Some Importants Things To Know About The TDKR Prologue

Some Importants Things To Know About The TDKR Prologue

If you have seen the glorious footage that is The Dark Knight Rises Prologue you may be a bit confused about what you saw. I think I may be able to clear up some of the confusion.

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By Marxman12 - 12/14/2011
First off, let me start off by writing that I thought the Prologue was amazing. It was a bit short and it left me wanting more but, it was highly entertaining, original, and actually quite revealing.
In case viewers missed it, Josh Stewart's character makes a very brief appearance towards the beginning when he hands over Bane and his henchmen to the CIA. From what we saw of leaked set pics we know that Stewart's character works for Bane. In his brief appearance he looked tired and worn down and I seriously got a "Renfield"-like vibe from him (him being Renfield and Bane being Dracula).
This little appearance underscores Bane's plan of "being caught" and it gives us an idea as to what Stewart's character does for Bane.
When Bane is revealed, the CIA agent asks Bane about his mask and we learn that Bane can live without the mask but he would be in extreme pain.
Through Bane's dialogue and later moments of fighting we see how arrogant he is and how he views those around him as lesser than him. We also see how manipulative he is. All of his henchman are well trained, almost SWAT-like, but they are also completely devoted to Bane, even willing to give their lives for him.
Now a lot of people have been asking about why Bane grabs Pavel and transfuses blood from him to a corpse. My idea is that they needed a body with Pavel's DNA so when people searched the wreckage those people would think that Pavel was among the casualties.
I think what sets the TDKR Prologue apart from the TDK Prologue is that the TDKR Prologue has a lot of connections to the rest of the film whereas the TDK Prologue has almost no connections to the rest of the film (there are no later plot points that stem from the bank scene). We know Stewart will appear later on and we know Pavel is of great importance to Bane's plan in regards to Gotham City. It is for this reason, and also because of the Prologue's originality, that I believe the TDKR Prologue is better than the TDK Prologue.
Lastly, just some last thoughts that possibly could raise more questions. Did anyone else feel that Gordon's ending remarks at Dent's funeral and Gordon's general appearance show a burden on Gordon (because Gordon knows Dent's secret)? I think that if Gordon looked that distraught then, I am sure 8 years later that Dent's secret has ate at him quite a bit. I also wanted to mention that I think Hardy will do an amazing job as Bane. He has really captured the arrogance and superiority-complex that defines the comic book Bane. I actually love the voice. He sounds like he is at death's door which reminds me a bit of Darth Vader, how the two are extremely powerful and strong but also very vulnerable.
I'm rambling now, I apologize, and I hope my words helped a bit. If there is something from the Prologue that I did not address, feel free to ask away.
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AlexdoxA - 12/14/2011, 12:49 PM
Doesn't TDK have a lot to do with mob money and the mafia banks? TDK's plot starte.... nevermind
jessepostal - 12/14/2011, 2:16 PM
when the cia agent asked about bane's mask bane said that the agent would be in extreme pain,not himself

cia agent: could you live without the mask
bane: yes but it would be extremly painful
cia agent: your a big guy
bane: for you
WesleyGibson - 12/14/2011, 2:28 PM
^^^what he said.
superbatspiderman - 12/14/2011, 2:52 PM
I saw a very low quality video online and it was awesome but by the end of the video I couldn't tell what Bane was saying. Tom Hardy is going to own though.
sonofsamadams - 12/14/2011, 3:02 PM
You couldn't understand bane because of the shit quality from the audio of the video. Once we get the trailer, and a HD quality of the prologue, we'll be able to understand him much clearer. When I listened to JUST the audio of the prologue, I got massive chills, and yes the CIA agent's dialogue seemed a bit off, but watching the clip, I saw nothing that was out of place. It was very intense, and Tom Hardy's Bane, in my own opinion, will top Heath Ledger's Joker. I shit not. Nolan has done it again.
With the montage of clips at the end of the prologue, the ones that intruged me the most were Joseph Levitt Gorden running away from someone, and Bane dropping Batman's mask. I got massive chills....TDKR is sure to be worth the wait.
saiferoth - 12/14/2011, 4:22 PM
@jessepostal

idk i think its a double meaning. i bet its painful or harmful to Bane but he will kill that person if they did take it off. ya kno?

just some analysis on the prologue. first off, ive always wanted to see what he would do for this movie because Inception was such a huge step from TDK, and i think not only the music and the presentation, it feels alot like inception, which does feel more Bond-y and less Batman-y, but i think its for the better, because it fits the villain, the amount of action in this movie, and the theme of "destruction".

First off, i think Marxman12 shouldve added how this prologue and Bane's portrayal parellel's Joker and Batman. He does the Skyhook thing that Batman did so it shows us he is infact as smart and as strong as batman, probably even more so. he reminds me of the joker because he uses greed as an advantage, in a very different way.(they let them on the plane because he figures he can interrogate them). He finds everybody disposable (enemies and allies alike).

you should also mention how he says "no one cared who i was until i wore the mask", which fits joker and batman.
and Bane has some kind of military cult. he lets that guy die and says something about fire rising. i feel like maybe they are trying to revive Ras al Ghul but who knows.

only thing i dont like is the CIA agents dialogue and how the soundtrack is basically the beginning part of one the tracks on Inception (i wish i could find it).

long time reader (3 years), first time poster.
Gerrit - 12/14/2011, 4:23 PM
I have to admit that it wasn't as good as i thought it was from the descriptions.
alucard365 - 12/14/2011, 4:29 PM
The Fire Rises
Christuffer - 12/14/2011, 4:50 PM
This would be a better article if there was some bullet points and stuff
TheBigBoss917 - 12/14/2011, 4:55 PM
TDK Prologue= Robbing mafia bank which is talked about the rest of the movie
TheRaven20 - 12/14/2011, 7:08 PM
I saw the bootleg but I thought someone who had saw the high quality version, mentioned catwoman? Any idea where she was or if she looks different from pics (cowl please)?
Marxman12 - 12/14/2011, 7:21 PM
@TheRaven20 Catwoman's appearance during the "Sizzle Reel" is literally 2 seconds. She looks the same as from the previously released pics.
Marxman12 - 12/14/2011, 7:29 PM
Just my opinion, folks. Nothing is gospel in the Editorial section so don't get your panties in a bunch.
gamecreatorjj - 12/14/2011, 9:03 PM
@theraven20 at the end you see a kind of non prolouge teaser, that had catwoman in it
bgharcourt - 12/14/2011, 9:57 PM
"It was a bit short and it left me wanting more but, it was highly entertaining, original, and actually quite revealing."


That's what she said.

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