Recent news from my native home’s own Empire magazine has surfaced about Christopher Nolan’s much anticipated third Batman film. Surprisingly candid, the acclaimed director spilled a little about the plot, including the fact that this will be Batman eight years down the road from where we saw him in The Dark Knight.
“It’s really all about finishing Batman and Bruce Wayne’s story. We left him in a very precarious place. 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. With Bane, we’re looking to give Batman a challenge he hasn’t had before. With our choice of villain and with our choice of story we’re testing Batman both physically as well as mentally.”
So he’s going for a Dark Knight Returns kind of vibe, eh? A sort of washed up, old man Caped Crusader? I can dig it. Though it does make me wonder what ol’ Bats has been up to these past eight years. Did he just spend it chilling in the Batcave with must be pushing a hundred years old Alfred? Or did he polish off a few of the Rogues Gallery in his downtime? It would suck if he just starts talking about beating up the Penguin or outwitting the Riddler three years ago. Though I always thought such villains would be totally unfilmable in Nolan’s ‘realistic Gotham’.
But I digress. Empire also chatted with Tom Hardy, aka fuck off roid-monster Bane. The actor, last seen working with Nolan in last year’s bloody brilliant Inception. He also gave a little away about his character;
“He’s brutal. Brutal. He’s a big dude who’s incredibly clinical, in the fact that he has a result-based and oriented fighting style. It’s not about fighting. It’s about carnage. The style is heavy-handed, heavy-footed, it’s nasty. Anything from small-joint manipulation to crushing skulls, crushing rib cages, stamping on shins and knees and necks and collarbones and snapping heads off and tearing his fists through chests, ripping out spinal columns. He is a terrorist in mentality as well as brutal action.”
Sounds delightful, for a PG-13 or 12A if you’re from my neck of the woods (that’s right, the British are coming you Colonial bitches!). I look forward to seeing someone’s spine being ripped out accompanied by the sound of broken childhood. It’ll be awesome. So that’s it for your Batman news, aka, the only superhero property I honestly give a shit about. At least until Warner Brothers reboots the whole thing in the next four years. Heh, it’s the comic book way!