UPDATE: Christopher Nolan Says The Dark Knight Rises Picks Up 8 Years After TDK; Briefly Discusses The Prologue & Much More!

<font color= red>UPDATE:</font> Christopher Nolan Says <i>The Dark Knight Rises</i> Picks Up 8 Years After <i>TDK</i>; Briefly Discusses The Prologue & Much More!

Christopher Nolan gives brief details for the upcoming The Dark Knight Rises prologue, costume designer Lindy Hemming discusses Bane's mask, and more. Hit the jump to check it out! UPDATE: Hardy and Bale Talk!

Along with brand new official Images for The Dark Knight Rises Empire Magazine also scored fantastic interviews with director Chris Nolan, and costume designer Lindy Hemming! Check it out below.

Christopher Nolan Talks About The Prologue & More!

"Our story picks up EIGHT years after The Dark Knight".
In terms of finishing our story and increasing its scope, we were trying to craft an epic"
"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. With our choice of villain and with our choice of story we are testing Batman both physically as well as mentally. Also, in terms of finishing the our story and increasing its scope, we were trying to craft epic so the physicality of the film became very important."

Nolan On Bane:
"The Prologue is basically the first six, seven minutes of the film. Its the introduction to Bane and a taste of the rest of the film. With Bane we are looking to give Batman a physical challenge that he hasn't had before. He's a great sort of movie monster, but with an incredible brain, and that was a side of him that hand't been taped before. Because the stories from the comics are very epic and very evocative---very much in the way that Bruce Wayne's origin story is epic and evocative. We were looking to really parallel that with our choice of villain. So he's a worthy adversary. I felt that if I could get somebody as talented as Tom to agree to hide himself in the character I would get something very special. What I really feel with a great actor is every movement, every hand gesture, every step, has performance in it. Tom completely got it. It's an incredible challenge to remove motion of the face so that you can't put things across in the usual way, and you just have the eyes and a bit of the scalp and the arms and legs. What I knew is that from Tom I would get something where you get a total character and everything has incredible thought applied to it. And a lot of what he's doing is very counterintuitive. He has this incredible disjunct between the expressiveness of the voice and the stillness of the movement of his body. He's found a way to play a character who is enormous and powerful with a sort of calm to it, but also is able to incredibly fast at times. Unpredictable. He just has a raw threat to him that's extraordinary. It's a very powerful thing when you see it come together, beyond what I have ever imagined. That's what you get from working with great actors."

"The Riddler was never a contender". - Hardy was Nolan's first choice!

"The world of Batman indeed the world of all graphic novels, deals with archetypes, and there's a very real sense in which the Joker is an extreme and an absolute. So when you're looking to continue the story, then you certainly don't want a watered-down version of a character you've already done. You want a different archetype. What Bane represents in the comics is the ultimate physical enemy.

The world of Batman, indeed the world of all graphic novels, deals with archetypes," he says, "And there's a very real sense in which The Joker is an extreme and an absolute and Batman is an extreme and an absolute. So whe you're looking to continue the story - in this case finish Bruce Wayne and Batman's story, as we see it - then you certainly don't want a watered-down version of a character you've already done. You want a different archetype. What Bane represents in the comics is the ultimate physical villain.

It's really all about finishing Batman's and Bruce Wayne's story. We left him in a very precarious place at the end of The Dark Knight. His reputation in tatters, on the run. And I think perhaps surprisingly for some people, out story picks up quite a bit later. He's not in great state. He's frozen in time, he's hit a brick wall. Batman Begins was very much about the explaining the logic of the suit, and how it belonged in the shadows, in a position of stealth where he's able to intimidate people with it as his new entity. And then through The Dark Knight we would him out during the magic hour and we changed the suit accordingly so he withstood that kind of exposure. But also the character himself has the reputation now, so he;s able to expose himself more and still intimidate people. And with the third film we're pushing that further...but plenty of it takes place in the dark too."

Lindy Hemming Gives Details On Bane's Mask

THE BREATHING MECHINISM: "He was injured early in his story. Hes suffering from pain and he needs gas to survive. He cannot survive the pain without the mask. The pipes from the mask go back along his jawline and feed into the thing at the back where there are two cannisters of what ever it is..the anasthetic"


Tom Hardy On Bane
"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. He's a smashing machine. He's a wrecking ball. If we're going to shoot somebody, shoot the pregnant woman or the old lady first. Make sure everybody stands up. He's a terrorist in his mentality as well as brutal actions. He's horrible piece of work."

Christian Bale:

"I wasn't familiar with Bane. Although I vaguely remembered just a crazy "roid-looking" guy with a mask. You know what I mean? I remember him less actually on screen, and more people telling me that, and wincing just like you did. I just trust and have faith in Chris I know he wasn't gonna mess around with making poor decision on the bloody villain was!
it does harken back to that notion that this guy is originated from great pain and he has to address that--but at what point does it become indulgence? The question is how long do you allow pain to dominate your life? He has to try and answer that and move on."

