‘Dark Knight Rises’ Fan Posters; Multiple Prologue Descriptions Surface

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Dark Knight Rises Prologue Descriptions (POSSIBLE SPOILERS!)

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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.

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"Bane? Are you back there?"

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:

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.

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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.

Sources: Superhero Hype Forums (via CBM), Dogan Can Gundodu (via Shock Ya), Deviant ART (LINK 1, LINK 2) & Rama’s Screen

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  1. The last poster is awesome! This is why I love this site, always keeping us informed!! Great job screenrant!

    • that was my favorite too!

    • Yupp

  2. the good poster says “michael Claine”…fail. also does anyone have any tips for starting DKR rumors? i’d like to get decent at it

    • Bane is actually Bruce Wayne’s son sent back from the future. That weird “earthquake” device, a time machine. Bane’s scar, a result of time travel. The strange inhaler device, the future is more polluted and Bane needs an air filtration.

      Or…Bane is actually Alfred’s estranged son and is not happy with Bruce because Alfred wasn’t there for him as a child.

      Take either of my rumors (they must be true they are on the internet) and run with them!

      • None of that would surprise me.

      • lol? maybe thats just some timeline or interpretation i havent heard but from my understanding thats not even close…

    • You didn’t capitalize the first word in any of your sentences.

      Fail.

      Vic

      • HAHAHAHAHA. Epic.

      • Internet sarcasm. The best form of sarcasm around. Brilliant. More please.

  3. wait, if he is not raised in spanish prison why are they cheering in spanish bane kill him?

    • Im not sure if its been confirmed what the chanting really is or even what language its in, but in my opinion it’s still unclear. Looking forward to finding out though!

      • It has been translated…It is he rises….and you can actually add your voice to the score by chanting and recording it….google it…very great idea by Hanz.

        • Cool! Thanks for the info Mike!

        • @Mike
          I herd about the Hanz Zimmer chant but where did you get youtnp translation and in what language.

          There has been a general consensus that it was Spanish. Bane Bane Matalo Matalo. Translation: Bane Bane Kill hiim kill him.

          • just go to google translate and enter matalo matalo and set languange to auto detect it translate into beat him beat him..

            • but its filipino…

              • Hans Zimmer translated it on the Chant website where you can record your voice…it isn’t spanish that they are speaking. I forget the dialect.

  4. The plane thing sounds more logical to me – the first description is a bit forced and stupd, quite frankly.

    The Plane prologue sounds aweosme though if its true!

  5. This is my favorite description I have read so far:

    “I’ve seen this a few times now, so I feel I can pretty accurately describe what happens. I’m probably leaving out some details, but I’ll try to paint the best picture I can.

    The movie opens up silently with a close up of Batman’s face. We can tell he’s on the Batpod on a highway of some sort.

    The angle changes, and we can now see that we’re starting off right where The Dark Knight left off. There’s a ridiculous amount of cops chasing Batman down.

    The scene changes again, and this time there’s noise in the background. Gordon is hugging his wife where the cops created the perimeter at the end of TDK. She then gets in the drivers seat of a cop car and we see that Gordon’s kids are sitting in the backseat. Gordon looks on as they begin to drive away.

    Cop: C’mon, Gordon. We’ve gotta go.

    Gordon nods and gets into the car with the cop. They’re the last ones there. The car quickly starts and begins to move.

    Then there’s a cut back to Batman being chased. He’s veering in and out of traffic, until finally he takes an exit onto a street.

    He seems to be in the clear momentarily, until all the cars that were chasing him on the highway appear behind him, followed shortly by a whole new batch of cop cars cutting him off from a side street. He zooms ahead of them.

    We cut back to Gordon in the car with the cop.

    Gordon (on his radio): This is commissioner Gordon. Does anyone have a location on the Batman?

    Cop chasing Batman: Yes, sir. He’s heading North. Likely towards the city limits.

    Cop in car with Gordon: Why would he be heading there?

    Gordon: Traffic. People are still trying to escape the Joker’s threat.

    It cuts back to Batman again, doing exactly what Gordon predicted. He approaches a huge line of traffic and veers inbetween them with ease. All the cop cars come to a screeching halt.

    Cut to Gordon again.

    Gordon: Where is he now?

    Cop chasing Batman: He’s…. gone. Probably outside the city by now.

    Cop in car with Gordon: Damn it! How can one guy outmanuever the entire Gotham police force?

    Gordon: I don’t know. But now, I’m betting we probably won’t see him for a long time.

