Chris Nolan Talks Bane In ‘Dark Knight Rises’

Published 3 years ago by , Updated December 13th, 2011 at 7:41 am,

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Judging by the buzz surrounding The Dark Knight Rises of late, you’d think the movie was due to hit theaters this Friday – as opposed to seven months (from the time of writing this).

Warner Bros. has begun to truly heighten anticipation for director Christopher Nolan’s third Batman movie – between the initiation of the film’s viral marketing campaign, a press screening of the Dark Knight Rises prologue, and the release of an ominous poster that is all the more intriguing for fans who are familiar with the shared comic book history of the Caped Crusader and his main opponent in Dark Knight Rises: the terrorist Bane (Tom Hardy).

Following the Dark Knight Rises prologue press showing, Nolan and his spouse/producer Emma Thomas sat down with IGN to chat about Hardy’s onscreen counterpart in The Dark Knight Rises – and, briefly, tease the masked thug’s backstory, as portrayed in the film.

On the topic of using the Dark Knight Rises prologue to introduce Bane, in a manner that (intentionally) recalls the introduction to The Joker in The Dark Knight:

Nolan: “Well, when you’re thinking about opening a film you want to lead in a striking way and with a very striking number of character-driven views. So you’re looking for a sequence that showcases this — in the case of Bane — his physicality and his aggression and devotion to his prize and this kind of thing. Those are all things that get wrapped up in there.”

Thomas: “And I think in some ways it’s kind of fun [to first show Bane in action]. In ‘The Dark Knight’ we did the same thing when we introduced the Joker, and he was in mid-heist. And it very much, if you remember, it very much gave you the sense of who the Joker was. And I think the same thing goes for [the 'Dark Knight Rises'] prologue. Bane is already doing his thing, and you can see that he’s a brute. He’s a smart brute, but some things — there’s a real grandeur.”

With regards to when Nolan and his fellow screenwriters (Jonathan Nolan and David S. Goyer) had determined that Bane was going to be the main antagonist in The Dark Knight Rises:

Thomas: “We already knew that Bane was the villain when we were shooting ‘Inception’. And actually as we were shooting, we did talk about how, wow, Tom would be perfect for Bane. We talked about that pretty early on. The issue that we had was that Tom was going to be doing another movie. He was committed to be in ‘Fury Road‘, and we knew he wasn’t available. So every conversation that we had about how Tom was perfect to be Bane was sort of tinged with regret because we knew he couldn’t be. So as soon as we found out that that movie had pushed we approached him.

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Tom Hardy as Bane in 'The Dark Knight Rises'

Lastly, Nolan had the following to say (or, rather, not say) about Bane’s origins, as portrayed in The Dark Knight Rises (note: he refers to Bane as a “lesser known” baddie, at the behest of IGN):

“Well, the liberating thing about dealing with a lesser known villain [like Bane] is you feel more creative freedom to embrace the elements of that character you feel can serve your story and ignore those that won’t. But at the same time, we chose Bane because he has some very unique elements to who he is. As far as the emphasis to it in the film, I’m actually editing some right now, so you never quite know until it’s done. But we certainly intend to do justice to it, to the character I’ve written and to the comics. And I think the significance of Bane, in our eyes, is his strength as an antagonist to Batman. Everything must serve that, including the nature of his past and how that will play into the story.”

For more from Nolan/Thomas, read the full interview over at IGN.

The Dark Knight Rises will be in theaters on July 20, 2012.

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  1. I’m going to use this post to comment on Hardy. I know “The Take” aired in the UK more than a year ago buy if anyone in the states is curious about seeing more of his work they should check it out. Along with “Bronson” IMO it’s one of his best performances. From the way he carries himself to the utter look of insane that’s always in his eyes Hardy makes the character of Freddie truly terrifying. I say this to stress the fact that unless Nolan and crew completely drops the ball with TDKR Hardy has the potential to turn Bane into one of the most truly unique and formidable villains in cinema history.

  2. Her name is Emma Thomas, not Thompson.

    • My apologies – that’s been corrected.

  3. I think that Tom Hardy will bring a good take on Bane because he’s sticking close to the comics instead of making him a henchmen to someone and i can’t wait to see it. 2012 is going to be the year of the best movies.

  4. I can’t wait to watch Banes brute strength against Batmans superior strategy to adapt in combat, it will be an epic fight.

    • im sure we wont be able to see the fight, considering Nolan sucks at filmimg action sequences

    • Batman’s superior strategy?? Do you not know who Bane is!?!?! Man, some people.

      • Yeah! Man, some people. Some people have a real life…

        • you obviously don’t

          • What´s your problem?

            • Lol you mad bro?
              Get a life XP

    • Bane vs. Batman is sooooo much more than brute force vs strategy. What people don’t know is that Bane possesses a genius level intellect, a gift he perfected during his long years in solitary in Pena Duro Prison. Too often Bane is dismissed as a dumb ogre, whereas it is his intelligence which made him so dangerous to Batman. He is one of the rare few to have unearthed Bruce’s secret identity, was not fooled for a second by Azrael’s ascension to the Batman, was the only one to EVER break the Bat (yes he was sick and exhausted, but that’s exactly it: Bane is a finesse player) and with the exception of the Dark Knight the only one deemed worthy of succssion by the immortal Ra’s Al Ghul. Please Christopher Nolan, do your research and finally give Bane the respect he deserves as a devastating adversary

  5. 2012 will be the year of the geekgasm…fellow geeks bring your kleenex.

