Batman Dark Knight Rises Trivia


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.1,153 of 1,164 found this interesting | Share thisAccording to Gary OldmanChristopher Nolan told the actors and actresses the ending of the movie verbally to avoid any leaks.716 of 722 found this interesting | Share thisWriter, producer, and director Christopher Nolan said that this movie’s theme deals with “pain”. For Batman Begins (2005), it was “fear”, while The Dark Knight (2008) dealt with “chaos”.1,523 of 1,542 found this interesting | Share thisTom Hardy, standing at 5’9″, had to wear three-inch lifts to make his character Bane appear as tall, or taller than co-stars Christian BaleMorgan Freeman, and Sir Michael Caine.823 of 832 found this interesting | Share this(at around 1h 28 mins) According to producers, the line “That’s a lovely, lovely voice” was improvised by Tom Hardy.1,067 of 1,083 found this interesting | Share thisWhile 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.1,076 of 1,093 found this interesting | Share thisTom 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.782 of 794 found this interesting | Share this(at around 55 mins) 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.621 of 631 found this interesting | Share this(at around 15 mins) 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).598 of 608 found this interesting | Share thisTom Hardy has several large tattoos on his chest and arms that had to be covered using heavy cake make-up for this movie.442 of 450 found this interesting | Share thisTo 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.459 of 469 found this interesting | Share thisAnne 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.1,063 of 1,094 found this interesting | Share thisTo prepare for his role as Bane, Tom Hardy gained thirty pounds and studied various fighting styles.599 of 615 found this interesting | Share thisOut of respect for Heath Ledger, The Joker is never mentioned.1,115 of 1,151 found this interesting | Share this(at around 1h 55 mins) 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.417 of 428 found this interesting | Share thisWriter, 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”.496 of 510 found this interesting | Share thisAccording to Christopher Nolan, Bane was chosen as this movie’s main antagonist “to test Batman mentally as well as physically”, two major characteristics of Bane from the comic series.521 of 536 found this interesting | Share thisBane’s theme is a chant which features the term “deshi basara”, which is Moroccan for the word “rise”.470 of 484 found this interesting | Share thisAnne 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.476 of 491 found this interesting | Share thisThe 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.225 of 230 found this interesting | Share thisChristian Bale is the first actor to portray Batman/Bruce Wayne in three live-action Batman movies. This record was later beaten by Ben Affleck, who played the role in four films.651 of 675 found this interesting | Share thisThis is the first Batman movie by Christopher Nolan that did not get an Academy Award nomination, and the third Batman movie after Batman: Mask of the Phantasm (1993) and Batman & Robin (1997)) which did not receive a single nomination.368 of 380 found this interesting | Share thisA close look on the handheld walkie-talkies used by the Gotham City Police Department reveals an old DC Comic logo.294 of 303 found this interesting | Share thisAccording 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.”).270 of 279 found this interesting | Share thisAccording 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.”279 of 289 found this interesting | Share thisEach 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).663 of 694 found this interesting | Share thisIn this movie there are a total of six Oscar winners: Christian Bale, Sir Michael CaineMorgan FreemanGary OldmanMarion Cotillard, and Anne Hathaway; and three Oscar nominees: Tom ContiLiam Neeson, and Tom Hardy. Additionally, Oscar nominee Maggie Gyllenhaal appeared in archive footage, bringing the total nominees to ten, unprecedented in a comic book movie.290 of 301 found this interesting | Share thisDuring 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.379 of 395 found this interesting | Share thisAt 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.324 of 337 found this interesting | Share thisChristian Bale surprised locals by casually dropping in to the Admiral Rodney pub in Wollaton, Nottingham, while filming the exteriors to Wayne Manor at Wollaton Hall.246 of 255 found this interesting | Share thisThe 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.188 of 194 found this interesting | Share thisTom 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.”286 of 298 found this interesting | Share thisIn 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 2011.247 of 257 found this interesting | Share this(at around 45 mins) 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.389 