Batman’s face. We can tell he’s on the Batpod on a highway of some sort. The angle changes, and we can now see that we’re starting off right where The Dark Knight left off. There’s a ridiculous amount of cops chasing Batman down. The scene changes again, and this time there’s noise in the background. Gordon is hugging his wife where the cops created the perimeter at the end of TDK. She then gets in the drivers seat of a cop car and we see that Gordon’s kids are sitting in the backseat. Gordon looks on as they begin to drive away. Cop: C’mon, Gordon. We’ve gotta go. Gordon nods and gets into the car with the cop. They’re the last ones there. The car quickly starts and begins to move. Then there’s a cut back to Batman being chased. He’s veering in and out of traffic, until finally he takes an exit onto a street. He seems to be in the clear momentarily, until all the cars that were chasing him on the highway appear behind him, followed shortly by a whole new batch of cop cars cutting him off from a side street. He zooms ahead of them. We cut back to Gordon in the car with the cop. Gordon (on his radio): This is commissioner Gordon. Does anyone have a location on the Batman? Cop chasing Batman: Yes, sir. He’s heading North. Likely towards the city limits. Cop in car with Gordon: Why would he be heading there? Gordon: Traffic. People are still trying to escape the Joker’s threat. It cuts back to Batman again, doing exactly what Gordon predicted. He approaches a huge line of traffic and veers inbetween them with ease. All the cop cars come to a screeching halt. Cut to Gordon again. Gordon: Where is he now? Cop chasing Batman: He’s…. gone. Probably outside the city by now. Cop in car with Gordon: Damn it! How can one guy outmanuever the entire Gotham police force? Gordon: I don’t know. But now, I’m betting we probably won’t see him for a long time. Cut to Batman. He’s driving on what looks to be some remote highway. He takes an exit and then the scene cuts to him driving past a “You are now entering Gotham City” sign. He approaches a large, empty tunnel (probably the tunnel the Joker made a threat on is my guess). As he enters the tunnel he pulls out a cell phone looking thing (I think it’s the one he used to call Alfred in Batman Begins after Scarecrow gassed him). Batman: Alfred, make sure there’s nobody near the bunker. He hangs up and continues to drive through the tunnel by himself for a bit. Then, just as he’s about to leave the tunnel, 2 giant trucks suddenly appear at the end of the tunnel, completely blocking his exit. At this point, he’s going too fast to stop so he swerves and hits the trucks HARD. Like really, it was bad. Then he’s laying on the ground, right next to the trucks. Then Bane and his henchman emerge and slowly file out of the trucks. And yeah, Tom Hardy looks huge as Bane. I don’t know how they did it. Then the henchman stand by the trucks while Bane starts to walk towards Batman after a brief pause. And I gotta say, this scene is paced extremely well. There’s a lot of tension and suspense while you’re waiting for Bane to make his move. Now Bane speaks in an extremely ghastly and eerie voice. I was skeptical at first, but it works very, very well. Bane: I’ve been watching you for some time. Waiting. For the right moment. Right now Batman looks like he’s regaining consciousness. He stands up and starts to try to walk away (he would never make it to the Batpod). Bane motions for his henchman to stay put and starts to walk closer to Batman. Bane (to henchmen): He’s mine. Bane continues walking, slowly. Bane (back at Batman): The Joker was even more formidable than I anticipated. Meanwhile Batman is desperately trying to limp away, but he’s hurt badly from the crash (plus he already looked pretty hurt from the fall at the end of TDK) Bane: Using Harvey Dent was a brilliant tactic. Batman is still trying to get away, but it’s at this point that Bane has “chased” him into a corner (he just walked), and the only place Batman has to go is through an open door and up some enclosed stairs that are built into the side of the tunnel. He feebly attempts to climb them, leaning heavily on the handrail. The suspense continues to build as Bane merely watches Batman try to regain his composure. Bane (as he’s still walking towards him and watching him climb the stairs): What exactly is it you’re running from? We both know where this is headed………. Bruce. (THIS PART was so freaking mind blowing. The line delivery and the change of pace in the music were so perfect that it made it overwhelmingly epic) And right now is basically where that little scene we saw from the teaser happens – Batman is at the top now and completely FREEZES upon hearing “Bruce”. Then Bane suddenly starts to advance with surprising speed (and the music suddenly blares and gets intense) and Batman turns around and gets ready to fight even though he’s definitely in no condition to. Bane then ascends the stairs and thus begins the most intense part of the entire sequence. Now we briefly get a better view of the place and see that they’re basically on a little bridge outside of the tunnel that curves around a bit and leads to more stairs that take you to higher ground outside the tunnel (where Bane’s henchman is standing in anticipation underneath a highway bridge). Batman throws the first punch at Bane, but Bane just grabs his arm. Batman is unable to break free from his grip so Bane elbows it with his other arm and all we hear is a loud SNAP as Batman screams out in pain. Batman staggers away, but Bane instantly advances on him, not missing a beat and kicks him square in the stomach. Batman is knocked back hard by the kick as Bane continues to advance. In desperation, Batman quickly pulls out his grappling gun and latches onto the bridge above him, but Bane literally tackles him in midair as he’s flying upwards and they both fall down to the ground below. Bane, of course, is basically unaffected by the fall but Batman is looking even worse than before – he’s lying on the floor, breathing extremely heavy, with evident damage to his suit. Bane: You’re pathetic. I expected more. A shot of Batman, who’s basically looking like he’s out for the count. Bane: Get up and fight me. Again, the pacing is so great here. Batman’s fear is palpable as he struggles to get up and face Bane. Finally, after considerable effort, he suddenly stands up and throws a Batarang at the light that’s lighting the lower level of the room they’re in. We briefly see Bane looking amused before things go dark. Now the camera focuses on Bane in a low light setting, calmly walking around the handrails through the dark without even feeling his way around. Batman has managed to disappear. Bane (here is where Hardy really shines, performing with incredible conviction and intensity after thus far just being an eerie and powerful presence): There’s no escape, Bruce. I can smell your fear. (Here he walks without talking for a bit, the tension builds) Bane: It does not matter how much you prolong the inevitable. After tonight, Batman is FINISHED. (more walking, the score is a subtle constant screech) Bane: (caps for intensity, he’s not literally shouting the whole time) Come fight me, Bruce. COME FIGHT ME OR I WILL FOCUS MY EFFORTS ON GOTHAM CITY. I WILL NOT REST UNTIL THE CITY IS IN FLAMES AND EVERYONE YOU CARE ABOUT IS DEAD. I AM BANE, AND I CAN KILL YOU. Suddenly, Batman appears behind Bane and attempts to get him into a chokehold. It seems to work. …Until Bane’s henchmen suddenly pour light from above onto the two dueling titans below. Batman is taken by surprise, and Bane peels Batman’s arms off his neck, foiling his desperation attempt, elbows him in the face, turns around, grabs his head, and punches it with all his might. Batman begins to fall backwards. Then, as Batman lays motionless on the ground, Bane: Killing you would only end your agony. Bane begins to put his arms underneath him… Bane: …I want you to see what I’m going to do. He lifts him high… …And smashes the bat over his knee. All we hear is a deafening CRAAAAACCKKK, followed by Bane tossing Batman to the ground and then walking away from the screen. Batman lays there, motionless; his face lifeless (it’s the same shot). And the screen goes black.”

