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Out of respect for Heath Ledger, the Joker is never once mentioned for the whole film.
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The final fight marks the only occasion in either this series or the Burton/Schumacher films in which Batman is seen during the daytime.
Christopher Nolan said that this film's theme deals with "Pain". For Batman Begins, it was on "Fear", while The Dark Knight deals on "Chaos".
In the early minutes of each film in the trilogy the main villain (Ra's Al Guhl, Joker, Bane) disguises himself as one of his own henchmen and there is a conversation about said villain in each scene.
When Selina Kyle disappears from a rooftop, Batman's remark "So that's what that feels like" is lifted directly from the DC graphic novel "Kingdom Come". Even the circumstance is similar, except it was with Superman.
While doing promotional interviews for the film Tom Hardy stated that the most difficult parts of the movie to shoot were the fight scenes. Not because of the physicality of them, but because he was such a huge Batman fan growing up that he said "it felt like I was beating up my childhood hero". However he also said that despite his worship of the character, the moment Chris Nolan yelled 'action' Hardy just started throwing punches as hard as he could.
In all three movies, Batman repeats a line of dialogue spoken to him by one of the villains. In this film he tells Bane, "You have my permission to die."
Had Heath Ledger not died, the film would have involved the Joker going on trial while Two-Face (who survived the last film) went on a rampage across Gotham.
According to producers, the line "That's a lovely, lovely voice" was improvised by Tom Hardy.
According to Gary Oldman, Christopher Nolan told the actors the ending of the film verbally to avoid any leaks.
When Bruce Wayne traces the fake fingerprints that the Catwoman was wearing when she cracked his safe, the result shows a "Nikolai Ondrejko". This is the same name that was used by the Joker to author the fake obituary for the Mayor in The Dark Knight (2008).
Tom Hardy, standing at 5'10", had to wear 3 inch lifts to make his character Bane appear as tall or taller than fellow co-stars Christian Bale, Morgan Freeman, and Michael Caine.
Though the fate of the Joker is never revealed in the film, the novelization does mention his whereabouts in passing: he is the lone resident of the newly-rebuilt Arkham Asylum, held in solitary confinement and thus has no one to "play with" as ultimate punishment for his crimes.
Anne Hathaway has said that she desperately coveted the role of Catwoman, and was a complete nervous wreck after her audition. The first time her agent phoned after her screen test, he said he had good news and asked if Hathaway was sitting down. Hathaway immediately screamed "I'm Catwoman!" and ran around the room in a frenzy. Unfortunately, her agent had to calm the actress down--he had called to let her know that she'd been invited to host the Academy Awards. Hathaway has said she was so shocked she went numb at the offer. Fortunately, shortly thereafter, her agent phoned again to let her know that she had been offered the part of Catwoman as well.
To prepare for his role as Bane, Tom Hardy gained 30 pounds in weight, and studied various fighting styles to use in the film.
During the motorcycle chase scene, Bane is wearing a red helmet with black visor as well as a brown motorcycle jacket. This is the original costume Jason Todd took under his Red Hood persona, which is itself a callback to The Joker's original criminal identity.
The character Barsad, Bane's right-hand-man played by Josh Stewart, is a sniper and heavy arms expert. He is always shown wearing a bulletproof vest which has large bullets on it and a red scarf. This is a take on the Batman villain DeadShot, a character which co-writer David S. Goyer had expressed interest in bringing to the big screen.
When Bane rips the photo of Harvey Dent in half he does so vertically through the middle of Harvey's face, replicating his transition to Two-Face at the end of The Dark Knight (2008).
Each movie from the Dark Knight trilogy is 12 minutes longer than the previous one (Batman Begins (2005) is 140 minutes, The Dark Knight (2008) 152 and The Dark Knight Rises 164).
Tom Hardy accepted the role of Bane without reading the script. He was verbally told that he would have unprecedented access to extensive stunt training and equipment that he could enjoy knocking around.
Christopher Nolan wanted Marion Cotillard so much for the role of Miranda Tate that he modified the filming schedule to accommodate her pregnancy. When Nolan invited Cotillard for the film in 2010, she told him that she was pregnant and didn't know if she would be able to do it, but Nolan decided to keep her in the film. Cotillard started filming just one month after giving birth and Nolan also made room on set for Cotillard's family. In the last months of shooting, she also filmed another movie at the same time in France, Rust and Bone (2012), she was flying back and forth between USA and France to film both movies.