of 408 found this interesting | Share thisAt 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.255 of 266 found this interesting | Share thisThe first draft of the script ran approximately four hundred pages.165 of 171 found this interesting | Share thisThe 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.231 of 241 found this interesting | Share this(at around 27 mins) 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.417 of 440 found this interesting | Share thisChristian Bale personally dyed part of his hair, to make Bruce Wayne look somewhat older.158 of 164 found this interesting | Share thisAs 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.267 of 280 found this interesting | Share thisIn 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.105 of 108 found this interesting | Share thisSelina Kyle’s catsuit was made from two layers of polyurethane-coated spandex.138 of 143 found this interesting | Share thisCillian Murphy holds the record for the most frequently appearing Batman villain, he played Dr. Jonathan Crane a.k.a. The Scarecrow in all three movies in The Dark Knight trilogy.245 of 257 found this interesting | Share thisAnne HathawayNatalie PortmanKeira KnightleyKate MaraGemma ArtertonJessica BielBlake Lively, Lady Gaga, and Charlotte Riley (Tom Hardy‘s fiancée at the time), auditioned for the role of Selina Kyle/Catwoman. After the initial audition process, Hathaway, Biel, and Mara all screentested.205 of 217 found this interesting | Share thisDuring 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.”253 of 269 found this interesting | Share thisAnne 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.168 of 178 found this interesting | Share thisWriter, 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.177 of 189 found this interesting | Share thisThis is the only Batman movie in the trilogy (and in history) where the final battle takes place at dawn. They always took place at night.110 of 116 found this interesting | Share thisChristopher 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.164 of 175 found this interesting | Share thisThe façade, and some of the interior shots, of Wayne Manor were filmed at Wollaton Hall, a stately house in Nottingham, England. Just south of Nottingham is a small village called Gotham.73 of 76 found this interesting | Share thisMarion Cotillard dubbed herself in French for both France and Quebec versions.82 of 86 found this interesting | Share thisAround 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 WardBen RoethlisbergerTroy PolamaluWillie ColonMaurkice PounceyMike WallaceHeath MillerAaron SmithRyan ClarkJames FarriorLaMarr Woodley, and Casey Hampton. Former Steelers coach Bill Cowher appeared as the coach. Pittsburgh Mayor Luke R. Ravenstahl played a kicker. Thomas Tull, C.E.O. of this movie’s production company, Legendary Pictures, is part-owner of the Pittsburgh Steelers.143 of 153 found this interesting | Share thisChristopher 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).198 of 214 found this interesting | Share this(at around 47 mins) 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.149 of 160 found this interesting | Share thisChloë Grace Moretz and Jennifer Lawrence auditioned for the role of Jen, Selina Kyle’s sidekick.257 of 280 found this interesting | Share thisAccording 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.125 of 134 found this interesting | Share thisTickets for this movie’s premiere midnight IMAX screenings in New York City sold out six months in advance.152 of 166 found this interesting | Share thisTom Hardy is the second actor to play Bane in the Batman film franchises. The role was previously played by Jeep Swenson in Batman & Robin (1997).91 of 98 found this interesting | Share thisIn order to make the Batwing 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.88 of 95 found this interesting | Share thisSelina 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 sex workers together, and even had an implied lesbian relationship before Kyle became Catwoman.157 of 173 found this interesting | Share thisWith their appearances in this movie, Christian Bale, Sir Michael CaineMorgan FreemanCillian Murphy, and Gary Oldman 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 franchise.114 of 125 found this interesting | Share thisChristopher Nolan‘s first movie since Insomnia (2002) to not receive any Academy Award nominations.71 of 77 found this interesting | Share thisRobin Williams was rumored to play the role of Hugo Strange.194 of 219 found this interesting | Share thisComposer Hans Zimmer collected on-line recordings of chanting to incorporate in the score.82 of 90 found this interesting | Share thisIn addition to its writer, producer, and director, Christopher Nolan, this movie shares several of its main cast with Inception (2010): Joseph Gordon-LevittTom HardyCillian MurphyMarion Cotillard, and Michael Caine appeared in both movies, as does Christopher and Jonathan Nolan‘s cousin Miranda in a cameo.152 of 171 