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Bane Total Film

It's always nice to get some assurance that "The Dark Knight Rises" will eventually come out and that someday we will all see the finished movie. The latest issue of Total Film will have to sustain us for a little while at least. The magazine's cover story explores the complexities of Christopher Nolan's third Batman, like a Bruce Wayne "directed by pain," a new "brute" of a villain and avoiding the dreaded third film slump.

Overall, the feature gives a good sense that the key players involved in "The Dark Knight Rises" know exactly what they need to do, but they definitely don't want to tell anything you about it at all.

Plus, the issue includes a few brand new looks at Batman, Bane, and Catwoman, who's packing some heat.

Check out the full photo of Bane and some juicy details from the article after the jump!

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Marion Cotillard Dark Knight Rises

At this point in the lead-up to "The Dark Knight Rises," the idea of Marion Cotillard playing Talia Al Ghul is more or less a foregone conclusion. Let's review the evidence. Joey King revealed in an interview that she would play "Young Talia Al Ghul," and typically, you don't slap "young" onto a character name unless there's an "old" version. Secondly, Liam Neeson has been confirmed to reprise his role of Ra's Al Ghul, with Josh Pence playing the younger version. Then there's this SPOILER-y picture.

We rest our case.

But wait! In a new interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Cotillard claimed that Miranda Tate is not, in fact, Talia Al Ghul, daughter of Ra's. According to Cotillard, Tate is just a nice woman who "is fascinated by Wayne Enterprises. They go through difficulties, and she wants to help provide the world clean energies," she said. "She's a good guy."

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Nolan

Here’s an amateur hypothesis, motivated by nothing but conjecture and heresy: if you see "The Dark Knight Rises" once, you’ll probably see it again. Realistically speaking, you’ll probably see it another time after that. You may consider, then, heading to an IMAX theater for one of those screenings, as "Rises" will contain more than an hour of IMAX footage. That’s the most ever for a Hollywood feature, a decision that was motivated by director Christopher Nolan’s appreciation for the format.

"I remember looking at the audience every time a helicopter banked, and everyone was leaning slightly to the side," Nolan told the Wall Street Journal about watching IMAX movies as a kid. "I had never seen an audience so immersed in a film."

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Christopher Nolan

Christopher Nolan might be hesitant to talk about "The Dark Knight Rises," but he doesn't hold back when it comes to discussing his filming process.

The director recently sat down and talked to the Director's Guild of America magazine and elaborated on the way he prefers shooting his movies. As fans of his work might have noticed, Nolan is one of the few directors in Hollywood to continue to choose 35mm film cameras over digital ones, and also has managed to avoid succumbing to the 3D craze. It turns out that he is pretty passionate about maintaining both of those stances.

"For the last 10 years, I’ve felt increasing pressure to stop shooting film and start shooting video, but I’ve never understood why," he said. "That’s the way everyone was doing it 10 years ago, and I’ve just carried on making films in the way that works best and waiting until there’s a good reason to change. But I haven’t seen that reason yet."

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The Dark Knight Rises

It feels as though we've been speculating about the return of Liam Neeson's Ra's al Ghul ever since "The Dark Knight Rises" was announced. The actor has gone as far as to confirm that he was on the set of the film, but now we have definitely proof that he is actually going to play a role in Christopher Nolan's final Batman movie.

Warner Bros released production notes for "Wrath of the Titans," Neeson's next film, that confirmed he will have a role in "The Dark Knight Rises." And if we're going to believe anyone, it's going to be the studio that is handling the flick.

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As "The Dark Knight Rises" is Christopher Nolan's last Batman film, he and Warner Bros are trying to make it special. The latest instance of this is an official t-shirt design contest held by the online T-shirt creating community Design By Humans.

The website announced that they'll be holding a contest looking for fan submissions of T-shirt designs inspired by "The Dark Knight Rises." The event kicked off on Monday and will run through April 11 at midnight pacific time. Nolan and producer Emma Thomas will choose their three winners from the top 10 finalists for the challenge, and those fans will receive cash prizes as well as Design By Humans selling their T-shirt design.

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Bane Coat Dark Knight Rises

Bane: Mercenary. Revolutionary. Style icon?

It would appear so, based on a recent article on British GQ's website. The gentlemen's magazine couldn't help but obsess over the dangerously fashionable, shearling overcoat that Tom Hardy wears in several of the on-set pictures from "The Dark Knight Rises. (It's the one with the wool collar that he wears before detonating the stadium explosions in the trailer.)

As it would happen, the style of Bane's coat is currently on-trend, so GQ sought out the Academy Award-winning costume designer responsible for the coat.

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It shouldn't come as a shock to anyone who's been paying attention to "Dark Knight Rises" and its development that this film is going to have action, and plenty of it. In fact, director Christopher Nolan's third and final trip to Gotham City is going to be so action-packed, that one could describe it as a war film.

Indeed, that's exactly how "Dark Knight Rises" concept artist Tully Summers has described the upcoming comic book flick. Summers spoke with Cineweb Radio (via Batman On Film) about the film's wartime aesthetic.

"'The Dark Knight Rises' is a war movie," said Summers. "One of the things that makes [Christopher Nolan's] Batman films so good is [the realistic tone]. He often prefers something crude — a more gritty style of design — rather than something very smooth and nice. It's military aesthetic."

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Kate Mara

It's a good time to be Rooney Mara, what with her Oscar-nominated performance as Lisbeth Salander in "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo," and her football royalty family's current stake in the New York Giants taking on the New England Patriots at this year's Super Bowl.

Like her sister, Kata Mara is riding a solid wave as well, having just completed a literally haunting turn as undead psychopath Hayden on "American Horror Story." But it could have been an even better year for Mara, who was reportedly up for the role of Selina Kyle in Christopher Nolan's "The Dark Knight Rises" — an experience she's likely sad to have missed out on, but one she's excited to see on the big screen all the same.

"Christopher Nolan is one of my favorite directors and just to get the opportunity to test for such an iconic role as Catwoman was an honor," Mara told ESPN in a new interview.

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There's plenty of mystery surrounding the upcoming superhero flick, "The Dark Knight Rises." If we were to take Christopher Nolan's word as law, then we'd believe the movie is only about Tom Hardy's Bane causing trouble for Christian Bale's Batman with Anne Hathaway's Catwoman wreaking some havoc on the side.

Fortunately, we're of the belief that there are going to be some awesome surprises in "The Dark Knight Rises." One of which will (hopefully) be the return of Liam Neeson as "Batman Begins" villain Ra's al Ghul.

The appearance has long been rumored, but for the first time Neeson has commented on it and confirmed that he actually was on "The Dark Knight Rises" set for long enough to shoot a scene.

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