A close look on the handheld walkie-talkies used by the Gotham City Police Dept reveals an old DC Comic logo.
To prepare for her role as Catwoman, Anne Hathaway worked out five days a week on a regime that involved vigorous exercise, stunt training and dancing. She called it her most physically demanding role to date.
According to Christopher Nolan, Bane was chosen as the film's main antagonist "to test Batman mentally as well as physically."
Bane's theme is a chant which features the term "deshi basara", which is Moroccan for the word "rise".
Tom Hardy has several large tattoos on his chest and arms that had to be covered using heavy cake makeup for the film.
This is the first Batman movie created by Christopher Nolan that did not get a Academy Award nomination, and the second Batman film (after Batman & Robin (1997)) which did not receive a single nomination.
At one point it was rumored that the Penguin was to have been featured as one of the film's major villains, as would have been played by Philip Seymour Hoffman. Christopher Nolan quickly denied the rumors, saying that the character would have been difficult to adapt for his version of Batman.
In the film there are a total of five Oscar winners: Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Morgan Freeman, Marion Cotillard, Anne Hathaway and three Oscar nominees: Gary Oldman, Tom Conti, Liam Neeson. Additionally, Oscar nominee Maggie Gyllenhaal appears in archive footage, bringing the total nominees to nine, unprecedented in a comic book film.
Christian Bale is the first actor to portray Batman/Bruce Wayne in three Batman films.
During one of the scenes involving the kangaroo court, Bane can be seen sitting in the rear of the courtroom quietly knitting. Given the influence that Screenwriter Jonathan Nolan says Dickens' "A Tale of Two Cities" had on the story, this is presumably an allusion to Madame Defarge and her practice of knitting while watching public guillotine executions.
Anne Hathaway has revealed that during her audition, she thought that she was auditioning for The Joker's on again-off again girlfriend/partner-in-crime Harley Quinn. it was only after she had a discussion with Christopher Nolan that she found out that she was auditioning for Catwoman.
As with the previous two movies, Bruce Wayne's main car is a Lamborghini. (Batman Begins: Lamborghini Murciélago Roadster, The Dark Knight: Lamborghini Murciélago LP640, The Dark Knight Rises: Lamborghini Aventador LP 700-4.)
According to costume designer Lindy Hemming, she took two years to design Bane's coat; it was inspired by a Swedish army jacket and a French Revolution frock coat, to make Bane look equally dictatorial and revolutionary, "like an amalgam of all sorts of bits and pieces he cobbled together as he passed through some very remote places."
Natalie Portman was considered for the role of Selina Kyle/Catwoman.
Tom Hardy described Bane as an absolute terrorist: "He's brutal, but also incredibly clinical in the fact that he has a result-based and oriented fighting style. The style is heavy-handed, heavy-footed... it's nasty. It's not about fighting, it's about carnage!"
Leonardo DiCaprio, Ryan Gosling and Mark Ruffalo were considered to play John Blake before Joseph Gordon-Levitt was ultimately cast. DiCaprio was one of the actors considered to play Robin in Batman Forever (1995) before Chris O'Donnell got the part.
When Officer Blake talks about "giant alligators" being in the sewer line, this may be an intentional nod towards Batman villain Killer Croc.
During Bane's first encounter with Batman, Bane's footsteps on the steel grating of the walkways produce loud, heavy thuds while Batman's footsteps make little sound at all. This was done by the sound effects team to further contrast Bane's "brute" style from Batman's "stealth" method of combat.
Christopher Nolan used a heavy mask motif through out the movie; Batman, Bane, and Catwoman all wear masks, Bruce Wayne has a collection of African tribal masks in the room where he and Officer Blake first talk in Wayne manor, and Miranda Tate hosts a masquerade party.
Chloë Grace Moretz and Jennifer Lawrence auditioned for Juno Temple's role of Jen, Selina Kyle's sidekick.
At 165 minutes long, this is the longest Batman film released to date as well as the longest film that Christopher Nolan has ever directed as of 2012. Interstellar is now his longest at 169 minutes.
Anne Hathaway, Jessica Biel, Gemma Arterton, Kate Mara, Charlotte Riley, Eva Green and Keira Knightley all auditioned for the role of Selina Kyle. After the initial audition process, Hathaway, Biel and Mara all screen tested. Ultimately, Anne Hathaway won the role.
Christian Bale surprised locals by casually dropping in to enjoy some British craft ale at the Admiral Rodney pub in Wollaton, Nottingham, while filming the exteriors to Wayne Manor at Wollaton Hall.
Selina's method of escaping Wayne manor is highly reminiscent of tall tale involving one of Catwoman's inspirations, Hedy Lamarr, whom Anne Hathaway studied for the role. Lamarr claimed she escaped her possessive Austrian arms dealer husband by dressing as one of her maids, collecting all her jewelry, and jumping out a window.
