TDKR: Revealing New Info From EW; More From Bale & Hathaway

Check out some new quotes from EW's Summer Preview mag, featuring previously un-revealed plot information and thoughts on the movie from Christian Bale (Batman) and Anne Hathaway (Catwoman)..

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By Mark "RorMachine" Cassidy - 4/12/2012
The lads over at the TDKR fan community FB page have posted a few excerpts from Entertainment Weekly's current issue, which as we know features plenty of Bat-related goodies. First up, the much speculated upon "death of Batman" is brought up by the mag as they listen to the actors describe the story. Then Christian Bale describes Batman's state of mind as he is forced to take on the powerful Bane..

Listening to Team Nolan talk about the film, you find yourself wondering: 'Will Batman actually survive till the end credits?"...."We wanted to show a character who is aging, who is damaged, who may not be in his prime," says Bale. "He has never encountered anyone with such blunt force as Bane, and this is not the best time for him to encounter him."




Next, a brief quote from Anne Hathaway suggests Nolan has brought plenty of death and destruction to his third and final Batman movie, as she states - "He has created an epic disaster film.". Finally , EW offer up some new information on the plot via the following synopsis-style description. It seems the speculation as to what Batman has been up to in his eight year absence was spot on. It also suggests that his injuries (we have seen him walking with a cane in some of the clip footage) are a result of his previous villain encounters, and not a battle with Bane (will we still see him "break the Bat"?). Miranda Tate (Marion Cotillard) is also mentioned as a "potential" love interest..

"Rises is set eight years after the events of the Dark Knight. Gotham City is at peace and prospering, but Bruce Wayne is still recovering physically and emotionally from the tragic battles with the Joker and Harvey Dent. Batman, who took the fall for Harvey's crimes so Gotham could remain inspired by the lawman's former idealism, continues to be reviled and MIA as the story begins. While old allies Alfred and Lucius Fox and potential love interest Miranda Tate try to revive Bruce's spirits, two new threats to Gotham force Batman to end his exile."


Some juicy stuff I'm sure you'll agree. There may be more from EW's TDKR coverage, so keep an eye out.









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Christuffer - 4/12/2012, 7:43 AM
Sounds awesome.
fadersdream - 4/12/2012, 7:47 AM
So knightfall and TDKR combined.
antonio - 4/12/2012, 7:48 AM
Awesome!! Its the final chapter in Nolan's trilogy so of course he is gonna go all out. Especially since it sounds like there is going to be a ton of chaos, destruction, and death.




July 20.
antonio - 4/12/2012, 7:49 AM
@Fadersdream don't forget No Man's Land.
SmellofDuty - 4/12/2012, 7:52 AM
Sounds good to me. Bats must've messed his leg up pretty bad though. I'm guessing his eight years off took more mental healing than physical though. The scenes with the cane must be directly after TDK.
Marxman12 - 4/12/2012, 7:53 AM
My belief is that Bruce uses the cane due to his fall at the end of TDK. After his fall, Batman was limping pretty bad. This leg injury could be his physical price he paid and his leg will never be the same. We can all count on Bane exploiting Bruce's injury to take down the Bats.
manymade1 - 4/12/2012, 7:54 AM
@ PatientZero

Don't mean to sound like a know-it-all but it wasn't 48 hours but 3 months.
SUPERSHADOWBAT - 4/12/2012, 7:54 AM
It sounds like TDKR is going to live up to the hype. If they are saying that it's like a great disaster film, which would mean a lot if action. FTW!
mrHJK - 4/12/2012, 7:54 AM
He has not been Batman for eight years because the Joker stabbed him a couple times, dogs bit him, and he fell down from the warehouse? No. This movie needs some sort of montage at the beginning to connect the two films. Maybe throw in some villain cameos, but mostly just make this film actually connect to the other two.
mrHJK - 4/12/2012, 7:57 AM
@Marxman12:

That would make sense if in the same movie we didn't see him fall into a car while trying to catch Rachel or jump onto a moving van and crush it inwards. Not to mention how he seemed to be just fine after being carried away by a jet!! No whiplash? That's good.
I just can't believe that fall messed him up.
R888 - 4/12/2012, 7:58 AM
Sounds awesome

@Blastoise

Maybe they win best action at mtv but I scared everyone will vote twilight which is bullshit.

