While the Occupy Wall Street protestors are not being featured in The Dark Knight Rises after all, the latest photos and videos from the New York set of Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy finale reveal that there will still be plenty of angry civilians and police officials clashing in the streets of Gotham City.

Today’s roundup of Dark Knight Rises set material includes images and videos that offer an early look at a (possibly, climactic) street battle that occurs between Bane’s forces, the Gotham City Police, and the Caped Crusader himself.

For those who are worried about spoiling themselves for The Dark Knight Rises (even more than they already have…): there’s nothing on display here that hasn’t either been unveiled or partially hinted at before. All the same, here are some of the highlights of today’s photo gallery:

  • Tom Hardy in his full Bane regalia, including his militaristic armor and leathery winter coat
  • Christian Bale in his (now, trademark) Batman outfit
  • An early peek at Matthew Modine‘s character, “Nixon”
  • “Bane’s Army” clashing with Gotham city authorities
  • Bane and Batman trading blows amidst the ensuing chaos

Check out those pics and more in the gallery below:

Next – for those who want an early “in-motion” sneak peek at the grand-scale Dark Knight Rises action set piece teased above, which also includes three (count ’em, three) camouflage Tumblers tearing up the pavement, have a look at the videos (via “deannabreglia” and “Eidolon Pictures“) below:

Many fans still have mixed feelings about the overabundance of amateur Dark Knight Rises production images and videos that have popped up online. While, at first glance, it may seem like the film’s been entirely spoiled by this point, it ought to be pointed out that literally none of this behind-the-scenes material has been shown in context.

To use a fitting analogy: assuming that you already know every one of the Dark Knight Rises‘ secrets – or what the quality of the final product is going to be – is kind of like assuming you know exactly how a cake will look and taste, simply because you’ve been shown a good chunk of the raw ingredients.

One thing that is apparent, though: Nolan is raising the “epic” bar something high with his third Batman movie. Between this new practically-produced action sequence with hundreds of screaming extras charging one another down, multiple shootouts between the police and Bane’s mercenaries, and further evidence that masses of Gotham civilians will be taken hostage throughout the film… The Dark Knight Rises is clearly going to offer moviegoers an insane amount of bang for their buck.

The Dark Knight Rises will hit theaters around the U.S. on July 20th, 2012.

Fans can get an early look at the film’s prologue in the IMAX format when Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol opens in theaters this winter.

Source: gettyimages, NY Daily News