  • Nov. 21, 2011, 4:43 p.m. CST

    Here is the link

    by eric haislar

  • Nov. 21, 2011, 4:43 p.m. CST

    Creepy, I agree, I loved Nolan's Joker

    by Kammich

    The sad truth is that Ledger is dead, and shoe-horning a new actor into a cameo role with the express intent of killing him on-screen would've been fairly tasteless and also a disservice to Ledger. I loved the Nolan/Ledger Joker, and would LOVE to have seen this 3rd Batman film with that character still alive and thriving as an amazing on-screen presence. But its just not going to happen. So why not just write it off in a few lines of dialog, and move on to driving the actual narrative of the film instead of wallowing in impossibilities? I dunno, thats just my take on it.

  • Nov. 21, 2011, 4:44 p.m. CST

    erichaislar - This is the correct prologue!

    by prawnofthedead

  • Nov. 21, 2011, 4:46 p.m. CST


    by prawnofthedead

    TO BE CLEARER - The prologue description i was just waffling on about has been kindly posted by erichaislar

  • Nov. 21, 2011, 4:47 p.m. CST

    That description is...

    by VALENTINEproductions


  • Nov. 21, 2011, 4:47 p.m. CST

    If that description is true then holy shit

    by eric haislar

    we are in for one hell of a final movie and that's just the first 6 mins.

  • It doesn't seem like a Nolan move to literally rip a moment out of the comics ala the Breaking of the Bat; much less put the most famous moment of his lead villain's comic resume into the first 6 minutes of his film. Plus, wouldn't anyone find it suspicious that Batman disappears the same night that Bruce Wayne breaks his back? I mean, I know Bats was on the run from the police already, but... That would make for a really dynamic, hype-worthy prologue. So I kind of hope its true. I just don't think it is.

  • Nov. 21, 2011, 4:51 p.m. CST


    by eric haislar

    I am taking it with a grain of salt too. But man I really want that to be true.

  • Nov. 21, 2011, 4:52 p.m. CST

    8 years Later...

    by chuckj

    If Nolan's trilogy is suppose to go full circle, then Batman is only doing what Bruce Wayne did in Begins disappearing from Gotham for 8 years instead of 14. That is IF he disappears from Gotham at all. The TDKR news only makes me want to play Arkham City again.

  • Nov. 21, 2011, 4:53 p.m. CST

    ME TOO

    by prawnofthedead

  • Nov. 21, 2011, 4:54 p.m. CST


    by Dan Oh

    wow! please be right.

  • Nov. 21, 2011, 4:57 p.m. CST

    All late and shit...

    by Darth_Kaos

    I woke up this news at another site. welcome to the party AICN.

  • Nov. 21, 2011, 4:58 p.m. CST

    If, and it's a massive IF, that prologue is true ...

    by Lamerz

    HOLY FUCKING SHIT. It sounds incredible, and I could kind of see Nolan going for broke (pun not intended), this being his last. Taking Bats out in the first 6 minutes would be insane, but awesome. I wonder then, if Catwoman will be the small time burglar, or if she will be someone who is attempting to fight through the shit that comes up after Bats is gone. Hell, maybe she's both. Stealing shit in order to fund her fight against Bane and thugs? Obviously she doesn't have Wayne's resources, so she wouldn't have access to the same tech. But steal some expensive shit, and she might get some decent stuff to work with.

  • Nov. 21, 2011, 5:03 p.m. CST


    by Number9997

    Nothing about that prologue description is true! The Batman doesn't break his back!

  • Nov. 21, 2011, 5:04 p.m. CST

    i'm cool with an 8 year gap

    by smudgewhat

    gives a lot of room to invent a series of events but roll through them in a speedy retrospective style. or not. i'm also cool with hardy as the villain choice b/c, much like heath, it's not the OBVIOUS choice. and i have a hard time believing hardy won't rise (yeah, rise, get it? hilarious) to the occasion.

  • Nov. 21, 2011, 5:11 p.m. CST

    So Bane gets to mess with Gotham for EIGHT years!!??


    I know a broken back is serious but seems a bit much ... Or does Bane just vanish into thin air and return much later? Something doesn't sound right.

  • Nov. 21, 2011, 5:11 p.m. CST

    That prologue with the 8years gap make perfectly sense.

    by KilliK


  • Also sounds like a bit of a way to lose some enthusiasm from people going to the new film. Would you start Return of the Jedi a few years after Death Star II and the Emperor are destroyed? If the cliffhanger of TDK isn't important enough to base the following film on, you have to wonder about how well-conceived the whole thing is in the first place. I've no doubt this will be interesting, but I've found both Nolan films to be interesting but unfulfilling so far. Same expectation here.

  • Nov. 21, 2011, 5:14 p.m. CST


    by Number9997

    ....That prologue description isn't true! It's not even close!

  • Nov. 21, 2011, 5:17 p.m. CST

    looks fucking awesome


    i have to admit, pre production kind of turned me off of this film, but seeing these photos has me pumped.

  • Nov. 21, 2011, 5:18 p.m. CST

    8 yrs

    by prawnofthedead

    Bane could spend this time building criminal network / league of shadows getting a grip / catwoman building a rep /doubts beginning to rise about 'evil or dead batman' really being eeeviiiillll etc / bane generally having fun in gotham, takes time to do these things I am sure....them the dark knight rises... makes perfect sense

  • The police got him. He's in Arkham. Big mystery there.

  • Nov. 21, 2011, 5:23 p.m. CST

    If that prologue description is accurate, it's awful.

    by kevred

    Melodramatic BS, for one thing, but it also completely diminishes the whole Joker arc in TDK. Bane just walks into the frame as the all-knowing manipulator of everything? The dialogue makes Joker sound like a pawn in Bane's game. Which puts Nolan's overall mythology above the devastating Joker role, and makes all of the Joker's supposed "anarchy" seem more tame. The effectiveness of TDK - maybe it's only real effectiveness - was in its repeated knocking down of limits to the Joker's dangerousness. Just when you thought Bats and the law had it contained, it kept spilling out, getting worse and crazier, until it was something elemental taht you really felt Bats couldn't control. Having some thug with a band of armed minions watching bemusedly from the sidelines, waiting his turn, devalues what has the most value in these Nolan films so far. This would be nonsensical garbage.

  • Nov. 21, 2011, 5:25 p.m. CST

    or he could spend them flexing those muscles.

    by KilliK

    hasnt he heard of steroids?

  • Nov. 21, 2011, 5:26 p.m. CST



    Well said. I have a feeling its bollocks ... Just too similar to the comic ... which was itself, a bit shit.

  • Nov. 21, 2011, 5:27 p.m. CST


    by prawnofthedead

    This is potentially a early draft / the person who seen it may not have caught everything correctly - also, nolan may not be that dramatic / its all about the delivery i think too. dont forget these films have had some potentially clunky dialogue masterly delivered by bale / ledger etc I personally think it would be an amazing prologue

  • Nov. 21, 2011, 5:28 p.m. CST


    by Mattman

    In Nolan's more realistic Bat world, Arkham can hold the Joker. They might be a little more prepared after his last breakout. And saying I'm not a bat-fan is laughable, but you don't know me so kindly fuck yourself.

  • Nov. 21, 2011, 5:30 p.m. CST

    And one more thing, Creepythin

    by Mattman

    You haven't seen the movie yet, you fucking nimrod. How do you know they won't address the movie? You don't, so get the fuck out of here with your "FACT" nonsense and have some sex or something.