This is the only Batman film, aside from the 1966 Adam West film, to feature Batman operating in the daytime.
The Batsuit consisted of 110 separate pieces. The base layer was made of a polyester mesh, utilized by the military and high-tech sports manufacturers due to its breathability and moisture-retaining properties; molded pieces of flexible urethane were then attached to the mesh to form the overall body armor plating. Carbon fiberpanels were placed inside the sections on the legs, chest and abdomen. The cowl was sculpted from a cast of Christian Bale's face and head to become a perfect fit for Bale.
Christopher Nolan offered James Newton Howard the opportunity to write the score with Hans Zimmer as he did for Batman Begins (2005) and The Dark Knight (2008) but Howard felt that due to the collaboration between Nolan and Zimmer on Inception (2010), he would be like a third wheel.
The first draft of the script ran approximately 400 pages.
Robin Williams was rumored to play the role of Hugo Strange.
On July 20, 2012 during a midnight screening for the film in Aurora, Colorado a man entered the theater and opened fire. James Holmes ended up killing twelve people and injured more than fifty-eight. He was arrested outside the theater minutes after the shooting and was charged with 24 counts of murder and 116 counts of attempted murder. After the incident several cast and crew members, including Christopher Nolan, Christian Bale, Anne Hathaway, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and Gary Oldman released statements expressing their sorrow over the attack. Their publicity appearances, including a lavish premiere in France, were canceled. Warner Brothers, the studio that released the film, decided not to release opening weekend grosses until the following Monday out of consideration for the victims. Christian Bale went and visited the surviving victims at the hospital days later.
According to Tom Hardy, he based his voice for Bane on Bartley Gorman (1944 - 2002), an Irish Traveller who was the undefeated Bare-knuckle boxing champion of the United Kingdom: "The choice of the accent is actually a man called Bartley Gorman, who was a bare knuckle fighter, a Romani gypsy. So I wanted to underpin the Latin, but a Romani Latin opposed to Latino."
Bruce Wayne's doctor visit in which the doctor lists off all the degenerative injuries to his body (lack of cartilage, scar tissue, etc.) and the use of a mechanical knee brace both are reminiscent of Kingdom Come, where an older Bruce Wayne requires the use of an exoskeleton to move due to years of physical wear and tear on his body.
The actual plane used in the movie by the CIA operative to transport Dr. Pavel later crashed almost a year later after the film was released. The aircraft, a Embraer EMB-110 Bandeirante registered ZS-NVB, crashed on June 29th, 2013 in Botswana. Both the pilot and co-pilot died in the crash.
During the film's production in Pittsburgh, a local man was arrested for attempting to steal an unmarked police car; he claimed to authorities that he was only an actor and that his crime was actually a scene for the film. Local newspapers later ran the story with the headline, "Like Batman, car thief's story does not fly."
About a year before the film's release, Christopher Nolan mentioned he was considering using a mixture of CGI and deleted scenes from The Dark Knight (2008) to have the Joker appear briefly. He ultimately decided it was disrespectful to Heath Ledger.
Selina Kyle is never referred to as her famous alter ego "Catwoman" during the movie; rather newspaper articles and police files refer to her as "The Cat." This is in keeping with the original incarnation of Selina Kyle who was a jewel thief, and was known only as "The Cat" before becoming "The Catwoman." However, various official merchandise and marketing material refer to Selina Kyle as Catwoman when she is wearing her masked costume. Furthermore, the shooting script refers to Kyle as "Catwoman" when in costume.
According to producer Emma Thomas, the filmmakers elected to shoot the film in Pittsburgh to emphasize Gotham's immense size and scope and because "they literally shot every inch" in Chicago, where the previous two films were shot.
The only Batman film where Batman never uses his grapple gun to lift himself. Batman uses it once only for saving the stock exchange man from the motorcycle.
Selina Kyle's catsuit was made from two layers of polyurethane-coated spandex.
Christopher Nolan is the first director to complete a full trilogy of Batman films but the second to direct a full trilogy of films on one superhero (after Sam Raimi completed his Spider-Man films).
Anne Hathaway, who plays Catwoman, had been cast as Black Cat (Felicia Hardy) in The Amazing Spider-Man (2012) in 2010, which at that time was under Sam Raimi's direction as "Spider-Man 4" and was going to feature the Vulture and Black Cat.
