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The Dark Knight Rises: Bale Covers EW, Felt 'Immense Pressure' But Owes it to The Films

Thompson on Hollywood By Sophia Savage | Thompson on Hollywood January 11, 2012 at 10:57PM

The year is crowded with hotly anticipated films, says EW, and none more so than "The Dark Knight Rises." Naturally, Christian Bale as Batman graces EW's Forecast issue, out January 13. All that anticipation means batcages full of pressure. Bale says; “I can tell you the truth because I’m done with it...
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The year is crowded with hotly anticipated films. EW says none more so than "The Dark Knight Rises." Naturally, Christian Bale as Batman graces EW's Forecast issue, out January 13. All that anticipation means batcages full of pressure. Bale says; “I can tell you the truth because I’m done with it: I felt immense pressure, and I think it’s a good pressure, because you owe it to the films — and the people’s expectations — to make great work.”

If you couldn't understand what Tom Hardy as Bane was saying in the trailer, you're not alone. Rest assured, Christopher Nolan says; “I think when people see the film, things will come into focus. Bane is very complex and very interesting and when people see the finished film people will be very entertained by him.”

Here's more from EW on the plot, which takes place eight years after "The Dark Knight" ends:

Fans may want to revisit that second film, as Nolan tells EW that the last chapter of his cinematic saga explores the ramifications of The Dark Knight’s chilling climax, in which Batman and super-cop Jim Gordon (Gary Oldman) hatch a conspiracy to cover up the sins of Gotham City’s so-called “white knight,” the late Harvey Dent, a.k.a. Two-Face (Aaron Eckhart).

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.