  • Nov. 21, 2011, 5:30 p.m. CST

    *address the Joker in the movie

    by Mattman

  • Nov. 21, 2011, 5:32 p.m. CST

    And kill off the Joker?

    by Mattman

    Who are you, Tim Burton? Clearly YOU don't know jack about the character. You probably think he killed Batman's parents. Dipshit troll.

  • Nov. 21, 2011, 5:56 p.m. CST

    no one even theorizes about the mask anymore...


    i mean what is the deal with it? i'd like to think he inhales the fear toxin like a drug he's mastered but still utilizes the adrenaline effects of it- but there are no tanks or anything holding any. if he needs assisted breathing because of an injury- assuming it's the same one that scarred his skin a bit- was bruce responsible for it? if it's merely a voice changer or strap-on amplifier-...well, lame.

  • Nov. 21, 2011, 5:59 p.m. CST

    correction- those might be tanks on his face-


    the battery sized things on both sides of his nose. still, what a wackado design- esp. trying to appear realistic and all....

  • Nov. 21, 2011, 6:21 p.m. CST

    Nolan himself said the prologue would tell the backstory of Bane...

    by AttackingClone

    I'm thinking this 6mins we're gonna see is just that. Where he came from, how he grew up (from what I've heard in a prison) My theory is this is where we will see Ras Al Ghul. He will find Bane as a younger man and train him with the League. We'll see...

  • Nov. 21, 2011, 6:23 p.m. CST


    by J-Dizzle

    That is all.

  • Nov. 21, 2011, 6:25 p.m. CST

    Just checked that....

    by AttackingClone

    And Nolan says it's "an INTRODUCTION to Bane and a taste of the rest of the film" Hmm, maybe that description above is real?

  • Beats the crap out of Bats then ..... EIGHT YEARS LATER! Nah' ... No chance.



  • Nov. 21, 2011, 6:46 p.m. CST

    @ sunwukong86:

    by Chris Moody

    Obviously, Bane is trying to win the heart of Gotham by turning the city against the Dark Knight. I am interested in learning how he steals the camo batmobiles and unleashes them against the city.

  • Nov. 21, 2011, 6:46 p.m. CST

    Looking at the cast of this film on imdb......

    by Bobo_Vision

    ....first off, the cast is huge. Over a hundred people. Second, the majority of characters consist of prisoners, cops, thugs, and wall street brokers. <p> It kind of gives you an idea of what this movie is <p>

  • Nov. 21, 2011, 6:47 p.m. CST

    Creepythinmanlives ruined the talkbacks here. Fuck you all

    by shaft478

  • Nov. 21, 2011, 6:47 p.m. CST


    by WeylandYutani

    What is Bane's mask for? It looks more functional than just disguising his identity. I am familiar with the story line where he broke Batman's back and his brief appearance in Batman & Robin, but that is about it. I would love to hear from those in the know. Thx.

  • Nov. 21, 2011, 6:48 p.m. CST

    Someone posted in another talkback that the mask....

    by Bobo_Vision

    ....(spoilers) releases anesthetic gas to Bane to relieve his pain because he suffered some sort of....something.

  • Nov. 21, 2011, 6:52 p.m. CST

    $20 says...

    by Chris Moody

    ...that Bane was trained by Ra's Al Ghul and is out to stop BATMAN even though Gotham is in good shape. Bane will be one of those "Occupy Wall Street" morons who thinks that the wealthy owe them 99% of their income so that they can have more iPhones, iPads and Venti Mocha Frappuccinos. BATMAN will appear and say, "GET A JOB, HIPPIE!"

  • Nov. 21, 2011, 6:53 p.m. CST


    by KHjLL

    I'd put PENGUIN and a kingpin make him real like JOKE and two face bane and scarecrow have QUENTIN TARANTINO or JAMES GANDOFINI as the penguin... I'd probably know who by the time I finished both would be perfect and depending who played him would determine how the characters story would be written just because of a few tings.... But man that be fun... You could make the RIDDLER like a terrorist in essence setting bombs throughout the city... Maybe I should write a COMIC just need some help...

  • Nov. 21, 2011, 6:54 p.m. CST

    Bane's mask has small tubes in front of it, in case

    by KilliK

    you didnt notice.apparently it's where he inhales the drug gas.

  • Nov. 21, 2011, 6:56 p.m. CST


    by KHjLL

    Get the audience to be apart of finding out where and when... Get THE PENGUIN to be the kingpin hiring maybe past villains and the RIDDLER to get total control of GOTHAM...

  • Nov. 21, 2011, 6:57 p.m. CST

    @ khjll:

    by Chris Moody

    JAMES GANDOFINI as THE PENGUIN could really work! It is an off-the-wall choice that might make people forget Danny Devito.

  • I'm walking out on the film.

  • Nov. 21, 2011, 6:58 p.m. CST

    Vin Diesel should have been Bane

    by Wookie_Weed

    Bad joke. Sorry.

  • Nov. 21, 2011, 6:59 p.m. CST


    by KHjLL

    The huge twist could be FOX GORDON or ALFRED could turn out to be the RIDDLER maybe.... MAYBE not... If it was a film just for the big suprise... MAYBE not wouldn't want to infringe upon the origins of such get villains...

  • Nov. 21, 2011, 7 p.m. CST

    One last thing FUCK you FLU fuck you....

    by KHjLL

  • Nov. 21, 2011, 7:06 p.m. CST

    The 8 year timeframe....

    by andymillman

    .... and very minimal JGL news still suggests to me that Nightwing is very possible. There will never be a Robin in the movies but that could be smoke and mirrors from Nolan. Catwoman is surely not the only 'protector' of Gotham over 8 years. Could be why Catwoman and Nightwing are both playable in AC.

  • Nov. 21, 2011, 7:28 p.m. CST

    Wow I just found a clip for TDKR on youtube...

    by AttackingClone

    Bruce Wayne must leave Gotham and live in NY working on Wall Street. In the first scene he has an inner monologue about some dudes business card being eggshell white..... 2nd scene he kills a hooker with a chainsaw. Bats has lost it

  • Nov. 21, 2011, 7:31 p.m. CST

    Prologue is BS

    by Murraypalooza

    Over at the CBR forums, it was easily killed as legitimate a few weeks back when it first surfaced. There is too much knowledge on Bane's part -- almost immediately, no less -- for it to be legitimate. Not to mention the way the end of The Dark Knight was edited to show Dent's funeral mixed in with Batman running from the police. PLUS THE DIALOGUE IS CRAP. I mean, seriously, go back and read it again and say it aloud. It's just a pretty inventive fanboy taking his little 15 minutes of internet glory for a very fun 'leaked prologue' but one that doesn't work well under scrutiny. Give the guy credit though, he's got the internet fooled. And that new Bane cover makes me think: Sometimes when I get nervous, I stick my hands in my armpits and then smell them like THIS!

  • Nov. 21, 2011, 7:34 p.m. CST

    His friend is a talking pie

    by Mr Soze

  • Nov. 21, 2011, 7:35 p.m. CST

    Ron Howard to direct

    by Mr Soze

  • Nov. 21, 2011, 7:39 p.m. CST


    by KilliK

    that's the first thing i thought when i read it.

  • Nov. 21, 2011, 7:47 p.m. CST

    by GORGUTS

    It doesnt matter about Dent's funeral. They are caring if Batman hasnt been seen for 2-3 days because his back is broken. I'm betting its legit.