found this interesting | Share thisCinematographer 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.83 of 92 found this interesting | Share thisCostume effects supervisor Graham Churchyard created a three-dimensional model of Tom Hardy‘s face and skull to design Bane’s mask.60 of 66 found this interesting | Share thisAlthough used to soften a landing, this is the only movie in the trilogy where the cape isn’t used to glide.89 of 101 found this interesting | Share thisAnne Hathaway based her performance on Hedy Lamarr, who was the original inspiration for Catwoman.67 of 75 found this interesting | Share thisThe 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.59 of 66 found this interesting | Share thisWas filmed in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania under the title “Magnus Rex”.55 of 62 found this interesting | Share thisDuring 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.68 of 78 found this interesting | Share thisWhen 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.77 of 89 found this interesting | Share thisThomas Lennon (Bruce Wayne’s doctor) played a similar role as a doctor in Christopher Nolan‘s Memento (2000).94 of 110 found this interesting | Share thisAlthough 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.36 of 40 found this interesting | Share thisAt 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.43 of 49 found this interesting | Share thisIn a Saturday Night Live (1975) sketch, Anne Hathaway appeared as Katie Holmes, talking on a talk show about her role in Batman Begins (2005), the first movie in this trilogy.82 of 99 found this interesting | Share thisAfter appearing in this movie, Marion Cotillard and Gary Oldman appeared in David Bowie‘s music video “The Next Day”. Bowie appeared in Christopher Nolan‘s movie The Prestige (2006).46 of 54 found this interesting | Share this(at around 9 mins) 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 HughesChristopher Nolan was, at one point, attached to direct a Howard Hughes biopic.71 of 86 found this interesting | Share thisThis, and the other live-action Batman movie to feature Bane as a villain, Batman & Robin (1997), show the Batman logo during the opening sequence freezing, and then cracking.72 of 88 found this interesting | Share thisThere were seven Tumblers created for the trilogy, and after filming was completed for this movie, they were all shipped to the U.K. for storage, and display to the public.24 of 28 found this interesting | Share thisMacFarlane 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.48 of 61 found this interesting | Share thisThe 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.96 of 132 found this interesting | Share thisIn 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.82 of 114 found this interesting | Share thisThe 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.48 of 65 found this interesting | Share this(at around 16 mins) Alfred Pennyworth mentions that he orders Fernet Branca on his visits to Italy. This is an amaro, a type of bitter aromatic spirit.69 of 97 found this interesting | Share thisAs of 2012, this movie is the seventh Batman movie where the budget was more expensive than the previous movie. The complete list is this (estimated in dollars): Batman: The Movie (1966): $1,377,800. Batman (1989): $35,000,000. Batman Returns (1992): $80,000,000. Batman Forever (1995): $100,000,000. Batman & Robin (1997): $125,000,000. Batman Begins (2005): $150,000,000. The Dark Knight (2008): $185,000,000. The Dark Knight Rises (2012): $250,000,000.34 of 45 found this interesting | Share thisTom 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 movies, and they were Hector Elizondo in Batman: Mystery of the Batwoman (2003), and Carlos Alazraqui in Justice League: Doom (2012).48 of 66 found this interesting | Share thisThe vest that Bane (Tom Hardy) wears is a DiamondBack-tactical-FAPC2 vest.20 of 25 found this interesting | Share thisBrett Cullen would later play Thomas Wayne in Joker (2019).15 of 18 found this interesting | Share this(at around 8 mins) 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.31 of 41 found this interesting | Share thisTom Hardy (Bane) was originally cast as Rick Flag in Suicide Squad (2016), but turned it down to work on The Revenant (2015).23 of 31 found this interesting | Share thisThis is only the second “Batman” movie not to include the word ”Batman” in the title.72 of 111 found this interesting | Share thisBruce is the only one in the masquerade party who doesn’t wear a mask. In Batman Begins (2005), Rachel Dawes mentioned to Bruce how Batman was his “real” identity while being Bruce Wayne was his mask.16 of 21 found this interesting | Share thisAt 5’9″, Tom Hardy is the shortest actor to play Bane in a live action Batman film. Jeep Swenson, who played Bane in Batman & Robin (1997), was 6’4″. In the comics Bane’s height is around 6’8″-6’11”.12 of 15 found this interesting | Share thisThis movie is one of two post-1989 Batman movies in which Arkham Asylum is