The Dark Knight Rises is only 8 months away, which in the grand scheme of the universe is really only the blink of an eye ARGH WE CAN’T TAKE IT ANYMORE! We need the Batman back immediately. Not helping matters are all the new, exceedingly awesome details Tom Hardy and the gang have revealed about the third film in director Christopher Nolan‘s trilogy in the new issue of Empire magazine. A few facts that will make the seconds seem like minutes, and the minutes seem like hours, include:
- We’re getting an older, grouchier superhero: “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,” Nolan explained. So you know Christian Bale is going to nail it.
- Spinal columns will be ripped out: “He’s brutal. Brutal,” Hardy says about his villain Bane. “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.”
- Bane is like Darth Vader, except worse and possibly cooler: “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,”Â costume designer Lindy Hemming reveals about Bane’s look. “The pipes from the mask go back along his jawline and feed into the thing at his back, where there are two canisters.”
- Expect The Dark Knight levels of intensity: “WithÂ Bane, we’re looking to give Batman a challenge he hasn’t had before,” Nolan says. “With our choice of villain and with our choice of story we’re testing Batman both physically as well as mentally.”
- We won’t have to wait until July to get a sneak peak: “The Prologue is basically the first six, seven minutes of the film. Itâ€™s the introduction to Bane and a taste of the rest of the film. With Bane we are looking to give Batman a physical challenge that he hasnâ€™t had before. In terms of finishing our story and increasing its scope, we were trying to craft an epic,” says Nolan. Luckily for us, the short prologue will play before the IMAX version of Mission: Impossible â€“ Ghost Protocol, which comes out December 21. Excited yet horrified squee!