Dark Knight Rises Prologue Descriptions (POSSIBLE SPOILERS!)
There are undoubtedly a lot of people who will be paying to see Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol in IMAX solely for the purpose of glimpsing the six-minute preview for The Dark Knight Rises. Chris Nolan revealed in a recent interview that the footage screened in the preview will cover, “basically the first six, seven minutes of the film. It’s the introduction to Bane and a taste of the rest of the film.
Today we have word from a poster named “Rocketman” over on the SuperHero Hype forums, who claims to have a description of the TDKR prologue footage. Read his version of said footage below (be sure to take a salt grain beforehand) and see how it jibes (or does not) with what Nolan alluded to:
Josh Pence / Young Ra’s Al Ghul is in this significantly, along with a Young Bane.
We are getting the League of Shadows. (We knew this)
We see a friendship between Little Boy Bane and Little Talia, and believe it or not, this is going to mirror Young Bruce and Rachel in the very first scene of Batman Begins when they’re children. We won’t see footage of this scene intercut into the prologue, but the word “mirror” is written a few times. There seems to be a huge deal of “reflection” happening in this movie. Things will mirror other things. I have no clue what that means, but it seems fascinating. Talia is to Bane what Rachel was to Bruce – not really a lover, not really a sister-figure, but rather a good friend who shared childhood memories together, some being traumatic.
This “Unnamed Mad Scientist” that we’ve seen around the sets, played by Alon Aboutboul, is the guy who essentially “created” Bane, and he is a bastard. He performed horrific experiments on him and it will be in the prologue. This man has supposedly helped to create the “Doomsday” device that we’ve seen in the pictures, but I use the word “Doomsday” because I haven’t been told what it is.
The result of Bane’s health condition comes from a fire (as we all probably could’ve guessed). Ra’s Al Ghul’s wife (Talia’s mother) is trapped in this fire with Bane, along with Talia. Ra’s has only time to save Talia and Bane, but Bane is the last to escape and is severely injured / scarred. This is “tough to watch”, and mirrors Harvey Dent barely making it out of the warehouse. Ra’s’ wife is viewed as a “witch”/”gypsy” in their village, and Ra’s is a “wizard”. They’re essentially “burning the witch at the stake”, and Bane is an unfortunate casualty. (Again, a mirror to his supernatural side) – Villagers arrive with torches like it’s the townspeople arriving to kill Frankenstein’s monster – in this case, the monster isn’t Bane – it’s Ra’s’ wife.
The brief snippet of Bane crawling up the well in the teaser will be in the prologue. This is part of Bane’s training, administered by Ra’s. Again, this will “mirror” the very first scene of Batman Begins, when Young Bruce falls down the well. It’s essentially the same exact shot. Young Bane RISES UP, Young Bruce FALLS DOWN.
Among the Batman Begins shots inserted into TDKR: Bruce with longer hair and beard walking through the Chinese prison, Bruce inhaling from the bowl of the hallucinogen, Bane being one of the masked LOS members who was standing in the anonymous pack while Ra’s sicked bats on Bruce from the chest. We see Liam Neeson, but not in terms of new footage here.
It would be silly to just accept this at face value, given that it is coming from a totally unsubstantiated source, but the description does drawn together other little rumors and hints that have been hanging over this project for awhile now. Here are a few of the more pertinent and convincing bits:
- A fitting scenario for actor Josh Pence’s appearance as a young Ra’s al Ghul.
- Talia al Ghul’s presence in the film, and the connection between her, Ra’s and Bane (which has been explored in Batman Comics).
- A fitting scenario for ALon Aboutboul’s “mad scientist” character, who was always a wild card in this story.
- The backstory of Ra’s al Ghul’s family being ‘lost to him,’ as explained in Batman Begins.
- An explanation for Bane’s ravaged appearance, as well as the tech for his face mask and the mysterious device snapped in recent set photos.
- The scene of (possibly) young Bane climbing up a well, as glimpsed in the Dark Knight Rises teaser trailer.
- The League of Shadows being in the film, and the direct connection between Bane and Bruce Wayne via Batman Begins’ early scenes.
- Themes like Bane and Batman being mirror images of one another, and “rising up” vs. “falling down” – which has been a thematic arc set in the very first film.
Still, given the amount of breadcrumbs that have been spilled regarding this film, it would be easy for someone to come up with a half-baked idea of what this six-minute prologue will entail. I say that to say: no matter how attractive it might look, for now we must consider this STRICTLY WILD RUMOR, and nothing more.
Just to put into perspective how flimsy this all is, here’s a different description of the prologue footage that a different source claims is authentic (they can’t both be true, fellas!):
It is one of the assassinations ordered by Ra’s al Ghul. A mind blowing action sequence set aboard the Hercules plane, involving some innovative camera work a la Inception hallway fight scene. Bane and his mercenaries hijack a military plane transporting a dictator of a country which is in unrest (think Saddam Hussein type figure). He successfully kills the leader, but makes some mistakes along the way and is unable to safely land the plane. Because of the resulting injuries from the accident, he has to undergo complicated surgeries and that is how he winds up with that scar down his neck and the need for the mask to numb the pain.
When rumors like these start flying back and forth, can you really believe ANYTHING you hear?
All in all, this film is a puzzle that many have been trying to put together for some time, with still little to no confirmed answers beyond what we can speculate about from sifting through set photos and videos and other rumors. Never mind the fact that nothing in this supposed preview even touches on Anne Hathaway’s Catwoman – another wild card in this deck. Dark Knight Rises is going to be a deep, convoluted and robust movie, indeed. And I meant that in the best possible sense.
Then again, we’ll know for sure what the prologue offers when Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol hits IMAX theaters on December 16, 2011.
The Dark Knight Rises in theaters on July 20, 2012.