A slew of new promotional stills from The Dark Knight Rises are featured in this week’s issue of Entertainment Weekly, along with cast interviews that provide additional insight into the mindset of the villains in Christopher Nolan’s Caped Crusader trilogy concluder.

Those pics have now been officially released online, revealing such memorable imagery as Batman (Christian Bale) conducting some detective work by use of an iPad-like device (Bat-Pad?), Bane (Tom Hardy) wearing a different costume while he literally occupies Wall Street the Gotham stock exchange, Catwoman (Anne Hathaway) showing off her cat-burglar skills – and more.

Check all that out in the Dark Knight Rises gallery below:

The idea that Bane’s plot to destroy Gotham involves more than just physically destroying the city’s foundation and population was alluded to in a previous Dark Knight Rises plot synopsis, which would explain just what the muscular brute is doing in the image featured above. As Hardy told EW, “there is a very meticulous and calculated way about Bane. There is a huge orchestration of organization to his ambition.” Intriguing, to say the least.

Similarly, it’s cool to see that Bruce Wayne’s personal “Q,” Lucius Fox (Morgan Freeman), will be providing Batman with some nifty new technology in Dark Knight Rises, in addition to that glowing weapon briefly glimpsed in the full-length DKR trailer. Plus, this is the first look we’ve gotten at Catwoman preparing to use those “cat ear” goggles of hers for practical purposes – which is in keeping with the nature of costume accessories in Nolan’s Bat-verse.

For more DKR-related goodness, check out our recent post with Tom Hardy and Anne Hathaway talking about their roles in Nolan’s climactic Batman blockbuster.

The Dark Knight Rises in U.S. theaters on July 20th, 2012.

Source: EW