With about six months left until the movie premieres, The Dark Knight Rises prequel is the gift that keeps giving, as a new magazine cover and photos show an updated version of Batman's batsuit, tantalizing fans even more with a costume teaser.
Entertainment Weekly features Christian Bale suited up as Batman on its latest cover as a part of the magazine's 2012 anticipated movies preview. In addition, a feature inside the issue shows three extra photos based on scenes from the theatrical trailer.
Commissioner Gordon is seen looking frightened in one photo while the remaining two focus on Bane.
One picture shows Tom Hardy as Bane alongside Bruce Wayne during a faceoff. Another shows a physical moment between Bane and Batman, as they battle in a direct combat amongst police and Bane's posse.
Bane has been on every fan's mind since the leaked trailer first circulated the Internet in December, with a six-minute clip of Tom Hardy as the villain Bane hijacking a military plane. The leaked clip was later removed by Warner Bros. but sure enough, more copies emerged before the official was released, which Warner Bros. said was downloaded more than 12.5 million times within the first 24 hours of its release on iTunes.
In the interview with Entertainment Weekly, director Christopher Nolan addressed concerns about Bane in the film, as many complained based on the trailer that his voice was indecipherable.
I think when people see the film, things will come into focus, Nolan said. Bane is very complex and very interesting and when people see the finished film people will be very entertained by him.
In addition, some old rumors were addressed [SPOILER ALERT] regarding the film, including its time frame eight years after The Dark Knight, the revisit to The Batcave and the plotline.
The film takes place in the years after the Harvey Dent case in The Dark Knight when Bane shows up in Gotham City. Entertainment Weekly confirmed that the results of the ending of The Dark Knight will be revisited, as Commissioner Gordon and Batman cover up the wrongdoings of Harvey Dent/Two Face, played by Aaron Eckhart.
Christian Bale also spoke to Entertainment Weekly about his thoughts and trepidations of ending the trilogy.
I can tell you the truth because I'm done with it: I felt immense pressure, Bale said. And I think it's a good pressure, because you owe it to the films - and the people's expectations - to make great work.
According to Bale, fanboys are in for a treat with The Dark Knight Rises. As one of the most highly-anticipated films for 2012's summer box office season, the film will come out July 20th, 2012 in IMAX as well as theatrical.
There have even been reports that midnight IMAX screenings on opening night have sold out on Fandango, selling out at New York City's AMC Loews Lincoln Square theater and the AMC Loews Universal City cineplex in Los Angeles.
The final installment for Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy features Tom Hardy as Bane, along with Christian Bale, Liam Neeson, Anne Hathaway, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Marion Cotillard.