We’ve known for a while that the Dark Knight Rises IMAX only prologue will introduce us to Tom Hardy’s Bane, much like the Dark Knight IMAX only prologue gave us our first proper gawp at Heath Ledger’s Joker.
And, as it turns out, both Bat-villains are destined to debut during a high-concept heist.
According to a Metro source, Bane and his cronies will hijack a plane to assassinate a despot dictator.
According to the source:
“Bane and his mercenaries hijack a military plane transporting a dictator of a country which is in unrest (think Saddam Hussein type figure).
‘He successfully kills the leader, but makes some mistakes along the way and is unable to safely land the plane.
‘Because of the resulting injuries from the accident, he has to undergo complicated surgeries and that is how he winds up with that scar down his neck and the need for the mask to numb the pain.’
The source goes on to describe Bane’s origin story as reimagined by Nolan.
“‘He is raised by Ra’s al Ghul [Bruce Wayne’s old mentor] and his up bringing mirrors that of Bruce Wayne.
‘It’s a mirror of Bruce, except it’s darker and twisted. Bane is trained to be an assassin for the League of Shadows.
‘He kills political figures that are deemed unfit by the LOS. So he is a bit of a Che Guevara/ Jason Bourne type character.’
Bane is described as a ‘revolutionary and an assassin’ who is hellbent on starting his own uprising.”
Which certainly sounds like a Nolan-esque rework of the comic-book mythology.
And it isn’t long before we find out the truth. The Bane prologue will debut in IMAX cinemas, attached to Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol next month.