Rumor: Bane To "Break The Bat" In TDKR? Plus Bucharest Filming Updates

This will be a mixture of actual news and rumor. Bucharest has been confirmed as a shooting location, with an interesting area singled out. And we have a possible update on the part Bane will play in the story..

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By Mark "RorMachine" Cassidy - 1/23/2011
First off we have this post from Solidus over on the SHH forums. Now ordinarily I wouldn't post anything from there even as rumor but it would seem that this particular guy is looked on as a pretty reliable source of info. And It appears that he did know about Hardy being Bane quite a while ago at least so I figured this was worth sharing even just as something to speculate on. Anyway, here is what he had to say..



Okay. Myself and a few others on these boards have known about Tom Hardy/Bane being the villain for a few months now. And a few will chime in here to show the validity of what I'm about to tell the Hype.

A few months back we heard from a reliable source that Tom Hardy actually did not know who he was playing (Not a big Bat fan I guess) but knew three things that Nolan had told him.

1. He would have to get big again (Bronson size)
2. He would wear a black mask (apparently I think he saw it)
3. He would break Batman's back in the first act.


Sounds pretty hard to believe doesn't it? Batman would surely take a back seat for a while as he recovers and we know there will be no Lazarus pits available for a speedy fix! I would say this is doubtful. Unless someone steps in to take over the mantle of the Bat while Wayne recovers. Azrael did so in the comic of course, but since we have no idea if he will be part of the story or not could Selina Kyle/Catwoman assume that role? It's still unlikely to me that Nolan would have his main character sidelined for any amount of time in that fashion but you never know.

Then we have this next bit of (actual:)news from Brusimm.com. Bucharest Romania has been confirmed as a shooting locale..

The mayor of Bucharest, Romania is pretty excited that a piece of Hollywood is visiting their part of the world in the form of location shoots for Batman 3, The Dark Knight Rises.

Director / writer / producer Christopher Nolan will be hitting up several locations for Batman 3 in the region in and around Bucharest. The plans are also to film in other locations around central Romania also, like in Turda, in a salt mine there.


The salt mine is an interesting locale. Of course it could mean absolutely nothing and simply be used for background shots. But can any of you Bat fans think of another way that a salt mine in Bucharest could shed any more light on possible plot points?

Thanks to DCMF for the use of his pic.

Source: Brusimm.com
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superotherside - 1/23/2011, 5:06 AM
possible story out line?:

bane breaks the bat

bruce with back broken meets Selina Kyle/Catwoman in her kyle id

while bruce is recovering, black mask (or bane) takes over gotham's crime syndicate

selina kyle helps bruce recover from his back injuries

bruce likes hanging out with selina more than being batman

bruce figures out that selina is catwoman

bruce and selina probably have an argument (with a fight) probably about their two different masquerades

bane (and maybe black mask) start tearing the city apart and batman has to save the city again... catwoman might help him...

that's as far as i could get i have no idea what the ending might be...
jazzman - 1/23/2011, 5:07 AM
well it make sense about the title

"The Dark Knight Rise: From a Broken Back" lol

but i have a strange feel Bane will also have Black Mask story concept mixed aswell.
RorMachine - 1/23/2011, 5:12 AM
lol, yeah Tea there is a definite similarity in those words. Nolan sucks! Plus rises sounds like prizes and we all know how gay prizes are.. this is gonna be terrible!
Jolt17 - 1/23/2011, 5:14 AM
@otherside nice point, dude!

Other than what you said, I can barely imagine how can this go!

Well Bane and Catwoman is not what I've imagined bfore for TDKR, but I believe in Nolan any way.

Can't wait to see more details!
quinnymahon2008 - 1/23/2011, 5:15 AM
thats good jazzman
MrMurdock - 1/23/2011, 5:18 AM
Bane MUST break the Bat. Needs to happen..

Hence the 'Rises'.


Xandera - 1/23/2011, 5:24 AM
Bahahaha! Intruder!

This kinda makes sense actually...
this way fans get what they want and Nolan can still develope a story that doesn't end with Batman becoming a cripple...
even so I aint gettin my hopes up without confirmation...

Cool Stuff Ror!
Exiles - 1/23/2011, 5:28 AM
salt mine is a ideal location for the bat cave but they could just make a set, I remember seeing it on top gear so it would be a pretty natural fit.
PaulRom - 1/23/2011, 5:35 AM
If Bane does break the Batback, I'd rather not see it happen until sometime around the middle of the film. First acts sounds a little too early, in my opinion.
Denn1s - 1/23/2011, 5:39 AM
BREAK THE [frick]ER !!!! it will be epic to see him break the bat...
Xandera - 1/23/2011, 5:40 AM
Too funny Teabag & Intruder!

Are you ever happy grif?
GAC - 1/23/2011, 5:47 AM
It stands to reason they will go with the Bane/Batman back breaking story. If they do go with that story, how do they execute it? Nolan can use the flash forward techniques that indicate time moving forward rapidly by intertwining scenes of Bruce Wayne recovering/training and Bane running amok in Gotham.

Now that I know Bane is in it I'll be a little disappointed if its not the back breaking story.....
jazzman - 1/23/2011, 6:02 AM
@ShadowVoyd

nah his not a vegetarian. he did admit for him to gain so much weight for Broson he eat alot of chocolate.

