Christopher Nolan said that this film's theme deals with "Pain". For Batman Begins (2005), it was on "Fear", while The Dark Knight (2008) deals on "Chaos".
About a year before the film's release, 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.
(at around 15 mins) When Bruce Wayne traces the fake fingerprints that the 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).
According to Gary Oldman, Christopher Nolan told the actors the ending of the film verbally to avoid any leaks.
While doing promotional interviews for the film, 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 1h 28 mins) According to producers, the line "That's a lovely, lovely voice" was improvised by Tom Hardy.
Tom 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 Bale, Morgan Freeman, and Sir Michael Caine.
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 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.
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 screen test, 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 the actress 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.
According to Christopher Nolan, Bane was chosen as the film's main antagonist "to test Batman mentally as well as physically."
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 the film 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 film. 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 film 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 marveled at Cotillard's ability to do her job so soon after giving birth, calling it "amazing to see" and describing her as "Superwoman".
Dr. Jonathan Crane a.k.a. Scarecrow, played by Cillian Murphy, is the only villain to appear in all three of the Dark Knight films.
Tom Hardy has several large tattoos on his chest and arms that had to be covered using heavy cake makeup for the film.
To prepare for his role as Bane, Tom Hardy gained thirty pounds in weight, and studied various fighting styles to use in the film.
Christian Bale is the first actor to portray Batman/Bruce Wayne in three Batman films.
Out of respect for Heath Ledger, the Joker is never once mentioned for the whole film.
(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 itself a callback to The Joker's original criminal identity.
Bane's theme is a chant which features the term "deshi basara", which is Moroccan for the word "rise".
A close look on the handheld walkie-talkies used by the Gotham City Police Dept reveals an old DC Comic logo.
Christian Bale personally dyed part of his hair, to make Bruce Wayne look somewhat older.
(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 is a clear nod to his alter ego, Scarecrow.
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.
(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).
At one point it was rumored that the Penguin was to have been featured as one of the film's major villains, and would have been played by Philip Seymour Hoffman. Christopher Nolan quickly denied the rumors, saying that the character would have been difficult to adapt for his version of Batman.
Each movie from the Dark Knight trilogy is twelve minutes longer than the previous one, (Batman Begins (2005) is 140 minutes, The Dark Knight (2008) 152 and The Dark Knight Rises 164).
(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, etc.) and the use of a mechanical knee brace, both 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.
(at around 47 mins) After the Bane team robbed the Stock Exchange, The chasing scene contains a shot of the tablet which counting down from 91 seconds at 47:40. And the scene ended at 49:10. The chasing sequence has exactly 90 seconds time period.
In 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.
This is the first Batman movie created by Christopher Nolan that did not get an Academy Award nomination, and the second Batman film (after Batman & Robin (1997)) which did not receive a single nomination.
Selina's method of escaping Wayne Manor, is highly reminiscent of tall tale involving one of Catwoman's inspirations, Hedy Lamarr, whom 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 her jewelry, and jumping out a window.
At 164 minutes long, this is the longest Batman film released to date as well as the second longest film that Christopher Nolan has ever directed. Interstellar (2014) is his longest at 169 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.
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 the film, this is presumably an allusion to Madame Defarge and her practice of knitting while watching public guillotine executions.
(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, whom Bane out-wrestled to become head of Gotham's gangland.
The Batsuit consisted of 110 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.
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 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."
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.
Cillian Murphy holds the record for the most frequently appearing Batman villain, he has played the evil Dr. Jonathan Crane a.k.a. Scarecrow in all three Batman films in this version.
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.
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, The Dark Knight Rises: Lamborghini Aventador LP 700-4.)
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.
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."
Christian Bale surprised locals by casually dropping in to enjoy some British craft ale at the Admiral Rodney pub in Wollaton, Nottingham, while filming the exteriors to Wayne Manor at Wollaton Hall.
Tom 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).
Anne Hathaway, Natalie Portman, Keira Knightley, Kate Mara, Gemma Arterton, Jessica Biel, Blake Lively, and Charlotte Riley (Tom Hardy's fiancee at the time), all auditioned for the role of Selina Kyle/Catwoman. After the initial audition process Hathaway, Biel, and Mara all screen tested. Ultimately, Hathaway won the role.
