Christopher Nolan on ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ plot, and Villain Bane

Just about few days ago, Christopher Nolan finished “The Dark Knight Rises” 7 month long shooting. He called ‘it’s a wrap” after travelling to 3 continents starting with India to United Kingdom, and back to United States, where he started shooting from the state of  Pennsylvania. He shot some important action and chase sequences. Anne Hathaway was spotted on the streets. Mr. Nolan, then took the production team to Los Angeles, California, where they spent time shooting some wrecked vehicles piled on top each other, chases, explosions and smoke rising from the buildings. The videos from the sets were all leacked on Youtube. Then the production team moved for a while to New York, where Christian Bale and Joseph Gordon-Levitt were both spotted walking in the crowd. After a while Nolan’s team spent time in New Jersey, and after he finished shooting few scenes there, he moved back to New York to shoot a big action scene with Christian Bale, Tom Hardy, Anne Hathaway and tons of extras.

During this 7 month long shooting, Mr. Christopher Nolan had his arms wrapped around the plot of the film in order for it not to get revealed. It was reported that he didn’t even wanted to divulge the ending to his actors. But, Mr. Nolan has changed his mind now, he has divulged the secret about the film with Empire magazine. Speaking of the magazine, have you seen the covers yet? If you haven’t yet, you better check it out here.

In his interview, Mr. Nolan carefully and thoughtfully reveals what’s important to reveal and what’s not important to reveal just to market this baby. Nolan states, “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.”

Speaking of physical challenges, what can Tom Hardy tell us about Bane? “He’s brutal. 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 lets drop a few clues to his backstory as she talks about Bane’s look. On the mask, she says, “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.”

The prologue of the film which is 6-7 minutes long will be screened in front of Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol on December 16th only in select IMAX cinemas. The purpose of the prologue is to introduce the character of Tom Hardy to the fans who is playing ‘Bane.’ And, to give the audiences the taste of what’s coming from the Nolan’s camp. The Dark Knight Rises is going to open on July 20, 2012. It is Christopher Nolan’s last batman film.

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