Batman vs. Bane: Who Has the Best Empire Magazine Cover? (POLL)

Pow! Batman Vs. Bane
Christian Bale films fight scene for ‘Dark Knight Rises.’
Anne as Catwoman!
Hathaway transforms for 'Dark Knight.'
We’ve still got a long wait until The Dark Knight Rises hits theaters next summer, but for those who are already shaking with anticipation, the November issue of Empire magazine features a sneak peek at some of the news on the film and two amazing cover images of Christian Bales Batman and Tom Hardy’s Bane!

The Dark Knight Rises director Christopher Nolan revealed some surprising information – the film actually takes place eight whole years after The Dark Knight!

“It’s really all about finishing Batman and Bruce Wayne’s story. We left him in a very precarious place. 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.”

Tom talked to Empire about how Batman may finally meet his match in the vicious villain Bane.

“He’s brutal. Brutal. 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 confirmed with Empire that the film’s prologue (“the first six, seven minutes”) will be in select IMAX cinemas on December 21. It will serve as “an introduction to Bane, and a taste of the rest of the film.”

Are you having as hard of a time waiting for The Dark Knight Rises’ July 20, 2012 premiere as we are? Which Empire cover do you think is better, Batman’s or Bane’s? Be sure to take the poll and sound off in the comments below!