Back to IndieWire

Looks Like Some Of Those Very Early ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ Rumors Might Be True After All

Looks Like Some Of Those Very Early 'The Dark Knight Rises' Rumors Might Be True After All

Let’s just get this out the way: THIS POST CONTAINS SPOILERS. If you don’t want “The Dark Knight Rises” ruined for you, stop reading and click somewhere else. Seriously, we’re not responsible for anything that happens beyond this point.

Okay, as you know, the plot of “The Dark Knight Rises” continues to be closely guarded: Despite three trailers, a prologue, a zillion TV spots and more — what the actual story will be is still pretty vague. But ever since the project was announced, rumors have been flying around fast and furious, and one of the earliest indicated that Catwoman would fight along Batman (true), that Talia al-Ghul would team up with him as well and the League Of Shadows would be featured. And it seems the latter two plot points could very well be true as well.

ComicBookMovie got their hands on the “The Dark Knight Rises: The Secret Files Scrapbook” that hit bookstores this week, and besides the handful of new images within, a few more clues about the movie can be found among the pages. In the book it’s revealed that Tom Hardy‘s Bane is actually kicked out of the League Of Shadows for his “extreme behaviour,” and that “he appears to be building an army of followers in the dark tunnels underneath Gotham in order to create his own League of Shadows.” Ever since the first trailer, we had been hypothesizing that his crew of baddies would be more League Of Shadows than a random assortment of criminals, and perhaps this is the case.

Whatculture! makes a pretty good guess that if Miranda Tate is not a villain (as Marion Cotillard has insisted), perhaps this means that Talia al-Ghul/Miranda is in Gotham to help stop Bane instead. Remember, she’s one of the leaders of the League Of Shadows, and may be trying to contain a rogue element. And this would also make it pretty clear that Catwoman was either also part of the League Of Shadows and/or has had an encounter with Bane, as she warns Joseph Gordon-Levitt‘s John Blake in the trailer: “You should be as afraid of him as I am.”

Of course, this could all just be more info that Nolan and co. are allowing us to know before the movie hits, but that said, it wouldn’t be the first time plot details accidentally got out via a tie-in of some kind (and it should be noted that the general outline for “Inception” leaked pretty much a full year before the movie came out). So we’ll see just how much of this is in the movie, but running at a healthy 2 hours and 45 minutes, there is a lot of story to tell, and we presume we’re still barely scratching the surface.

Tickets go on sale on Monday, and we’ll get all the answers when “The Dark Knight Rises” opens on July 20th.

This Article is related to: News and tagged ,


Frank Black

how does bane eat?

Frank Black

if it involves league of shadows (or assassins) …where is sensei?


I still want the theory to be true

Leigh Richert

Sorry, I misunderstood my "good authority". She just informed me Wayne does not die, I guess he just gets his back broke and becomes a cripple for the rest of his life. That's when he invites Levitt to take over Batman for him. As to how he brakes his break she would not say, but I assume it must be Bane.

Eric McClanahan

Good article. Here's my thoughts on the plot of TDKR: 1. Bruce Wayne is about 40-41 in this movie and injured which I believe is a long term consequence of the 3-story fall at the end of TDK. 2. Selina Kyle is a government agent sent into Gotham to investigate new developments from the terrorist Bane whom she's has firsthand experience with in the past. 3. Bane and Batman have a huge final fight for the ages in the Batcave of all places. What better way to end the film then with an aggressive and brutal Bane looking totally wipe out a physically inferior Batman and what he stood for. I believe Bane will absolutely crush him. He'll not only crush him, but he'll destroy the Cave also. But, Batman will beat him by removing his mask. Just my thoughts.


I have to say this that even though AMC claims the film will be 2 hour 45 minutes, something I believed was accurate once, could be wrong.

Christopher Campbell

Thanks for the spoiler warning, though the headline has already kind of given too much away.

Leigh Richert

And I have it on good authority that by the end of the movie, Bruce Wayne is dead at the hands of Bane, only after saving Gotham, and that John Blake is the new Batman (nobody but those closest to Wayne being any the wiser).

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *