Speaking to Empire, Christopher Nolan made the rare choice of actually saying something at all about his upcoming Batman movie. In the upcoming issue of the magazine, the director reveals some new details about The Dark Knight Rises, speaking of an older Batman placed eight years beyond the events of 2008's The Dark Knight. Eights-years-older Batman can't believe his haircut back when he fought Joker! And how was he ever that into Sigur Rós? Oh, how we change! Also, eight-years-older Batman is not doing so well, apparently. Said Nolan:
"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."
On the subject of Bane, the man playing the villain also had something to say. In the same Empire story, Tom Hardy described Bane's psyche in some detail, saying:
"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."
That does sound pretty brutal. Though, considering Warner Bros. will almost certainly insist on the film managing a PG-13 rating, it also sounds like all those fists through chests and spinal column rip-outs will probably be somehow shown through exposition. Maybe Batman will confront Bane with the crime of "doing straight-up Mortal Kombat shit for real, if you can imagine that."