I hope the avengers do win something

antonio - 4/12/2012, 8:01 AM
@R888 I think Avengers has a shot at being nominated for Best Visual Effects and Best Sound Mixing/Editing at the Academy Awards next year. It will no doubt win awards.
MrReese - 4/12/2012, 8:10 AM
epic disaster film!!! sounds [frick]in awesome also why would Miranda "try 2 revive Bruces spirits"?? =/ maybe jus playin her part in the whole scheme hmmm.
Supes17 - 4/12/2012, 8:11 AM
I think his injuries and walking with a cane are not just the result of his battle with the Joker but rather the physicall toll that 8-9 years of crime fighting and tragedy has taken on Bruce Wayne.

This is a guy who has been suffering since the night of his parents' deaths. With the lifestlye that Batman's character has, he shouldn't be able to live a long life.
forthesakeofnow - 4/12/2012, 8:22 AM
to all the people calling for cameos from other villains in the 8 year gap i dont think they understand that its more likely that batman completely disapears for those 8 years and there are no villains for him to have dealt with after the joker/events of TDK.

it would feel like a cop-out to be if they make it like "villain of the week batman had to deal with in year 5 of the gap"

its more interesting to me if he disapeared completely due to being wanted for multiple murders as well as being hurt phsyically hence the cane and mentally due to losing rachel and what happend with the joker and harvey. thats more interesting to me, it makes it more dramatic that batman would have to return from nowhere to save gotham from bane. rather than "oh yeah batman is back again after fighting those last few villains" it really waters down the drama if its like that.

a villain montage credit sequence is more like something they would do in spiderman or synder did on watchmen, thats not how nolan makes films, there are no pretitle sequences or credits bits until the end.
Wildaniel - 4/12/2012, 8:22 AM
Maybe Batman broke his back when he fell of the building saving Gordan's son.
Berger45 - 4/12/2012, 8:22 AM
This sounds dark and great! Spider-Man, Avengers and Batman! All in the same year! Overloading on awesomeness, guys!

But I have to say, I am looking forward to The Dark Knight Rises the most. And that summary just gets me excited!
forthesakeofnow - 4/12/2012, 8:23 AM
as far as im concerned he was gone for 8 years, not still fighting crime and we have skipped forward because the villains werent interesting
Wildaniel - 4/12/2012, 8:23 AM
It would be cool to see a montage of the 8 years and him fighting other villains. I dont think that will happen. Most likely the night Dent died was his last time being Batman.
forthesakeofnow - 4/12/2012, 8:25 AM
he is "reviled and MIA". as in MISSION IN ACTION aka NOT FIGHTING VILLAINS FOR THE SAKE OF (now) CAMEOS
forthesakeofnow - 4/12/2012, 8:26 AM
@brazilianbatman

how does that make it an epic fail?
forthesakeofnow - 4/12/2012, 8:27 AM
@Wildaniel

surely everything we know so far points to the fact he was never batman in those 8 years. nothing we have heard in any way would allude to the idea he was still at it all that time
NeoBaggins - 4/12/2012, 8:29 AM
Sounds like a well made film with a good story and talented actors. Might have to check this out.
InFamouslyCool - 4/12/2012, 8:29 AM
a real movie.
xNightwingx - 4/12/2012, 8:33 AM
@mrHJK The part where he gets picked up by a skyhook can actually be done without injury. Just need a proper harness. CIA and Special forces have used that method of surface to air recovery since the fifties.
xNightwingx - 4/12/2012, 8:35 AM
Completely agree with @forthesakeofnow. Wish all the fanboys would just get over it.
leftcoastpunk - 4/12/2012, 8:46 AM
It says TWO new threats force him to come back. I can't see catwoman being a threat to gotham herself, and the leagues not technically new. Sounds like there could possibly be another big name player in all this.
forthesakeofnow - 4/12/2012, 8:55 AM
@brazilianbatman

in the comic he does, they obviously dont exist/yet in nolans films, is he supposed to make referenc to a load of them purely because if he doesnt it makes u think he is forgetting about them or doesnt care about the source material.

in terms of the final days thing, its a 3 act structure just like within a single film itself, 1 set up, 2 conflict, 3 resolution. the reason 3rd films are usually crap is because they dont finish things properly by aiming to just another second act, like spiderman 3, that was only the last in that run because they decided to leave it there, it wasnt a resolution for the character which was a shame after a great 1st and 2nd act.

