This Friday, December 16th, fans will be able to see The Dark Knight Rises prologue in IMAX theaters before they settle into watch Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol. The short seven-minute film is an introduction to Bane, played by a mumble-mouthed Tom Hardy. In doing press for this upcoming advanced look at the anticipated final chapter in Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy, the director opened up about why he chose Bane as the villain, revealing that he knew little about the character prior to filming.

"With Bane, the physicality is the thing. With a good villain you need an archetype, you need the extreme of some type of villainy. The Joker is obviously a particular archetype of diabolical, chaotic anarchy and has a devilish sense of humor. Bane is something we haven't dealt with in the films. We wanted to do something very different. He's a primarily physical villain. He's a classic movie monster in a way - but with a terrific brain. I think he's a fascinating character. I think people are going to get a kick out of what we've done with him.

I didn't know him very well. David S. Goyer got me a bunch of stuff on him and we looked into him. I only knew him by name, I wasn't familiar with his back story. He's a very cool character. And getting an actor like Tom Hardy to take it on, you know you're going to get something very special. Tom Hardy is somebody who really knows how to put character into every gesture, every aspect of his physicality in the way that great actors can. He's a very, very physical actor. He transforms himself and it's there in every movement. He's not afraid to look at a character from the outside as well as the inside so there's a deep psychological branch to the character but also a very, very specific awareness of how he's going to use his body and his appearance to express that character too. Christian is like that too, very much."

Christopher Nolan then went onto address the eight year span of time between The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises.

"It will make a lot more sense to people when they see the film. But it's not a great mystery - it's the jumping-off point for the film - but it's hard for me to articulate it. I think the mood at the beginning of the film will make a lot of sense. If I had to express it thematically, I think what we're saying is that for Batman and Commissioner Gordon, there's a big sacrifice, a big compromise, at the end of the The Dark Knight and for that to mean something, that sacrifice has to work and Gotham has to get better in a sense. They have to achieve something for the ending of that film - and the feeling at the end of that film - to have validity. Their sacrifice has to have meaning and it takes time to establish that and to show that, and that's the primary reason we did that. It's a time period that is not so far ahead that we would have to do crazy makeup or anything - which I think would be distracting - but it gave them something to get their teeth into, particularly Christian Bale in terms of [portraying] this guy who has been frozen in this moment in time with nowhere to go. He really has done an incredible job figuring out how to characterize that and express that."

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B. Alan Orange