WARNING: This post contains MID-LEVEL spoilers as to the background behind The Dark Knight Rises. No story spoilers, but plenty of background on where things start off.
Empire magazine, which is a fantastic film magazine, is going all Batman in its January issue, recently shipped to subscribers (I never understand how magazine shipping works, either). First, it comes in two editions with different covers: Batman with a new weapon and a nice front shot of Bane. Very awesome.
The article also features some revealing information. First, Tom Hardy talks Bane’s brutality: “He’s a big dude who’s incredibly clinical, in the fact that he has a result-based and oriented fighting style. It’s not about fighting. It’s about carnage. The style is heavy-handed, heavy-footed, it’s nasty. Anything from small-joint manipulation to crushing skulls, crushing rib cages, stamping on shins and knees and necks and collarbones and snapping heads off and tearing his fists through chests, ripping out spinal columns. He is a terrorist in mentality as well as brutal action.”
Damn. Next up, costume designer Lindy Hemming talks how Nolan’s realistic Batman trilogy is handling a villain who, in the comics, turns super strength by way of “venom.” In our film, Bane will suffer a severe injury early on (perhaps in the six-minute prologue attached to Mission Impossible IV) that leaves him in permanent pain. This pain requires him to constantly breath in gas to relieve it by way of his mask. The mask has two tubes that run over his skull, down his spine and into two canisters on his back. Subtle and realistic, but still keeping to the base of what makes Bane, Bane. So that solves that riddle.
Next up, perhaps the most surprising thing revealed in the article, is Christopher Nolan revealing that The Dark Knight Rises takes place eight years after The Dark Knight. Yep, eight years. There was a one year gap between Batman Begins and its sequel, but this summer we’ll find ourselves tossed into a Gotham City eight years advanced with Bruce Wayne much older, more wearied, and perhaps a bit more pessimistic than before. I mean, if you were to make your goal turning Gotham around and then, after eight years, still no progress seems to have been made – that’s pretty tough.
All in all, as is expected from Empire, it’s a pretty fantastic article. It reveals some images from the film that intrigue but do not spoil and also answers several major questions – how is Bane’s venom being worked in? just how strong and ruthless is Bane? where is the film located temporally? I, at least, am satisfied and excited for Nolan’s vision of Bane. As for the eight year time jump – I’m very interested to see what happens. The Dark Knight Rises is shaping up into an awesome finish to an already awesome trilogy. It opens 20 July 2012.