The Dark Knight Rises director Christopher Nolan has revealed the first details about the plot of the film.
Anticipation for the director’s third outing to Gotham City has been at fever pitch for months. And as the release next summer approaches, Nolan has teased that the new film takes place years after the last one.
Nolan told Empire:
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.
The Dark Knight ended with Batman riding off into the night after being branded an outlaw.
The director also revealed character details of the films main villain Bane, played by Tom Hardy. “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 a well as mentally.”
The character has a mask which provides him with gas that allows him to survive a painful injury that he sustains during the film. Hardy said of his role: “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 and ripping out spinal columns. He’s a terrorist in mentality as well as brutal action.”
The Dark Knight Rises opens in the UK on July 20, 2012.