    • haha

  6. I like Bane as a villain because of the Knightfall story arc. He took Batman apart. His tricks, his strategies, and his mindset and in the end, he literally broke the man.

    I would be rather disappointed if Mr. Nolan and company didn’t use any of this canon to their advantage.

    • The problem with Bane, and the only one i can see, is that the Knightfall storyline doesn’t work until you’ve completely established the Batman universe, and the idea that someone would take over the mantle of Batman should he fall. The movies haven’t done that yet, so we already know that we’ve looking at a significantly altered take on the Bane story. Still, Nolan hasn’t dissapointed me yet, he handled Batman better than any other director thus far, so I’m willing to let him do as he sees fit.

  7. I couldn’t imagine anyone else in the role of Bane. Tom Hardy has proven that he’s a force to be reckoned with. I loved him since Nemesis. I even loved his small role in Layer Cake. Between Nemesis, Bronson, and Inception, who could picture anyone else? His range, talent, and the way he emerses himself in the role is spectacular! I’m really excited about his portrayal.

  8. 7 months! Seriously? I don’t think the six minute prologue will be able to hold me over for a week, let alone 7 months.

  9. Well the audio from the prologue has leaked. Bane’s voice is completely understandable. Although the CIA agent seems to be spitting out some cheesy rage. Maybe seeing the video would help. I hope there were no spoilers in this message for people to complain about. I wait… I done went and revealed that bane speaks and there is a CIA extra. Dang

  10. People don’t forgot Tom Hardy in Warrior. He gave a magnificent performance in that movie. Plus it really gives a perspective of how perfect he is as Bane. In warrior he goes wild with brute strength and determination, and that’s how he will be as Bane as well. If you want a good idea of Tom Hardy as Bane, give Warrior a look, the movie also happens to be a great movie featuring amazing acting.

  11. I’m still disgruntled with the casting based on Banes race and culture, and I’m afraid on how that will effect the character. I see Tom Hardy’s casting as nothing more than a friend casting a friend based on a prior relationship. Don’t get me wrong, Tom is a fantastic actor, but we all know that Nolan is prone to picking favorites.

    • Although I see your point, regarding race, Hardy was only in one Nolan film before.
      Usually I’m a super advocate for minority actors, especially Latinos. I don’t know of any Brazilian actors. But honesty, if you’ve seen Tom Hardy’s entire catalogue (namely Bronson), could you really picture anyone else in that role? Bane’s portrayal demands so much more than muscles.

      • Well in the comics Bane is English/Latino raised in a spanish prison. His appearance in most comics is of a blonde white guy but with a hispanic accent. I think for the film Bane may also have some characteristics of his father King Snake. Who was a revolutionary, mercenary and criminal czar.

  12. I don’t see how they are going to do the Nightfall story. In the comics it took a really long time for Batman to recover and that was good. It was believable. But you can’t really do that in a single movie. The recovery would slow down the movie way too much and it still wouldn’t be believable.

    The only way it would work is if Batman gets beaten but his back doesn’t get broken. So it doesn’t take too long to make a believable recovery. That would be kind of lame though. You really want to see that brutal back breaking scene.

    • Yea, that is a problem, if they integrate it in the movie.

      Maybe he gets his back broken, and after 8 years of recovery the movie goes on. But this is not very likely IMO, because this is to much time for Bane to trigger chaos.

      Since Bruce Wayne is one of the richest guys in the DC-World, they can do some high-tec, science fiction, lazarus pit recovery(-device).
      I think at the end he wants some painkilling gas from Bane, to get back in fight.
      They could even do a exo-skeleton atachment to the batsuit, but that would be lame.

    • I feel like you hit the spot. I’m sure Nolan will have him just get beaten to the point of near cripple, so that his recover is speedy but the pain is severe.

  13. We do wanna see that epic back break, but if done right, Bane breaking his limbs could be brutal.

  14. Well I don’t think Nolan will stick to the story that much. I do think however that the spine breaking will happen. but I think that it will be the end of the movie. the last fight. bane breaks batmans back and batman somehow manages to do something to kill bane and that’s how they are going to end the trilogy. with a crippled batman.

  15. First of all, I’m really curious to know HOW THEY TIE – the End of TDK, that is the Batman being fugitive – TO – the first ever face-off (not necessarily a battle) between the two big forces here in ‘TDKR’. Also I would like to see some reactions from some common Gothamites (of course,NOT the privileged ones who know The Bat’s identity) about what they feel about Batman NOW and the overall bitter atmosphere spilling hostility/doubt towards Batman would feel like. That is essential towards building a continuity from TDK. Everything else can wait.

  16. I admit that Nolan has twice suprised me with his take on Batman, but the opening to Dark Knight Rises sort of struck me the wrong way. It doesn’t have the dark-Batman feel to it. It simply feels like an action movie that is ignoring a lot of the Batman mythology. I have no doubt that TDKR will be a decent film (perhaps even excellent), but the first 7 minutes has me worried that it may lose the tone that I loved so much in the first two films.

  17. From what I have seen in the trailer: Wayne has retired Batman. He has suffered some injury from the fall with Dent (he has a walking cane) and also you see he is hurt at the end of TDK. Bane defeats him physically and captures him and Alfred (which I find interesting). You can clearly see Wayne and Alfred in ragged clothes.