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Dark Knight Rises

The "Dark Knight" trilogy owes its success to several key players, with Christopher Nolan and Christian Bale certainly the easiest two to identify. But don't forget about some of the other important figures who worked on Batman's big-screen resurrection from behind the scenes — namely Hans Zimmer, the series' composer, and Richard King, the supervising sound editor and designer across Nolan's Batman films.

Zimmer and King's work is at the core of a new Sound Works Collection video all about the sound effects and music featured in "The Dark Knight Rises." The video covers a wide range of topics from the sounds of The Bat, the Deshi Basara chant, and what went into creating Bane's voice.

Watch the video below!

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Dark Knight Rises

It's not on track for the record-obliterating success that "Marvel's The Avengers" enjoyed earlier this summer, but don't pity "The Dark Knight Rises." It's having a very fruitful time at the box office as it is — so much so that it just made history of its own.

The Hollywood Reporter has the news that "Dark Knight Rises" crossed the $300 million mark at the domestic box office on Tuesday (July 31), making it only the third movie released in 2012 to attain such an achievement. Only "Avengers" and "The Hunger Games" have performed better at the box office this year.

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Dark Knight Rises

by Ryan Rigley

If you haven't already had the pleasure of seeing "The Dark Knight Rises" in theaters, then you might want to turn away from today's round of reading suggestions. We're getting into spoiler territory in a big way. Last chance to turn around!

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Bane

If you took off Bane's mask, it would be extremely painful — for you. But the pain wouldn't come from back-breaking, mind you. It would come from the endless laughter at what you see beneath that mask.

Take a peep for yourself after the break.

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by Ryan Rigley

"This great city... It will endure. Gotham will survive."

This quote, from Bane in "The Dark Knight Rises," is definitely right about one thing: Gotham will endure. Despite the countless amounts of destruction and mayhem that Gotham has seen throughout the years, its people have always manage to bounce right back into the swing of things the very next day. No matter how many people die or buildings explode, the people of Gotham always seem to press onwards.

Perhaps this is because they know that there's a Dark Knight watching their backs, protecting them from the chaotic evil so deeply rooted in their beloved city. But whatever the case may be, Gothamites have proved time and again that they're worth more than their city's seedy reputation allows. Which is why we've compiled a list of the five best stories detailing how awesome Gotham truly is. Check 'em out after the jump!

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Bane

Before he played the misunderstood (in more ways than one) villain Bane in "The Dark Knight Rises," Tom Hardy got his bad guy on in another beloved franchise: "Star Trek."

Hardy starred in "Nemesis," the tenth "Star Trek" feature film and the final appearance of the "Next Generation" cast, as Praetor Shinzon, a clone of Jean-Luc Picard and leader of the Remans. It was a scene-chewing role for Hardy, as you can imagine, him paying a younger, evil version of Patrick Stewart and all. But more relevant to our current purposes, Hardy's turn as Shinzon showed us important, early traces of his eventual interpretation of the monstrous Bane — all of which you can see for yourself in Hardy's "Nemesis" audition tape below.

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by Ryan Rigley

If there's one thing that we've all learned from watching Christopher Nolan's "Dark Knight" trilogy, it's that Gotham can be a really awful place to live. It's overrun with corrupt businessmen, violent gangsters, and homicidal maniacs. If the Batman wasn't around to protect the innocent, who in their right minds would live there?

Bane's seizing control of the entire city is just the latest in a series of unfortunate events that have occurred in Gotham over the past few years. With a history rooted in exploitation and murder, Gotham has always been about as dangerous as it is beautiful. Honestly, we don't see the appeal at all. Which is why we've compiled a list of five stories that make the end of "The Dark Knight Rises" look like child's play.

Read on for other stories beyond "Rises" that make one thing clear: it absolutely sucks to live in Gotham!

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Christopher Nolan

by Ashleigh Schmitz

It's not a bad birthday when you wake up and your most recent movie dominates the box office for the second week in a row. Especially when you're Christopher Nolan and that movie is "The Dark Knight Rises."

Nolan brought new life to Batman and created a Gotham we were glad to live in for a while. These are the reasons we're celebrating with the writer, producer and director of the "Dark Knight" trilogy on his 42nd birthday. (Oh, and spoilers ahead!)

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The Bane of comic book lore sports a mask more akin to a luchador than the technologically-enhanced super-terrorist seen in "The Dark Knight Rises." But once upon a time, the movie almost erred on the side of the comics in terms of Bane's mask.

Comic Book Movie scanned the below sketch of early Bane concept art from the pages of "Behind the Scenes with Batman: The Making of the Dark Knight Trilogy," the same source that gave us that deleted scene between Lucius Fox and Miranda Tate last week. I think given the options below, the mask that we ultimately saw was the best choice — but if you were hoping for a more faithful-to-the-comics appearance for the back-breaker, your eyes will probably drift to the middle left mask.

Thanks to io9 for the tip!

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Dark Knight

"The Dark Knight Rises" has fallen, but not by the staggering amount many onlookers were originally predicting. In its second weekend in theaters, the third and last Batman movie under Christopher Nolan's supervision amassed a total of $64.1 million domestically, dropping 60% from its debut last weekend. Overseas, the brooding comic book flick brought in $122.1 million for its second weekend of release.

That brings the grand total of the Nolan-Batman finale to $289.1 million stateside, and almost $540 million worldwide. Not too shabby for eight years in exile, Mr. Wayne!

Stay tuned to MTV News for more box office updates.

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