EMPIRE had a much-hyped set-visit story about “The Dark Knight Rises” recently, much to the delight of all those who can’t get enough non-news about next year’s all-but-garaunteed-to-not-live-up-to-your-expectations blockbuster. But what was actually revealed? Well… nothing, really; save that Bane still looks about as crummy in the “official” images as he has in the random on-location snaps.
The only thing close to new information is that the film is apparently set 8 years after the end of “Dark Knight;” which is… interesting, I suppose?
A lot of fans are reading the time-jump as a “clue” that the film will ultimately be some form of adaptation of either “The Dark Knight Returns” (i.e. old Batman un-retiring) or “Knightfall” (i.e. Batman coming back from Bane-induced injuries); mostly because for a lot of fans everything is a clue pointing to an adaptation of those stories. More likely, it’s a way for Nolan to do what he’s always said he was going to do – put a definitive END on “his” Batman story – without having dissapointed fans point out how brief this particular Batman’s career was. It also, maybe, gives Warner Bros. room to say that the innevitable new-actor-reboot is actually happening during the “missing” 8 years.
Also “revealed” in the article is the possibility that Bane is actually “powered” by inhaled-gas painkillers instead of muscle-growth chemicals, which will come as a shocking dissapointment to anyone who actually expected Christopher Nolan to include a Hulk-sized monster-man in his movie.