'Dark Knight Rises': The Return Of The Batcave?

The Dark Knight RisesA crucial part of the Batman mythos is the Batcave. Hidden underground with a secret entrance located in Wayne Manor, the Dark Knight’s hideout was rendered inaccessible in the first Christopher Nolan Bat-film, “Batman Begins,” but could possibly be making a return in “The Dark Knight Rises.”

Yesterday, Latino Review played Batman, doing some pretty solid detective work based on clues found around the internet. The most interesting among these were the fact that everyone’s favorite Welsh news source, Wales Online reported that a waterfall in Brecon Beacons was standing in as the entrance to the Batcave.

Back in “Batman Begins,” Liam Neeson’s Ra’s al Ghul burnt down Wayne Manor, which resulted in the Batcave’s entrance being blocked off and not seen during “The Dark Knight.” But according to an insider on the Welsh set, Batman’s iconic hideout will be back for the new flick.

“They were there for a couple of days just a few weeks ago,” the insider told Wales Online. “I understand it’s going to be used in the opening sequence of the film, as Batman discovers the Batcave. But we’ll have to wait and see.”

The inclusion of both the villain Bane (played by Tom Hardy) and the Batcave will have comic book fans’ minds going directly to the “Knightfall” storyline. In 1993, “Knightfall” saw then new villain Bane figure out Batman’s secret identity, break into the Batcave and break the back of the world’s greatest detective, outdoing him both mentally and physically. That simple act led to a number of significant moments and developments in the comics, but none more memorable than when Bane snapped Batman’s spine over his knee. It was the act that forever ensured that Bane would always be a badass and top-level threat.

While there’s no word on whether “The Dark Knight Rises” will feature plot elements from “Knightfall,” Latino Review did pick up on a rumor about Morgan Freeman’s role as Lucius Fox. The site noted that they are said to “involve Lucius trying to prevent the thieving of a Tumbler,” the heavy-duty all-terrain Batmobiles used in the previous films.

Are you excited about the return of the Batcave? Do you think we’ll see any of the hideout’s signature trophies, like a giant penny or Tyrannosaurus Rex? Tell us in the comments below or on Twitter!