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Looks Like Some Of Those Very Early 'The Dark Knight Rises' Rumors Might Be True After All

by Kevin Jagernauth
June 7, 2012 5:34 PM
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The Dark Knight Rise, Tom Hardy, Bane

Let's just get this out the way: THIS POST CONTAINS SPOILERS. If you don't want "The Dark Knight Rises" ruined for you, stop reading and click somewhere else. Seriously, we're not responsible for anything that happens beyond this point.

Okay, as you know, the plot of "The Dark Knight Rises" continues to be closely guarded: Despite three trailers, a prologue, a zillion TV spots and more -- what the actual story will be is still pretty vague. But ever since the project was announced, rumors have been flying around fast and furious, and one of the earliest indicated that Catwoman would fight along Batman (true), that Talia al-Ghul would team up with him as well and the League Of Shadows would be featured. And it seems the latter two plot points could very well be true as well.

ComicBookMovie got their hands on the "The Dark Knight Rises: The Secret Files Scrapbook" that hit bookstores this week, and besides the handful of new images within, a few more clues about the movie can be found among the pages. In the book it's revealed that Tom Hardy's Bane is actually kicked out of the League Of Shadows for his "extreme behaviour," and that "he appears to be building an army of followers in the dark tunnels underneath Gotham in order to create his own League of Shadows." Ever since the first trailer, we had been hypothesizing that his crew of baddies would be more League Of Shadows than a random assortment of criminals, and perhaps this is the case.

Whatculture! makes a pretty good guess that if Miranda Tate is not a villain (as Marion Cotillard has insisted), perhaps this means that Talia al-Ghul/Miranda is in Gotham to help stop Bane instead. Remember, she's one of the leaders of the League Of Shadows, and may be trying to contain a rogue element. And this would also make it pretty clear that Catwoman was either also part of the League Of Shadows and/or has had an encounter with Bane, as she warns Joseph Gordon-Levitt's John Blake in the trailer: “You should be as afraid of him as I am.”

Of course, this could all just be more info that Nolan and co. are allowing us to know before the movie hits, but that said, it wouldn't be the first time plot details accidentally got out via a tie-in of some kind (and it should be noted that the general outline for "Inception" leaked pretty much a full year before the movie came out). So we'll see just how much of this is in the movie, but running at a healthy 2 hours and 45 minutes, there is a lot of story to tell, and we presume we're still barely scratching the surface.

Tickets go on sale on Monday, and we'll get all the answers when "The Dark Knight Rises" opens on July 20th.

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  • Frank Black | June 21, 2012 5:05 AMReply

    how does bane eat?

  • Frank Black | June 21, 2012 4:58 AMReply

    if it involves league of shadows (or assassins) ...where is sensei?

  • Sandra | June 8, 2012 2:03 AMReply

    I still want the theory to be true

  • Leigh Richert | June 8, 2012 1:41 AMReply

    Sorry, I misunderstood my "good authority". She just informed me Wayne does not die, I guess he just gets his back broke and becomes a cripple for the rest of his life. That's when he invites Levitt to take over Batman for him. As to how he brakes his break she would not say, but I assume it must be Bane.

  • Eric McClanahan | June 7, 2012 9:24 PMReply

    Good article. Here's my thoughts on the plot of TDKR: 1. Bruce Wayne is about 40-41 in this movie and injured which I believe is a long term consequence of the 3-story fall at the end of TDK. 2. Selina Kyle is a government agent sent into Gotham to investigate new developments from the terrorist Bane whom she's has firsthand experience with in the past. 3. Bane and Batman have a huge final fight for the ages in the Batcave of all places. What better way to end the film then with an aggressive and brutal Bane looking totally wipe out a physically inferior Batman and what he stood for. I believe Bane will absolutely crush him. He'll not only crush him, but he'll destroy the Cave also. But, Batman will beat him by removing his mask. Just my thoughts.

  • Destruct26 | June 7, 2012 10:49 PM

    1-Bruce turned 30 in Batman Begins, shown at his birthday party. The Dark Knight was 6 months to a year later, and this takes place 8 years later. That would technically make him 38-39. I agree he most likely suffered injuries at the end of The Dark Knight, possibly putting him out of commission.
    2- Selina Kyle as a government agent- I don't agree at all. Modifying a central and well known character from any comic book for a movie screenplay is something that needs to be treaded on very carefully. So far- she's being portrayed as a criminal with a colorful past- which is enough, considering it's what she is. From what Bane is shown on his ravaging of the political and economic classes of Gotham, taking out high council officials, releasing all of Gotham's criminals and inmates, (which may have included Selina Kyle) and enticing Gotham's lower class to rise up and take thier city back, his agendas may lure her in to work with him. It's only until she realizes his plan exceeds more than she bargained for that she bails out in fear of what his plan really was all along (whatever that may be lol). I can't really see them making taking her outside her origins too much, which were, a cat burglar or thief, animal rights activist, socialite, and moonlighted as a prostitute at one point. She was never an agent working with any government or law enforcement- at least not to my knowledge.
    3- You are right about this. He will be broken, he will rise, and ripping off Bane's mask will be a staple key point. Why? It was established to a degree in the last book of Knightfsll, only with the Faux Batman, Jean Paul Valley. The Dark Knight Rises Prologue had Bane say, "Nobody cared about who I was until after I put on the mask." That is very telling- and you can Telly's has connections to the League because of his methods- he is using his former mentor's teachings as Bruce had about become a legend- in this case, he's stealing Tumblers and Skyhook planes to get his jobs done, taking Batman's methods and refining them, using them against him. Everything's relative. Only problem with Bane's plan is letting Bruce live. Because of that, Bruce is going to rise up and kick his terrorist ass in. Stupid Bane. Lol

  • Rohan | June 7, 2012 7:26 PMReply

    I have to say this that even though AMC claims the film will be 2 hour 45 minutes, something I believed was accurate once, could be wrong.

  • Christopher Campbell | June 7, 2012 6:52 PMReply

    Thanks for the spoiler warning, though the headline has already kind of given too much away.

  • Cate | June 7, 2012 7:36 PM

    But hey, for anyone knows those very early TDKR rumors the headline mentions could have been the ones that claimed JGL was actually Alberto Falcone...

  • Leigh Richert | June 7, 2012 6:36 PMReply

    And I have it on good authority that by the end of the movie, Bruce Wayne is dead at the hands of Bane, only after saving Gotham, and that John Blake is the new Batman (nobody but those closest to Wayne being any the wiser).

  • roger | June 10, 2012 8:32 PM

    Bale has said that he would make a fourth Batman film if Nolan directed it. Therefore, he can’t die in this movie.

  • Comic Book Nerd | June 7, 2012 11:47 PM

    Good authority? Tell your mum she doesn't know what she's talking about. Because my mum said Bruce Wayne doesn't die. So ner.

  • Steve | June 7, 2012 10:05 PM

    I'm not sure how good your authority is, but I've kind of thought that was where the story was going at any rate. Making Batman into sort of unstoppable legend that will always rise up. That being said, Christian Bale is saying that he'd be willing to come back if Nolan found the story makes me think that i'm wrong, then again he could just be playing devil's advocate. At any rate, I'm there opening day.

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