Nestor Carbonell Talks ‘Dark Knight Rises'; New Bane Rumors Surface

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News on The Dark Knight Rises has slowed down considerably since the flood of set photos and videos dried up after the production left the streets of Pittsburgh – but today we have some new updates to share about Chris Nolan’s end to the Batman trilogy.

Our roundup includes word from actor Nestor Carbonell (Lost), who fans will remember as the Mayor of Gotham city; we also look into some new rumors about the type of enhancements actor Tom Hardy (Warrior) might be using to inhabit the role of Bane

MTV recently caught up with Nestor Carbonell and solicited his impression of The Dark Knight Rises, and Carbonell let it be known that we are in for an epic finale to the trilogy – one that will exceed both Batman Begins and The Dark Knight. He also took things a step further, claiming that – in the hands of Chris Nolan – TDKR is (once again) more than just a comic book movie:

“[Christopher Nolan] announced that this is sort of his last go at the Batman…If it is, indeed, the last Batman for him, he certainly goes out big. It’s massive. Just what I saw, the sets were unbelievable… It’s beautifully framed and beautifully shot. Half of it is in IMAX. Stunning stuff.”

“He’s one of these amazing storytellers in our generation, he’s one of the guys who’s taken [superhero] genre and grounded it and done something with it that hasn’t done before…He’s made it that much more real, much more accessible, and he’s made a psychological thriller out of all of them, so he’s great, he’s amazing.”

I don’t think anyone is expecting less than a truly epic finale to Nolan’s Batman trilogy, but admittedly, when the Pittsburgh set photos and videos began to leak out, it did seem like this final chapter was going to be more of  a go-for-broke action blockbuster – complete with huge set pieces and massive battle scenes. While I’m sure many Batman movie fans would be okay with that, Nolan’s previous installments have also managed to convey deeper themes and ideas; it’s good to see Carbonell making mention of the fact that The Dark Knight Rises will as well.

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Of course, a grand and/or deep superhero movie needs a grand and/or deep villain at its center, and fans are certainly hoping that Tom Hardy is going to be able to make Bane just that, given the character’s rich history on the comic page. The last time Bane appeared on film (in Joel Schumacher’s Batman & Robin back in 1997), what we got was a mindless brute villain sidekick. Bane definitely needs to have the brute aspect of his character kept intact (someone to present a physical threat to Batman), but the villain is also a very intelligent foe, who has managed to out-strategize the dark knight on occasion.

We still don’t know about Bane’s smarts in TDKR, but in terms of his physicality, we have some new rumors floating around which claim that Tom Hardy will be wearing some lifts to increase his height to the level of an imposing bad guy, as well as having some voice alteration, to give him a distinctive way of speaking.

It should be noted: this RUMOR originates from British Tabloid The Sun, so a large grain of salt should be taken while you mull it over:

Actor Tom Hardy has reportedly been wearing specially made shoes fitted with three-inch lifts on the set of the latest Batman film The Dark Knightmag glass 10x10 Nestor Carbonell Talks Dark Knight Rises; New Bane Rumors Surface Rises. Hardy, who is 5ft 9in, has been wearing them so he can be the same size as co-stars Morgan Freeman and Christian Bale.

According to British newspaper The Sun, the movie’s producers wanted his character, Bane, to be around the same height as Batman and Morgan’s Lucius Fox, who are both over 6ft.

The 33-year-old has also allegedly been wearing a voice box which controls the pitch of his speech. But he’s been the victim of on-set pranks as the sound effects team have been amusing themselves by speeding up the frequency.

On the one hand, some fans have been critical of the Bane’s costume and look, while others have approved of Nolan’s interpretation  (while still expressing concern about Hardy’s physical attributes). On the issue of voice alteration: we can understand giving Bane a voice more fitting for his masked face; however, at the moment most Batman movie fans have a negative impression of the technique, after hearing Christian Bale’s oft-mocked “Batman voice” from The Dark Knight – which was also the result of voice alteration.