not mentioned. The other being Batman Returns (1992).33 of 49 found this interesting | Share thisBefore appearing in this movie together, Christian Bale (Batman) and Joseph Gordon-Levitt (John Blake) had a lot in common with each other. They played Jim Hawkins: Bale in Treasure Island (1990), and Gordon-Levitt in Treasure Planet (2002). They did two Disney movies: Bale did The News Boys (1992) and Pocahontas (1995), and Gordon-Levitt did Angels in the Outfield (1994) and Treasure Planet (2002). Their first Disney movies were live-action, and their seconds were animated. They appeared in Christopher Nolan movies prior to this one: Bale did Batman Begins (2005), The Prestige (2006), and The Dark Knight (2008); and Gordon-Levitt appeared in Inception (2010).49 of 76 found this interesting | Share thisIn 2019, Christian Bale revealed that sometime after the third film was released, Warner Bros approached him to make a fourth film. Although he said he would be delighted, he would only accept if Christopher Nolan was involved as director. Obviously Nolan rejected the offer and the project wasn’t continued.7 of 8 found this interesting | Share thisCillian Murphy and Tom Hardy appeared on Peaky Blinders (2013).39 of 60 found this interesting | Share thisThe motorcycle chase starts off in New York City as evidenced by the real New York Stock Exchange to the right of the fake stock exchange, and ends near the Bonaventure Hotel in Los Angeles.9 of 11 found this interesting | Share thisThe 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.53 of 85 found this interesting | Share thisShot over a period of 7 months.8 of 10 found this interesting | Share thisOn 2020, Sir Michael Caine (Alfred) stated that The Dark Knight Trilogy was one of the best experiences of his life and some of the best he has ever worked on.6 of 7 found this interesting | Share thisMatthew Modine (Foley) appeared in Full Metal Jacket (1987), as Private “Joker”.47 of 83 found this interesting | Share thisTom Hardy and Burn Gorman appeared in Wuthering Heights (2009).28 of 47 found this interesting | Share thisThe second Batman movie to gross over $1 billion – after The Dark Knight (2008).7 of 9 found this interesting | Share this(at around 1h 20 mins) Wade Williams has a cameo in this movie as a prison warden, a possible reference to his previous role as Bellick on Prison Break (2005).16 of 25 found this interesting | Share thisThe last movie that Christian Bale played Bruce Wayne/Batman. The next actor was Ben Affleck in Zack Snyder‘s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016).40 of 74 found this interesting | Share thisZoë 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”. Kravitz would later play Selina Kyle/Catwoman in The Batman (2021).50 of 95 found this interesting | Share this(at around 1h 35 mins) William Devane made a short appearance as the President. He played President James Heller on 24: Live Another Day (2014).24 of 42 found this interesting | Share thisWhereas The Dark Knight (2008) had 28 minutes of IMAX footage, The Dark Knight Rises (2012) has over an hour’s worth.6 of 8 found this interesting | Share thisThe third highest-grossing film of 2012.6 of 8 found this interesting | Share thisThis was featured on the 2018 list “The 100 Greatest Films of All Time” by film critic Robbie Collin of The Telegraph. Robbie has also consistently named it number one of his list of the best superhero films of all time, updated yearly.6 of 8 found this interesting | Share thisWilliam Devane played the President on Stargate SG-1 (1997).14 of 24 found this interesting | Share thisWhen Bane rage punches the column during the final fight against Batman, sand pours out of it. This is accurate with how some columns and pillars in the real world are made.4 of 5 found this interesting | Share thisThe main antagonist tells his origin to the protagonist, including being born in a prison. This happened in this movie and Les Misérables (2012), two movies co-starring Anne Hathaway.25 of 52 found this interesting | Share thisDr. Jonathan Crane a.k.a. The Scarecrow (Cillian Murphy) is the only villain to appear in all three movies in Christopher Nolan‘s The Dark Knight trilogy.13 of 25 found this interesting | Share thisCo-creator of Bane and writer of many prominent Batman and other DC Comics Chuck Dixon likes Tom Hardy’s portrayal for the most part, but cites him working for Talia and the League of Shadows as being an element he wasn’t too fond of.3 of 4 found this interesting | Share thisWhen Mayor Garcia extols the virtues of Harvey Dent on Harvey Dent Day, he stands between Harvey’s “Two-Faces.”3 of 4 found this interesting | Share thisIn an interview on September 2020, Christopher Nolan revealed that Foley’s dead was more graphic, originally, the Tumbler where Miranda (Talia) was travelling, drove over Foley, launched him into the air and finally crushed him. The scene was actually filmed (you could even find some leaked footage recorded by fans while the scene was filmed in New York, on