Proving that there is still power in print media, UK movie magazine Empire has a cover story this month on The Dark Knight Rises, complete with a Christopher Nolan interview. In a tantalizing preview on the mag’s site, some new details on the film are revealed.
Here’s the big news: A six-to-seven minute prologue will be screened in front of IMAX showings of Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, starting Dec. 21.” The segment will be “an introduction to Bane, and a taste of the rest of the film,” the director said.
The most surprising tidbit? The movie takes place eight years after 2008′s The Dark Knight. Nolan says: “Perhaps surprisingly for some people, our story picks up quite a bit later, eight years after The Dark Knight. So he’s an older Bruce Wayne; he’s not in a great state.”
There also looks to be a good deal of Bane talk in the article, with costume designer Lindy Hemming explaining how the “Venom” will work in the film, saying, “He’s suffering from pain and needs gas to survive. He can’t survive the pain without the mask. The pipes from the mask go back along his jawline and feed into the thing at his back, where there are two cannisters.”
The Dark Knight Rises is schedule for release on July 20, 2012.