Seeing as the release of Christopher Nolan’s third and final installment in his Batman franchise, ‘The Dark Knight Rises,’ is just 52 days away (not like I’m counting or anything), Warner Bros promotional campaign has undoubtedly moved up a gear in the past few weeks. In Empire Magazine’s bumper 23-page cover story on Nolan’s Batman trilogy and ‘The Dark Knight Rises,’ they feature a great in-depth interview with Bruce Wayne/Batman himself, Christian Bale. Commenting on bringing Batman into the daylight in ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ (in an epic face-off between the Caped Crusader and the Gotham City Police Department facing off against Bane and his mercenaries), Bale had the following to say. “It was very strange to start with. We had the idea of intimidation and the mystery being successful in the dark. And so it did feel odd to be outside quite so much. But obviously I got used to that. We kinda mad a deal right when we first made Batman Begins; me and Chris said, ‘Let’s just not let people see Batman half-dressed. It’s just not a good idea.’ Batman should be Batman and that’s it. He should always be defined and complete and let’s not ruin that experience for people. With a crowd that big you can’t really control it completely. It’s impossible. Sh*t’s gonna happen. So I see there’s a wall of guys right there. They’re not meant to be there. Because I’m about to throw this guys there, you know? And I had to kinda go, ‘Do I? Don’t I? Alright they’re up for it…’ I went back and checked on them afterwards and they were all fine. But those are kinda happy accidents which you can’t fake because there really was a guy flying through the air who knocked them all down!

Christian Bale also spoke on his ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ co-star, Tom Hardy, who’s portraying Batman new physically powerful and intellectual foe, Bane, “Tom is phenomenal. He’s an extraordinary actor. If I were a director I would want Tom to be in my movies. He knows his sh*t. But it’s a funny distance that you have in these movies, literally, by being cocooned by a cowl. I don’t truly feel like I’ve worked with Gary Oldman, even though we’ve done three movies together. I don’t really feel like I’ve worked with Gary because I’m here in this darkness ever time. And likewise with Tom, we’re both behind these masks. He’s feeling that isolation as well. It’s a strange feeling. So we agreed after this we’d like to work with each other on something one day!”

‘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 for ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ and the films two predecessors, ‘Batman Begins’ and ‘The Dark Knight,’ I think it’s safe to say that my hopes are astronomical for this film! Source: CBM.

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.