Every hero has a journey. Every journey has an end. Christopher Nolan returns to complete the epic Gotham trilogy that launched with Batman Begins and reached the stratosphere with the billion-dollar blockbuster The Dark Knight. Batman is now hunted by the law led by his friend Commisioner Gordon for taking the blame of Harvey Dent's murders and protecting his reputation. He must quickly deal with the arrival of new villain Bane who is bent on the destruction and chaos of Gotham City, face old wounds and get a handle on the enigmatic Selina Kyle before his city is lost for good.

The Dark Knight Rises is scheduled to hit cinemas July 20th, 2012, and will feature an all-star cast that includes Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Gary Oldman Marion Cottilard, Anne Hathaway, Josh Pence, Tom Hardy, Morgan Freeman & Jospeh Gordon Levitt.

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PaulRom - 11/21/2011, 4:13 AM
Eight years?! O_O
Batman's been on the run EIGHT YEARS???? Wow. This story's gonna be great.
MrReese - 11/21/2011, 4:31 AM
cant [frick]in wait
MrReese - 11/21/2011, 4:32 AM
:crosses fingers: introduction 2 Bane = prologue real
ballstothewall - 11/21/2011, 4:40 AM
I bet the Venom gas is just what makes him stay alive... BOOO! (B)
AvatarIII - 11/21/2011, 4:44 AM
setting it 8 years after TDK, which was set almost immediately after BB, which was made 8 years ago, clever.
toekneemango - 11/21/2011, 4:46 AM
95 - 11/21/2011, 4:46 AM
jbak368 - 11/21/2011, 4:46 AM
Having it act as a painkiller is a more realistic way to make Bane harder to beat. Bane should be a match for Batman without the Venom anyway.
Amazo - 11/21/2011, 4:47 AM
I like it! Blows the fake intro that was posted recently out of the water.I wonder who Batman has been up against in the missing 8 years!
NeoBaggins - 11/21/2011, 4:50 AM
"With Bane we are looking to give Batman a physical challenge that he hasn't had before"

That's what I've been waiting to hear! Now I can lay my Riddler woes to rest. Batman already faced a psychological foe in the Joker. Now were getting back to Batman's roots; ASS BEATING. No one has got with him since Ras, and Ras was a formidable hand to hand foe. I'm getting kinda juiced for this. More.
Gambitz - 11/21/2011, 4:50 AM
You could atleast give the person posting these quotes credit.
Jackwagon - 11/21/2011, 4:52 AM
Looks like Nolans is doing another version of Millers Dark Knight returns. In it there was some Bane-like brute with fangs (the mask looks erily the same) that set Gotham on fire and beat Batman up pretty bad. Ended with a big fight in the mud pits (which leads me to wonder about the early shots of what was thought to be the Lazarus Pits). Should be pretty cool. Especially if it ends like the book, with Wayne seemingly dead but leading an underground army of strays.
aduder - 11/21/2011, 4:54 AM
I WANT THIS MOVIE (& Amazing Spidey) TO BE OUT NOW!!! CAN'T WAIT! Gonna watch both Imax style too.
MovieMaster - 11/21/2011, 4:54 AM
O_______________O Here's my most anticipated list of CBMs for 2012:

1. The Dark Knight Rises

2. The Avengers

3. The Amazing Spider-Man

4. Ghost Rider 2
Kuffs - 11/21/2011, 4:54 AM
"Series director Christopher Nolan stated that as long as he is directing, Robin will not appear in the films. He reasons that the films take place in the early days of "a young Batman," whereas Dick Grayson is "still a little kid at this point."

Well, Nolan has used this excuse for not including the boy wonder.
However if TDKR takes place 8 years after the previous movie, shouldn't this mean ROBIN is now old enough to appear in the franchise?
Mrcool210 - 11/21/2011, 4:56 AM
no venom? he needs a machine to [frick]ing breate? WTF? if your not going to do venom, dont do bane, now i knew this was a studio decision and not nolan. this movie might actually suck (it might, i didnt say it will)
Jolt17 - 11/21/2011, 5:00 AM
That sounds pretty very sweet, though the 8 years...I'm not sure how to react on that. Definitely this Batman has never had and will not have any time for Justice League then, lol. But the way Bane's described sounds great, too.
Amazo - 11/21/2011, 5:00 AM
That is a fantastic idea! It would make a great graphic novel tie in,if not as movies!
monstalova - 11/21/2011, 5:01 AM
Wtf! 8 years? No wonder ther was a pic with Bale who had a walking cane. Should be interesting... Stil think nolan should have done his version of the riddler could have been amazing with bane as the physical villain
Jolt17 - 11/21/2011, 5:10 AM
But anyway Nolan, if you can do something that is set 8 years in the future...then why don't you make something that is set in another 10 years. Do the [frick]ing Batman Beyond.
NeoBaggins - 11/21/2011, 5:11 AM
@jackwagon I was thinking the same thing. Dont know if this pic will come up tho.

shadow314 - 11/21/2011, 5:13 AM
yes bane is a physical threat but he is also a freaking genius

and anesthesia? Not venom? [frick]ing stupid
VictorHugo - 11/21/2011, 5:15 AM
I like this passage of time also address the fact that in real life, Bruce Wayne would age, his carrer would be SHORT.

