THE DARK KNIGHT RISES - New Images and Story Details!

Over the weekend there were two different covers revealed for an upcoming issue of Empire Magazine featuring Bane and Batman from Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight Rises. Today we have a few image scans from the magazine to share with you showing off new images of Batman and Bane. 

I'm surprised by all of the negative feedback from fanboys and fangirls on Nolan's vision of Bane. I trust in Nolan and what he is creating for us. I like what I see in Bane, and there's no doubt Tom Hardy is going to give an incredible performance. I really hope that the haters end up liking everything in the end. 

Empire Magazine also has interviews with Nolan, Hardy and a others. Nolan reveales that the story picks up eight years after The Dark Knight, which gives this story and these characters a very different dynamic.

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 Bane, we're looking to give Batman a challenge he hasn't had before. With our choice of villain and with our choice of story we're testing Batman both physically as well as mentally.

I'm surprised that the story takes us that far in the future, but I think it's a great idea. Hardy went on to talk about his cahracter Bane saying that he is...

...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.

Oh come on! How can that description of Bane not excite the hell out of you!? Costume designer Lindy Hemming went on to discuss Banes mask in the film, which a lot of people don't like. 

He was injured early in his story. He's suffering from pain and needs gas to survive. He can't survive the pain without the mask. The pipes from the mask go back along his jawline and feed into the thing at his back, where there are two cannisters.

Nolan also revealed that the prologue for the movie coming with Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol in IMAX... basically the first six, seven minutes of the film. It's an introduction to Bane, and a taste of the rest of the film.

Check out the rest of the images below and tell us what you think about all this!

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