About a year before this movie's release, writer, producer, and director 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.
While doing promotional interviews for this movie, 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 Christopher Nolan yelled "Action"!, Hardy just started throwing punches as hard as he could.
(At around fifty-five minutes) 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.
(At around fifteen minutes) When Bruce Wayne traces the fake fingerprints that 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 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.
(At around one hour and fifty-five minutes) When Jonathan Crane 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 was a clear nod to his alter ego, The Scarecrow.
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 screentest, 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 Hathaway 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.
(At around one hour and thirty-five minutes) 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).
To prepare for her role as Catwoman, Anne Hathaway worked out five days a week on a regimen that involved vigorous exercise, stunt training, and dancing. She called it her most physically demanding role to date.
Writer, producer, and director 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 this movie 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 movie. Cotillard started filming just one month after giving birth, and Nolan also made room on-set for her family. In the last months of filming, Cotillard also shot another movie at the same time in France, Rust and Bone (2012). She was flying back and forth between the U.S. and France to shoot both movies. During an interview for Vogue in August 2012, Nolan marvelled at Cotillard's ability to do her job so soon after giving birth, calling it "amazing to see" and describing her as "Superwoman".
Each movie from The Dark Knight trilogy is twelve minutes longer than the previous one, (Batman Begins (2005) is two hours and twenty minutes, The Dark Knight (2008) is two hours and thirty-two minutes, and this movie is two hours and forty-four minutes.
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.
At one point, it was rumored that The Penguin was to have been featured as one of this movie's major villains, and would have been played by Philip Seymour Hoffman. Writer, producer, and director Christopher Nolan quickly denied the rumors, saying that the character would have been difficult to adapt for his version of Batman.
At two hours and forty-four minutes long, this is the longest Batman movie released to date, as well as the second longest movie that Christopher Nolan has directed. Interstellar (2014) is his longest at two hours and forty-nine minutes.
Selina's method of escaping Wayne Manor is highly reminiscent of a tall tale involving one of Catwoman's inspirations, Hedy Lamarr, who 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 of her jewelry, and jumping out of a window.
(At around forty-five minutes) 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 a callback to The Joker's original criminal identity.
During one of the scenes involving the kangaroo court, Bane can be seen sitting in the rear of the courtroom quietly knitting. Given the numerous allusions to Charles Dickens' "A Tale of Two Cities" in this movie, this is presumably an allusion to Madame Defarge and her practice of knitting while watching public guillotine executions.
The nickname "Catwoman" is never spoken in the movie; rather newspaper articles and police files refer to her as "The Cat". This is in keeping with the original incarnation of the character (not yet named 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.
(At around thirty minutes) Bruce Wayne's doctor visit, in which the doctor lists off all the degenerative injuries to his body (lack of cartilage, scar tissue, et cetera) and the use of a mechanical knee brace, are reminiscent of Mark Waid's Justice League novel Kingdom Come (set in a hypothetical future), where an older Bruce Wayne requires the use of an exoskeleton to move, due to years of physical wear and tear on his body.
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.
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.")
The Batsuit consisted of one hundred ten 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.
(At around twenty-seven minutes) When Officer Blake talks about "giant alligators" being in the sewer line, this may be an intentional nod towards Batman villain Killer Croc, who Bane out-wrestled to become head of Gotham's gangland.
As with the previous two movies, Bruce Wayne's main car is a Lamborghini. (Batman Begins (2005): Lamborghini Murciélago Roadster, The Dark Knight (2008): Lamborghini Murciélago LP640, this movie: Lamborghini Aventador LP 700-4. The name "Murciélago" means "bat" in Spanish.
The plane used in this movie by the CIA operative to transport Dr. Pavel crashed almost a year after this movie was released. The aircraft, a Embraer EMB-110 Bandeirante registered ZS-NVB, crashed on June 29, 2013 in Botswana. The pilot and co-pilot died in the crash.
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."
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."
(At around forty-seven minutes) After Bane's team robs the Stock Exchange, the chase scene contains a shot of the tablet which is counting down from ninety-one seconds at 47:40. At the end of the scene, it reads 49:10. The chase sequence lasts exactly ninety seconds.
Christopher Nolan is the first director to complete a full trilogy of Batman movies, but the second to direct a full trilogy of movies of one superhero (after Sam Raimi completed his Spider-Man movies).
During production in Pittsburgh, a local man was arrested for attempting to steal an unmarked police car. He said he was an actor, and that his crime was actually a scene for this movie. A local newspaper ran a story with the headline, "Like Batman, car thief's story does not fly."