Unless, of course, he pulled a "Batman Incorporated" and turn it into a franchise.
JDUKE25 - 11/21/2011, 5:17 AM
NeoBaggins - 11/21/2011, 5:21 AM
"and anesthesia? Not venom? [frick]ing stupid"-shadow314

Yeah, he needs a substance called venom to make him instantly monster buff. Because, that's not stupid at all.
UltimateCapt - 11/21/2011, 5:37 AM
@NeoBaggins - why not venom it wouldn't be that much of a stretch to have Bane use a steroid that enhances his strength. It could have been done realistically, Bane doesn't have to inflate like a balloon. I am disappointed with anesthesia as well. This isn't bane its a geriatric patient. All Batman has to do is knock his mask off and it's game over.
comicbookjerk - 11/21/2011, 5:37 AM
8 years later and still no Robin you have to be FN kidding me!



thedon786 - 11/21/2011, 5:38 AM
BatSlam - 11/21/2011, 5:48 AM
its weird to me that the cops would still be hunting batman after 8 years. I would think either one of these things would happen after so long - the cops would come to there senses and realize bats is good, set up a trap after 8 years that would actually work and get him, another law enforcement team would come in to handle bats, or batman would get sick of the constant chase and try to set the record strait. 8 years is a long time for people to still worry about what a brand new District Attorney meant to a city, especially in this day and age of news and tech. after a few months it would be old news and people of gotham would go back to hating there lives.

I am so pumped about this movie, but the more I hear about it, the more I get worried. Nolan is a good story teller so I still reserve judgement, but 8 years seems so long.

What surprises me the most is out of everything, i have only seen 1 robin comment on here. I am surprised nobody has said how they think JGL is a Mole For batman working in the GCPD and is actually the Nolanverse version of robin
Amazo - 11/21/2011, 5:50 AM
'The pipes from the mask go back along his jawline and feed into the thing at the back where there are two cannisters of what ever it is..the anasthetic'
No one is saying it IS anasthetic.It's Venom.It may help dull his pain by boosting him physically.The two things need not be mutually exclusive.She's obviously grasping for a word to describe something she doesn't really have knowledge of,hence:'cannisters of what ever it is'
CBMfan001 - 11/21/2011, 5:50 AM
whoa 8 years????i wonder how Nolan will pull this off,no wonder Christian bale had a tired,old look in the set,it's all part of the plan but what happened during those 8 years.was batman hiding during the 8 years catching criminals in the shadow. this just got me more excited. 8 years that is the key.........what happened during those 8 years.and bale is as usual awesome making sure he has the perfect look of a 8 years worn old bruce wayne.this may just end the dark knight saga permanently as far as the Nolan universe goes.
RunDTC - 11/21/2011, 5:53 AM
8 years? wow....that's a long time.
BatSlam - 11/21/2011, 5:53 AM
Oh yea, and what the hell, no suit upgrade after 8 years?
alphamale80 - 11/21/2011, 5:53 AM
lol this movie is gonna stink how the hell is bane supposed to break the bat when he has no venom he is nuthing but some asmatic punk bwhahahahaha nolan is a joke come on reboot hope who ever does it will be true to the comic thank god this is his last film in the batman series
Amazo - 11/21/2011, 5:59 AM
It amazes me how many people on here don't read the quotes or get them so backward lol
Corpse - 11/21/2011, 6:01 AM
This movie will be great! 8 years after seems like a good idea! Bats will be older, more tired etc. Looking forward to this masterpiece!! Most anticipated movie of 2012, without a DOUBT!
BatSlam - 11/21/2011, 6:01 AM
@alphamale, in knightfall Bane didn't' really use venom to defeat batman. He defeated him through a series of events and not allowing bats time to heal or get better (bruce was also sick at the time). Bane shot the riddler up on venom before a fight with batman, then he broke all the major villains and a lot of low lives out of arkham and let them wear batman down nonstop. He also figured out who batman was and finally when batman could barely stand, that is when bane appeared at wayne manor and basically toyed with batman. tossed him around threw him down the stairs and smashed him into everything. There wasn't even a test of strength at the end against batman because he was finished.

I am not arguing against you about the venom stuff, i would like to see it enhance his strength as well. just your statement was incorrect about Bane needing to be pumped up on venom to break bats.
ScottScottScott - 11/21/2011, 6:09 AM
Oh good god.. I work with someone that got to see the script while that were filming here in Pittsburgh, and he told about this part and about other parts that made me want to just face palm.. I didn't believe him but now that they officially announced this part.. I'm inclined to believe him.. much as I want this movie to be good it's gonna suck.
monstalova - 11/21/2011, 6:12 AM
Im gona go with a misquote or misprint... 8 MONTHS that sounds more appropriate
BFGLOOM - 11/21/2011, 6:12 AM
8 years later would still only make him about 30-34. Weird that its set so long after....Leaves more questions.
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