Youtube) but on the editing room, Nolan chose to change it, leaving it as it is on the final cut, due to him being afraid that the film would have received a NC-17 rating.3 of 4 found this interesting | Share thisTo date, this is the last film that Wally Pfister has been the director of photography on. He has since moved on to be a director.4 of 6 found this interesting | Share thisThe aircraft Bane’s men use to rescue him is a C-130. It is used by air forces and civil aviation around the globe. It entered service in 1956 and is still in production.7 of 14 found this interesting | Share this(at around 38 mins) 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.13 of 32 found this interesting | Share thisBlake gets asked by an police if he saw ‘giant alligators’ in the sewers. This was written as a nod to the Batman villain Killer Croc who was rumoured to be the villain in the movie. In the comics, Killer Croc aka Waylon Jones a deformed former crocodile wrestler who became a criminal in Gotham City and committed several murders and lived in the sewers beneath Gotham City.3 of 5 found this interesting | Share thisDiego Klattenhoff was up for a part as a police officer, but had to drop out due to scheduling conflicts with Homeland (2011).16 of 49 found this interesting | Share thisIt was listed #48 on Total Film Magazine’s best movies of the 2010s list.2 of 3 found this interesting | Share thisAlthough Nolan said that he’s done with Batman, he’s open to make more superhero films, since he’s fan of both, DC Comics and MARVEL. However he will take his time to make another superhero film.2 of 3 found this interesting | Share thisChristian Bale and Ben Mendelsohn appeared in Exodus: Gods and Kings (2014).8 of 21 found this interesting | Share thisFilm critics Richard Roeper and Roe Conn of Chicago Sun-Times, for their ‘Best Movies of the Decade’ podcast ranked The Dark Knight Rises among their list of the best action movies of the decade.1 of 1 found this interesting | Share thisJuno Temple, one of the youngest cast members, was born around the same time of the theatrical release of Tim Burton‘s Batman (1989).9 of 27 found this interesting | Share thisThe second movie in The Dark Knight trilogy to not be made into a video game. The first being The Dark Knight (2008).13 of 44 found this interesting | Share thisJohn W. IwanonkiwPhil NardozziTony 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.7 of 20 found this interesting | Share thisIn 2014; it was ranked #72 on Empire Magazine’s “The 301 Greatest Movies Of All Time”, as voted by the magazine’s readers.2 of 4 found this interesting | Share thisUniforms for the Gotham City football team were made by Under Armor.3 of 9 found this interesting | Share thisReleased twenty years after Batman Returns (1992) and fifteen years after Batman & Robin (1997). Catwoman and Bane were the villains in those movies.5 of 22 found this interesting | Share thisAnne Hathaway and Joseph Gordon-Levitt previously starred together in Havoc (2005).2 of 6 found this interesting | Share thisThis was listed number 7 on Rolling Stone Magazine’s 15 Greatest Superhero Movies Reader’s Poll back in March, 2014. It was also chosen by another Rolling Stone Reader’s Poll for its #20 on its 20 Best Movies of the 2010s So Far list in 2015.1 of 2 found this interesting | Share thisIn 2018, it was voted the 8th best superhero film through a poll of 1000 British adults conducted by Virgin Media. The Dark Knight (2008) came in at #2 behind Superman (1978) at #1, and Batman Begins (2005) came in at #11.1 of 2 found this interesting | Share thisIt was selected for the American Film Institute’s top 10 films of 2012, in addition to being on over 140 top 10 end-of the year lists.Is this interesting? | Share thisIt was featured at #61 on Den of’s list of their ‘100 best movies of the decade’.Is this interesting? | Share thisIn the opening scene, a ghost plane is used to transport the prisoners for the CIA. A ghost plane, also known as Rendition aircraft, is an aircraft used by national governments to move prisoners internationally. Rendition, or extraordinary rendition, itself refers to the practice of sending a foreign criminal or terrorist suspect covertly to be interrogated in a country with less rigorous regulations for the humane treatment of prisoners.Is this interesting? | Share thisFeatured in “The A to Z of Superhero Movies: From Abar to ZsaZsa via the MCU”, written by Rob Hill.1 of 12 found this interesting | Share thisWill Estes appeared in this movie as Police Officer Simon Jansen of an unknown department. He also appeared on Blue Bloods (2010) as Police Officer Jamie Regan. 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.1 of 17 found this interesting | Share thisIt was listed as an honorable mention on Vulture Magazine’s ranking of the best films of the 2010s.0 of 2 found this interesting | Share thisBruce Wayne’s middle name according to the comics is Thomas, named after his father Dr. Thomas Wayne.0 of 1 found this interesting | Share this


