Warner Brothers and Christopher Nolan have posted tons of production notes on the official website for “The Dark Knight Rises.” If you want to stay away from all spoilers, any kind of detail whatsoever, then stay away from that website (and you might not want to read the rest of this). If, however, you can barely contain yourself and are counting down the hours until July 20th and will take every scrap of information you can get just to stay alive, then you will enjoy the site.
Here are a few quotes to get you started:
On Bane: “While the Scarecrow was a madman and the Joker an anarchist, “Bane is a terrorist in both his mentality and his actions,” says actor Tom Hardy, who plays Batman’s new arch-nemesis. “He is physically intimidating and he’s also very intelligent, which makes him even more dangerous.”
Nolan relates: “In deciding on who the next villain would be, it was imperative that it was someone completely different from the Joker—that he be a brute force. The physical component of what Bruce Wayne does as Batman is of extraordinary importance, and we had not truly challenged that in the first two films. I really wanted to see Batman meet his match physically, as well as intellectually. Bane is raw strengthwith a fanatical devotion to duty, and that combination makes him unstoppable.”
“This is the first time it appears highly unlikely that Batman will come out on top in a physical altercation,” Bale allows. “He has been dormant for years, so he’s in a weakened condition to begin with, and Bane is not only incredibly strong but ruthless in terms of his sheer militancy and the ideology that drives him.”
Tom Hardy attests: “Bane has come to do a job and has no feelings of remorse.”
Okay, return to your “Countdown to July 20th” festivities.