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Christopher Nolan continues to weave together the bits and pieces of The Dark Knight Rises as shooting continues in Pittsburgh. We’re left with two new videos after the weekend, one featuring Tom Hardy as Bane in the far distance, threatening a stadium filled with people, and the other giving a look at Bane brawling with Christian Bale’s Batman in the midst of some kind of street riot.
Be warned that either of these clips, and the details that follow, probably qualify as omega-level spoilers. You have been warned.
The stadium scene, which the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (via Movieline) says is a flashback, shows us Bane parading a hostage onto the field — it’s not clear who — and preparing to make good on some kind of threat. The scene ends before that threat is carried out, so we’ll have to keep wondering about that. Worth noting though that the audience of extras is expected to respond to a series of explosions at the top of the scene.
There’s less context for the other video. We can gather that it’s winter, since snow appears to be falling. Batman and Bane are duking it out on the steps of a large building with white columns in front of it — the Mellon Institute of Industrial Research, I’m told — while uniformed police trade punches with gun-toting private soldiers.
The Dark Knight Rises, which opens July 20, 2012, also stars Michael Caine, Gary Oldman, Anne Hathaway, Marion Cotillard, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Morgan Freeman.