New ‘Dark Knight Rises’ Magazine Cover, Images, & Plot Details [Updated]

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There’s no doubt about it: even in a year as jam-packed with highly-publicized titles as 2012, The Dark Knight Rises still stands out as THE major cinematic event of the year (and certainly our most anticipated).

Tickets for 70 mm IMAX midnight showings of Dark Knight Rises are now (or will be soon) available for purchase in certain locations, with big-city theaters having already sold out, more than six months in advance of the film’s actual release. It’s no wonder then that star Christian Bale admits he felt “immense pressure” while working on the film, as is revealed in a new EW article about Christopher Nolan’s final Batman movie.

Bale, like everyone from his fellow cast members Anne Hathaway and Gary Oldman to composer Hans Zimmer and Chris Nolan himself, is quite enthusiastic about TDKR right now, as he assures EW that all that pressure actually helps, because it reminds him and the rest of the film’s production team that “you owe it to the films – and the people’s expectations – to make great work.”

Check out a new pic of Bale in his (new and improved?) armored Bat-suit, complete with the snazzy utility belt, in the latest Dark Knight Rises magazine cover – along with some additional pics of Bane (Tom Hardy), Commissioner Gordon (Oldman) and one of several bone-crunching showdowns between Bats and Bane – in our image gallery.

UPDATE: We’ve added two additional Dark Knight Rises images. One offers another look at Bale in his Bat-suit, at night, and the other (sort of) provides an early look at the Caped Crusader’s new base of operations.

You can see all of that in the gallery below:

Chris Nolan also spoke briefly with EW about certain aspects of TDKR, in terms of plot, themes, and even the controversy surrounding Bane’s speech in the movie. The filmmaker doesn’t touch on anything that hasn’t already been revealed (or all-but-officially confirmed) prior to now; all the same, those who wish to head into this flick with as little foreknowledge as possible, you should obviously stop reading now.

Spoilers Alert!

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Still here? Here’s what Nolan revealed/had to say:

  • A renovated Batcave will definitely appear in The Dark Knight Rises, though its new features are being kept secret (for now).
  • Despite eight years having passed between the climax of The Dark Knight and the events of Dark Knight Rises, the “ramifications” of Batman and Gordon’s decision to cover-up Harvey Dent’s violent actions will be heavily explored in the new film – again, something that’s essentially been confirmed already.
  • On the topic of Bane’s muffled voice: “I think when people see the film, things will come into focus. Bane is very complex and very interesting and when people see the finished film people will be very entertained by him.”

For more from Nolan, including discussion of the political subtext hinted at in the official Dark Knight Rises trailer, you’ll have to pick up the latest edition of EW.

The Dark Knight Rises hits U.S. theaters on July 20th, 2012. Do you think it will live up to all the hype?

Source: Entertainment Weekly

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  1. if arkham asylum came out before the nolan films… they shudve used the batman armored suit. omg now that suit is more badass than any othr f**ing outfit ive ever seen. im pist off at the fact they dont have it for arkham city. batman armored suit should be used mosdef! i like TDK and TDKR outfits. i kinda did have a problem with the batman begins one. it lookd like rubber due to the spray paint and it looked too stiff. i like the flexibility n the ‘reality’ nolans trying to impose. but its looking a little much now with all the crap. the armored suit looks awesome prolly better in all black just like bale likes it. man :[… i do like TDKR suit i do. but its starting to look like bibleman more and more

  2. The more i look at that cover he does look kind of silly in that bat suit and the belt looks even more worthless.

    • I think something that they did was that they DID change the suit. However, they didn’t change its parts but made it more faded. Supposedly, this is supposed to be eight years of battle damage and whatnot. So the suit won’t look as nice or cool.

  3. I like the continuity of the scar from the dog bite in TDK that is present in one of the pictures of Bruce. On that note, I have noticed this picture shows Bruce strong and determined and I think in real good shape but also have noticed that in pictures and trailers that there is a Bruce with greying temples and physically weak and a sort of defeated look. It is safe to assume that at one point Bruce will be crippled but when will that occur and how will be introduced to bruce’s state prior to this?

    I guess I am saying if bruce has greying temples at the beginning and is physically defeated and worn out and somewhat crippled after an encounter with bane, how will I revert to this physical prime and strength and determination we see in this photo? If lazarus pits are present is some shape and form as rumored (and questioned), will Bruce find his way into one?

  4. the more i see the pics the suit looks freakin´awesome,love it more and more. it´s reminds now more a real-knight,samurai,ninja mix of all in a perfect combination,wooow.

