‘Dark Knight Rises’: New Poster Featuring Tom Hardy As Bane Released, Plot Details Emerge (PHOTOS)

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Catwoman On Set
Batman & Catwoman spotted on ‘Dark Knight Rises’ set.
There are only two more weeks until The Dark Knight Rises hit theaters, and slow but surely, viewers are getting a better look into the final installment of director Christopher Nolan‘s edgy Batman trilogy.

In a newly-released poster featuring the film’s villain Bane, played by Inception‘s Tom Hardy, a crowd of mercenaries is seen raising their arms in a salute behind an enlarged version of the masked mercenary. Since Bane describes himself as Gotham’s “reckoning” in one of the trailers, it’s safe to say he’s ready to wreak some havoc.

There are also new details about how Bruce Wayne/Batman (Christian Bale) and Selina Kyle/Catwoman (Anne Hathaway) meet for the first time.

According to just-released production notes, Catwoman and Batman have their first exchange at a Harvey Dent Day celebration.

In 2008’s The Dark Knight, District Attorney Harvey Dent — played by Aaron Eckhardt — transformed into the villainous Two-Face and was killed by Batman at the end of the film.

Other revelations taken from the production notes:

  • The film picks up eight years after the events that occurred in The Dark Knight.
  • Batman takes blame for killing D.A. Harvey Dent, aka Two-Face, and takes a hiatus from fighting crime.
  • Many believe crime rates have plummeted thanks to Batman’s self-imposed disappearance when a mysterious masked villain called Bane begins terrorizing Gotham.
  • Batman then decides to come out of hiding to fight Bane.

Hardy, 34, spoke about his deadly character and said, “Bane is a terrorist in both his mentality and his actions. He is physically intimidating and he’s also very intelligent, which makes him even more dangerous.”

The production notes also detail that Bane is not the initial reason Batman comes out of hiding, but rather an encounter with Selina Kyle, aka Catwoman.

Hathway, 29, who plays the iconic character, mentioned that it’s “hard to reveal” anything regarding her role, saying, “she is intensely private and very mysterious.  She has her own code of ethics, which sometimes involves doing things that other people might consider questionable.”

Additionally, details regarding Joseph Gordon-Levitt‘s character are revealed, and the 500 Days of Summer actor is playing Gotham City police officer John Blake, who impresses Commissioner Gordon (Gary Oldman) with his courage and integrity.

For even more secrets from the production notes, click here.

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