Is THE DARK KNIGHT RISES' Working Title A Clue for Bane's Doomsday Device?

Is THE DARK KNIGHT RISES' Working Title A Clue for Bane's Doomsday Device?

Does a Norwegian science experiment hold the keys to finding out what Bane's mysterious device is, in Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight Rises?

One of CBM's own, Mikey Wood, has quite the eagle eye as he came across a rather fascinating science experiment that shares the same name as the working title of The Dark Knight Rises. That title and the name of the experiment is MAGNUS-REX.

Magnus-Rex Seismic Experiment - October, 2007

Magnus-Rex, a new seismic refraction experiment set out to shed light on the relationship between topography and Moho depth in southern Norway and to help determine if topography is compensated by crustal thickness. The project is the refraction component of MAGNUS, (Mantle investigations of Norwegian uplift structure), a multidisciplinary study of the lithosphere in southern Norway. - MAGNUS-REX

To break that down a little bit for you, in 2007 the Copenhagen
University, Oslo University, Bergen University and the Norwegian Geological
Survey conducted an experiment related to seismic activity. As you will read below, the experiment required setting off a series of small explosions set along three different seismic lines.

Three ~400 km long seismic lines were deployed across southern Norway, in October 2007 (Figure 1). A total of 26 shots of 100-400 kg charge size were fired along the three lines. Vertical
component seismographs were deployed every two km along each line to record the explosions. An instrument spacing of 750 meters was used along a 120 km section across the Oslo Graben. Three different structural domains are covered by the refraction seismic lines; the Southern Scandes Mountains, the Oslo Graben and Fennoscandian Shield crust. - MAGNUS-REX

What does all of this mean? Well, rumors have been springing up for sometime about what Bane's "Instrument of Your Liberation" as he call it, actually is. I've seen one rumor that suggests it's a neutron bomb, another says that it is an EMP bomb, which would shut down all electronics. But, another rumor that has been floated around for sometime is that Bane's device is an earthquake machine.

Just look at the first teaser that features crumbling buildings, something akin to Gotham being ravaged by a severe earthquake. And many people have also noticed similarities to the batman story, "No Man's Land." Which is a story that centers around the idea that Gotham is gutted by a massive earthquake.

Gotham City had suffered the results of a magnitude 7.6 earthquake in the earlier Cataclysm storyline. In response, the U.S government declared Gotham a "no man's land," destroyed all bridges leading to Gotham and forbade people from entering or exiting.

That last line is of interest as we have seen set photos of a huge pile of cars blocking off a tunnel. Which to a keen or lazy eye would indicate that the citizens of Gotham are being prevented from escaping, and also not allowing anyone to enter.

The city was swiftly carved up by gangs and various supervillains Batman had battled over the years, primarily The Penguin. Jim Gordon and several members of the Gotham police department stayed behind to protect civilians. Oracle and Huntress also ended up on the inside. Bruce Wayne (Batman) left the city to lobby the government to not cut Gotham off, but failed. Gordon and his men waited for his return, but by the time he returned more than three months later, they believed he had abandoned Gotham. - Wikipedia

In the story, with the absence of Batman, Huntress steps in as Batgirl to help keep order. If we adapted that tale to the film, that would mean Anne Hathaway's Catwoman could be helping Gotham during Bruce's leave. And we know from watching the second trailer that Bruce is imprisoned at some point in the film.

Another hint that "No Man's Land" is in fact the blueprint to The Dark Knight Rises is that mysterious set video appeared of Joseph Gordon-Levitt as John Blake. In that video it looks like the actor is marking a wall. At the time if left most of Batman fans confused, but if we look once again at the "No Man's Land" story arc we'll see another connection.

Batman and James Gordon's officers work separately to reclaim Gotham, piece by piece, by beating and subduing the gang leaders and then marking the reclaimed territory with graffiti. - Wikipedia

Shooting a scene in Pgh - Dark Knight Rises from victorbar on Vimeo.

Let it be clear that I am not saying that all of the "No Man's Land" storyline will be used, or what is used will be replicated for The Dark Knight Rises, but there are quite a few similarities. Enough in my mind that I can speculate that Bane's device will in fact cause earthquakes.

