The Dark Knight Rises Timeline And New Photos Revealed

The latest issue of Empire magazine has revealed new photos and information about 2012’s most anticipated film, The Dark Knight Rises. Empire spoke to director Christopher Nolan, actor Tom Hardy (Bane), and costume designer Lindy Hemming, about the film and managed to squeeze out some more details about the ultra secretive film.

Christopher Nolan, who is known for his extreme secret keeping, has let quite a big one out. According to him, The Dark Knight Rises is set eight years after The Dark Knight. This is quite surprising, but the way Nolan explains it sounds amazing. Hard theny goes on to talk about Bane, and Hemming discusses how Bane becomes who he is.

The Dark Knight Rises stars Christian Bale, Tom Hardy, Anne Hathaway, Marion Cotillard, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Gary Oldman, Michael Caine, Morgan Freeman and Juno Temple and will hit cinemas on July 20.

Check out the new photos and read just what Nolan, Hardy and Hemming had to say below. And of course, let us know what you think in the comments.

“Nolan reveals that the story picks up eight years after The Dark Knight. 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.”

Tom Hardy said that Bane 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.”

Costume designer Lindy Hemming also talked about  Bane’s mask in the film. “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 added that the prologue coming with Mission:  Impossible – Ghost Protocol  in IMAX “is basically the first six, seven minutes of the film. It’s an  introduction to Bane, and a taste of the rest of the film.”