RUMOR: The Dark Knight Rises Will Draw from Tim Sale's "Batman: Dark Victory"

RUMOR: The Dark Knight Rises Will Draw from Tim Sale's "Batman: Dark Victory"

RUMOR: <em>The Dark Knight Rises</em> Will Draw from Tim Sale's "Batman: Dark Victory"

Cosmic Book News has been contacted with some interesting information about the Batwing, Bane, and the script. An inclusion of material from Sale's "Dark Victory" could mean Robin makes an appearance.

Next, regarding the Batwing (though the source didn't specifically name it that), it will be what we've seen in set photos, but enhanced with a CGI underbelly and wings.

Now, regarding the story, the source said it is an original script, but when you think of the following DC Comics comic book stories, put them all together and that is the story: "Knightfall," Frank Miller's "Batman: Year One," and Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale's "Batman: Dark Victory."

Finally regarding Bane, he is considered an "heir" as the leader of the League of Shadows much like in the comics, and also - Talia al Ghul is in the story.

The Batwing with wings? I guess I could see it. People have been speculating that it would have blades like a helicopter, but I haven't heard too many people expecting wings on that contraption.

As for the Bane and Talia al Ghul information, that isn't anything new or revealing. It's expected that Bane would have to tie-in with the League of Shadows in order to make the connection between the past films. As for Talia al Ghul, this is Nolan's worst kept secret. The minute we saw her walking down those steps and into a tumbler in Pittsburgh, we knew she wasn't just a board member of Wayne Enterprise.

And finally we have the info on the script. I think I'm more shocked that the list of inspiration doesn't have "No Man's Land." Everything I've read on the leaks and scene of the videos and pictures suggests a heavy reliance of the earthquake related storyline.

The surprise on the list is Tim Sale's "Batman:Dark Victory." It was a 14-part comic book series that is a sequel to "Batman: The Long Halloween." If this rumor is true then this would have BIG implications. Part of "Dark Victory" is a re-telling of the Robin origin. Who trains in secret and helps batman when the batcave is infiltrated by a whole slew of major villains.

Though the story truly centers around Gotham police officers being murdered and Two-Face in a turf war against the remaining members of the Falcone crime family. That family is lead by Sofia Falcone, the daughter of Carmine Falcone.

I'll interject for a moment, now if Nolan wants to surprise us he'll have Marion Cotillard playing Sofia Falcone, but I don't think that is true based on the costume she wore during that Pittsburgh shoot.

The storyline has many different twists and turns. It actually has a story arc for Catwoman that suggests that Carmine Falcone is her father, and that could be a nice twist in The Dark Knight Rises.

The Dark Knight Rises hits theaters July 20th 2012 and stars Christian Bale as Bruce Wayne/Batman, Michael Caine as Alfred Pennyworth, Garly 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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