    Cut to Batman. He’s driving on what looks to be some remote highway. He takes an exit and then the scene cuts to him driving past a “You are now entering Gotham City” sign. He approaches a large, empty tunnel (probably the tunnel the Joker made a threat on is my guess).

    As he enters the tunnel he pulls out a cell phone looking thing (I think it’s the one he used to call Alfred in Batman Begins after Scarecrow gassed him).

    Batman: Alfred, make sure there’s nobody near the bunker.

    He hangs up and continues to drive through the tunnel by himself for a bit.

    Then, just as he’s about to leave the tunnel, 2 giant trucks suddenly appear at the end of the tunnel, completely blocking his exit. At this point, he’s going too fast to stop so he swerves and hits the trucks HARD. Like really, it was bad. Then he’s laying on the ground, right next to the trucks.

    Then Bane and his henchman emerge and slowly file out of the trucks. And yeah, Tom Hardy looks huge as Bane. I don’t know how they did it. Then the henchman stand by the trucks while Bane starts to walk towards Batman after a brief pause. And I gotta say, this scene is paced extremely well. There’s a lot of tension and suspense while you’re waiting for Bane to make his move.

    Now Bane speaks in an extremely ghastly and eerie voice. I was skeptical at first, but it works very, very well.

    Bane: I’ve been watching you for some time. Waiting. For the right moment.

    Right now Batman looks like he’s regaining consciousness. He stands up and starts to try to walk away (he would never make it to the Batpod). Bane motions for his henchman to stay put and starts to walk closer to Batman.

    Bane (to henchmen): He’s mine.

    Bane continues walking, slowly.

    Bane (back at Batman): The Joker was even more formidable than I anticipated.

    Meanwhile Batman is desperately trying to limp away, but he’s hurt badly from the crash (plus he already looked pretty hurt from the fall at the end of TDK)

    Bane: Using Harvey Dent was a brilliant tactic.

    Batman is still trying to get away, but it’s at this point that Bane has “chased” him into a corner (he just walked), and the only place Batman has to go is through an open door and up some enclosed stairs that are built into the side of the tunnel. He feebly attempts to climb them, leaning heavily on the handrail.

    The suspense continues to build as Bane merely watches Batman try to regain his composure.

    Bane (as he’s still walking towards him and watching him climb the stairs): What exactly is it you’re running from? We both know where this is headed………. Bruce. (THIS PART was so freaking mind blowing. The line delivery and the change of pace in the music were so perfect that it made it overwhelmingly epic)

    And right now is basically where that little scene we saw from the teaser happens – Batman is at the top now and completely FREEZES upon hearing “Bruce”. Then Bane suddenly starts to advance with surprising speed (and the music suddenly blares and gets intense) and Batman turns around and gets ready to fight even though he’s definitely in no condition to. Bane then ascends the stairs and thus begins the most intense part of the entire sequence.

    Now we briefly get a better view of the place and see that they’re basically on a little bridge outside of the tunnel that curves around a bit and leads to more stairs that take you to higher ground outside the tunnel (where Bane’s henchman is standing in anticipation underneath a highway bridge). Batman throws the first punch at Bane, but Bane just grabs his arm. Batman is unable to break free from his grip so Bane elbows it with his other arm and all we hear is a loud SNAP as Batman screams out in pain.

    Batman staggers away, but Bane instantly advances on him, not missing a beat and kicks him square in the stomach. Batman is knocked back hard by the kick as Bane continues to advance. In desperation, Batman quickly pulls out his grappling gun and latches onto the bridge above him, but Bane literally tackles him in midair as he’s flying upwards and they both fall down to the ground below.

    Bane, of course, is basically unaffected by the fall but Batman is looking even worse than before – he’s lying on the floor, breathing extremely heavy, with evident damage to his suit.

    Bane: You’re pathetic. I expected more.

    A shot of Batman, who’s basically looking like he’s out for the count.

    Bane: Get up and fight me.

    Again, the pacing is so great here. Batman’s fear is palpable as he struggles to get up and face Bane. Finally, after considerable effort, he suddenly stands up and throws a Batarang at the light that’s lighting the lower level of the room they’re in. We briefly see Bane looking amused before things go dark.

    Now the camera focuses on Bane in a low light setting, calmly walking around the handrails through the dark without even feeling his way around. Batman has managed to disappear.

    Bane (here is where Hardy really shines, performing with incredible conviction and intensity after thus far just being an eerie and powerful presence): There’s no escape, Bruce. I can smell your fear.

    (Here he walks without talking for a bit, the tension builds)

    Bane: It does not matter how much you prolong the inevitable. After tonight, Batman is FINISHED.