On July 20, 2012, during a midnight screening in Aurora, Colorado, James Holmes entered the theater and opened fire, killing twelve people and injuring fifty-eight. He was arrested outside the theater a few minutes after the shooting, and charged with twenty-four counts of murder and one hundred sixteen counts of attempted murder. In August 2015, Holmes was sentenced in life in prison without parole. 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 cancelled. Warner Brothers decided not to release opening weekend grosses until the following Monday out of consideration for the victims. Bale visited the survivors at the hospital several days later. Composer Hans Zimmer, who found out about the shooting after a phone call, composed a choral piece, "Aurora", which he dedicated to those who lost their lives and their loved ones.
In designing the Batwing, 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.
Writer, producer, and director 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.
Anne Hathaway (Catwoman) had been cast as Black Cat (Felicia Hardy) in The Amazing Spider-Man (2012), which, at that time, was under Sam Raimi's direction as "Spider-Man 4" and was going to feature the Vulture and Black Cat.
According to producer Emma Thomas, the filmmakers elected to shoot this movie in Pittsburgh to emphasize Gotham's immense size and scope, and because "they literally shot every inch" in Chicago, where the previous two movies were shot.
Selina Kyle's (Anne Hathaway's) 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.
The Bat Symbol at the beginning of each movie in the trilogy foreshadows something that happens later. In this case, the Bat Symbol is made up of cracking ice, and it symbolizes people falling through the icy river as they are forced to walk across it.
The Pittsburgh football stadium used in this movie was slated for extensive field resurfacing at the 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 movie crew access to use the stadium, since he's the co-owner of the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Cinematographer Wally Pfister expressed interest in shooting the entirety of this movie in the IMAX format, as Pfister and Christopher Nolan expressed distaste for shooting this movie in 3-D. Ultimately, this movie featured approximately one hour and twelve 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 dialogue scenes.
When Anne Hathaway was announced as Selina Kyle, there was much speculation in the press whether 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.
During the football sequence shown in the trailer, 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.
Although Wally Pfister worked on all three The Dark Knight movies, the styles changed drastically from the start of the trilogy. In Batman Begins (2005), the fight scenes are shot with predominantly shaky-cam technique, whereas in this movie, the fight scenes were shot very smoothly, with little to no shaky-cam style.
The building used for the exterior of the Gotham Stock Exchange is actually the J.P. Morgan building on the corner of Broad and Wall Streets in lower Manhattan. It is directly across the street from the New York Stock Exchange building, which can be seen in the background in some shots.
The only movie in the trilogy where Batman utilized 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.
At two hours and forty-four minutes, this is the second longest superhero movie made to date. Although there are longer superhero movies like Watchmen (2009) or Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016), their longer versions weren't shown in theaters. Avengers: Endgame (2019) is now the longest, at three hours and one minute, theatrically released.
The Batman film franchises have attracted the longest list of actors and actresses who have Oscar and Golden Globe wins or nominations. Eighteen Oscars, thirty-six Golden Globes. The franchises have won three Oscars. Jack Nicholson: three Oscars, nine nominations. Seven Golden Globes, ten nominations. George Clooney: two Oscars, four nominations. Four Golden Globes, seven nominations. Sir Michael Caine: two Oscars, four nominations. Three Golden Globes, eight nominations. Ben Affleck: two Oscars. Two Golden Globes, one nomination. Tommy Lee Jones: one Oscar, three nominations. One Golden Globe, three nominations. Christian Bale: one Oscar, two nominations. One Golden Globe, two nominations. Halle Berry: one Oscar. One Golden Globe, three nominations. Heath Ledger: one Oscar, one nomination. One Golden Globe, one nomination. Kim Basinger: one Oscar, one nomination. One Golden Globe, Gary Oldman: one Oscar, one nomination. One Golden Globe Nicole Kidman: one Oscar, two nominations. Three Golden Globes, six nominations. Morgan Freeman: one Oscar, three nominations. Two Golden Globes, four nominations. Anne Hathaway: one Oscar, one nomination. One Golden Globe, two nominations. Marion Cotillard: one Oscar, one nomination. One Golden Globe, two nominations. Michelle Pfeiffer: three Oscar nominations. One Golden Globe, five nominations. Tom Wilkinson: two Oscar nominations. One Golden Globe, three nominations. Danny DeVito: one Oscar nomination. One Golden Globe, five nominations. Maggie Gyllenhaal: one Oscar nomination. One Golden Globe, two nominations. Michael Keaton: one Oscar nomination. One Golden Globe, one nomination. Uma Thurman: one Oscar nomination. One Golden Globe, three nominations. Liam Neeson: one Oscar nomination. Three Golden Globe nominations. Tom Hardy: one Oscar nomination. Jim Carrey: two Golden Globes, four nominations. Matthew Modine: two Golden Globe nominations. Joseph Gordon-Levitt: two Golden Globe nominations.