John Nolan: The uncle of writer, producer, and director Christopher Nolan and co-writer Jonathan Nolan, as well as the father of Miranda Nolan, reprised his role from Batman Begins (2005) as Wayne Enterprises board member Douglas Fredericks. He previously appeared in Christopher Nolan’s Following (1998).61 of 67 found this interesting | Share thisMiranda Nolan: (at around 9 mins) The cousin of writer, producer, and director Christopher Nolan and co-writer Jonathan Nolan appeared as the maid gossiping about Bruce Wayne.67 of 75 found this interesting | Share thisPatrick Leahy: (at around 1h 2 mins) a Wayne Enterprises board member. The U.S. Senator from Vermont also appeared in The Dark Knight (2008) and Batman & Robin (1997).56 of 66 found this interesting | Share thisHines Ward: (at around 1h 25 mins) The football player returning the kick-off for a touchdown. He was a wide receiver for the Pittsburgh Steelers for years.50 of 60 found this interesting | Share thisWade Williams: (at around 1h 20 mins) 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).25 of 37 found this interesting | Share this


The trivia items below may give away important plot points.In the endings of all three movies, Jim Gordon is the final character to whom Batman speaks before he leaves.347 of 348 found this interesting | Share thisIn 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.752 of 759 found this interesting | Share thisIn all three movies, Batman repeats a line of dialogue spoken to him by one of the villains. In this movie, he tells Bane, “You have my permission to die.”464 of 468 found this interesting | Share this(at around 33 mins) 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.222 of 224 found this interesting | Share thisChristian 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.395 of 401 found this interesting | Share thisThe soundtrack played when Bruce supposedly died is the same soundtrack that is played when his parents died in Batman Begins (2005).113 of 113 found this interesting | Share thisThere 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.250 of 253 found this interesting | Share thisFor 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.248 of 251 found this interesting | Share this(at around 2h) 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).199 of 201 found this interesting | Share thisThe final chase sequence, and subsequent bombing, where the countdown of the time-bomb is eleven minutes, is depicted in real-time.198 of 201 found this interesting | Share thisAt 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.230 of 234 found this interesting | Share thisIn 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.147 of 149 found this interesting | Share thisIn 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.196 of 200 found this interesting | Share thisBane 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.195 of 199 found this interesting | Share this(at around 1h 15 mins) 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.163 of 166 found this interesting | Share this(at around 1h 35 mins) 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).661 of 686 found this interesting | Share thisSome 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. Plus, while Lucious Fox is going over information about the Batwing, it’s noted that the autopilot was repaired by Bruce Wayne 6 months prior to their reviewing the logs, hinting that Bruce was able to use it to save himself from blowing up.314 of 324 found this interesting | Share thisDuring 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.360 of 373 found this interesting | Share thisSelina’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.228 of 235 found this interesting | Share thisThe 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.