In designing the Bat, production designer Nathan Crowley approached it as if it were an actual military project, emphasizing the need for it to "fit into the same family as the Tumbler and the Batpod": he incorporated designs from military aircraft, including the Harrier Jump Jet, Bell Boeing V-22 Osprey and the Boeing AH-64 Apache.
In the football stadium sequence, the cast and extras are all wearing heavy winter clothing, though the scenes were shot during a massive heat wave across the East Coast during the summer of 2011.
Selina Kyle's (Anne Hathaway) relationship with her accomplice (Juno Temple) is highly reminiscent of Kyle's relationship with Holly Robinson in the comic "Batman: Year One." In that story, Kyle and Robinson had been prostitutes together and even had an implied lesbian relationship before Kyle became Catwoman.
With their appearances in this movie, Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Morgan Freeman, Cillian Murphy and Gary Oldman will have each appeared in three Batman movies. Only Michael Gough and Pat Hingle have done the same thing in the previous Tim Burton/Joel Schumacher Batman qua-trilogy.
In addition to its director, Christopher Nolan, The Dark Knight Rises shares a number of its main cast with Inception (2010): Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Tom Hardy, Cillian Murphy, Marion Cotillard and Michael Caine all appear in both movies, as does Christopher and Jonathan Nolan's cousin Miranda in a cameo. Early in the film, when Daggett says of Bruce Wayne "We all know he's up there with 8-inch nails and mason jars full of urine" he's making a reference to billionaire Howard Hughes, played by Inception lead actor Leonardo DiCaprio in The Aviator (2004).
Naomi Watts, Rachel Weisz and Marion Cotillard were considered to play Miranda Tate before Cotillard finally got the role. Cotillard started filming one month after she gave birth to her son, Marcel.
Bane putting his hand on John Daggett's shoulder before killing him was Tom Hardy 's idea.
Bane's voice was originally much more distorted. His lines had to be re-recorded for the final cut because it was nigh-impossible to understand what he was saying.
When Bane enters the stock exchange trading floor, he wears a backpack that has a logo 'DCS courier services.' Batman is a DC Comics superhero.
Tom Hardy is the 2nd actor to play Bane in the Batman film franchise. The role was previously played by Jeep Swenson in 1997's "Batman and Robin", 15 years earlier.
Bruce's reply, "No you're not", to Selina when she says she's sorry he lost his fortune was ad-libbed by Christian Bale.
Thomas Lennon, who plays Bruce Wayne's doctor in this movie, played a very similar role as a doctor in Christopher Nolan 's earlier movie, Memento (2000).
Around 10,000 extras were used to shoot the Gotham Rogues scene in Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Some of the Pittsburgh Steelers played football players: Hines Ward, Ben Roethlisberger, Troy Polamalu, Willie Colon, Maurkice Pouncey, Mike Wallace, Heath Miller, Aaron Smith, Ryan Clark, James Farrior, LaMarr Woodley, and Casey Hampton. Former Steelers coach Bill Cowher appears as the coach. Pittsburgh mayor Luke R. Ravenstahl plays a kicker. Thomas Tull, CEO of the film's production company Legendary Pictures, is part-owner of the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Tickets for the film's premiere midnight IMAX screenings in New York sold out six months in advance.
Composer Hans Zimmer collected online recordings of chanting to incorporate in the film's score.
In order to make the Bat fly, it was variously supported by wires, suspended from cranes and helicopters, and mounted on a purpose-built vehicle with hydraulic controls to simulate movement
When referring to Bruce Wayne as a shut-in, Daggett says "we all know he's up there with 8-inch nails and mason jars full of urine." This is an obvious reference to reclusive and eccentric billionaire Howard Hughes. Christopher Nolan was at one point attached to direct a Howard Hughes biopic.
In a Saturday Night Live (1975) sketch, Anne Hathaway, who plays Selina Kyle on this film, appeared as Katie Holmes talking on a talk show about her role in Batman Begins (2005), the first film of this trilogy.
Cinematographer Wally Pfister expressed interest in shooting the entirety of the film in the IMAX format, as both Pfister and Christopher Nolan expressed distaste for shooting the film in 3-D. Ultimately, the film would feature approximately 72 minutes of IMAX footage, while the rest was shot in a combination of 35mm and 70mm, as IMAX cameras proved to be too noisy for shooting the films dialogue scenes.
The Pittsburgh football stadium used in the film was slated for extensive pitch resurfacing at that time of filming. Explosive squibs were placed to simulate explosion points for the field to collapse. It was executive producer Thomas Tull who gave the film crew access to use the stadium since he's the co-owner of the Pittsburgh Steelers football team.
During the football sequence shown in the preview a player is seen wearing a jersey with the last name of Ravenstahl on it. This is Luke R. Ravenstahl, the Mayor of Pittsburgh, where portions of the movie were shot. He was Washington & Jefferson college's starting place kicker on the football team for three years and was team captain for his senior year. He holds the school record for most consecutive extra points.
