Since the release of the teaser trailer for “The Dark Knight Rises,” the long-awaited sequel to “The Dark Knight,” there has been little news on the film. Aside from photos snapped by both paparazzi and nosey fans as well as the odd rumor, it’s been fairly quiet on “TDKR” front. However, a bombshell has just been dropped which will leave fans salivating for the film’s July 20 release date.
In an interview with Empire magazine, “TDKR” director Christopher Nolan made two stunning revelations. The first is there will be a prologue to the film! For some, this may come as a bit of a surprise, but for the more devoted fans, this is actually fairly expected. Rewind to the release of “TDK” and you might remember that the opening bank robbery scene of the film was pre-screened in IMAX attached to “I Am Legend.”
Back then, it was our first look at Heath Ledger’s Oscar-winning portrayal of The Joker. Now, Chris Nolan has confirmed that on December 21, fans will get their first look at Tom Hardy’s portrayal of Batman’s latest villain, Bane, in the film’s opening sequence. It will be playing in select IMAX theaters.
One other new piece of information Nolan let slip is that “TDKR” will be set eight years after the events that occurred in “TDK.” Now, this is far more shocking than the news of the prequel as many were probably under the impression that the film would pick up right where “TDK” left off with Batman a vigilante on the run from the Gotham City Police Department.
Not so, says Nolan. Here we will find Batman aged along with Gotham City. Nolan also revealed that unlike Batman’s battle of wits against The Joker, his battle against Bane will be a much more physical challenge. With that said, we can predict numerous fight scenes throughout the film. As we approach the release of the prequel and the commencement of filming, I expect a flood of news regarding “TDKR” over the next month, so brace yourselves.