The actual plane used in the movie by the CIA operative to transport Dr. Pavel later crashed almost a year later after the film was released. The aircraft, a Embraer EMB-110 Bandeirante registered ZS-NVB, crashed on June 29th, 2013 in Botswana. Both the pilot and co-pilot died in the crash.
On July 20, 2012 during a midnight screening for the film in Aurora, Colorado, a man entered the theater and opened fire. James Holmes ended up killing twelve people and injured fifty-eight. He was arrested outside the theater a few minutes after the shooting, and was charged with 24 counts of murder and 116 counts of attempted murder. Holmes was sentenced in August 2015 to life in prison without parole for the crime. 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 canceled. Warner Brothers decided not to release opening weekend grosses until the following Monday, out of consideration for the victims. Christian Bale went and visited the surviving victims at the hospital several days later.
Christopher Nolan is the first director to complete a full trilogy of Batman films, but the second to direct a full trilogy of films on one superhero (after Sam Raimi completed his Spider-Man films).
During the film's production in Pittsburgh, a local man was arrested for attempting to steal an unmarked police car; he claimed to authorities that he was only an actor and that his crime was actually a scene for the film. Local newspapers later ran the story with the headline, "Like Batman, car thief's story does not fly."
Chloë Grace Moretz and Jennifer Lawrence auditioned for the role of Jen, Selina Kyle's sidekick.
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.
Christopher 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.
Anne Hathaway, who plays Catwoman, had been cast as Black Cat (Felicia Hardy) in The Amazing Spider-Man (2012) in 2010, 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 the film in Pittsburgh to emphasize Gotham's immense size and scope and because "they literally shot every inch" in Chicago, where the previous two films were shot.
The Bat Symbol at the beginning of each film 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.
With their appearances in this movie, Christian Bale, Sir Michael Caine, Morgan Freeman, Cillian 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.
Around 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 Ward, Ben Roethlisberger, Troy Polamalu, Willie Colon, Maurkice Pouncey, Mike Wallace, Heath Miller, Aaron Smith, Ryan Clark, James Farrior, LaMarr Woodley, and Casey Hampton. Former Steelers coach Bill Cowher appears as the coach. Pittsburgh mayor Luke R. Ravenstahl plays a kicker. Thomas Tull, CEO of the film's production company Legendary Pictures, is part-owner of the Pittsburgh Steelers.
(at around 48 mins) The only Batman film where Batman never uses his grapple gun to lift himself. Batman uses it only once, for saving the stock exchange man from the motorcycle.
Tickets for the film's premiere midnight IMAX screenings in New York City sold out six months in advance.
Selina Kyle's (Anne Hathaway) 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.
Composer Hans Zimmer collected online recordings of chanting to incorporate in the film's score.
In addition to its director, Christopher Nolan, The Dark Knight Rises (2012) shares several of its main cast with Inception (2010): Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Tom Hardy, Cillian Murphy, Marion Cotillard, and Sir Michael Caine all appear in both movies, as does Christopher and Jonathan Nolan's cousin Miranda in a cameo. Early in the film, when Daggett says of Bruce Wayne "We all know he's up there with eight-inch nails and mason jars full of urine" he's making a reference to billionaire Howard Hughes, played by Leonardo DiCaprio in The Aviator (2004). Nolan also considered making a Hughes biopic at one point.
Christopher Nolan's first film since Insomnia (2002) to not receive any Academy Award Nominations.
In 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.
Thomas Lennon, who plays Bruce Wayne's doctor in this movie, played a very similar role as a doctor in Christopher Nolan 's earlier movie, Memento (2000).
This 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.
The façade, and some of the interior shots of Wayne Manor, were filmed at Wollaton Hall, a stately house in Nottingham, England.
Cinematographer Wally Pfister expressed interest in shooting the entirety of the film in the IMAX format, as both Pfister and Christopher Nolan expressed distaste for shooting the film in 3-D. Ultimately, the film would feature approximately 72 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 films dialogue scenes.
Although used to soften a landing, this is the only movie in the trilogy where the cape isn't used to glide.