im glad TDKR is the last, its more dramatic and interesting that way than if its just another sequel, unless bruce wayne or batman dies then its just the end of a chapter for a character in his history.

bb and tdk were in batmans early years, he just wasnt expecting for the joker to cut his time as batman short and probably then wasnt expecting to have to return to stop bane. batman carrying on fighting crime as normal after then would seem contrived and only happening to make money like it happens alot in the comics.

i dont know about u but i think its nice to have an actual end to something
dmadtroll - 4/12/2012, 9:03 AM
"Bruce Wayne is still recovering physically and emotionally from the tragic battles with the Joker and Harvey Dent. Batman, who took the fall for Harvey's crimes so Gotham could remain inspired by the lawman's former idealism, continues to be reviled and MIA as the story begins." -----

sounds to me like another 2hours of talking and 30mins of action. ^^
RidiculousFanBoyDemands - 4/12/2012, 9:21 AM
Still The Avengers will be a very tasty Milk Shake, and I look forward to it. But not nearly as much as I look forward to TDKR. Both movies have my money, but I'm pretty sure I will see TDKR multiple times, since I live right across the street from the best IMAX theater in the state of Texas.
Otisburg - 4/12/2012, 9:33 AM
8 years after tdkr?! wtf?!

he was beaten up enough for his body to recover that long?!

good that there wont be another sequel because at this rate he would be 50 yrs old in the next movie..lol.

....EPIC FAIL, DC/WB IS IN PANIC MODE, NOW THAT THE AVENGERS IS ALREADY RULING THE MOVIE WORLD.
NextHero08 - 4/12/2012, 9:59 AM
Can't wait for this film to come out and everyone is eating shyt sandwhiches. Talk bull AFTER you see the movie.
SpiderFan35 - 4/12/2012, 10:04 AM
@Otisburg: I think the 8 year thing has been known for a long time, and I think the time frame is due to many emotional and political factors etc, not just Wayne's physical issues.

I does seem that there has been an influx of TDKR news the day after the Avengers premiere. Coincidence? Maybe.
SpiderFan35 - 4/12/2012, 10:05 AM
@Bastard: lol, his fragility is on the inside man, c'mon.
Phlegmbot - 4/12/2012, 10:39 AM
Sounds and looks horrible.

The premise -- or what we know of it -- is ridiculous. You either skip 8 years OR you have Batman deal w/the issues from the last movie. Not both. Seriously, what kind of loser is Bruce Wayne that he's STILL dealing w/issues re: Dent and the Joker 8 years later? Sure, Batman's not great w/closure (i.e., his parents' death), but this just makes him sound pathetic.

Batman is strong of body and mind. He's freakin' Batman!!

TDK had great characters with a poor and completely nonsensical story; it sounds like this going to have an interesting story, but the premise and characters sound like a pathetic mess.
AsianVersionOfET - 4/12/2012, 10:51 AM
Hurry the eff up July! And to all the haters....yeah, I really have nothing new to say to you, other than....just, do us all a favor and get ran over while crossing the street.
forthesakeofnow - 4/12/2012, 11:05 AM
@brazilianbatman

harry potter was one set of films based on one set of books about one character in one tonal/temporal world by one author.

batman has been 100s of different bruce waynes in 100s of different times, worlds (in terms of tone), some for kids some with self harm and ultra violence.

this is one telling of one mans story by one director

let him just get on with it, nolan is making HIS version of batman, not THE version of batman, there will be more batman films than there ever will be harry potter films, case in point being the 4 previous ones in 2 or 3 different worlds with differnet actors

thats the magic of a source material so vast
forthesakeofnow - 4/12/2012, 11:06 AM
@bladesblade

WORD
forthesakeofnow - 4/12/2012, 11:07 AM
@brazilianbatman

plus it simply comes down to the time and money in cinema, you couldnt make 6-9 batman films with the same actor year after year like they did harry potter
OnLeatherWings - 4/12/2012, 11:24 AM
I don't know bout the rest of you but I wouldn't be taking EW s word on this so seriously. Unless it's from the mouth of Nolan I think it'safe to say that not all the facts are there and words have been twisted around
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