  • Nov. 21, 2011, 7:49 p.m. CST

    Fing AC

    by GORGUTS

    ARENT caring...This prologue could totally be feasible....

  • Nov. 21, 2011, 8:02 p.m. CST

    LOL I'm still not seeing Mission Impossible

    by quadrupletree

    My boycot of Tom Cruise and his shitty MI movies still stands no matter what they try to do to promote them.

  • Nov. 21, 2011, 8:05 p.m. CST

    Gorguts, I disagree

    by Murraypalooza

    So far there are two vaguely similar descriptions, and I was referring to the extremely long one with all the cheesy dialogue. From what I've read of that, it takes place literally directly after the ending of The Dark Knight, with Batman on the run from the cops. So having Bane say "Using Dent was..." gives him too much knowledge that he shouldn't have, too soon. Even if it took place 2 or 3 days after the events of The Dark Knight, it is still giving a bad guy far too much knowledge, too easily, and expecting us to care and be in awe of his genius or what not. In short, its a cheap method to gain Bane instant credibility through the actions of Dark Knight. And if we've learned ANYTHING about Nolan over the last decade, is that he isn't a cheap writer and doesn't take a shortcut like that. "Show, don't Tell" as they say in writing classes. The prologue descriptions above are all Tell, Tell, Tell (even if they are paraphrased accounts of "what really happened") rather than showing us how awesome Bane is, and how smart he is. It's fun, but it is incredibly lazy from a storytelling perspective.

  • Nov. 21, 2011, 8:08 p.m. CST

    ="Show, don't Tell"=

    by KilliK

    yeah,like what he did in Inception...

  • Nov. 21, 2011, 8:23 p.m. CST

    Who invited the teabagger ?

    by PTSDPete

  • Your writing kills braincells. You're on my ignore list from here on out.

  • Nov. 21, 2011, 9:09 p.m. CST

    Rod Stewart

    by ihatetalkbacks

    Is Bane a massive 80s era Rod Stewart fan? Why's he got a poster of him... Wake up Maggie I think I've got something to say to you... hang she died in the second one.

  • Nov. 21, 2011, 9:24 p.m. CST

    Bane has very thin ankles

    by JackSlater4


  • I have to say though, I am shocked that Christopher Nolan and his team have knowingly leaked so much bts info and images this early on. All these endless DKR marketing pushes combined are not as fascinating as that soundless barely decipherable Prometheus teaser that was leaked the other day. Less is more.

  • I keed, I keed! I'm gonna be 42 myself, when I'm watching this in IMAX come Summer '12, so I get to make jokes like that...

  • Nov. 21, 2011, 9:32 p.m. CST

    lv_426 - Judge this...

    by Darth_Kong

  • Nov. 21, 2011, 9:37 p.m. CST

    Strange...when my students call something "Fact"...

    by kells

    ...and it isn't actually a "fact," I fail them for engaging in logical fallacies or intellectual dishonesty. Fact.

  • Nov. 21, 2011, 9:41 p.m. CST

    8 years from Dark Knight, 5 years in the future for us

    by JackSlater4

    Easier to swallow the new technology, plus older Batman a la Dark Knight Returns, plus potential animated series to fill the gap, plus Robin factor.

  • Nov. 21, 2011, 9:41 p.m. CST

    Should've been B Ratner's Film! Fact!

    by the_shitweasel_with_a_quizzical_brow

    Stupid joke sorry

  • Nov. 21, 2011, 9:41 p.m. CST

    = awesome

    by JackSlater4

  • Nov. 21, 2011, 9:52 p.m. CST

    Superman gone for 5 years was a genius move for Superman Returns.

    by hank henshaw

    LOL Hopefully it doesn't mean that Batman hasn't been seen again in 8 years, just that he's been a fugitive while still doing his war on crime thing. Nolan better not have Batman quitting at the end of this movie. Having Bruce say he was hoping Dent could fix things so that he didn't have to be Batman anymore was such bullshit. Wayne has nothing in his life beyond being Batman 24/7. Actually, strike that. I'm ok if Nolan has his Batman "retired" by the end of the film. His fans get their "perfect trilogy", and everyone will be happy for it.

  • Nov. 21, 2011, 9:59 p.m. CST

    soo there i was walking along smelling the roses

    by water_shit_anderson

    AND THE dead fucking flowers that littered the wayside as i strolled along on the crisp autumn afternoon. I was thinking of like a bitch i wanted to fuck but she was all like "no no uh" hell naw, yall like fuck and i was like yeah tell ME bbabout that bitch fa real. <P> So here comes a coffee shop and i'm like yes I could use some java, gimme caffiene something to take my mind off how soft this bitch is leaving my dick right now. And i awlk in and hers this girl adn the counter giving me the look like what is your order and what is on your sweatshirt. SHAWTY this is beans...ever heard of chioptle? Sometimes beans get spilled down my front because i'm not in a fucking pagentry god damn it shut your fuck off mouth. I want the holiday tea, hasker and progies, or siskel and ebert...whtever the fuck your starbuck tea is called gimem a mediam. yeah a dollar 87 no i don't want a large for a penny more no reciept either. <P> Now i walk to the magazine rak, tea in tow, warm on my hand making me feel good. its almost like the warmth of feeling that your family loves you, but you can hold it right there in your hand..portable bullshit. So I see empire and there he is in all his pimpleragefuckinbatman ass glory...BANE. Oh number one baney boy. oH YEAH batman whatchya',lll gon' do now gotcha back broke shiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiit. Mary jane can't go down now on someone without the spine to get his batdick up nuuuuuh uhhhhhh. <p> I looked at the pics of bane and they were ok. Mbybe the movie won't suck asstronuts. Guess i'll see.

  • Nov. 21, 2011, 10:05 p.m. CST

    I have the best idea for a Batman movie

    by cgh123

    ... but then again, don't we all?

  • I mean do we really need his name to be mentioned? Do we need to see him again even though it wouldn't be him? Do we really need that? Do you people really think Nolan is just some dumb idiot who doesn't know what he's doing? If that's the case, you either hate his movies and want to piss on everyone else's parade, or you are fucking stupid and are coming up with your own stupid plots that fucking suck balls like "The Joker ESCAPES and challenges Bane and then Bane kills him to become the supreme bad guy of Gotham! Wow, that's awesome man!" Shut the fuck up, all this shit happened before TDK where I read all your fucking stupid ideas and they all sucked balls compared to Nolan's ideas. Before we even got a glimpse of a trailer I heard your stupid theories about what the Joker would be like and what he would do, and they all sucked. You're doing the same shit this time. Fuck, give us your idea if you want, but stop suggesting Nolan is a moron, the only reason we are discussing good ideas is because of HIS fucking great movies. So SHUT THE FUCK UP! And BTW, if you think a guy has to be bigger to be stronger and a better fighter, you're DEAD FUCKING WRONG! I'd rather be a little smaller and toned as shit and still have speed! This CGI shit is crap! Fuck your stupid ideas! Tom Hardy will be badass and when he is, then you'll have to say how shitty he is just to say that you were all right. Can not fucking wait till this movie is out and better than the other two and then have to read how you think Danny DeVito was a better villain. Haha, can NOT fucking wait!!! If you feel Nolan's Batman's suck, fine, but I'm glad I'm not you!!!