(At around nine minutes) When referring to Bruce Wayne as a shut-in, Daggett says "We all know he's up there with eight-inch nails and mason jars full of urine." This is a reference to reclusive and eccentric billionaire Howard Hughes. Christopher Nolan was, at one point, attached to direct a Howard Hughes biopic.
Part of this movie involves the destruction of a football stadium by Bane. At earlier points, it was considered that this event would be at either a hockey or basketball game, to go along with the demolition of Pittsburgh's now-vacant Mellon 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.
The Joker was not mentioned in this movie out of respect for Heath Ledger as if he never existed. It is not known what happened to him following his capture. It's likely he was sent to Arkham Asylum, and it's also possible that he could have been executed on death row, as he killed thirty-four people in The Dark Knight (2008).
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 and their long time announcer Myron Cope.
(At around eight minutes) When Commissioner Gordon (Gary Oldman) is giving his speech about Harvey Dent (Aaron Eckhart), there are two portraits of Harvey Dent behind him, alluding to his identity as Two-Face.
In 2017, during his inauguration speech, President Donald Trump quoted part of Bane's Blackgate Prison speech. He quoted the line, "To you, the people!" This caused much amusement as several people compared his political agenda for the United States as to that of Bane's of Gotham.
The orphanage where Blake grew up and visits in this movie is named St. Swithin's. In England, St. Swithin's Day is July 15th, and tradition says the weather on this day, will repeat for the next forty days. 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 writer, producer, and director Christopher Nolan's movies.
Zoë Kravitz revealed during an interview for the August 2015 issue of Nylon Magazine that she was denied an audition for a small role in this movie because of her race (half white and half black), she was told that they weren't "going urban".
(At around thirty-eight minutes) When Lucius Fox (Morgan Freeman) shows Bruce Wayne "the Bat" in the Research and Development Center, Bruce says, "now you are just showing off". When Freeman (God) drops the bracelet in Jim Carrey's hand in Bruce Almighty (2003) after his being hit by a truck, Bruce says the same thing.
This movie had been speculated to be an influence behind Doctor Who (2005) season seven, episode six, "The Snowmen", which came out the same year as this movie. In this movie, Bruce Wayne (Christian Bale) has become a depressed recluse following the demise of Rachel Dawes and Harvey Dent and has retired as Batman, and is forced to become Batman again when Bane (Tom Hardy) and the League of Shadows invade Gotham and set out to destroy the city with an atomic bomb. In Doctor Who (2005), The Doctor (Matt Smith), who has fallen into depression and gone into seclusion in Victorian London due to losing his companions Amy Pond and Rory Williams, and has lost interest in travelling across time and space and fighting evil, is forced out of seclusion when The Great Intelligence (Sir Ian McKellen), Dr. Simeon (Richard E. Grant), and the snowmen attack.
In the Dark Knight trilogy two villains are killed (Ra's al Gul, Bane) while one lives (The Joker). In tragic irony, both actors who portrayed their respective villains (Liam Neeson, Tom Hardy) are alive during filming while Heath Ledger (Joker) sadly passed away.
John W. Iwanonkiw, Phil Nardozzi, Tony Amen, and Timothy Butts appeared in this movie alongside Tom Hardy. These four actors also appeared in Striking Distance (1993), where Bruce Willis played a character called Tom Hardy.
Will Estes appeared in this movie as Police Officer Simon Jansen for an unknown department. Even though this movie was shot in Pittsburgh, Los Angeles, and New York City, it doesn't specify which police department for which he works.
Wade Williams: (At around one hour and twenty minutes) One of the uncredited officers that escorted Selina Kyle to her prison cell. Williams voiced Batman villain "Black Mask" in Batman: Under the Red Hood (2010).
The trivia items below may give away important plot points.
In the early minutes of each movie in the trilogy, the main villain (Ra's al Ghul, The Joker, Bane) disguises himself as one of his own henchmen and there is a conversation about said villain in each scene.
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 this movie. The name on the stone was changed to "Bruce Wayne" via digital technology in post-production.
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 this movie, Detective John Blake's (Joseph Gordon-Levitt's) 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.
There are several moments in this movie where it is hinted that the child was not Bane. Bane tells Batman he never saw light, until he was already a man. Furthermore, the child who escapes from the pit is not scarred, despite the fact we know Bane was mistreated within the prison.