1. 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).

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

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

4. 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.

5. 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.

6. A longer conversation between Bruce, Miranda, and Fox discussing the reactor and Dr. Pavel.

7. An extended conversation between Bruce and Blake in Blake’s car, where Blake gives Bruce cash for cab fare.

8. 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.

9. A brief scene of Selina escaping Blackgate.

10. Mercenaries are seen witnessing the Batsignal on Gotham Bridge. Afterwards Foely opens up his uniform from his floorboards.

11. 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.

12. 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.

13. 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. Bruce is last seen with Selina Kyle by Alfred at the cafe.247 of 255 found this interesting | Share this(at around 1h 45 mins) 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.154 of 158 found this interesting | Share this(at around 1h 4 mins) Bane putting his hand on John Daggett’s shoulder before killing him was Tom Hardy‘s idea.152 of 156 found this interesting | Share thisThe 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.227 of 235 found this interesting | Share thisIt 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.167 of 172 found this interesting | Share thisThe 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.222 of 230 found this interesting | Share thisAfter 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.142 of 147 found this interesting | Share this(at around 30 mins) 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.218 of 228 found this interesting | Share thisThis is the only Batman movie where James Gordon learns the true identity of Batman.217 of 227 found this interesting | Share thisIn 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.134 of 139 found this interesting | Share thisBruce 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.41 of 41 found this interesting | Share this(at around 46 mins) 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”.119 of 124 found this interesting | Share thisAccording 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).124 of 130 found this interesting | Share thisThis is the only live-action Batman movie where the Bat-signal is never used.131 of 139 found this interesting | Share thisJohn 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.118 of 125 found this interesting | Share thisIn 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.78 of 82 found this interesting | Share thisAccording 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.84 of 89 found this interesting | Share this(at around 48 mins) The only Batman movie where Batman never used his grapple gun to lift himself. Batman used it only once, for saving the stock exchange man from the motorcycle.122 of 131 found this interesting | Share thisThe 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.114 of 123 found this interesting | Share thisThe 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.78 of 84 found this interesting | Share thisEva GreenNaomi WattsRachel 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.78 of 85 found this interesting | Share thisThe 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.80 of 88 found this interesting | Share thisThough 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.50 of 54 found this interesting | Share thisSteelers coach Bill Cowher almost blew himself up in front of 18,000 people during filming of the Gotham Rogues stadium scene. Cowher raffled off prizes for the audience, waved goodbye, and walked halfway across the field into a minefield of detonation charges. He was apparently unaware that he was stepping through high explosives.18 of 18 found this interesting | Share this(at around 2h 30 mins) 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.69 of 76 found this interesting | Share thisDespite 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.60 of 66 found this interesting | Share thisThe 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.75 of 84 found this interesting | Share thisThe character of John Blake is an amalgamation of previous Robins from the comics – Dick Grayson, Jason Todd, and Tim Drake.24 of 25 found this interesting | Share thisThis 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).105 of 122 found this interesting | Share thisChristian 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.66 of 75 found this interesting | Share thisPart 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.34 of 37 found this interesting | Share thisIn 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.50 of 56 found this interesting | Share this(at around 27 mins) 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.43 of 48 found this interesting | Share thisThe masquerade ball sequence, in which Bruce Wayne and Selina Kyle dance together, is an homage to the masquerade ball scene in Batman Returns (1992).46 of 53 found this interesting | Share thisThe 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.64 of 76 found this interesting | Share thisThe 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.26 of 30 found this interesting | Share thisIt 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.43 of 53 found this interesting | Share thisWhen Batman is shown in action for the first time in this movie, he is shown chasing some thugs with two police officers watching from a police car. Also the elder cop tells the rookie cop “Boy, you are in for a show tonight”. This sequence is directly taken from the famous graphic novel ‘The Dark Knight Returns’ by Frank Miller.13 of 14 found this interesting | Share thisThe entrance to the Batcave, shown in the ending sequence when Blake is following the instructions, was shot in Wales, Christian Bale‘s home country.26 of 31 found this interesting | Share this(at around 34 mins) When Selina and Bruce are dancing, she says her date’s wife is in Ibiza (Spain). For the Spanish release, the place was changed to Saint-Tropez.15 of 17 found this interesting | Share thisWhen Bruce hallucinates and sees Ra’s Al-Ghul, Ra’s says to Bruce “There are many forms of immortality” when Bruce mentions his death. In the comics, Ra’s Al-Ghul rejuvenated his body in a chemical pit called The Lazarus Pit which regenerated his body, allowed him to cheat death and de-aged him.7 of 7 found this interesting | Share this(at around 41 mins) 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.68 of 98 found this interesting | Share this(at around 26 mins) 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 2h 20 mins).32 of 45 found this interesting | Share thisOne major hint that the child is not Bane is the fact that the protecter of the child has the same build size and fighting skills that Bane uses throughout this movie.29 of 41 found this interesting | Share thisBane 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.23 of 33 found this interesting | Share thisThis is the second movie directed by Christopher Nolan in which Marion Cotillard stabs someone, the first was Inception (2010).58 of 97 found this interesting | Share this(at around 2h 5 mins) 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.36 of 91 found this interesting | Share thisIn 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 NeesonTom Hardy) are alive during filming while Heath Ledger (Joker) sadly passed away.17 of 43 found this interesting | Share thisWhen the Gotham Rogue player, Hines Ward, returns the opening kickoff for a touchdown, the stadium clock shows 13 seconds have elapsed. This is a reasonable time for a football player to run the length of the field, including dodging tacklers (and not realizing the stadium is exploding all around him). The official scorekeeper must have also been very devoted to his job (or oblivious), since he would have had to manually stop the game clock when Ward scored the touchdown, despite the stadium and football field exploding during the opening play.5 of 10 found this interesting | Share thisIn 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”.14 of 42 found this interesting | Share this(at around 1h 29 mins) 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.

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