The Dark Night Rises’ Director Reveals New Spoilers

Warning: This post contains some spoilers for Batman: The Dark Knight Rises.

The Dark Knight Rises director Christopher Nolan recently spoke with Empire and revealed some interesting tidbits about the plot of the film, as well as the new villain, Bane.

Nolan announced that the next installment of the Batman franchise would take place eight years after the events of The Dark Knight. According to the director, these years have been rough on The Caped Crusader. The new film will showcase a hero who has been pushed to the brink both mentally and physically. This time around, however, Nolan hopes the audience will get a true feel for who Bruce Wayne really is.

“It’s really all about finishing Batman and Bruce Wayne’s story. We left him in a very precarious place. Perhaps surprisingly for some people, our story picks up quite a bit later, eight years after The Dark Knight. So he’s an older Bruce Wayne; he’s not in a great state.”

The director also commented on the selection of Bane as the main villain in the film.

“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.”

Bane is played by actor Tom Hardy who offered some words on his “brutal” character.

“He’s brutal. Brutal. He’s a big dude who’s incredibly clinical, in the fact that he has a result-based and oriented fighting style. It’s not about fighting. It’s about carnage. The style is heavy-handed, heavy-footed, it’s nasty. Anything from small-joint manipulation to crushing skulls, crushing rib cages, stamping on shins and knees and necks and collarbones and snapping heads off and tearing his fists through chests, ripping out spinal columns. He is a terrorist in mentality as well as brutal action.”

To me, this could be good or bad news. I think the conflicted superhero angle was given significant attention in The Dark Knight. Hopefully, this film will be more about how Batman chooses to cope with his life as a crime fighter, rather than if he wants to continue his life as a masked vigilante. The violent Bane should complement Batman’s struggle, although his mask and costume leave a bit to be desired.

Batman: The Dark Knight Rises (2012) will be released in theatres on July 20, 2012.

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