The Dark Knight Rises: first TV spot, Christopher Nolan on Bane

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The first TV spot for The Dark Knight Rises arrives, and there's some more info on Bane, too...

It's just over two months now before we get to see the final chapter in Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy, The Dark Knight Rises. With that in mind, the publicity campaign is gradually escalating, with the latest example being the release of the first TV spot for the movie.

It's popped up as part of the NBA playoffs in the US, and as such, its content is wrapped around that. It doesn't show anything we've not seen before either, in truth. But feel free to have a mooch here anyway:

Moving on, Rolling Stone magazine has featured a little more information on Bane, as played by Tom Hardy in the new movie. In discussing the look and feel of the character, Nolan tells Rolling Stone that "we didn't want to compete with Heath [Ledger]". Instead, "we wanted more of a monster - Bane's the man who physically breaks Batman. It's an irresistable force versus an immovable object".

Nolan goes on to add that "one of the influences on the script was Dickens' A Tale Of Two Cities, and with [Bane's] overcoat we wanted to infuse the romanticism of the French Revolution mixed with World War II functionality. The essence of Bane is military power and brute force combined with revolutionary fervor".

He also says of Bane's mask that "we've taken one of the most distinctive mouths in the movie business and covered it up for the entire film!"

The Dark Knight Rises arrives on 20th July. You can find Rolling Stone here.

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