Anyone who is getting a little impatient whilst waiting to see Christopher Nolan's final Batman film can now relax a little. Fans have been offered a few juicy teasers about The Dark Knight Rises by the director in the latest Empire magazine.
The biggest news is that the movie takes place a full eight years after the previous film. The Dark Knight, released in 2008, ended with Christian Bale's caped crusader being wrongly accused of murder and on the run - leaving him in a "very precarious place", Nolan tells Empire.
"It's really all about finishing Batman and Bruce Wayne's story,” Nolan continues. “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."
The Dark Knight Rises also stars Anne Hathaway as Catwoman and Matthew Modine as the baddie Nixon. But Nolan has hinted that the film's main villain is Bane, a physically powerful and also clever foe best-known for breaking Batman's back. Played by the British actor Tom Hardy, Bane will push Batman to the limit, says Nolan. "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."
Hardy, famous for playing British prisoner Charles Bronson, told Empire that Bane will be "brutal" and "a really horrible piece of work". He added: "He's a big dude who's incredibly clinical in the fact that he has a results-based and oriented fighting style. It's not about fighting. It's about carnage."
The film will be released on 20 July next year - We can't wait!·