Empire has revealed two different covers of Batman (Christian Bale) and Bane (Tom Hardy) from Christoper Nolan's 'The Dark Knight Rises.'
The movie hits cinemas on July 20, 2012 worldwide, the movie also stars Michael Caine, Gary Oldman, Morgan Freeman, Anne Hathaway, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Marion Cotillard, Juno Temple, Josh Pence, Daniel Sunjata, Nestor Carbonell, Tom Conti, Joey King, Brett Cullen, Chris Ellis, Josh Stewart, Christopher Judge, Adam Rodriguez and Rob Brown.
Update: Talking to empire Christopher Nolan revealed that 'The Dark Knight Rises' to pick up eight years after 'The Dark Knight,' saying that the movie is "really all about finishing Batman and Bruce Wayne's story".
"We left him in a very precarious place," Nolan said of the Gotham hero. "Perhaps surprisingly for some people, our story picks up quite a bit later, eight years after The Dark Knight. So he's an older Bruce Wayne; he's not in a great state."
Discussing the threat posed by Tom Hardy's new villain Bane, the director added: "With Bane, we're looking to give Batman a challenge he hasn't had before. With our choice of villain and with our choice of story we're testing Batman both physically as well as mentally."
Costume designer Lindy Hemming revealed that Bane's mask provides him with gas to allow him to survive a painful injury picked up during the movie, while Hardy described the character as "brutal" and "a terrorist".
Hardy said: "He's a big dude who's incredibly clinical, in the fact that he has a result-based and oriented fighting style. It's not about fighting. It's about carnage. The style is heavy-handed, heavy-footed, it's nasty.
"Anything from small-joint manipulation to crushing skulls, crushing rib cages, stamping on shins and knees and necks and collarbones and snapping heads off and tearing his fists through chests, ripping out spinal columns. He is a terrorist in mentality as well as brutal action."
Nolan also revealed that the prologue for the movie coming with 'Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol' in IMAX:
"is basically the first six, seven minutes of the film. It's an introduction to Bane, and a taste of the rest of the film."
Update 2: While doing press for his new film 'The Flowers of War,' Christian Bale spoke a little bit about the upcoming 'The Dark Knight Rises.'
-“How long will you let the pain and loss define your life? Walking around chasing bad guys is very heroic and attracts attention, but at the end it all accounts for, as a means to deal with the pain of a huge loss.”
- “We agreed that Bruce Wayne is absolutely sincere as Bruce Wayne, and as Batman utterly sincere," the Oscar-winning actor added. "But Bruce Wayne, the playboy, is a pure facade, it's a lie he has, somehow, to control one side of your soul that's not really under control. In fact, only Alfred knows who he is. It's time for Bruce Wayne to face the pain, that has always stirred his life.”
- On working with Team Nolan: “Shooting in seven different locations, chosen by Nolan was a pleasure. It's really a privilege to work well, especially with the extraordinary troupe of actors, who always manage to meet Chris' expectations.”
Christian Bale talked to the Phillippine Daily Inquirer about his co-stars saying:
"I'm terrible at auditions, so I'm very impressed when somebody really seems to acquire an ownership of a character without having worked on it or prepared for some amount of time. I saw that in Anne," he told the newspaper about Anne Hathaway. "In many ways, she has the hardest job. There are a number of people who feel that the Catwoman role has been defined previously. So, I always saw Anne's role as being the toughest job of any of us."
About Tom Hardy, who plays Bane, Bale added that he is "a phenomenal actor. I like working with him a great deal. He goes the whole hog. I know that Bane has been seen in movies before. But, in my eyes, Tom is essentially creating Bane for the first time so there's great freedom for him to be able to do so."
And about Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Bale said that "Joseph is a very intriguing guy... He's somebody who truly seems to love acting. He's a good, smart guy. He did a very good job in the movie."
He also talked briefly about Christopher Nolan's Batman. "We always maintained from the beginning that if you wanted to break it down, there are three personas – Batman is sincere, the private Bruce Wayne is sincere. The public version of Bruce Wayne, the playboy, is a completely fabricated performance."