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Christopher Nolan teases Dark Knight Rises plot details

The Dark Knight Rises

Story by Jack Foley

CHRISTOPHER Nolan has let slip some more plot details about his third Batman movie, The Dark Knight Rises.

In a new interview with Empire magazine, the director said the film will really be about “finishing Batman and Bruce Wayne’s story”, which began in 2005 with Batman Begins and continued with 2008’s The Dark Knight.

“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.”

Among the adversaries Wayne will have to face this time around is Bane, played by Tom Hardy, who is designed to represent a villain unlike any he’s previously encountered.

“With our choice of villain and with our choice of story we’re testing Batman both physically as well as mentally.”

Elaborating more on Bane, he said: “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.”

As for Bane’s mask, Nolan states: ““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.”

The movie – which also stars franchise newcomers Anne Hathaway as Catwoman along with Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Marion Cotillard and Josh Pence – opens in July 2012 and is reported to be Nolan’s last.

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