There's never been a shortage of speculation surrounding recent Christopher Nolan films such as Inception and The Dark Knight. The director is notoriously tight-lipped about his movies - both in terms of story beats and character information.
However, thanks to the very public Dark Knight Rises filming currently going on in India, we now have a clearer look at the potential Lazarus Pit as well as potential details regarding the origin of super villain Bane (though file the latter part under "rumor" for now).
It goes without saying that if you're attempting to avoid all Dark Knight Rises-related spoilers and speculation, be warned - the following post will contain more-detailed pictures from the India shoot as well as a potential (albeit thin) origin story for Tom Hardy's Bane. Read on at your own risk!
On Friday we reported on the possibility that the oval-shaped pit, with a green screen background, being prepared by the Dark Knight Rises crew would be the Nolan-world version of Ra's al Ghul's notorious Lazarus Pits - featured heavily in the comics. On the printed page, the pits had a more fantastical explanation; however, spectators at the India shoot may have secured one unexpected detail - one that would ground the pits in a more real-world utility as well as tie the League of Shadows storyline to the film's other chief antagonist - Bane.
Here's the eyewitness report, courtesy of The Dark Knight Rises Community on Facebook:
"Eyewitnesses and crew members told us of a particular scene being filmed," the site reports, "where a bald-headed child wearing ragged clothes emerges from the well and pulls his hood over his head. From the conversations, we reckon this is a young Bane, emerging from a vat of Venom, trained by Pence's Ra's al Ghul. The years of addiction to Venom builds him to be a massive monster with amped up senses, intelligence and physical prowess."
Granted, the "report" is entirely hearsay but it would offer a compelling explanation for Nolan's inclusion of the Lazarus Pits as well as how Bane will fit into the real-world setting - not to mention the reason for the Ra's al Ghul flashbacks (as portrayed by Josh Pence). That said, there's no actual evidence that points to the assertion that the pool is actually a Venom vat - so it's fair to say that the eyewitnesses here are making a lot of assumptions. So take this particular set of details with a grain of salt.
Regardless, check out the improved "Lazarus Pit" images below, followed by Pence in India, as well as a purported training ground (courtesy of Mehul Gohil at The Dark Knight Rises Community). Click to enlarge:
If the rumored report does turn out to be true (though, we still think the eyewitnesses are concocting a lot of questionable assertions based on limited evidence) - it still begs the question, with Nolan dedicating such a significant portion of the film to Ra's al Ghul's legacy (especially considering Marion Cotillard's "secret" role), how will the director provide Anne Hathaway's Selina Kyle/Catwoman (or even Joseph Gordon-Levitt's John Blake) with the same level of character development - without convoluting the story?
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The Dark Knight Rises hits theaters July 20, 2012.