  5. Saying which movie will be better is very subjective. TDKR is based very much in realism, while Avengers and Hobbit won’t be so much; so it all depends on what you are really looking for. For me, TDK was not the best CBM because it was based to much in reality; IM, for me, was the best CBM. And you can’t go by money; I doubt you would find many people who believe Avatar was the greatest film of all time, even though it made the most money of any other movie. But let’s just stick to CBM; are people telling me that they are CBM fans and will not see one of these movies (TDKR or Avengers)? That seems very unrealistic to me. As a CBM fan, I may not be there on opening night, but I will see all of these (Avengers, TDKR, Spider-Man, Man of Steel, IM3, Thor 2, etc…). One thing I will admit, The Avengers and TDKR I will more than likely see on IMAX.

    I just want people to be honest.

    • what was cbm? don´t know it!

      • CBM=ComicBook Movie

    • @ Kahless

      I agree with ya. TDK wasn’t first movie based in reality really. Imo it just seems Nolan took it up a few notches more because he rebooted Batman who’s the easiest to adapt to realism on film. I agree TDK wasn’t the best CBM because it was too much based in reality & looked little too much like CSI or one those crime drama shows on television & the fact most of the film’s success was due sorely Heath Ledger’s performance & after his death which helped the film little more. Even Nolan admitted to the fact. I agree that you can’t go by money. Avatar topped Titanic & while enjoyed the film, still i thought the film was too overhyped aswell. I know i’ll be seeing both TDKR & The Avengers and im sure both will turn out to be good aswell as future CBM films. I just won’t see any of them in IMAX, I know im cheap,lol.

      • WallyWest,

        (“I agree TDK wasn’t the best CBM because it was too much based in reality”)

        Almost everything in the best CBMs of Batman is based in Reality…with the ONLY exceptions being…the super-Villains in them. Try: Strange Apparitions, The Dark Knight Returns, Batman: Year One, Son of the Demon, The Killing Joke, The Cult, A Death in the Family, Arkham Asylum – A Serious House on Serious Earth, Blind Justice, A Lonely Place of Dying, Gotham by Gaslight (EW), Gothic (LOTDK), Batman & Dracula: Red Rain (EW), Knightfall, Venom (LOTDK), Batman Adventures: Mad Love, The Long Halloween, Black and White Vol. 1, Thrillkiller (EW), Dark Victory, JLA: Tower of Babel, Hush, The Man Who Laughs, Tales of the Demon and Nine Lives (EW).

        In fact, I’m amazed that in spite of such rich, mature and realistic Bat-novels such as Strange Apparitions, The Dark Knight Returns, Batman: Year One, Son of the Demon, The Killing Joke, The Cult, A Death in the Family, Arkham Asylum – A Serious House on Serious Earth, Blind Justice, A Lonely Place of Dying, Gotham by Gaslight (EW) came **BEFORE** 1989 and yet personally for me, Burton’s Bat-”movies”(?) were a dud.

        (“TDK looked little too much like CSI or one those crime drama shows on television”)

        I hope you know that The Bat is a detective too. Some great classic recommendations would be: Detective Comics #821 (Sept 2006) to #826 (Feb 2007). And the Private Case-files of Batman.

        • @ Amol

          I forget what comic Batman(89) was influenced by. I think “The Who Man Who Laughs”. But most people didn’t see Burton’s films as duds.

          I know Batman is the world’s greatest detective in the comics. I should of been more clear about what scenes of the film that made the film look like like CSI & other crime shows. I wasn’t bashing Bruce’s matching the bullet scene. It was other scenes. Id have to watch the movie again to name them.

          • WallyWest,

            “The Who Man Who Laughs” just scrapes through and ranks last in my personal list of Top Batman stories. It’s story is the weakest and is almost same as the First Batman comic ever – DC #27 (1939).

            And even though I’m a Bat-fan, I would NEVER SURELY say Batman is the greatest detective in the world or even in the comics. Probably he may be but I’m just happy that Batman is one (detective).

            And I know which technology-scenes of TDK you are referring to. Some of those really ARE ridiculous. But Nolan scores over other Bat-directors in terms of Realism imbued in: 1. The CHARACTERS 2. their BEHAVIOR AMONGST THEMSELVES. Compare that to the camp of Burton’s characters. Technology depicted in movie is just secondary to the two factors I mentioned and it doesn’t matter whether it’s a Nolan or a Burton movie.
            I like/love everything that Burton had to offer till date…except the Batman movies. I criticize Burton’s Bat, NEVER for the ridiculousness of the Technology depicted but ALWAYS for the LACK of genuineness in the characters written. No depth in them and mostly written keeping children in mind.

            As a live-action series, Burton should have created what Batman:TAS exactly was. Batman:TAS was not only suitable for children and adults alike but also was NOT campy at all.

            But then these are my personal opinions.

            • @ Amol

              I was just addressing which comic Burton first film might of been based off little bit. He covered Joker’s origins pretty good except for the whole Red Hood part, among other things. My comics got thrown out a long time ago so i can only remember A Death In The Family, Knightfall, Batman: Year 1&2 being among my favorites of Batman. I wished i could of read the first Batman comic that was published in 1939 when he debuted in Detective Comics.

