Monday, 21 November 2011

The Dark Knight Rises; “...our story picks up quite a bit later...he’s an older Bruce Wayne. It is ... years after The Dark knight”...

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This month’s (Well technically next month’s) Empire Magazine has some interesting titbits and scraps of information, ahead of the movie’s IMAX prologue preview on the 21st of December. (Recall how successful the Joker bank robbery preview was 4 years ago.) The most interesting of which may be that, contrary to many assumptions , this film will not only fail to pick up directly from The end of The Dark Knight; where Bruce sacrificed the Batman’s reputation for “the good of the city”, but will in fact take place a full 8 (EIGHT) years after that film. Nolan explains...
“It’s really all about finishing Batman and Bruce Wayne’s story. We left him in a very precarious place at the end of The Dark Knight. His reputation in tatters, on the run. And I think, 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.”

There has been an awful lot of debate about the choice of Bane as the main villain, or at the least the most visible villain, for this film. Nolan explains why he felt it was necessary to go to Bane and how he poses a different challenge to those seen so far in Nolan’s Batman films, and also a type of challenge that was vital for a trilogy ending story.

“The world of Batman, indeed the world of all graphic novels, deals with archetypes... You want a different archetype. What Bane represents in the comics is the ultimate physical villain.”
Christian Bale says “It’s the first time in Chris’ movies that we’ve had an adversary who is physically superior.”

There’s also a little confirmation on the nature of Bane’s mask; which is sufficiently different enough from the comic book creation to have comic book fans speculating, alongside those who had never heard of Bane, as to how the character would play out, and what his mask / costume represented. In the comics Bane, who is extremely intelligent, gets his incredible strength from “Venom”, which is injected, intravenously via tubes in the back of his head. That all seemed a little bit much for the “real world” vision of Nolan’s Batman films; not to mention the mask suggested gas, not liquid. Well according to costume designer Lindy hemming, Bane’s costume, like Batman’s is full of history and practicality. The look of the mask was inspired by her desire to have it be “like an animal”, most notably Silverback Gorillas. Bane has suffered an injury earlier on in his life, the severity of which is that he cannot survive the pain without the gas. The mask acts as a permanent delivery system for the gas.

There’s much more on Bane and the Dark Knight Rises in the latest issue of Empire which is either on sale now or about to go on sale.

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