The only movie in the trilogy where Batman utilizes an "anti-personnel batarang", and the first movie where Batman uses an EMP-like device to conceal his presence from pursuing cops and during his first confrontation with Bane in the Cistern.
Although used to soften a landing, this is the first movie in the Batman "Nolanverse" where the cape isn't used to glide.
Costume effects supervisor Graham Churchyard created a three-dimensional model of Tom Hardy's face and skull to design Bane's mask.
The building used for the exterior of the Gotham Stock Exchange is actually the J.P. Morgan building on the corner of Broad & Wall Streets in lower Manhattan. It is directly across the street from the actual NY Stock Exchange building, which can be seen in the background in some shots.
The fascia and some of the interior shots of Wayne Manor were filmed at Wollaton Hall, a stately home in Nottingham, England.
Anne Hathaway based her performance on Hedy Lamarr, who was the original inspiration for Catwoman.
Was filmed in Pittsburgh under the title "Magnus Rex."
MacFarlane Toys, which produces a line of licensed action figures of Pro Sports Athletes, created one of Hines Ward wearing the Gotham Rogues uniform that he was seen wearing in the movie.
Because this is a Christopher Nolan film, many actors in The Dark Knight Rises were also in Inception (2010). Joseph Gordon-Levitt, who played Arthur in Inception, plays GCPD officer John Blake. Marion Cotillard, who played Mal in Inception, plays Miranda. Michael Caine, who played Miles in Inception, reprises his role as Alfred Pennyworth. Tom Hardy, who played Eames in Inception, plays Bane.
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Alfred Pennyworth mentions that he orders Fernet Branca on his visits to Italy. This is an amaro, a type of bitter aromatic spirit.
This is only the second "Batman" film not to include the word ''Batman'' in the title.
The football stadium scene was filmed at Heinz Field, home of the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Steelers' team colors are black and yellow, same as the Gotham Rogues. The fans were also seen twirling yellow rally towels, a nod to the real-life "Terrible Towel" made famous by the Steelers.
Tom Hardy is technically the fifth actor to play Bane in a feature film. In Batman & Robin (1997), Michael Reid MacKay played serial killer Antonio Diego, who is selected for the "Venom" experiment and is transformed into Bane, who is then played by wrestler Jeep Swenson. The remaining two actors voiced Bane in two DC Animated direct-to-video films, and they were Hector Elizondo in Batman: Mystery of the Batwoman (2003) and Carlos Alazraqui in Justice League: Doom (2012).
Matthew Modine, who plays Foley in this movie, also appears in Full Metal Jacket (1987) in which he plays Private "Joker".
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Part of the film involves the destruction of a football stadium by Bane. At earlier points it was considered this event would be at either a hockey or basketball game to go along with the demolition of Pittsburgh's now-vacant Civic Arena. Unfortunately the city of Pittsburgh had difficulties and a court case in deciding the fate of the arena that by the time demolition began, filming was finished.
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The orphanage where Blake grew up and visits in the film is named St. Swithin's. In England, St. Swithin's day takes place on July 15th and is a tradition where whatever the weather is like on this day it will be like for the next 40 days, and it is said that if it rains that day it will rain for the next 40. The rhyme goes: "St. Swithin's day if thou dost rain, for forty days it will remain St. Swithin's day if thou be fair, for forty days 'twill rain nae mair." Water and rain are common motifs in Christopher Nolan's films.
Diego Klattenhoff was up for a part as a police officer but had to drop out due to scheduling conflicts with Homeland (2011).
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Batman tells Blake to get as many Gothamites out of the city before the bomb goes off, that "We need an exodus". Coincidentally, Christian Bale would play Moses in Exodus: God's and Kings (based upon the biblical book of Exodus) just three years later.
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Patrick Leahy:  US Senator from Vermont cameos in the movie as a Wayne Enterprises Board Member. Leahy, a fan of Batman, previously cameoed in The Dark Knight (2008) and Batman & Robin (1997).
John Nolan:  The uncle of director Christopher Nolan and co-writer Jonathan Nolan, as well as the father of actress Miranda Nolan, reprises his role from Batman Begins (2005) as Wayne Enterprises board member Douglas Fredericks. He previously appeared in Christopher's debut film, Following (1998).
Miranda Nolan:  The cousin of writer-director Christopher Nolan and co-writer Jonathan Nolan appears as the maid gossiping about Bruce Wayne.


