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New Shots of Batman and Bane Grace Empire Magazine Covers

Empire magazine has unveiled its two Dark Knight Rises covers featuring new images of Christian Bale as Batman and Tom Hardy as Bane from the conclusion of Christopher Nolan’s movie trilogy. (Warning: Potential spoilers can be found in the update below!)

If you squint, you can read quotes from each of the actors on their characters. Of Bane, Hardy says, “He’s brutal. He’s a terrorist. A really horrible piece of work.” Of Batman, Bale says, “He has to answer the question: how long do you allow pain to dominate your life?”

The new issue of Empire arrives on shelves Thursday.

Opening July 20, The Dark Knight Rises also stars Michael Caine, Gary Oldman, Anne Hathaway, Marion Cotillard, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Morgan Freeman.

Update: Collider has some scans from the issue, revealing a quote from Nolan about the film’s timeline. “It’s really all about finishing Batman and Bruce Wayne’s story,” he tells Empire. “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.”

The director also divulges that the six-minute prologue, set to debut Dec. 16 with the IMAX version of Mission: Impossible — Ghost Protocol, is “the introduction to Bane and a taste of the rest of the film.”

(We’ve also added a third cover, featuring Bane, available to subscribers.)


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    I hope the climactic fight between Christian Bale and
    Tom Hardy will knock everyone on their ass.

  • Mak

    Were you trying to post something? If so it didn’t work…

  • Randy Watson

    Stupid looking Bane mask, but at least Tom Hardy will kick ass as the character.

  • pDUB

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  • Keegan

    I hope the climactic fight between Christian Bale and Tom Hardy will knock everyone on their ass.

  • Mr. Zychowski

    A little odd but all new things are.  

  • Steven Ventress

    Is anyone else getting a predator vibe from Bane?

  • Steven Ventress

    Is anyone else getting a Predator vibe from Bane’s mask?

  • Anonymous

    Eight years later? Whaaat

  • 0bsessions

    While I recall hearing it was debunked, the prologue being an intro to Bane combined with the eight years later and not a great state remarks lends a lot of credence to the rumors about what happens in said prologue.

  • Jacob

    There is an edit button. You don’t have to post a correction.

  • Sleepytime

    I’m feeling a combination Knightfall/end and the dark knight returns vibe

  • Invader Zim

    Bane looks really cool.

  • Zen Strive

    So Batman needs to have flashlights at night now?

  • Faust

    7 months to go!! Looks like I’ll have to go see MI:3! It better have the Batman short in Australian cinemas too!