As The Dark Knight Rises prologue is set to debut before the IMAX screenings of Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol on December 16, the film's director Christopher Nolan is talking about his final foray into the Batman world and why he chose Bane as the villain.
Nolan spoke to the Los Angeles Times and described the thought process behind choosing Bane as his final villain in his Dark Knight trilogy. "I didn't know him very well,” Nolan said of The Dark Knight Rises' evildoer. “I only knew him by name. I wasn't familiar with his back story. He's a very cool character.”
Once deciding on Bane as Batman’s foe, he knew actor Tom Hardy was the perfect choice to play the Dark Knight’s foil.
“Getting an actor like Tom to take it on, you know you're going to get something very special. Tom is somebody who really knows how to put character into every gesture, every aspect of his physicality in the way that great actors can. With Bane, the physicality is the thing. With a good villain you need an archetype, you know, you need the extreme of some type of villainy. The Joker is obviously a particular archetype of diabolical, chaotic anarchy and has a devilish sense of humor. Bane, to me, is something we haven't dealt with in the films. We wanted to do something very different in this film. He's a primarily physical villain. He's a classic movie monster in a way, but with a terrific brain. I think he's a fascinating character. I think people are going to get a kick out of what we've done with him."
Movie Fanatic, for one, cannot wait to see what Hardy does with Bane and also have our last chance at witnessing Christian Bale and his brilliance as Batman on June 20, 2012.
The Dark Knight Rises takes place eight years after 2008’s The Dark Knight. Nolan explained that decision and why it worked for his film. "It will make a lot more sense to people when they see the film. It’s the jumping-off point for the film,” Nolan said. “I think the mood at the beginning of the film will make a lot of sense. If I had to express it thematically, I think what we're saying is that for Batman and Commissioner Gordon, there's a big sacrifice, a big compromise, at the end of The Dark Knight and for that to mean something, that sacrifice has to work and Gotham has to get better in a sense. They have to achieve something for the ending of that film and the feeling at the end of that film to have validity. Their sacrifice has to have meaning and it takes time to establish that and to show that, and that’s the primary reason we did that. It's a time period that is not so far ahead that we would have to do crazy makeup or anything which I think would be distracting, but it gave them something to get their teeth into, particularly Christian in terms of portraying this guy who has been frozen in this moment in time with nowhere to go. He really has done an incredible job figuring out how to characterize that and express that.”