After months and months of secrecy, Christopher Nolan is finally releasing some Dark Knight Rises spoilers, all of which went to Empire Magazine.  Most of them are character details about Batman and his new villain, Bane, but one detail seems to loom larger than the rest—The Dark Knight Rises will take place eight years after the previous film, The Dark Knight.

Warning: Spoilers ahead!

If you recall, The Dark Knight ended with Batman allowing Gotham to believe that he was a murderous villain, in order to protect the legacy of Harvey Dent (who had become Two-Face and gone on a killing spree), and fleeing the Gotham Police Department.  And, instead of picking up immediately after this, The Dark Knight Rises takes place eight years later, and finds “an older Bruce Wayne; he’s not in a great state,” according to Nolan.

Our story picks up eight years after The Dark Knight. In terms of finishing our story and increasing its scope, we were trying to craft an epic. 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 our choice of villain and with our choice of story we are testing Batman both physically as well as mentally. Also, in terms of finishing the our story and increasing its scope, we were trying to craft epic so the physicality of the film became very important.

Further, we get more insight into Bane (the enormous villain who wears an inhaler mask over his face) who, in the Batman comics, snapped Bruce Wayne’s spine and crippled him:

He was injured early in his story. Hes suffering from pain and he needs gas to survive. He cannot survive the pain without the mask. The pipes from the mask go back along his jawline and feed into the thing at the back where there are two cannisters of what ever it is…the anesthetic.

Moreover, Tom Hardy, who portrays Bane, gave a little insight into his character’s psychology:

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. He’s a smashing machine. He’s a wrecking ball. If we’re going to shoot somebody, shoot the pregnant woman or the old lady first. Make sure everybody stands up. He’s a terrorist in his mentality as well as brutal actions. He’s horrible piece of work.

So there you have it, gang.  As if the wait for The Dark Knight Rises wasn’t going to be long enough, the above spoilers have just made it 100 times harder to wait until this summer to see how Christopher Nolan completes his Batman trilogy.  So here’s to spending the next six months watching Batman Begins and The Dark Knight on a constant loop, at least until The Dark Knight Rises footage leaks online.

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Source:  Batman News