    (more walking, the score is a subtle constant screech)

    Bane: (caps for intensity, he’s not literally shouting the whole time) Come fight me, Bruce. COME FIGHT ME OR I WILL FOCUS MY EFFORTS ON GOTHAM CITY. I WILL NOT REST UNTIL THE CITY IS IN FLAMES AND EVERYONE YOU CARE ABOUT IS DEAD. I AM BANE, AND I CAN KILL YOU.

    Suddenly, Batman appears behind Bane and attempts to get him into a chokehold.

    It seems to work.

    …Until Bane’s henchmen suddenly pour light from above onto the two dueling titans below. Batman is taken by surprise, and Bane peels Batman’s arms off his neck, foiling his desperation attempt, elbows him in the face, turns around, grabs his head, and punches it with all his might. Batman begins to fall backwards.

    Then, as Batman lays motionless on the ground,

    Bane: Killing you would only end your agony.

    Bane begins to put his arms underneath him…

    Bane: …I want you to see what I’m going to do.

    He lifts him high…

    …And smashes the bat over his knee. All we hear is a deafening CRAAAAACCKKK, followed by Bane tossing Batman to the ground and then walking away from the screen.

    Batman lays there, motionless; his face lifeless (it’s the same shot).

    And the screen goes black.”

    SOURCE:
    http://www.comicbookmovie.com/fansites/MovieMaster/news/?a=48701

    • My bad lol didnt know it was gonna be so big in full view (thats what she said)

      • I think this prologue is cool, but i doubt that’s what actually happens. I really doubt that Nolan would cram batman’s escape, an epic car chase, and what is possibly the most pivotal point of the film into six short minutes. It would be crammed and ridiculously paced, plus a waste of his resources.

    • I like this rumor better than the two in the article…and it makes more sense especially since Nolan didn’t have an origin story for the Joker. He just existed. And it fits with the Bane mythos.
      Also, your “that’s what she said” comment caught me off guard. I actually did laugh out loud…all by my lonesome in front of a computer. I believe that is a sign of insanity…thanks Ignur Rant!

      • Exactly guys. I believe this is the real prologue. 8 years to recover from a back injury.

      • Nolan didnt give Joker an origin? Joker never had an origin in the comics to begin with.

        • Agree ! … Nolan knows what he`s doing, his visualization is to give the audience the essence of BATMAN`s story. Joker never had an Origin

      • @B List

        ahhaha “thats what she said” and “D’z Nuts” are my all time favorite immature jokes.

    • I read this a couple of weeks ago too and was blown away! I read it and felt like I could see it on the big screen. It picks up right where TDK leaves off, but leaves room for an 8 year gap (a la broken Batman recovering).

      It shows the interconnectedness of the other movies (connection to league of shadows and Joker being a part of a larger plot).

      Speaking of that… it’s like KnightFall but a million times more BA. All of knightfall part one was Bane wearing out the Batman, ultimately leading to him breaking his back. What if TDK was essentially KnightFall part one???? Everything that happened there was indirectly/directly orchestrated by Bane bringing them to that moment. Batman is tired. Batman is discouraged. Batman is injured.

      And then Batman is broken.

      BOOM. 8 years later. Where are we?

      As far as this being real… who knows?? This seems cooler to me than the others in this article. I’m not really feeling the plane thing. Bane growing up with Talia is slightly more interesting, but none of that struck me like this did.

      Also there is a script floating around that has Bane escaping from prison and Bruce Wayne in some hearing about some kind of pharmaceutical stuff. Most likely fake, not as cool.

      Bane in the tunnel breaking backs… that’s what I’m talking about.

      • I just read it again and it looks like I made up the league of shadows stuff. I must be mixing up rumors.

        Either way… getting tackled in mid-air. Crazy.

      • @MDPerkins

        I never thought of it like that but it certainly makes for a very compelling story if TDK was also sorta a KnightFall intro. Batman physically & emmotionally drained and than Bane appears out of nowhere to finish job.

        I dont know if these true but its my favorite rumor. There is a tunnel scene with 18 wheeler trucks filmed in the movie so there is a slight, if not miniscule, chance of this being a possibility. Always fun to specilate doe.

      • Setting this movies 8 years after tdk is brilliant of the nolan bros

    • Source: Comicbookmovie. That should say it all.

      • This one was actually via a SuperHero Hype forum before deletion.

    • that woudn’t explain why did bane blow up prison door.

  6. haaa you have to be crazy if you think his preview will show him breaking batman’s back. it’s actually about bane hijacking a plane and showing how he got injured. he has his surgeries then gets his mask.