We’ll find out what kind of villain and grand finale we’re in for, when The Dark Knight Rises hits theaters on July 20, 2012.

Sources: MTV & The Sun (via Comic Book Movie)

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  1. Based on the previous two Nolan films, I expect there to be a deep meaning embedded in the storyline and characters of this one. After the defeat of his opposite (the Joker) I feel that Batman will be forced to battle a “better class of criminal” (i.e. Catwoman and Bane.) So far, I havent really thought about how Catwoman will be added to the film, other than her being a rogue anti-hero discovering her identity just as Bruce did in Batman Begins. But I do have an interesting theory for Bane. One that would bring the story full circle. I believe that Bane will more or less be an equal to Batman. Equal in that they both (hopefully) have had a history with the League of Shadows, they both rose up to defend Gotham from collapsing in on itself, and they both represent the peak of human intelligence and physical capabilities. I see Bane as being an unstoppable force that Batman must overcome as he turns the city against him(=batman). Bane will eliminate the police and any opposition he comes across while philsophically being the Yin to Batman’s Yang. I predict Bane will somehow have an advantage during their struggle (Venom or some physically-enhancing drug vapor or something.) Eventually, the two will have a dual where Bane defeats the dark knight (possibly breaking his spine, idk) and he must learn to overcome his limitations to defeat Bane for good or give up the mantle of Batman. Anyways, that is what i have surmised about the upcoming film. Hope you enjoy reading :)

    • Yeah, i think the only bit i agree with is the link with the League of Shadows, i think Bane must have been in that prison with Bruce Wayne in Batman Begins. Nolan completely pulled the wool over everyone’s eyes with TDK and did something amazing, i think this one will be very emotionally heavy,depressing,scary and then it would make the ‘Rise’ of Batman even more dramatic. Cant wait. Really cant.

      • I think it would be kinda weird if they went to the same prison. If Bane was Bane then why wouldnt he have been mentioned in the first film? One thing I didnt like about Spiderman is the fact that everyone in it, every villain, every good guy knew eachother from someone they knew or in the past and I always thought that was kinda corny. I don’t think in this movie Bane’s motivation to take over gotham has anything to do with Batman except for the fact that he’s in the way and he kicks his ass pretty bad cause that’s just what Bane does. He’s not a kick your ass a little bit kind of guy. I know that in the comics Bane felt he had to kill Batman because he thought maybe he had something to do with the nightmare’s he had of a Bat his whole life but I doubt Nolan will go that route or maybe he will. Anyways I do agree this film is going to be great and I too can’t wait.

        • I dont think the fact he wasnt mentioned in the first film would be a problem, its the fact that Bane and Batman have links with the League of Shadows, and Ra’s Al Ghul was at the prison…a few flashback scenes would sort that out. Its probably wrong, like everyone else’s guesses!

          From what i have seen thats leaked, there seems to be a few references to the Knightfall saga, which is promising. I think everyone wants to know if Bane breaks Batmans back…i seriously doubt it, its not realistic enough for Nolan…I think there will be some awsome dramatic fight scenes though, its hard to know what Nolan has planned for this but all i know is it will be fantastic.

          • Yeah I also think Bane will be linked with the League Of Shadows it’s the only thing that really makes sense cause someone gets him out of prision and someone gives him the mask with the serum and I just don’t think anyone else would care enough to go through all of that. Plus Liam Neeson showing up on the set if pretty much a dead give away. I also agree with the Knightfall statement. The movie so far looks amazing. Catwoman is probably the only thing I’m not really looking forward to I was just lookin at some photos that show her “cat ears” Anne looks freakin retarded.

            • Catwoman is abit of a mystery, but im sure Nolan wouldnt throw in a character for the sake of it…she has to have some purpose, it will be interesting to see how its done, she only has one movie to impress and develop!