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A number of scans and quotes have emerged online from Total Film Magazine’s cover story on the eagerly-awaited finale to Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy, ‘The Dark Knight Rises.’ The scans provide us with new looks at Christian Bale’s Batman/Bruce Wayne, Tom Hardy’s Bane, Morgan Freeman’s Lucius Fox, and Anne Hathaway’s Selina Kyle/Catwoman. In the feature Christian Bale opens up about Batman/Bruce Wayne’s painful journey through ‘The Dark Knight Rises,’ “He’s always had this need, this drive, to take action because of the tragedy that befell him. He’s not in the healthiest of places, in many ways.” With the plot of ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ still one of Hollywood’s best kept secrets, we have no idea what state we find Bruce Wayne eight years after the events of the last film. However, there will be one constant in his life. Pain. “That’s constant throughout. But I think it’s more about him feeling the consequences of a life that’s entirely directed by pain, and holding onto that pain, and just how long he can do that. It’s about making the decision to continue [being Batman] in order to maybe self-destruct, or whether he can find some kind of rebirth, to be himself. There’s a certain amount of reflection.” 

Producer Emma Thomas talked about the challenges Bruce Wayne/Batman faces in ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ as being his most brutal and biggest yet,“I would say that in terms of brutality, this one exceeds the last one. This is the first episode that Batman’s ever physically been taken. Bane is a brute. I think what’s great about this villain is that The Joker is all about mind games and messing with people, whereas Bane is about physical strength. We’re giving Batman someone truly worthy of him. It’s not just pure force. He’s really switched on.”

Finally, Anne Hathaway’s sheds some light on her portrayal as Selina Kyle/Catwoman, “It’s an incredible role. It’s one of the most famous comic-book characters for a woman. But, also, it’s Catwoman In this franchise. It’s hard to talk about Selina Kyle because she’s intensely private and mysterious. She has her own ethics, which can involve doing things other people might consider questionable.” Hathaway also describes director Christopher Nolan as being like “Hitchcock with an automatic”, and praises his filmmaking brain, “Chris is so intelligent and his instincts are dead on. He understands lighting. He understands pace. He understands writing. He understands costumes, for God’s sake!”

‘The Dark Knight Rises’ stars Christian Bale as Bruce Wayne/Batman, Anne Hathaway as Selina Kyle/Catwoman, Tom Hardy as Bane, Gary Oldman as Commissioner Jim Gordon, Joseph Gordon-Levitt as John Blake, Michael Caine as Alfred, Morgan Freeman as Lucius Fox, and Marion Cotillard as Miranda Tate. Juno Temple, Josh Pence, Daniel Sunjata, Nestor Carbonell, Tom Conti, Joey King, Brett Cullen, Chris Ellis, Josh Stewart, Christopher Judge, Adam Rodriguez and Rob Brown co-star. ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ is scheduled for release July 20th. Christopher Nolan directs the film from a screenplay he wrote with Jonathan Nolan. Judging by the latest theatrical trailer and both ‘Batman Begins’ and ‘The Dark Knight,’ I think it’s safe to say that we can expect something pretty epic with ‘The Dark Knight Rises.’

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Warner Bros. Pictures’ and Legendary Pictures’ “The Dark Knight Rises” is the epic conclusion to filmmaker Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy. Leading an all-star international cast, Oscar® winner Christian Bale (“The Fighter”) again plays the dual role of Bruce Wayne/Batman. The film also stars Anne Hathaway, as Selina Kyle; Tom Hardy, as Bane; Oscar® winner Marion Cotillard (“La Vie en Rose”), as Miranda Tate; and Joseph Gordon-Levitt, as John Blake. Returning to the main cast, Oscar® winner Michael Caine (“The Cider House Rules”) plays Alfred; Gary Oldman is Commissioner Gordon; and Oscar® winner Morgan Freeman (“Million Dollar Baby”) reprises the role of Lucius Fox.

The screenplay is written by Christopher Nolan and Jonathan Nolan, story by Christopher Nolan & David S. Goyer. The film is produced by Emma Thomas, Christopher Nolan and Charles Roven, who previously teamed on “Batman Begins” and the record-breaking blockbuster “The Dark Knight.” The executive producers are Benjamin Melniker, Michael E. Uslan, Kevin De La Noy and Thomas Tull, with Jordan Goldberg serving as co-producer. The film is based upon characters appearing in comic books published by DC Comics. Batman was created by Bob Kane.

Behind the scenes, “The Dark Knight Rises” reunites the director with several of his longtime collaborators, all of whom worked together on the “The Dark Knight.” The creative team includes director of photography Wally Pfister, who recently won an Oscar® for his work on Nolan’s “Inception”; production designer Nathan Crowley; editor Lee Smith; and Oscar®-winning costume designer Lindy Hemming (“Topsy-Turvy”). In addition, Paul Franklin and Chris Corbould, who both won Oscars® for the effects in “Inception,” supervised the visual and special effects, respectively. The music is composed by Oscar® winner Hans Zimmer (“The Lion King”).

In helming the film, Christopher Nolan is utilizing IMAX® cameras even more extensively than he did on “The Dark Knight,” which had marked the first time ever that a major feature film was partially shot with IMAX cameras. The locations span three continents and include the American cities of Pittsburgh, New York and Los Angeles, as well as sites in India, England and Scotland.

“The Dark Knight Rises” is a presentation of Warner Bros. Pictures, in association with Legendary Pictures. Slated for release beginning July 20, 2012, the film will be distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.