@Teabag & Intruder

u guys are so crazy
patriautism - 1/23/2011, 6:11 AM
Well the title Dark Knight Rises could be a direct reference to Knightfall.
I don't think that would have Jean-Paul, but Catwoman could theoretically take Batman's place while he recovered.
BatLantern - 1/23/2011, 6:21 AM
this is from SHH hmm... I dont buy it
DetBullock - 1/23/2011, 6:23 AM
I don't trust these rumors much: in the comics batman healed beacause of a person with superpowers, one thing is stretching things a bit like it was done with Two-Face, doing somethig utterly and notoriuosly impossible like healing a lesion in the spinal cord is a bit too much.
GrimeKid - 1/23/2011, 6:25 AM
I saw an interview with Hardy where he 'hinted' that steroids were behind his weight gain for Bronson.
He also claimed that he did 2500 press-ups a day & it only took him 5 weeks to bulk up for the movie.(which does sound like the work steroids)
If it was steroids,(and it might not be) I hope he takes twice as much for TDKR, I mean I don't wanna kill the guy, but I do want Bane to look MASSIVE
ChrisMc - 1/23/2011, 6:28 AM
If Batman is taken out of commission in the first act, then there is only one possible scenario that I can think of:

Perhaps there could be a 'break' in time? Maybe after Bane breaks Batman's back, they could skip ahead six months or something. While he was recovering, crime went up and the people of Gotham realize that they need Batman. Hence the 'Rises' portion of the title.

However I still have no idea how Catwoman fits into all of that. Maybe she'll she'll be able to manipulate both Bane and Batman to fight each other??? Who knows.

wglover - 1/23/2011, 6:33 AM
Tom hardy was great in martina coles the take and can't wait to see him fight the bat.
whoa123 - 1/23/2011, 6:38 AM
I hope this is true....
marvel72 - 1/23/2011, 6:41 AM
i think they should "break the bat" at the end of the film,then watch warner panic "what are we gonna do if we can't make any batman films anymore".

maybe think about doing another hero.

@ teabag/intruder

thats some funny shit,keep up the good work.

just think about all the ramps that would have to be fitted to wayne mannor & the bat cave.
jazzman - 1/23/2011, 6:50 AM
@marvel72

actually WB wont panic they would just do Batman Beyond

@ShadowVoyd

heres a interview of Tom Hardy mentioning about his training

dickmastaflex - 1/23/2011, 6:51 AM
i dont think we will see his back gettin broken in the first act they have a origin to make from bane first
dickmastaflex - 1/23/2011, 6:52 AM
i dont think catwomens gonna help batman intentionally in any way
BruceWayneNewton - 1/23/2011, 6:54 AM
Everything about this movie sounds absolutely epic!
marvel72 - 1/23/2011, 6:59 AM
@ jazzman

i hope not can't stand that show,i'd rather they did frank millers the dark knight returns with zack snyder directing it.
ThunderCougarFalconBird - 1/23/2011, 7:16 AM
@Teabag - yes, Wall-E was killed. He killed Johnny 5 so he deserved no less!

AlexDeLarge87 - 1/23/2011, 7:16 AM
Maybe Bane just beats Batman in the bad shape (not break his back but still almost kills him or something)?! And then when Batman is recovering. Bane terrorises the city and takes gotham´s criminal underworld on his control (it would be nice if he does it with Hugo Strange or Black Mask. I prefer Strange).
In the meantime Batman is forced to built himself again a better and stronger costume so he can confront Bane in the last final battle, where the main price is the fate of gotham city. And Selina Kyle aka Catwoman is in there middle somewhere i dont know?
This would be cool i think?!:)
OverCross - 1/23/2011, 7:17 AM
"The Dark Knight Rises Then Falls Again"
Devastator335 - 1/23/2011, 7:18 AM
Holy crap! Bane breaking Batman's back? This movie will rock! I hope Batman recovers quickly!
AlexDeLarge87 - 1/23/2011, 7:21 AM
Overcross@ Cool name!:)
golden123 - 1/23/2011, 7:32 AM
I don't think they would have made the mask yet therefor I think this is fake. Also, I think Bane will work for Ra's since Bane is a mercenary and I don't think the mob will hire Bane because the mob is pretty much dead in Gotham at this point.
rcazzy - 1/23/2011, 7:41 AM
Did Nolan completely rule out the Lazarus Pits? Even a single one, with healing bacteria or something?

That salt mine could point us towards it being the location of one, if it isn't the batcave.
Comedian03 - 1/23/2011, 7:52 AM
@Ror
Is there a reason you deleted my comment?
jazzman - 1/23/2011, 7:56 AM
@marvel72

Snyder might be too busy with Superman sequels if the reboot dont fail.
Rykoo - 1/23/2011, 7:56 AM
IronWarrior777 - 1/23/2011, 8:03 AM
cool poster
Tin - 1/23/2011, 8:08 AM
Nolan knows what he's doing when he wants to break Batman's back. I think it's a great idea, honestly. It feels real, feels very probable to happen. Plus, it's an idea incorporated from comics. Very good solution indeed
hanzo - 1/23/2011, 8:14 AM
cool man..brokeback mountain..err,i mean break batman's back..:D
DukeAcureds - 1/23/2011, 8:17 AM
Okay, so they are doing Knightfall. In fact, if the back-breaking is in the first act, then they're probably doing the whole frickin' Knights Trilogy! This is far too epic for one film, they would have to cut a shitload out of it. But if you look at the end of Knightsend, not only is it a perfect place to end the sory of Batman, but it is also a perfect place to end Nolan's particularly trilogy. For those of you who have not read Knightsend, Bruce Wayne defeats Jean Paul (Valley a.k.a Azrael) and uses the well that he fell into when he was a child (or at the beginning of Batman Begins), ten decides it is time to end the whole Batman thing and looks towards a normal future.
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