Christian Bale stands front and center on the magazine's cover as part of EW's 2012 movie preview, showing off a slightly updated batsuit for the first time. It's a nice introduction to the version of the Dark Knight that we'll see onscreen in a little more than six months.
Inside the issue, we're treated to three additional photos, two of which give us great looks at Tom Hardy in full Bane regalia. The pictures come from scenes briefly touched on in the first theatrical trailer, including one of a very scared-looking Commissioner Gordon. In one of the Bane photos, he's looking just off-camera at an unmasked Bruce Wayne, taken from the scene in the trailer when the "You have my permission to die" line is spoken.
The other photo of Hardy shows him at the large-scale brawl between Batman and police and Bane and his minions. We see Bane and Batman locked in hand-to-hand combat, something that has been teased about this film and something we haven't really seen since "Batman Begins."
For better or worse, Bane has been at the center of controversy since the world first heard his voice. In the EW preview, Christopher Nolan addresses the issue of the distorted dialogue, asking for his audience's faith. "I think when people see the film, things will come into focus," he said "Bane is very complex and very Interesting, and when people see the finished film, people will be very entertained by him."
The preview also features an interview with Bale, who opened up about the pressures of bringing the trilogy to a close. "I can tell you the truth because I'm done with it: I felt immense pressure," Bale said. "And I think it's a good pressure, because you owe it to the films — and the people's expectations — to make great work."
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