              As for Batman being the world’s Greatest Detective, i was refering to what he’s known in the comics to many people. It’s another name people would refer him to such as (TDK) or (Caped Crusader).

              Of-course you’d say Nolan’s films score over Burton/Schumacher’s Bat-films. He intended to make his Batman films aimed pretty much for a all adult-audience & makin the films grounded into reality. Imo,outta all the CBM thats been made, Nolan’s Bat-films are the ones that don’t have that CBM feel. I can only suspect Snyder’s MOS film be somthing like the X-Men films since it’s Superman he’s doin in reality. Sure now villains in Burton’s films would look campy to today’s audience but back then it was a different story & Burton didn’t have as big of a marketing campaign as Nolan’s films did.

              To be I like both Burton/Nolan’s Batman films the same really. Both director’s films had characters i didn’t care for. Both Directors done things in the franchise that i didn’t like that screwed with the Batman mythos, etc.

              Batman:TAS didn’t come out till after Batman Returns. And things in that series were influenced by Burton’s films. Kevin Conroy got the idea on how to voice Batman/Bruce Wayne as Michael Keaton did in the films. Batmobile/Batjet were sleekr designs from Batman(89)film. Not to mention villains like Joker, Penguin, Catwoman. Even in the New Batman Adventures, they did a re-enactment of Batman knockin Jack Napier which was a (alias on the show)into the vat of chemicals. Just examples that Burton’s films of been great if such a great series was inspired by them. Just my opinion.

              P.S. My friends & i know it will probly never happen. But nothin would make us happier if Bruce Timm & Co made the jump to makin live-action films. Especially films of Batman, Superman, Justice League that would could all tie into the same continuity.

              • Wallywest

                For that “Bruce Timm & Co” part count me in too, bro. :)

              • Wallywest,

                (“But most people didn’t see Burton’s films as duds.”)
                Com’on bro, we know each other since the ‘The Dark Knight’ days. Here we are not talking on behalf of “most” people but only for our self. Because if it had been otherwise, I too can bring to the table, the unanimous support that common public (IMDB – All-time top earners + Top 250 movies of all time) and critics (Rottentomatoes and others) gave to the “The Dark Knight”. But I didn’t till now. And no, I don’t feel ‘Batman (1989)’ is now inferior just because it was some 22 long years ago but because it didn’t age well for me. In fact it didn’t age at all. All it did was to improve on the 1960s version. And copying just the origins exactly as they are doesn’t make a character genuine when it’s actual soul – the philosophy that forced the character to become what it is and drives it through it’s life – is absent on that day.

                And you don’t need to read First Batman at all. It’s just targeted towards children. To understand the Nolan version, you need to go through the Alan Moore classic ‘The Killing Joke (1988)’.

                (“Sure now villains in Burton’s films would look campy to today’s audience but back then it was a different story & Burton didn’t have as big of a marketing campaign as Nolan’s films did.”)
                How much marketing campaign do you think might have been done for ‘Citizen Kane (1941)’ in it’s time ? Yet it’s a classic even today and will be forever. Burton’s Big Fish (2003) will be but his Bat won’t.

                (“Both Directors done things in the franchise that i didn’t like that screwed with the Batman mythos, etc.”) – Your opinion.
                And Nolan’s version was phenomenally successful, yes, because it was based in reality, yes, but not in ours but in the reality of the classics novels it was based on – ‘Batman-Year One (1987)’, ‘The Killing Joke (1988)’, and ‘The Long Halloween (1996-97)’ – FACT.

                (“Kevin Conroy got the idea on how to voice Batman/Bruce Wayne as Michael Keaton did in the films. Batmobile/Batjet were sleekr designs from Batman(89)film. Not to mention villains like Joker, Penguin, Catwoman. Even in the New Batman Adventures, they did a re-enactment of Batman knockin Jack Napier which was a (alias on the show)into the vat of chemicals. Just examples that Burton’s films of been great if such a great series was inspired by them.”)

                Again you are pointing towards only technicalities and not the soul of the movies – the Script and Dialogues. Batman staying mum for most times just because there’s nothing to say and The Joker hamming out cliched one-liners (which was the case with Burton’s) doesn’t exactly make for an intelligent movie.

        • OOPS !

          Instead of…
          (“Almost everything in the best CBMs of Batman…”)

          I wanted to say…
          (“Almost everything in the best CBs (Comic Books) of Batman…”)

    • Kahless! You wont be at opening night for Avengers or TDKR? Boooyyyyy, dont you even try to run that by me. I’m not having any of it.

      • @ happyman

        I probly won’t be neither. 1. I hate being with so many people at the movies. And 2. I gotta have my space that sit all the time. Back as far as i can- middle seat,lol.

  6. The suit looks thicker and Bale looks like he packed on more muscle, more than he had back in TDK.

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