In SFX Magazine’s rather excellent ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ August issue cover story, Tom Hardy opens up about his experience working with Christopher Nolan on the director’s hugely-anticipated finale to his Batman trilogy (you can read quotes from Nolan’s SFX interview here). In ‘The Dark Knight Rises,’ Hardy plays the menacing Bane; Bruce Wayne/Batman’s destructive, physically imposing and intellectual adversary. Here’s Hardy’s thoughts on what Nolan brings to table as a filmmaker, “A lot of directors in the world today attempt to bring character and spectacle together, and fail. And Chris is in the position where he’s a general among leading players who vie for that position of director…not just a huge spectacle, pushing and pioneering with visual effects ect, but also on a simple “warts and all” level, which is, for me, my bread-and-butter, which character analysis, armchair psychology, and showing people the terror in relationships. And he’s incredibly successful as well. He’s got lots and lots of money to do it, which is also a huge draw because there certain things you can achieve with that money that lesser talent would splurge up the wall in a away that wouldn’t be anywhere near as exciting as what Chris does.”

Tom Hardy continues, “For example, CGI over visual effects. He’ll prefer to build something as opposed to have it painted on a notepad. And the steely resolve and scrupulous effort he has to get things done properly is incredibly exciting, because you attract people who want to challenge themselves. I feel really grateful to be part of it, part of the Nolan team, because I know that everyone n that floor will be ready at some level to challenge themselves to do something they haven’t done before. Very rarely do you meet someone on the set who is lazy.”

Based upon characters appearing in comic books published by DC Comics, ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ is set eight years after Batman took the fall for Two Face’s crimes in ‘The Dark Knight.’ The film sees the Caped Crusader resurface to protect a city that brands him an enemy as a new terrorist leader, Bane, overwhelms Gotham’s finest. I think it’s safe to say that that we can expect something rather special from ‘The Dark Knight Rises judging by the previous installments in Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight saga (‘Batman Begins’ and ‘The Dark Knight’), the films marketing campaign, the first-rate cast, and its thrilling trailers. ‘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 screenplay for the film is written by Christopher Nolan and Jonathan Nolan, from a story by Nolan and David S. Goyer. ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ opens in cinemas and IMAX on July 20th. Check out the official synopsis and production details for ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ below.

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.