The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

Christian Bale has stated that he would not play Batman if Robin appeared anywhere in the trilogy. Christopher Nolan agreed not to include Robin as it would undermine the dark tone of his series. At the end of the film, Detective John Blake's (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) legal name is revealed to be "Robin", and he quits the police force and is shown to enter the Batcave by following the instructions presumably left by Bruce Wayne in his will.
The final shooting script features several deleted/extended scenes not found in the film. Most are "character moments" though some also clarify details of the plot. They include:
  • A longer opening scene and introduction to Bane, where the character gives a speech espousing his ideology which echos that of Ra's Al Guhl in Batman Begins (2005);

  • A longer speech by the Mayor, explaining the powers of the Dent Act and an elaborate police search for Batman which drove Bruce Wayne into exile;

  • A scene at Wayne Manor where the Congressman tells Foley that he's next in line for the role of Police Commissioner, setting up the conflict between Gordon and Foley and Foley's obsession with arresting Batman for the murder of Harvey Dent;

  • A conversation between Miranda & Daggett where she refers to the false power of his wealth, hinting at her true identity as Talia;

  • A conversation between the two thugs that capture Commissioner Gordon where they debate killing him before taking him to Bane (explaining how Gordon learned Bane's name)

  • A scene at Wayne Enterprises where Miranda warns Lucius Fox that Daggett is trying to take control of the company;

  • A longer scene of Bruce Wayne and Lucius Fox at the Applied Sciences warehouse. Fox gives Wayne the special leg brace which allows him to walk again. Their conversation also establishes that while the Applied Sciences equipment and weaponry is kept "off the books," the warehouse is not. This explains how Bane knows the location of the armory, as its location had not changed since the events of Batman Begins (2005);

  • A longer conversation between Batman and Gordon in the hospital. Gordon warns Batman that the truth about Harvey Dent will eventually be uncovered sending the city into upheaval;

  • A scene between Selina and Jen at their apartment implying they are both prostitutes, and that Selina is instructing Jen how to be a thief to get out of the hooker lifestyle;

  • Scenes of Bruce Wayne trailing Selina to Miranda Tate's costume party;

  • Bruce testing the leg brace in the Batcave, explaining to Alfred how it works to match the muscle patterns of his uninjured leg;

  • A much longer scene outside the stock exchange and a lengthy chase scene between Bane, the police and Batman where they race around Gotham. The trimming of these scenes accounts for the somewhat abrupt day-to-night shift in the final film;

  • An argument in the Batcave between Bruce and Alfred revealing that Bruce bought up all the land and homes surrounding Wayne Manor to prevent anyone from seeing him coming and going as Batman;

  • An extended, much more heated confrontation between Bruce and Alfred. Alfred threatens to leave Wayne Manor if Bruce continues as Batman and Bruce argues that since Rachel Dawes's death, Batman is his only reason to live. Alfred confesses that he burned Rachel's letter and lied about her choosing to marry Bruce. Bruce accuses Alfred of betrayal before Alfred gives his speech about protecting Bruce's life, which does appear in the final film;

  • A longer conversation between Bruce, Miranda & Fox discussing the reactor and Dr. Pavel;

  • An extended conversation between Bruce & Blake where Blake warns Bruce that others will eventually figure out Batman's true identity. Blake also jokingly gives Bruce cash for cab fare.

  • A longer scene in Gordon's hospital room. Gordon orders Foley to focus on capturing Bane, not Batman, then promotes Blake from beat cop to detective.

  • A slightly longer love scene between Bruce and Miranda where she explains her scar--the same as Bane's--resulted from a mistake in her past;

  • A speech by Bane when he delivers Bruce to the Pit Prison, explaining how hope is the cause of despair;

  • A scene of Blake telling Gordon and Foley that Bane may have killed Batman. Foley then apologizes to Blake for not listening to him sooner.

  • A conversation between Blake and Gordon where Blake plots out all of Daggett's construction work on a map of Gotham City before he confronts the construction workers;

  • A much extended scene of Bane storming Blackgate Prison. Bane burns a picture of Harvey Dent and explains that Dent became the villain Two-Face after his injuries and encourages the city's poor to attack the wealthy and powerful before he destroys Blackgate, releasing all the inmates;

  • A brief scene of Selina escaping Blackgate;

  • An expanded conversation in the Pit between Bruce, his Prisoner caretaker and the blind prison doctor establishing that Bruce's back is -not- broken, but that he has a dislocated vertebrae. The Prisoner also explains the significance of Bane's mask as a painkiller delivery system;

  • A scene of Bruce gathering supplies in the Pit as he prepares to climb out without the rope;

  • A brief conversation between Fox and Bruce establishing that he purposely hid The Bat under camouflage on a rooftop instead of the Batcave to prevent Bane from finding it;

  • A series of extended or omitted scenes showing how the city reacts to the burning Bat-signal on Gotham Bridge. Most significantly, Bane's army of mercenaries begins to panic and is demoralized;

  • An extended battle outside City Hall. Bane orders his men not to attack Batman, determined to fight him alone;

  • An extensive flashback sequence after Batman defeats Bane. Bane confesses that his devotion to Ra's Al Guhl stems from the League of Shadows rescuing him from the pit. A flashback scene then shows Ra's Al Guhl training Bane, who he has provided with a crude prototype mask to numb his pain;

  • A scene of Talia openly taking charge of the League of Shadows to form a convoy to detonate the neutron bomb. She then floods the reactor core and, as in the film, Fox tries to escape, though even the finished scenes of fox in the film occur earlier in the script version;

  • A longer argument between Blake and the Army blockade on Gotham Bridge. Blake argues with the commanding officer, trying to convince him that Batman has returned and battle has broken out in the city streets.

  • In the script, after Batman harnesses the bomb to The Bat, he's never seen again--The Bat simply flies out to sea and the bomb detonates. The scene of Fox and the technicians examining the autopilot of The Bat then follows, with Fox realizing that Batman had ejected before the bomb detonated, and that Bruce Wayne must have survived the explosion.