The Dark Knight Rises hits theaters July 20th 2012 and stars Christian Bale as Bruce Wayne/Batman, Michael Caine as Alfred Pennyworth, Gary Oldman as Jim Gordon, Tom Hardy as Bane, Anne Hathaway as Selina Kyle, Joseph Gordon-Levitt as John Blake and Marion Cotillard as Miranda Tate.

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HarveyDent88 - 3/18/2012, 2:47 PM
HellsHammer - 3/18/2012, 2:49 PM
Asterisk - 3/18/2012, 2:49 PM
I thought that was kind of confirmed...
BillyBatson1000 - 3/18/2012, 2:49 PM
I want this to be good sooooo bad. Life-long Bat fan. But it looks like that crappy spherical bomb in Shumacher's insult to intelligence.
militantcharles - 3/18/2012, 2:50 PM
BillyBatson1000 - 3/18/2012, 2:51 PM
Actually, it even looks like the bomb Adam West was running around with in the crappy 60's TV Movie version.
Mucklefluga - 3/18/2012, 2:51 PM
Pretty Snazzy
JDUKE25 - 3/18/2012, 2:53 PM
Steping - 3/18/2012, 2:56 PM
LP4 - 3/18/2012, 2:59 PM
Commense idiotic marvel fans trashtalking about a movie we all they'll end up lining up to see LMAO.

Bunch of hypocrites.

TDKR > avengers
Lilvic92 - 3/18/2012, 3:03 PM
I don't know what Marvel fans your speaking for, cause I won't be lining up to see this.
With that being said I am very interested to see how Nolan ends the trilogy

The Avengers > TDKR
LAWLZY96 - 3/18/2012, 3:07 PM
...neither movie is out yet...neither company is winning...
Asterisk - 3/18/2012, 3:08 PM
I wish Marvelites would stop coming onto TDKR threads and mindlessly hate on it...We're just trying to be excited for the movie, and you're just being, for lack of a better term, mean.
SentinelofLiberty - 3/18/2012, 3:12 PM
This article had what to do with The Avengers, exactly?
TonyChu - 3/18/2012, 3:13 PM
If it smells like a batman, looks like a batman and sounds like a batman movie then...
@moonkight stop being a troll. It is people like you that drives this comment section to the ground. Besides dumbass you have not even seen neither [frick]ing movies yet.
Supergirl69 - 3/18/2012, 3:13 PM
God, you geeks are feisty.
I agree with MoonKnight91
antonio - 3/18/2012, 3:14 PM
@Lilvic you are interested to see how Nolan ends the trilogy, yet you aren't going to see it? HOW DOES THAT MAKE ANY SENSE?!! Again, way to support the movie industry!!!

And trolls like MoonKnight makes we wish SOPA would pass.
thewonderer - 3/18/2012, 3:16 PM
Its a sad sad day when people are ready to trust trailers and marketing over actual experience

Nolans made 2 incredible Batman films and talks about this one highly. This is credible

Whedon has never even been on a project of this magnitude before nor has he ever even really made a CBM at all before. This is far from credible.

The marketing for Avengers is high right now. The film is about to release so of course it should be

TDKR has four months to go, it has its time to build up.

Marvel fans are stupid
marvel72 - 3/18/2012, 3:17 PM
the dark knight rises will be good but it definetly looks the worse one of the trilogy.

@ TheBostonBatman

they do come on the avengers threads & trash it.
Lilvic92 - 3/18/2012, 3:17 PM
Shut the fucl{, that doesnt mean shit. I'm interested in seeing how he ends it but not interested in the overall movie. If I see the movie, I'll watch it on the interent thank you.
Supergirl69 - 3/18/2012, 3:18 PM
Pretty sure I'm a female and he's a male? So uh yeah.
Niuhll - 3/18/2012, 3:19 PM

Yeah they do, Avengers get it just as bad as Batman does. Trolls are everywhere.
Lilvic92 - 3/18/2012, 3:19 PM
And are you assholes serious right now? There are DC fanboys and Nolanite bitches on the Avengers threads all the time. Get the fucl{ outta here with that hypocritical bullshit
JDUKE25 - 3/18/2012, 3:20 PM
lmao MoonKnight has a shitfit and reports me for saying one banner for the Avengers looks good while the others look like crap and tells me to get off the Avengers thread, BUT he then comes on articles about TDKR to trash it and troll. HAHAHA

Supergirl69 - 3/18/2012, 3:21 PM
lol okay. I'll just go shove his penis into my vagina. have a nice day. :)
antonio - 3/18/2012, 3:23 PM
LOL Moonknight having a conversation with him self!!