  • Nov. 21, 2011, 10:32 p.m. CST


    by Mark Loh

    I hope it IS the real deal.... Makes sense and can explain the 8 year gap ... refer back to the comics .... there were at least 3 big storylines concerning Knightfall .. then Catacylsm ... then No Man's Land Those comic story arcs in the 90s contributed so much to the Batman mythos .... I can't wait to see it on screen! Alas, the prologue is only for the chumps in the US ......

  • Nov. 21, 2011, 10:32 p.m. CST

    The Prologue Description....

    by notcher

    Hasn't been discredited by anyone yet, and consider the sites it's been on, I'm not gonna doubt it at all. Usually this stuff gets shot down immediately or just sucks ass. The description is pretty damn good, too good if you ask me for some fanboy to write. The dialogue was kinda weird, but who knows?

  • Nov. 21, 2011, 10:37 p.m. CST

    Am I meant to be impressed?

    by wcolbert

    I can't speak for his acting ability as I don't know if I've seen him in anything before, but...if this is truly the biggest Bane gets, then that's hardly even close to Batman's 'biggest physical threat ever'...he's muscular, sure...compared to normal, every day men in business suits on Wallstreet. But Bane is supposed to be a freaking monster - much bigger than Batman, at least, and from the photos, it looks like he's actually shorter. Also...isn't he supposed to be Spanish or something? This guy looks like a German skinhead wearing some S&M gear. I hope there's more to this than what we've seen.

  • Nov. 21, 2011, 10:47 p.m. CST

    lv_426 - Oops. I forgot. ;)

    by Darth_Kong

  • Nov. 21, 2011, 10:49 p.m. CST

    I also believe the 3rd picture is in the prologue...

    by notcher

    If the description is true, it matches this shot with the teaser. I think that's the case, IMO.

  • Nov. 21, 2011, 11:47 p.m. CST

    To anyone who thinks The Joker should appear

    by Levon Swift

    Think about it this way, alright - Nolan worked closely Ledger to create this work that they were both incredibly proud of, and he developed a tremendous amount of respect for Ledger... and then that guy DIED. The reason he isn't re-casting him is NOT because no other actor could play the part - he's not re-casting him because it's a fucking emotional topic for him! Have some fucking respect for the man's feelings! He feels it would be inappropriate - that's ought to be good enough for anyone. He was emotionally connected to that situation - you are not. There will be more Batman movies in a few years anyway, and they will have The Joker in them. We also don't know what the deal with the eight year gap is, so maybe Batman has not been gone that whole time, maybe he had unspecified further adventures that we just aren't going to have seen in these films. If you seriously think people will be confused about what happened to The Joker, then you are stupid.

  • Nov. 21, 2011, 11:51 p.m. CST

    8 Years Later

    by Levon Swift

    He doesn't say Batman's been gone for eight years, he said it's set eight years after The Dark Knight.

  • Nov. 21, 2011, 11:56 p.m. CST

    who gives a shit about this


    Bane looks like a clown. YAWN. HEY I got a great idea for a Batman movie, BATMAN VS GODZILLA! Fuck yeah.

  • Nov. 22, 2011, 1:08 a.m. CST

    Dear Lord creepythinmanlives is annoying.

    by DrBathroomMD

    I mean...just...shhhh.

  • Nov. 22, 2011, 2:15 a.m. CST

    As Expected

    by aceldama

    Man, they really went all out to totally fuck up the whole character of Bane. Way To Go, Nolan! You're 0 for 3, dipshit.

  • Nov. 22, 2011, 2:28 a.m. CST

    He has big knees like Torgo in Manos The Hands of Fate!

    by JackDeth

  • Nov. 22, 2011, 4:06 a.m. CST

    Uh... wait a second...

    by Granteralus

    Did anyone else notice that Bane appears to be standing on a Tumbler (Batmobile) in the second photo?

  • Nov. 22, 2011, 4:39 a.m. CST

    Remember when Batman movies were fun?

    by Volllllume3

    Then Nolan happened.

  • Nolan did what needed to be done to get modern viewers actually interested in another Batman film.

  • Nov. 22, 2011, 6:47 a.m. CST

    I'm fucking GEEKED.

    by Isaac R.

    8 years after TDK?? Sounds like were getting The Dark Returns!!!

  • Nov. 22, 2011, 6:48 a.m. CST

    *The Dark Knight Returns* Goddammit

    by Isaac R.

  • Nov. 22, 2011, 6:50 a.m. CST

    After 8 years Harvey Dent is STILL relevant???

    by Ryan

    The 8 years gap thing just seems entirely ridiculous. There was a sense of urgency at the end of the Dark Knight, like everything would come to a head in the next flick. Almost like the events of the Dark Knight would directly lead into the Dark Knight Rises...wait, pause. 8 years later...NOW Bane and the Ra's Al Ghul camp come back and hold up pics of Harvey Dent...RIIIIGHT... Lamesauce. I'm not saying that the Dark Knight Rises won't be good...I'm simply stating a fact that the 8 year gap is a mistake.

  • Nov. 22, 2011, 7:16 a.m. CST

    Dark Knight Returns

    by Jam Banjo

    Bet they could pull some scenes from that as they did with Batman Begins and The Dark Knight. I'm thinking specifically of the old cop / young cop dynamic in the car as Batman chases down some villains in a car ahead. The old guy is like: Relax kid, you're about to see something special. The young kid thinks he was a myth. Possibly young cop could be Joseph Gordon-Levitt? Could Bane be the leader of the mutants? In this version they won't be mutants but possibly the disaffected youth.. Setting it 8 years later is a really interesting idea anyway.

  • Nov. 22, 2011, 7:20 a.m. CST

    Looks fucking wicked, but:

    by Playkins

    I'm really growing tiring of Nolan-verse Batman. This movie has to really do something special, because I don't think "Dark Knight" has aged well. Every time I see it, I like it less and less. Kinda hoping for a good reboot these days.

  • Nov. 22, 2011, 7:31 a.m. CST

    Bane not a physical presence

    by DannyOcean01

    Now it's one small shot at the end of a teaser, but did we not get a taste of how Bane will look in the finished film? He looked pretty big and menacing stomping towards a beaten Batman there. And I'd rather someone with acting presence playing him than a 'pro wrestler' or some meathead who can't act for toffee.

  • Nov. 22, 2011, 7:43 a.m. CST

    I love those "bring back keaton" fuckers! funny as hell!

    by MariusXe

    "Yeah, I want my batman to be under 6 foot tall and skinny... OH and homicidal and empty of any characterization whatsoever! Oh, and I want a fake ass looking Gotham and important characters to the Batman mythos like Gordon and Alfred have only one or two lines in the whole movie!Yeay!" I'm a bigtime Batman fan since 20 years and anybody who doesn't get that the Nolans films are THE right interpretation of the character on the silverscreen has no clue about modern Batman. Fuck Keaton and fuck Burton! Those two movies were always shit.

  • Nov. 22, 2011, 7:51 a.m. CST

    Leon Kennedy take note:

    by Fawst

    THAT is how you rock a fur-lined jacket.

  • Nov. 22, 2011, 7:59 a.m. CST

    That prologue description online sounds LAME

    by Jarrete Barnett

    ...and illegitimate. I don't buy it all.

  • Nov. 22, 2011, 8:11 a.m. CST

    @mariusxe: :::facepalm:::

    by Playkins

    My friend, don't even go there. There are are multitudes of different incarnations of Batman, in the movies, TV, comics, animation. Saying "Batman" has to be dark and gritty is more neglectful of the source material than anything. Does Batman work best as a dark and gritty story? Arguably yes, but it doesn't mean that's all that will work. I'd like to see a period piece akin to "Year One" with a Bats devoid of body armor, etc. I think it would be awesome to get a Darknight Detective version of Batman sans wild bond-esque gadgets.

