‘The Dark Knight Rises’ Picks Up Eight Years after ‘The Dark Knight’

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Over the weekend you saw The Dark Knight Rises will begin eight years after the events of The Dark Knight.

“It’s really all about finishing Batman and Bruce Wayne’s story. We left him in a very precarious place,” Christopher Nolan said. “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.”

Talking about the film’s main villain, Bane (pictured), Tom Hardy described him as “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.”

As for why Bane looks the way he does and why he wears the mask you see in the image above, costume designer Lindy Hemming said, “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.”

For those of you excited about the upcoming six-minute prologue that will play in front of Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol on December 16, Nolan adds that the feature, which will play only in front of 70mm IMAX screenings, “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.”

So what do you think? Is the news the story will take place with a Bruce Wayne well into his 40s appealing to you? Sound off in the comments below.