(At around thirty-three minutes) 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 al Ghul. In Batman Begins (2005), Ra's al Ghul says that the mission of the League of Shadows is to restore balance to the world.
In all three of Christopher Nolan The Dark Knight movies, the spiked gauntlets on Batman's arms prove to be essential in defeating the main villain. They shatter Ra's al Ghul's sword in Batman Begins (2005), knock the detonator out of The Joker's hands in The Dark Knight (2008), and damage Bane's mask in this movie.
(At around two hours) 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).
In the scene at the end where the lawyer's clerk (Jillian Armenante) reveals John Blake's real name, the word "Robin" was dubbed-in post-production to keep this a secret from all of the crew, including Joseph Gordon-Levitt, who were on-set at the time.
The final shooting script features several deleted/extended scenes not found in this movie. Most are "character moments", though some also clarify details of the plot. They include: A scene at Wayne Manor where the Representative tells Foley that he's next in line for the role of Police Commissioner if he does well, giving Foley one more incentive of chasing Batman for the murder of Harvey Dent other than Batman being public enemy number one. A conversation between the two thugs that capture Commissioner Gordon where they debate killing him before taking him to Bane (giving a direct explanation on 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 in which Fox wants to give Wayne the special leg brace which allows him to walk again. Bruce testing the leg brace in the Batcave, explaining to Alfred how it works to match the muscle patterns of his uninjured leg. A longer and slightly different scene outside the stock exchange and a lengthy chase scene between Bane, the Police, and Batman, where they race around Gotham. The script has the stock exchange scenes all occurring in the evening instead of the late afternoon as the movie had started at. 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' 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 movie. A longer conversation between Bruce, Miranda, and Fox discussing the reactor and Dr. Pavel. An extended conversation between Bruce and Blake in Blake's car, where Blake jokingly gives Bruce cash for cab fare. 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 of the inmates. A brief scene of Selina escaping Blackgate. A series of extended or omitted scenes showing the mercenaries seeing the burning Batsignal on Gotham Bridge. 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 al Ghul 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 this movie, Fox tries to escape, though even the finished scenes of Fox in the movie 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.
At the end of the movie when "Robin" Blake 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, the adult version of Robin.
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 another hint at her membership in the League of Shadows and true identity as Talia al Ghul.
(At around one hour and fifteen minutes) 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" storyline.
Some viewers found the scene at the end of the movie ambiguous, 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 Los Angeles Times, Sir Michael Caine 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 shooting script also specifies that Bruce is alive during the café scene. A line of spoken dialogue towards the end of this movie also notes that Martha Wayne's pearls are missing from the Wayne estate. In the final scene, Selina is seen wearing the necklace.
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 this movie. Initially, at the end of The Dark Knight (2008), The Joker would have scarred Harvey Dent at a courtroom trial, setting up the third movie. Dent's death and fall was put in at the end of the second movie instead, to set up the aftermath that follows. Following the release of this movie, writer, producer, and director Christopher Nolan elaborated on his choice to include the Two-Face story in the prior movie. He wanted each movie to stand on its own as a complete story, and not "tease" any sequels, a practice that had become common amongst comic book movies. Nolan feels that holding back story or leaving a movie open-ended for a sequel on which to build is a cheat to the audience, which deserves to see a movie that has consumed all of the filmmakers' creative energy.
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.
(At around one hour and forty-five minutes) 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.
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 appeared with rebellious citizens in each of these scenes.
(At around forty-six minutes) 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".
In the comics, Bane carried an apparatus that contains a steroid that amplifies his strength and fighting ability. In this movie, the apparatus he carries contains an anesthetic, as he is in chronic pain. In the comics and this movie, Batman defeats Bane in a similar way, by damaging his mask, depriving him of the drug.
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 was destroyed on a Christopher Nolan Dark Knight movie. A previous camera was smashed when filming The Joker's underground truck chase in The Dark Knight (2008).
In addition to the numerous elements from the "Knightfall", "The Dark Knight Returns", and "No Man's Land" storylines, this movie also borrowed 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.
John Blake's real name, Robin, is an allusion to the character in Batman comic books, movies, and television 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.
According to co-writer Jonathan Nolan, a major influence on this story was Charles Dickens' socio-political novel "A Tale of Two Cities", which dealt with revolution and class conflict. In an homage to the story, two characters in this movie 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.
