New "The Dark Knight Rises" Plot Details Revealed

(Be warned, that be potential spoilers ahead)

Many of you following us here at Better With Popcorn certainly know that we'd give multiple limbs in order to find out even a smidgen of new information from the set of "The Dark Knight Rises", Christopher Nolan's third and final entry into his renowned Batman trilogy.

The movie isn't for for another seven months or so, but that hasn't stopped the director/writer/producer from opening the vault, so to speak, in an interview with Empire.

Nolan was quick to reveal that the story actually takes place a whopping eight years after the events of "The Dark Knight", something that's both a little surprising but also typical of Nolan. After all, "Batman Begins" took place over much of Bruce Wayne's first thirty years. While TDK took place only over a short amount of time, it would make sense to end the story with a more mature Batman, especially if it's Nolan's intention to, in certain ways, "break the bat".


"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."

This obviously brings up more questions than answers for fans. What has Batman been doing for 8 years? Is he still on the run, an outlaw, for taking the fall for Harvey Dent's death? What's the state of Gotham before Bane arrives?

While we may still have a lot of questions, Tom Hardy, who stars as Bane in the film, offered a little bit of insight into his character as well, claiming that Bane's fighting style included "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." Ouch.

The article also reveals, at least in part, how the film will explain Bane's mask. In the comics, Bane is usually fed a "venom" which gives him super-human strength, albeit at the expense of a near-debilitating addiction. Nolan's Batman universe is supposed to be firmly planted in realism, so the crew was tasked to create a somewhat realistic alternative to Bane's addiction. Costume designer Lindy Hemming:


"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."

So, instead of fueling super-strength, Bane will be sick, which is an interesting twist from the comics. Previous images of the character seem to suggest steroid addiction, which could still be true in some form. Still, this is definitely an interesting work-around at the hands of Nolan.

Adding to all the speculation is a recent interview with Liam Neeson, who portrayed the nearly immortal Ra's Al Ghul in the first film. Despite seemingly suffering his demise at the end of Batman Begins, it's rather questionable whether Ra's was actually dead, especially considering he keeps coming back to life in the comics. The fact that Nolan was seemingly using the Lazarus Pits (which allow Ra's to resurrect himself), and had cast actor Josh Pence to play a younger version of Ra's didn't help either.

On the subject, and in an interview with MTV, Neeson claimed that he didn't have "a f---ing clue what it's about," but that he was "eager to see this one". He kind of skirted the actual question as to whether or not he was in it, which leads us to believe that he might be making a cameo. Earlier in the year, rumors were running rampant as to whether Aaron Eckhart would be returning as Harvey Dent / Two-Face, but he quickly squashed the rumors claiming Nolan had told him personally that it wasn't happened. Neeson seems to be playing coy about the whole thing, which will leave us, at the very least, skeptical.

So, what do we really know, following all of the latest information drops from Nolan et al?

The story will take place eight years following the events of TDK. Wayne will be older, and not in peak physical condition, while facing the threat of a much stronger and malicious Bane, described as a "terrorist", "brutal", and "result-oriented", although he will be injured early in the film, which will require him to wear a mask that constantly feeds him some sort of gas (venom?) that makes him more or less impervious to pain. A 6 to 8 minute trailer attached the new Mission: Impossible film will give us Bane's back-story, and will be the first few minutes of the action film.

There is still a lot we don't know about the film, such as Selina Kyle's involvement as Catowoman (or Marion Cotillard and Joseph Gordon-Levitt's characters for that matter) or what Bane's endgame might be, and of course what happens to Batman at the end of the film, seeing as Nolan intends the film to be sort of definitive. There's no doubt that there will be more batman films made in the future, but I have a feeling Nolan won't want anyone messing with his trilogy, so I can definitely see Bruce Wayne suffering his demise when it's all said and done. I just simply can't picture the caped crusader taking his retirement on a sunny beach after all he's been through.

Whatever the case may be, we're more excited than ever. Along with the Mission: Impossible sneak peak, it has been rumored that a new Dark Knight Rises trailer will also be attached to the new Sherlock Holmes movie next month, so we'll definitely have more then. Until then, checkout Coming Soon for a few more screens from the Empire cover story.

Comments 5
Patrick Storto's picture

I really hope there's a surprise villain involved.

Based on the teaser trailer with Commissioner Gordon, I would guess that Batman hasn't been around for the last eight years.

George Prax's picture

I can't see them doing just Bane. Catwoman doesn't seem to be a villain. Definitely think there's going to be a Ra'j cameo, if not from Liam Neeson then Josh Pence playing a younger version of him and Marion Cotillard playing his daughter Talia.

George Prax's picture

HUGE RUMOR. Ellen Page might have been cast in the film as Barbara Gordon:

Matt Langdale's picture

I really, really don't wanna be that guy, but it's Ra's al Ghul, not Ra'j.

George Prax's picture

My bad. I don't even know why I wrote that lol