As we wait impatiently for the new Batman film The Dark Knight Rises, Entertainment Weekly has a cover story on the film – which is still deep in post-production – and Christopher Nolan is repeating what has been the modus operandi with the movie since day one: This is his last Batman film no if’s, and’s or huge paychecks. Check out a quote from Christopher Nolan and the new pictures of Christian Bale, Gary Oldman and Tom Hardy

Here’s Nolan’s non-response to the Bane controversy:

“I think when people see the film, things will come into focus,”

Ha. Entertainment Weekly has a number of stories already online, but this is definitely meant to sell to the collectors who still buy comic books etc. Nolan also speaks to his possible use of the Occupy Wall Street protests and the film’s return to the Bat-cave in their interviews. Here’s the latest pictures from the magazine:

The Dark Knight Rises hits theaters July 20, 2012, and that’s a ways away, but Warner Brothers is obviously giving the film the full court press in terms of awareness and hype. At this point there’s really only two films that can claim the mantle for the most anticipated of the year: this and The Hobbit. But where Peter Jackson‘s return to the Shire has some interesting question marks attached (two films out of the shortest book of the series?), the only worry here is that Nolan sticks the landing.

What’s your favorite of the new photos?