  • Bane was watching from the shadows the whole time the Joker was running amok? He just HAPPENS to know Bruce is the Batman? Are you kidding me? No fucking way. All this Nolan talk is just reminding me that I do not own a single one of his films on Blu-Ray. Remind me to pick up The Prestige (which is still his best film).

  • Nov. 22, 2011, 8:46 a.m. CST

    Agree that Nolan's Bat-Films are all that special...

    by ryderdvs

    Over-long, moody, pretentious schlock - with a silver-spoon fed cry baby in the lead role. Meh, I'll watch Burton's first, and move on.

  • Nov. 22, 2011, 9:27 a.m. CST

    There is nothing more annoying than "FACT!"

    by Castor Grayson

    I think it's my new most hated thing. It's INCREDIBLE that people say things like "They should have made it 5 years after... they should have made it right after" You 'fact' morons aren't making movies for a reason.

  • Nov. 22, 2011, 9:28 a.m. CST

    drbathroommd....agree dude, I also wish thisc

    by southafricanguy

    creepythinman guy would just shush. Geez and what the fuck is his sctick with passing his opinion off as fact all the time???? Does this moron not know how to tell the difference?

  • Nov. 22, 2011, 9:31 a.m. CST

    Cant wait for this film..Nolan has done the best

    by southafricanguy

    Batman imho as I life long Batman fan that grew up reading the comics. Best interpretation on film. However I would still say that Batman:TAS is the best overall adaptation of Batman in other media. But Nolan has gotten everything right for the most part, especially when compared to Burtons films (which have not aged well), and the joke that was Scumachers crap. And Im not even the biggest Nolan fanboy.....

  • I'm hopeful. I don't care if it sucks, I want Robin (or even better, Nightwing). It'll still be fun.

  • Nov. 22, 2011, 9:35 a.m. CST

    Im also so happy Nolan went with Bane. Great

    by southafricanguy

    villain. I dont care what the traditionalist say that only think that villains created in the early years of the comics are "classic". Bane is a great dark mirror" villain for Batman. And I really hope Nolan has taken some inspiration from the Knightfall storyline of the comics. Hope we get a seriously brutal fight between Batman and Bane....

  • Nov. 22, 2011, 9:35 a.m. CST

    Im most curious to see how Catwoman will fit into

    by southafricanguy

    all this....

  • Nov. 22, 2011, 10:12 a.m. CST


    by mastermold

    I think someone already mentioned the Dark Knight Returns. From all the talk of the plot so far, it definitely has that feel to it: an older Batman, long layoff, not up to snuff, facing an awesome physical and mental challenge. Sounds like Dark Knight Returns is the inspiration.

  • Nov. 22, 2011, 10:12 a.m. CST

    This all looks like Miller's Dark Knight Returns

    by Lone Fox

    When the first images of Bane rallying his troops months back surfaced I said as much. Now we hear it's '8 years later'. If the prologue description is accurate, that would be a brilliant way to start the film. A broken back (or similar injury) would explain his 8 year hiatus, and when Bats finally 'comes back', reintroducing him anew would be a masterstroke for a 3rd part of a trilogy. Also, Nolan adapted other Bat comics quite literally in the last 2 films: the sonic device to attract bats and battling the cops (Year One); Joker & Batman's head to head in the cell (Killing Joke)... so using the definitive Bane moment- within the first 6 minutes no less- would fit. On the other hand, the description could be a crock, so...

  • if this costume had debuted in the arkham city game, everyone would rave about it.

  • Nov. 22, 2011, 10:16 a.m. CST

    Also, re Robin

    by Lone Fox

    I'd love to see the passing of the torch at the end, or at least hinted at. Dent said in TDK that Batman couldn't plan on doing it forever, and Bruce has always maintained he would give up the cowl once he was sure Gotham didn't need him anymore. Wouldn't need to see Robin in costume, but some suggestion that Bruce has plans for a 'next generation' would be awesome.

  • Nov. 22, 2011, 10:35 a.m. CST

    BANE IS JOKER !!!!!

    by KilliK

    now that would have been the ultimate mindfuck from Joker.

  • Nov. 22, 2011, 10:46 a.m. CST

    Maybe the 8 years...

    by Chewbacca_Khan

    Covers the time from end of TDK and the end of this movie. So in between we see what happens, get a little name dropping of other villains, get Bane's backstory, get to see Gotham's (and Batman's) decline with the years and age and the toll taken by the crime...then we END 8 yrs later. That would be a lot easier to handle. Otherwise I'm in agreement that the gap is too large just to leap over without any updates.

  • Nov. 22, 2011, 11:23 a.m. CST

    bane being joker would have been great- IF


    we didn't see bane attack batman in this prologue. if they just flashforwarded 8 years later and this mysterious bane guy shows up with a mask covering his mouth, basically being an anarchistic batman- and it turns out there was a fake joker in arkham and revealed (with mask off) that bane was actually the joker who bulked up over 8 years, trying to beat batman at his own game.... that actually would have been cool.

  • Nov. 22, 2011, 11:26 a.m. CST

    Τhe 8 years lapse is for four reasons: (i guess)

    by KilliK

    1.At the start of the movie,which follows the end of TDK,Bane is in the Batcave where he breaks Batman's back so Batman needs that time to heal.Bane does that to avenge Ras Al Ghul because he was his mentor too and also on behalf of Talia Al Ghul,whom he works for. 2.Bane also steals the Tumbler from the cave.In the following 8 years,he reverse-engineer it and builds several more tumblers.he also builds more bat-weaponry which he also stole from the cave.That might explain why Batman,when he returns,he has to use more sophisticated weaponry to fight Bane's weapons.Thus the bat-jet,"the pulse rifle" and the numerous tumblers. 3.During those 8 years and because Dent and Batman are absent,Gotham City finally succumbs to the corruption and decline.Poverty,unemployment,the failure of the institutions lead to a new crime wave which threatens the very foundations of the society itself.In this new era of crime and corruption,a new kind of criminals appear: Black Mask,Penguin,Catwoman.the story ofc focuses on Catwoman. 4.Eight years pass and a ruined GC is almost in the brink of its destruction.Gordon does everything he can to serve and protect his city,but without the help of Batman,he is completely powerless.Meanwhile the GC have lost all hope and despair.Bane,who meanwhile has built his army,decides that it is the perfect moment to make his move and finally fulfill his mentor's plan: the burning of GC and its rebirth through its ashes.Talia gives him the ok and Bane makes his presence known asking the GC to join his "revolution" That's my theory why that 8 years gap is needed,it is a setup for the TDKR story.

  • Nov. 22, 2011, 11:31 a.m. CST

    oh and guess what- 8 years later Gordon's kids would be..teens!


    yup, barbara gordon would be like, 14 or older- and i'm guessing his annoying son would be like, 16 to 18?

  • Nov. 22, 2011, 11:53 a.m. CST

    i doubt bane reverse engineers tumblers- he probably just steals them


    they still have the desert camo paint on them, just like the lineup of them did in Lucius's workshop. which- i'm sure they could find a way into during all the chaos of the end of TDK, or just using bruce's own security card/clearance/whatever. just hope they don't kill off morgan freeman in the process!

