'Dark Knight Rises': Not The Batman We're Used To

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"The Dark Knight Rises" might not have a Comic-Con panel this year, but that doesn't mean we can't bring you brand new interviews with the cast and crew! MTV News recently had the chance to sit down with director Christopher Nolan and stars Christian Bale and Joseph Gordon-Levitt to discuss the third and final movie in their Batman trilogy. As you might have already assumed from the marketing campaign for the movie, it's going to be very different from the films that came before.

"Gotham has become a cynical place," Gordon-Levitt teased. "People are just going with the status quo. The fat cats are getting fatter."

We already know that "The Dark Knight Rises" takes place eight years after "The Dark Knight," and it turns out that that time jump was very intentional. The reason for that likely won't be revealed until the movie hits theaters next week, but Nolan set up a bit of the new playing field we'll be introduced to this time around.

"You're dealing with a story that very specifically picks up eight years after the events of the last film and time has moved along but our protagonists haven't," he said. "Bruce Wayne has shut himself away in self-imposed exile. He's hung up the cape and cowl but he hasn't moved on."

Of course, Batman will have to put the Batsuit back on once again now that a brutish fellow named Bane has entered the mix. Bane has gone down in DC comic books history as one of the scariest Batman villains around, and apparently he's even more terrifying in "The Dark Knight Rises" because Batman might not be strong enough to combat him.

"He's the first adversary that can physically dominate Batman in his somewhat weakened state," Bale said. "This is just not the same Batman we're accustomed to seeing."

"The Dark Knight Rises" hits theaters on July 20.

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