Christopher Nolan Reveals Major 'Dark Knight Rises' Plot Details

Dark Knight Rises

The new "Dark Knight Rises" issue of Empire Magazine is proving to contain a whole lot more than just a few scattered shots of Batman and Bane. Director Christopher Nolan and actor Tom Hardy both spoke with Empire about their work in the movie, revealing a great deal about the new Gotham City, Bane and more in the process.

Get the highlights from the latest "Dark Knight Rises" info dump beyond the jump!

Time Heals No Wounds

Bruce Wayne left "The Dark Knight" in a very dark place, but he'll have had a surprisingly long amount of time to heal when "Rises" hits theaters. Nolan revealed: "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."

Why So Bane?

Bane wasn't the most popular choice of villain when first announced for "Rises," but this latest issue of Empire should turn a lot of opinions in support of the character. "With Bane, we're looking to give Batman a challenge he hasn't had before," said Nolan. "With our choice of villain and with our choice of story we're testing Batman both physically as well as mentally."

Bane Is "Brutal"

Hardy himself weighed in on Bane, specifically the villain's fighting style. Needless to say, the guy sounds like quite the badass. "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."

The Pain Game

As for why Bane needs to wear that mask all the time, costume designer Lindy Hemming explained: "He was injured early in his story. He's suffering from pain and needs gas to survive. He can't survive the pain without the mask. The pipes from the mask go back along his jawline and feed into the thing at his back, where there are two cannisters."

Prologue Revealed

Finally, the shoe drops: Nolan confirmed the existence of the "Dark Knight Rises" prologue to Empire, and even revealed that it'll be "basically the first six, seven minutes of the film," introducing audiences to Bane for the very first time.

What do you think of all the new "Dark Knight Rises" info?