    • Im tired of Fan Made posters, cant wait for the real deal !

  7. LOL to the people who actually think that the prologue with Bane breaking Batman’s back. That is horrible writing!!! That description with him hijacking the plane is by far the most legit description, seeing as Tom Hardy filmed those scenes in Cardington and it a involved military jet and Hardy looked different.

    • *Bane breaking Batman’s back is real.

  8. i don’t have an IMAX around here, but you can bet i’ll try and find one abroad and sit through Tom Cruz just to see the TDKR footage!

  9. We see Alfred telling Bruce that story about that Bandit in Burma from TDK, inter-cut with footage of the young Alfred in the forest. When he gets to the part about a little boy playing with a huge ruby, we cut back to the jungle only to see a young Bane playing with the ruby as Alfred approaches the kid. Then as the story goes when Batman asks Alfred how they caught the Bandit, Alfred replies …….DRAMATIC PAUSE……”we burned the forest down” and we see Alfred throw a lighter right at Bane as the little Bane looks at Alfred scared. Bane barely survives fleeing the burning forest. As is taken in by a younger Ra’s for recovery. With all the rage and anger Bane grows up dreaming of one day seeking revenge on Alfred. So he goes after everyone Alfred loves starting with Bruce.

    End prologue…
    Lets throw this one around the net

    • Except that the kid wasn’t the bandit. And that’s just f*cked up burning a kid.

  10. idk i mean i know hes trying to be realistic and all but bane is quite small.. this film is going to kinda remind me of batman begins.. not too good or bad.. all i have to say is we want JOKER BACK!!! r.i.p heath.

  11. Whatever the prologue ends up being I am just excited to see it and then movie itself.

  12. here, here

  13. Awesome fan posters for The Dark Knight Rises. I’m so anxiously waiting for The Dark Knight Rises. 8 months seems like a long time. It is 8 months right?

  14. @Ignur Rant:
    that description was craaaaaazy……..
    This is THE movie to beat in 2012

  15. Im pretty sure that none of above ‘fan descriptions’ will turn out to be truee…

  16. Will screenrant post the prologue scene as soon as it’s released? England are only showing it at 5 cinemas so no doubt I’ll miss it

  17. I do not think any of this will be the actual footage. We will see soon enough!

  18. the last one looks just awesome

  19. Cool I love these posters, cant waitfor the official ones. Oh that opening sounds really good (the first one) I hope thats legit!

  20. Here is how Chris Nolan should end this movie without making it suck in such a way that it has to be rebooted(even though the reboot is inevitable)

    Towards the end of the movie after the Bane and Batman showdown the movie goes black and the Batman is broken, however after a couple of credits roll down the screen the movie shows a brief timeline of batman’s recovery and stand for crime and getting back out in the streets of Gotham taking down many familiar faces with a more logical rational to there character. At this point, the credits roll then SUDDENLY, whatever music that was playing through out the end of the film’s score while the credits were rolling stops, as well as the credits. The movie turns to a dark object of some sort and slowly reveals it self to be eyelid filled with eyelashes, then the screen backs out from a closed eye of an old man, whom is seemingly white, in his mid 50′s early sixties (lets just say Clint east wood looking) he is in a dark mansion with a TV playing in the background, on the TV is the news and on the news is an unknown news anchorwomen optimistically saying that it has been 20 years since the last sitting of the mysterious Batman, she then extends her microphone out in to the crowd for comments from the public, extending it to a mere seemingly regular Gotham innocent bystander who is in fact Frank Miller, making an astonishing cameo appearance as a regular guy in the streets of Gotham sharing his thoughts on where the Batman has been and why he hasn’t been seen in the past 20years (and the movie goer crowd goes wild) Then the movie slowly zooms out of the news and the TV completely and out to the old man in this dark mansion. The old man opens his eyes and Christian Bale begins to Narrate his thoughts as though he was thinking out loud (This scene should look like a spectacle of the first couple pages of Frank Miller’s “The Dark Knight Returns” in reality)

  21. I like the posters they’re pretty badass. But they continue solidifying the fact that Tom Hardy looks more like Reptile from Mortal Kombat than Bane from Batman

  22. Now how cool is that. The fans are the ultimate best.

  23. Am I being an idiot here, did Bruce Wayne not burn up the League of Shadows temple in BB? And perhaps Bane was in there hence the disfigured face and mask etc because of the fire. And also it makes sence on the vendetta between them as it was Bruce that started the fire.

  24. These are pretty cool… but not the best work I have seen. The one with Bane encompasses with red/orange fiery smoke is the best. The others need some better Photoshop lessons.

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