Eva Green, Naomi Watts, Rachel Weisz, and Kate Winslet were considered to play Miranda Tate, before Marion Cotillard finally got the role in February 2011, when she was six months pregnant. Cotillard started filming one month after she gave birth to her son, Marcel. In October 2010, it was reported that she had turned down the roles of Catwoman and Talia al Ghul in this movie, but as of 2016, there is no official confirmation that she was considered to play Catwoman.
In each part of The Dark Knight trilogy, Batman/Bruce Wayne has either a friend who turns into the villain or vice versa: Batman Begins (2005): Ra's al Ghul trains Bruce Wayne, and then turns against him. The Dark Knight (2008): Harvey Dent a.k.a. Two-Face is an ally of Bruce Wayne, then afterwards, opposes Batman, blaming him for Rachel's death, and his transformation. This movie: Catwoman/Selina Kyle initially steals from Bruce Wayne (Lamborghini and necklace), then tricks him into Bane's underground hiding. Near the end, she sides with Batman over Bane. Also, Miranda is initially an ally of Bruce Wayne and Wayne Enterprises. Near the end, she reveals herself to be the villain Talia al Ghul all along.
(At around two hours and thirty minutes) 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.
Despite being portrayed by Caucasian actors and actress in The Dark Knight trilogy, the Batman comic books associate Ra's al Ghul and his daughter Talia al Ghul with Arabic-Asiatic attributes, and Bane is almost consistently associated with Hispanic-Caribbean traits and origins.
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.
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 post-apocalyptic gangland territory, and is cut off from the rest of the U.S.) as major influences on this movie.
Christian Bale and Sir Michael Caine spent several weeks filming exterior shots of Wayne Manor at Wollaton Hall, Nottingham, but Christopher Nolan just used one shot of Bale as Batman, in silhouette on the roof, and one shot of Caine at the gravesite.
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 thirty minutes while the movie staff cleared everything with the police and fire marshal when they arrived.
This marks the second trilogy of movies in which Liam Neeson played a character who was 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.)
(At around twenty-seven minutes) When Officer Blake mentions giant alligators in the sewers, this is a reference to Killer Croc (who made his big-screen debut in Suicide Squad (2016)). In the comics, Killer Croc has clashed with Bane, the main villain. Bane broke both of Croc's arms, before fighting Batman and breaking his back.
(At around one hour and one minute) 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).
It is always alluded that Bane is the child that escapes from The Pit by the use of non-specific terms such as simply "a child" rather than "young boy" or "young girl" and the character having a shaved head. This allusion is fed back to Bruce in the form of the hallucination of Ra's al Ghul.
Bruce Wayne has sex with Miranda Tate, who is revealed as Talia al Ghul. In the comics, Talia al Ghul fell pregnant with Bruce Wayne's baby and gave birth to their son Damian. Talia raised Damian and was trained by the League of Assassin, and which Damian became a skilled assassin at an early age. Talia introduced Damian to his father, and Damian took up the mantle of Robin, and became his father's crime fighting partner.
The same musical cue is used in all three movies of The Dark Knight trilogy when Batman deals the final blow to his main adversary. All three of these moments involve gravity getting the best of the villain. The train careens off the tracks in Batman Begins (2005) with Ra's al Ghul inside. The Joker falls off the Pruitt Building in The Dark Knight (2008), and Talia al Ghul drives off the upper level of Grand Avenue in this movie.
(At around twenty-six minutes) The only time Bane shoots a gun in the movie is at one of his henchmen in the sewer. The other time he tries to use a gun is when he attempts to kill Batman before he's killed by Catwoman on the Batpod (at around two hours and twenty minutes).
Bane is the only principle villain seen to be killed. In Batman Begins (2005), we assume Ducard to be killed in the falling monorail carriage, but do not see his body. In The Dark Knight (2008), we do not know if The Joker was killed at all, thereby making Bane the only primary villain seen dying on-screen.
(At around two hours and five minutes) Batman tells Blake to get as many Gothamites out of the city before the bomb goes off, that "Lead an exodus". This is a reference to the Bible, where Moses leads the enslaved Hebrews out of Egypt, and into the promised land. Christian Bale played Moses in Exodus: Gods and Kings (2014), based upon the Biblical book of Exodus.
In this movie, Talia al Ghul (Marion Cotillard) is trying to destroy the city using an atomic bomb. Interestingly, the next blockbuster starring Cotillard, Assassin's Creed (2016), is having her character quoting J. Robert Oppenheimer, one of the creators of the atomic bomb, by saying "Now I am become death, the destroyer of worlds".
(At around one hour and twenty-nine minutes) In the football scene, the surviving player has the name Ward on his shirt. In Batman (1966), Robin was played by Burt Ward. The surviving player's real-life name is Hines Ward.