For the final scene at the Wayne family cemetery, a tombstone with the name "Miranda Tate" was used during filming to conceal the actual ending to the film. The name on the stone was changed to "Bruce Wayne" via digital technology in post-production.
In the endings of all three movies, Jim Gordon is the final character Batman speaks to before he leaves .
The final chase sequence and subsequent bombing where countdown of the time-bomb is 12 minutes is depicted as though in real time.
At the charity ball, Miranda Tate says "you must invest if you wish to restore balance to the world," hinting at her true identity as Talia. In Batman Begins (2005), Ra's al Ghul says that the mission of The League of Shadows is to restore balance to the world.
At the end of the movie when Blake (played by Joseph Gordon-Levitt) is exploring the Batcave, his black jacket has a blue stripe that dips in the middle on the back of it. This is very reminiscent to the character Nightwing, whom the first Robin eventually became.
In all three Nolan Batman films, the spiked gauntlets on Batman's arms prove essential in defeating the main villain. They shatter Ra's al Ghul's sword in Batman Begins, knock the detonator out of the Joker's hands in The Dark Knight and damage Bane's mask in The Dark Knight Rises.
In a final bit of foreshadowing as to her character's true nature, Miranda Tate, after Bruce apologizes for being unable to get her out of the city, tells Bruce to "do what is necessary." Her father, Ra's al Ghul, repeatedly derides Bruce for lacking "the courage to do what is necessary" in Batman Begins (2005)
Some viewers found ambiguous the scene at the end of the movie in which Alfred sees Bruce and Selina at a café. While some took it at face value (that Bruce survived and Alfred really saw him), others thought that Bruce was dead and saw the café scene as a non-literal fantasy nod to Alfred's stated wish from earlier in the movie that Bruce might be able to someday find peace and a normal life. In a December 2012 interview with the LA Times, actor Michael Caine (Alfred) seemed to settle the question when he said that Bruce was supposed to be unambiguously alive during the scene: "They were there....They were real. There was no imagination. They were real and he was with Anne Hathaway [who played Selina Kyle], the cat lady, and I was happy ever after for him as I told him during the picture." Furthermore, the film's shooting script also specifies that Bruce is alive during the café scene. A line of spoken dialog towards the end of the film also notes that Martha Wayne's pearls are missing from the Wayne estate. In the final scene, Selina is seen wearing the necklace.
Cillian Murphy holds the record for the most frequently appearing Batman villain, he has played the evil Dr Jonathan Crane (a.k.a. Scare Crow) in all three Batman films directed by Christopher Nolan (I).
There are several moments in the film where it is hinted that the child was not Bane. Bane tells Batman he never saw light 'til he was already a man. Furthermore, the child that escapes from the pit is not scarred despite the fact we know Bane was treated within the prison.
The citizens of Gotham make several attempts, without Batman's aid, to rise up against Bane and the League of Shadows. These attempts all fail because they are caught by members of the league, indicating someone had sold them out. Miranda Tate (Marion Cotillard) appears with with rebellious citizens in each of these scenes.
During the fight between Bane and Batman in the sewers, Bane lifts Batman above his head and drops him across his knee. This is a direct parallel to the first fight between Batman and Bane from the comics where Bane broke Batman's back during the "Knightfall" story line.
When Cillian Murphy first appears as the sentencing judge, he is wearing a heavily tattered coat that looks like it has straw coming out of the shoulders. This is a clear nod to his alter ego, Scarecrow.
Bane has a triangular scar on the side of his head, most visible during the stock exchange scene. Miranda Tate has an identical scar on her back, noticeable during her love scene with Bruce, thus hinting at her membership in the League of Shadows and true identity as Talia.
When Batman is chasing after Bane for the first time after the stock exchange robbery an older policeman tells his younger partner to "sit back, you're in for a show". This is an almost direct quote from the graphic novel "Batman: The Dark Knight Returns."
The original story treatment by David S. Goyer as outlined before the production of Batman Begins (2005) was to have Two-Face as the principal antagonist for the film. Initially, at the end of The Dark Knight (2008), the Joker would have scarred Harvey Dent at a courtroom trial, setting up the third film. Dent's death and fall was put in at the end of the second film instead to set up the aftermath that follows. Following the release of this film, Nolan elaborated on his choice to include the Two-Face story in the prior film: he wanted each movie to stand on its own as a complete story, and not "tease" any sequels--a practice that had become common among comic book films. Nolan feels that holding back story or leaving a film open-ended for a sequel to build on is a cheat to the audience which deserves to see a movie that has consumed all of the filmmakers' creative energy.
The villainous character portrayed by Liam Neeson Ra's al Ghul, who died by the end of the first movie, makes an appearance before Bruce Wayne's eyes, claiming to be immortal the whole time, only to be revealed as a hallucination. This is a reference to Ra's al Ghul's comic book counterpart in which the character IS immortal by the use of Lazarus Pits.