  • Nov. 22, 2011, 12:05 p.m. CST

    Speaking of The Dark Knight Returns...

    by Blue_Demon

    They'd have to wait until Bale is reeeeeally older to use him. If they want to film it now, they should use Stephen McHattie who played the first Night Owl in Watchmen. He also appeared in 300. He looks like he's in good shape for his age.

  • Nov. 22, 2011, 12:17 p.m. CST

    The ending revealed.

    by Pat

    Bats and Bane have their climactic final battle, during which they really begin to GET one another, fully understanding what the other is all about. Subtle moments of dialogue are exchanged and full on battle embraces are taken up. Bats finally gets the best of Bane and defeats him, standing over his prone lifeless body. Bats kneels down, places Bane's head gingerly upon his knees, being oh-so-careful with the neck. Bats removes his mask to reveal that he is Bruce Wayne...Bane shows no surprise. Bruce slowly removes Bane's mask to reveal a make-up less Chelsea Smile. Bane weakly speaks, "I'm sorry I had to be the 'Bane' of your existence all this time Bruce. *He-he-ho-ha-ah-ho*. You truly are a good dude and a stand up guy though. Just wish all these daddy issues hadn't gotten in the way all these years...," Bruce's eye's bug out. "You mean...," Bruce is finally beginning to understand. "That's go on...come at me...Bro." The two begin laughing and crying simultaneously. "Oh shit this hurts Bruce...can you reach in one my many cargo pants pockets...I need you to get me something..." Bane's voice is picking up a little life. "Sure,'s your super strength gas, broheim..." Bruce shows it to Bane. Bane laughs, "Get rid of that bro, that shit will kill you!" More laughter is heard as the two catch up on a missed life and an Elton John song comes on with Clapton solos over the credits. The End.

  • Nov. 22, 2011, 12:32 p.m. CST

    No Venom?

    by DarkSeider

    It doesn't appear as if he has the trademark Bane implants to pump himself full of Venom. WTF? Why not just give him the traditional mask then? He could have had him take it off if he wants to show off his boy Tom Hardy, but this... this doesn't look like Bane at all. He usually kept a close resemblance to the character traits, Scarecrow, Rhas, Two-Face, Joker, all kinda looked like their comic counterparts. Bane... not so much.

  • Nov. 22, 2011, 12:59 p.m. CST

    darkseider : Difficult to make Bane 'look' like Bane ...


    Simply because the comic version is a totally unrealistic monster of a man with tubes sticking out of his neck ... Only someone like Dave Batista would fit the role physically but these big guys can't act for shit and would drag the movie down with them. What you get with Hardy is 'powerful' ... not massive but a genuine aggressive looking body and acting ability as well ... And if you include Venom then you need to show Bane suddenly growing in size which would just look wrong.

  • Nov. 22, 2011, 1:08 p.m. CST

    Bane doesn't need to be "huge" you tards...

    by NightArrows

    I'm so fucking sick and tired of reading the moaning that Bane isn't the giant he is in the comic. I'm willing to bet that 99% of you haven't ever been in a fight, nor do you understand that Bane doesn't need to be huge to be an imposing threat to Batman, a SERIOUS threat to Batman. Some of the toughest, strongest people I've come across were average size. They were solid as steel, but they weren't some hulking idiot image of a fanboy's wetdream. And Hardy can fucking ACT. I seriously can't wait for this film. And I laugh at the tasteless morons who long for the shitty '89 Batman, or a "fun" Batman. Nolan's vision runs laps around the garbage that we've had previously with Batman. Fuck the rest.

  • Nov. 22, 2011, 1:29 p.m. CST

    @zombot good point

    by KilliK

    although i find it strange and unrealistic that Batman has half a dozen of tumblers safeguarded in the cave.Maybe one as a replacement in case the original tumbler is crashed,like what happened in TDK,but 6? in a cave? On the other hand,if he had stored them in a secret Wayne Industries facility,then why were painted in the army color? Fox had said in BB that the Tumbler was a prototype and no more were built because the army had rejected the project. Unless those tumblers were officially made by Wayne Industries and given to the Police? Since Batman was a fugitive,Bruce Wayne decided to help the police with his own assets. I dont know,we will have to wait for the movie to find out.The only definitive thing is that the bat-jet will own those tumblers.

  • Nov. 22, 2011, 1:35 p.m. CST

    @ginge_muppet you ignore something.Nolan himself

    by KilliK

    has said that Bane was going to be the most physically imposing threat that Batman had ever faced.They even released a teaser which was shot in such a way to demonstrate exactly that. But alas those pics of Bane prove this claim completely false. Either Nolan failed to make him like that or he was exaggerating in his statements.I strongly believe it is the former. I am sure Hardy will kill it with his performance,he already did a fine job in a similar role in Bronson,but "the biggest physical threat" he is not.

  • Nov. 22, 2011, 1:39 p.m. CST

    bane is a fan of john motson?

    by Waka_Flocka

  • Nov. 22, 2011, 1:45 p.m. CST

    killik : A physical threat does not have to mean HUGE.


    Bane WILL be the "most physically imposing threat that Batman had ever faced" ... Because everyone else relied on thugs and ideas to beat him.

  • This "Bane" even looks like the lead gangster in TDKR.

  • Nov. 22, 2011, 2:38 p.m. CST

    @ginge_muppet so what exactly does it mean?

    by KilliK

    what does "the most physically imposing threat ever" mean? bigger dick than Batman? will they measure their dicks and Batman will burst into cries because he has a baby dick compared to Bane's? i dont know i am asking.

  • Nov. 22, 2011, 3 p.m. CST

    killik : Guess it all depends on what you consider imposing ...


    If I came face to face with a very bulked up Hardy in full Bane costume I think he would come across as VERY physically imposing despite the fact I'm about 2 inches taller ... plus his character seems to be highly trained in various fighting styles ... You seem to be basing everything on actual height which is a mistake ... This Bane seems to be more of a pitbull, a tank ... Who would you have chosen for the role??

  • Nov. 22, 2011, 3:06 p.m. CST

    uh...sooo..what happened to joker?

    by FleshMachine

    wasn't he left hanging.. literally?

  • Nov. 22, 2011, 3:11 p.m. CST


    by CherryValance

    Hardy actually has a tattoo like the one you describe. They must have not covered it up yet and someone took a photo.

  • Gotta love unions.

  • Nov. 22, 2011, 3:37 p.m. CST


    by CherryValance

    This is what he's saying. XD

  • Nov. 22, 2011, 3:52 p.m. CST

    admit it....

    by ethan

    you freaks are LOVING these pics. ADMIT IT. NOW!

  • Nov. 22, 2011, 4:20 p.m. CST

    @menstruatingheart, that's the best ending I've heard yet.

    by kevred

    And your presumably-Faith-No-More-inspired screen name only adds to the quality.

  • Nov. 22, 2011, 6 p.m. CST

    @ginge_muppet but that's the problem.HE DOESNT.

    by KilliK

    and i am not bashing based on height but based on bulkiness. Check the first pic with Bane in this topic.You see how they try to amplify his muscular pose through the proper use of lighting? that's deliberate, they do want us to think that BANE is some kind of a huge fighter,ready to tear Batman apart.After all that's what his comic counterpart is. But then you look the other 2 pics taken from the movie and Bane suddenly stops to look that impressive. My opinion? get ready for a lot of very dark and quick edited action choreographs in TDKR.Bane fighting Batman in the batcave is NOT a's a way for Nolan to have the chance to use the same lightning tricks in order to make a "physically imposing threat". you can take that hint from the 3rd pic.