On topic, I thought that this was sort of confirmed in late october?
SKetCH - 3/18/2012, 3:24 PM
Of course It's going to be an "earthquake" machine...

Why else would Batman decides that he now needs a mode of transportation that hovers ABOVE the ground? It makes too much sense to me.
Supergirl69 - 3/18/2012, 3:25 PM
Leave Moonknight alone, you comic geeks need to settle down! Take a chill pill or something.
PapaEmeritus - 3/18/2012, 3:25 PM
MoonKnight = Morty? Or a 9 years old [annoying] child.
But yeah, would be great if in TDKR we watch Bruce rebuilding Gotham just as he did with the Wayne's manor in the end of BB.
TonyChu - 3/18/2012, 3:26 PM
Stop trying take make it seem like Nolanites are the only trolls on this site. Because I see just as many Marvel fans bitching on TDKR articles. So in favor both of you groups are annoying ass fanboys.
antonio - 3/18/2012, 3:27 PM
@FatherMidnight yeah, rebuild "brick for brick" as Bruce said in BB.

And no, MoonKnight is not Morty. There are no homosexual-related memes.
JDUKE25 - 3/18/2012, 3:27 PM
The Avengers will be good.

The Dark Knight Rises will be good.


TheProfessional - 3/18/2012, 3:27 PM
@MoonKnight 91 & Mothra - Both of y'all are dumb.

Everyone's got their own opinion, but you two are each stupid.
We're getting all kinds of CBMs, so it doesnt matter what movie makes more money, or is praised more by crutics, because these movies are for us fans. We should be thankful to be alive to see all this epicness be made.
And if you don't like DC (MoonKnight) than stay the [frick] off of articles having to do with DC.
Supergirl69 - 3/18/2012, 3:31 PM
Anne Hathaway has boobs?
SuperDude001 - 3/18/2012, 3:33 PM
I never understood why people argue which will be better (Avengers or TDKR) :/ I mean we're all comic book fans here and we all know both have a holy high chance of being epic!
So let's all just wait till they're both out before we wage a war over which once is better :) (anyhow you can't really judge them in the same way as they're too different)

Anyhow it's pretty definitely an Earthquake machine or something to that effect.
I doubt Catwoman is helping Gotham though, but she must have some importance as her placement and line in the trailer seem quite significant.
The JGL thing seems accurate.
marvel72 - 3/18/2012, 3:39 PM
@ TheBostonBatman

how is retarded?i've seen the 6 minute preveiw & the trailer.

what i don't like the look & sound of.....

-the look of bane,everything from mask,costume & size.
-bane's voice.
-anne hathaway as catwoman,i think she'll be the weak link of the film worse bit of casting.
-batman's voice(its bound to return)
-batman fighting during the day,works better at night if you ask me.

i think thats enough to come to the descion of it looks the worse of the trilogy,don't forget i did say it would be good.

you do like to say its just marvel fans that start shit but there is arse holes on both sides.
forthesakeofnow - 3/18/2012, 3:42 PM
TDK was rory's first kiss
Inception was oliver's arrow
and TDKR is magnus rex

nolan's sons are magnus, oliver and rory

i wouldnt put too much thought into it
antonio - 3/18/2012, 3:43 PM
@Marvel72 let me guess. You saw the prologue online? Way to cheapen the experience. Not even fair to judge it based off a bootleg.
Lilvic92 - 3/18/2012, 3:46 PM
....The Avengers, I win.
forthesakeofnow - 3/18/2012, 3:48 PM

what exactly works better about batman fighting at night? the look? story wise?

i think its much more interesting for batman to have to come out and fight when the villain is creating chaos rather than every villain playing to batmans strengths at night.

plus visually id argue its much more interesting and new due to variety
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