This is the only Batman film where Jim Gordon learns the true identity of the Batman.
It is shown in flashbacks that Bane was still an adult when Miranda was a child. Tom Hardy, who plays Bane, is two years younger than Marion Cotillard, who plays Miranda.
After The Dark Knight (2008) was released, Aaron Eckhart expressed interest in returning as Harvey "Two-Face" Dent. Christopher Nolan stated that Dent was definitely dead, and that his death would leave lasting repercussions across Gotham.
In addition to the numerous elements from the "Knightfall," "The Dark Knight Returns," and "No Man's Land" storylines, the film also borrows from the "Legacy" storyline, which involves Bane becoming Ra's Al Ghul's successor and plotting with the League of Shadows to destroy Gotham City.
In the comics, Bane carried an apparatus that contains a steroid that amplifies his strength and fighting ability. In the film, the apparatus he carries contains an anesthetic as he is in chronic pain. In both the comics and the film, Batman defeats Bane in a similar way, by damaging his mask, depriving him of the drug.
This is the only live-action "Batman" film where the Bat-signal is never used.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Anne Hathaway's stunt double broke one of the IMAX cameras when she crashed the Batpod into it. This marks the second time an IMAX camera has been destroyed on a Christopher Nolan Batman film - a previous camera was smashed when filming the Joker's underground truck chase in The Dark Knight (2008).
John Blake's real name, Robin, is an allusion to the Robin sidekick character in Batman comic books, movies, and TV shows. Robin was added to the Batman comic books in 1940 to attract younger readers, and the character eventually evolved into a solo superhero, Nightwing. Blake, though an original character, combines elements of the various Robins from the comics - an orphan (like Dick Grayson), a street kid (like Jason Todd) and a skilled detective who deduces Batman's true identity (like Tim Drake), all of whom trained as Batman's sidekick with the implication that they one day would don the Batman costume.
The filmmakers cite the "Batman" comics 'The Dark Knight Returns' (an aged Batman operates in a future Gotham), 'Knightfall' (Bane pushes Batman physically and mentally, causing him to burn out) and 'No Man's Land' (Gotham descends into gangland territory and are cut off from the rest of the US) as major influences on the film.
According to scriptwriter Jonathan Nolan, a major influence on the story is Charles Dickens's socio-political novel "A Tale of Two Cities", which dealt with revolution and class conflict. In homage to the story, two characters in the film are named Stryver and Barsad, after two similarly named characters in the book. Also when Commissioner Gordon gives a eulogy for Bruce, he uses the ending soliloquy in regards to Batman, who like the novel's hero Sydney Carton sacrificed himself to save people.
This marks the second trilogy of movies in which Liam Neeson plays a character who is killed in the first movie, only to subsequently return incorporeally to communicate with a central character in a later movie (the other trilogy being the Star Wars prequels.)
Marks the first time where actor Cillian Murphy has not worn some sort of a cloth or burlap bag on his head in a film directed by Christopher Nolan.
The coloring and shading of the cloth draping the Batman Memorial Statue during its unveiling was similar to the blue colors of Batman's costume as traditionally seen in the comics.
Christian Bale and Michael Caine spent several weeks filming exterior shots of Wayne Manor at Wollaton Hall, Nottingham, but the director Christopher Nolan just used one shot of Bale as Batman in silhouette on the roof and one shot of Caine at the graveside.
The first Batman movie not to feature Batman driving the Batmobile. He only uses the Bat-pod and the Bat (flying vehicle). While several variations of Tumblers do make an appearance they are all operated by Bane and his thugs, after they steal them from Wayne Enterprises' Applied Science Division, and these have a desert camouflage paint job, so it could be argued that the Batmobile doesn't make any appearance at all.
Though not shown in the final cut, the fight scene on Gotham City Hall steps included an explosion that cleared the steps of all the fighters still alive. When filming the actual explosion, the heat triggered a fire alarm that went directly to the authorities; which caused production to stop for more than 30 minutes while the film staff cleared everything with the police and fire marshal when they arrived.
This is the second film directed by Christopher Nolan which Marion Cotillard stabs someone, the first was Inception (2010).
There was much speculation in the press when Anne Hathaway was announced as Selina Kyle if the actress would actually portray Kyle's costumed alter-ego, Catwoman. In an interview with Oprah Winfrey following her stint as host of the Academy Awards, Hathaway let slip that her character indeed would don the Catwoman costume.
When the fusion reactor is first introduced in the bunker, the design is almost identical to the microwave emitter design that Ra's Al Ghul stole from Wayne Enterprises and brought into the city in Batman Begins (2005).
Both this and the other live-action "Batman" film to feature Bane as a villain, Batman & Robin (1997), show the Batman logo during the opening sequence freezing and then cracking.
Between Fox, Alfred, Blake, and Gordon, only Blake does not discover that Bruce Wayne/Batman survived.
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