  • Nov. 22, 2011, 6:06 p.m. CST

    killik : Time will tell I guess ...


    I have a feeling when we see him on screen everything will make sense ... All the production photos from the movie have looked weak so far (Batman looks terrible in fan photos) but it all seems to come together on the screen. I think the nature of Banes costume hides some of Hardy's mass ... rumour is he is bigger here than he was in Bronson (and he was huge in Bronson) ... but bottom line, anyone hoping for a MONSTER Bane WILL be disappointed.

  • Nov. 22, 2011, 7:02 p.m. CST

    The BAT-maaaan



  • Nov. 22, 2011, 8:08 p.m. CST

    He could still be a monster

    by Autodidact

    Even the lit and framed studio footage could still be post-processed with some of the video body morphing tech going around. I'm wondering if they'll do some of that with Bane once he starts overdosing on Venom.

  • Nov. 22, 2011, 8:21 p.m. CST

    People thinking Nolan will/should use CGI for Bane make me laugh

    by Jarrete Barnett

    He's already shot down the notion of over-using CGI in his films a million times over. Nor does Tom Hardy need it. Bane is never going to (nor should he) look identical to the comic books when dealing with a live-action film adaptation. They should be grateful that Hardy got as ripped as he did for the film. Bane doesn't need to be a 300 lbs, disproportionate freak just to be a physical threat to Bale's Batman. Get over it.

  • Nov. 22, 2011, 8:23 p.m. CST


    by Jarrete Barnett

    Nolan never once confirmed Bane was using "Venom" in this film, anyway.

  • Nov. 22, 2011, 8:44 p.m. CST

    "what happened to the Joker"

    by Mugato5150

    They hauled his ass off to Arkham Asylum. It's important to the comic that Arkham has a revolving door where the Joker and everyone else can waltz in and out at will like the fucking Hogan's Heroes but that's not how Nolan's universe works.

  • Nov. 22, 2011, 10:06 p.m. CST

    Bane got his injuries when

    by MrScruff

    Bruce Wayne blew up the League of Shadows in Batman Begins? Possible?

  • Nov. 22, 2011, 10:28 p.m. CST

    ofc Bane doesnt need to be monstrous in order to beat Bats

    by KilliK

    not when even a bunch of wild dogs can beat the crap out of Batman.ho-he-ho-ha-he-ho-ha.

  • Remember how that turned out?

  • Nov. 23, 2011, 9:09 a.m. CST

    I'm not saying over-use the CGI

    by Autodidact

    Nolan used CGI to do hallucination effects in Begins. Dumb shit.

  • Nov. 23, 2011, 10:23 a.m. CST

    Before the New 52, Batman was around for 12 years

    by RedLeaderStandingBy

    So, I guess, with the 8 years gap, we`ll be able to see Nolan-Batman at his prime.

  • The costume was faithful, and looked stupid. They totally threw out Bane's character though, and treated the character as raging side-muscle. The thing that makes Bane a worthy nemesis is he can not only kick Batman's ass but also beat him strategically and tactically.

  • Nov. 23, 2011, 4 p.m. CST

    All I'm saying is he doesn't need the CGI

    by Jarrete Barnett

    Even in hallucination sequences, I doubt Bane will be depicted as a roided-out, disproportionate cartoon character in scenes where he's confronting Batman. Prick.

  • His character is so much more than that ... and Nolan knows it.

  • Nov. 23, 2011, 5:43 p.m. CST

    The DKR connection

    by technorev

    Bane takes on the guise of the Mutant Leader. Just tossing in the intelligent aspect of Bane into the overanimated Leader character would work. Nolan knows how to play the game, leaving shit up like this could just be his own way of smoke screening the masses and letting them create a buzz without really having to work at it. If it is legit though, the 8 year gap, then it could mish mash up a number of story arcs into one really solid finale. The Dark Future/No Man's Land style of a world without Batman. The 'mutant' gang could just be a collection of uniform factions similar to No Man's Land and even the Arkham City game. Easy way to throw in random references to other prominent Batman villains without even giving them screen time. In the last few films we already got shittons of references to pinnacle Batman story arcs. Killing Joke, Long Halloween/Dark Victory, Son of the Demon. What I like about Nolan is he doesn't retread material, he takes the emotional impact of them and interlaces it into his own stories. Unlike this bullshit in the current line of DC comics where you, once again, have fucking Batman going into alternate dimensions, bringing back Jason Fucking Todd, and otherwise boring story writing he is going back to what made the character great. I'm hoping he even throws in a bit of the Catwoman that grew out of the Year One/Sister's Keeper/Long Halloween arcs but using the Hush outfit (about the only good thing about that Hugo Strange rip-off character). From a long long Batman reader (I even voted via call in to kill Jason), I have been impressed with what Nolan has accomplished thus far and have faith he'll go a few steps further. Part of me hopes that the Dent reference in one photo is about how Dent never died, he's stuck in Arkham as Two-Face (the cops LIED to us!). I want to see Arkham, a true blue one, just a kick cam of random names and villains poking their heads out. Maybe even Ledger's laugh in the distance. Killing off villains was what tarnished Burton's 'attempts'. Batman can never fully triumph, he's just a man in a suit trying to keep the dam from breaking.

  • Nov. 23, 2011, 5:55 p.m. CST

    Lame-ass geekery

    by thomskis

    All these whiney fanboys bleating on about Keaton. Hilarious! I mean really?

  • Nov. 23, 2011, 5:57 p.m. CST

    by thomskis

    Rather strongly put, but very accurate.

  • Nov. 23, 2011, 6 p.m. CST

    by thomskis

    Nope that last comment was not meant to go there. Was regarding mariusxe very accurate description of Keaton/Burton endeavor. I fucked up 'cause I'm new here. Fact.

  • Nov. 23, 2011, 6:03 p.m. CST

    by thomskis

    Nope, that comment was not meant to go there. Was regarding mariusxe description of Burton/Keaton. Fucking noobs eh?

  • Nov. 23, 2011, 6:03 p.m. CST

    by thomskis


  • Nov. 24, 2011, 2:44 a.m. CST


    by bcom77

    Look, I know that Tom Hardy is a great actor. I know that he can act imposing and I know that he'll do a good job in this film but I don't look at him in any of these photos and think "yep, that's Bane". Bane needs to tower over Batman, Bane needs to make Batman look tiny and insignificant. Bane needs to be an intimidating presence every time he's on the screen. Hardy can act all that but physically, he is not that at all. I've said it before but I honestly think that The Rock would've made a great Bane. He's a hulk of a man with definite screen presence and given the right film and director, I'm sure he'd be able to step up in the acting department. It's not that I think Hardy won't capture the character of Bane but physically, he's just not Bane and unfortunately physicallity is extremely important to this character.

  • Nov. 25, 2011, 9:43 p.m. CST

    Bane & Realism

    by Relugus

    Hardy's Bane looks very intimidating to me and remember through camera angles even tiny actors can be made to look much bigger than they are. Actually, my biggest issue is that, from the on-set pics I have seen, Catwoman wears high-heels. Why would a woman who does dangerous things where high-heels? Isn't this supposed to be realistic? I think Catwoman fights the good fight while Batman is out of the picture, then teams up with Batman eventually.

  • Kinda like a prequel. Kinda like back to the future 3.