The Pittsburgh football stadium used in the film was slated for extensive field resurfacing at that 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 film crew access to use the stadium, since he's the co-owner of the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Although Wally Pfister worked on all three Dark Knight films, the styles change drastically from the start of the trilogy. In Batman Begins (2005), the fight scenes are shot with predominantly shaky-cam technique whereas in this film, the fight scenes are shot very smoothly, with little to no shaky-cam style.
There was much speculation in the press, when Anne Hathaway was announced as Selina Kyle, if 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.
(at around 1h 29 mins) The football player returning the kick off for a touchdown, is Hines Ward. He was a wide receiver for the Pittsburgh Steelers for years, now retired.
The Batman film franchises have attracted the longest list of actors who have Oscar and Golden Globe wins or nominations. 18 Oscars, 36 Golden Globes. The franchises have won 3 Oscars. Jack Nicholson: 3 Oscars, 9 nominations. 7 Golden Globes, 10 nominations. George Clooney: 2 Oscars, 4 nominations. 4 Golden Globes, 7 nominations. Sir Michael Caine: 2 Oscars, 4 nominations. 3 Golden Globes, 8 nominations. Ben Affleck: 2 Oscars. 2 Golden Globes, 1 nomination. Tommy Lee Jones: 1 Oscar, 3 nominations. 1 Golden Globe, 3 nominations. Christian Bale: 1 Oscar, 2 nominations. 1 Golden Globe, 2 nominations. Halle Berry: 1 Oscar. 1 Golden Globe, 3 nominations. Heath Ledger (only actor to win Oscar/GG for a Batman's character): 1 Oscar, 1 nomination. 1 Golden Globe, 1 nomination. Kim Basinger: 1 Oscar. 1 Golden Globe, 1 nomination. Nicole Kidman: 1 Oscar, 2 nominations. 3 Golden Globes, 6 nominations. Morgan Freeman: 1 Oscar, 3 nominations. 2 Golden Globes, 4 nominations. Anne Hathaway: 1 Oscar, 1 nomination. 1 Golden Globe, 2 nominations. Marion Cotillard: 1 Oscar, 1 nomination. 1 Golden Globe, 2 nominations. Michelle Pfeiffer: 3 Oscar nominations. 1 Golden Globe, 5 nominations. Tom Wilkinson: 2 Oscar nominations. 1 Golden Globe, 3 nominations. Danny DeVito: 1 Oscar nomination. 1 Golden Globe, 5 nominations. Maggie Gyllenhaal: 1 Oscar nomination. 1 Golden Globe, 2 nominations. Michael Keaton: 1 Oscar nomination. 1 Golden Globe, 1 nomination. Uma Thurman: 1 Oscar nomination. 1 Golden Globe, 3 nominations. Liam Neeson: 1 Oscar nomination. 3 Golden Globe nominations. Tom Hardy: 1 Oscar nomination. Gary Oldman: 1 Oscar nomination. Jim Carrey: 2 Golden Globes, 4 nominations. Matthew Modine: 2 Golden Globe nominations. Joseph Gordon-Levitt: 2 Golden Globe nominations.
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.
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.
Costume Effects Supervisor Graham Churchyard created a three-dimensional model of Tom Hardy's face and skull to design Bane's mask.
In a Saturday Night Live (1975) sketch, Anne Hathaway, who plays Selina Kyle on this film, appeared as Katie Holmes talking on a talk show about her role in Batman Begins (2005), the first film of this trilogy.
At 164 minutes (2 hours and 44 minutes), it is the longest superhero film made to date.
(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 an obvious reference to reclusive and eccentric billionaire Howard Hughes. Christopher Nolan was at one point attached to direct a Howard Hughes biopic.
After starring in this movie, Marion Cotillard and Gary Oldman starred on David Bowie's music video "The Next Day". Bowie appeared on Christopher Nolan's film The Prestige (2006).
Anne Hathaway based her performance on Hedy Lamarr, who was the original inspiration for Catwoman.
The only movie in the trilogy, where Batman utilizes 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.
Tom Hardy and Burn Gorman had previously starred together in Wuthering Heights (2009); they played Heathcliff and Hindley, respectively.
The masquerade ball sequence, in which Bruce Wayne and Selina Kyle dance together, is an homage to the masquerade ball scene in Batman Returns (1992).
(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.
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.
MacFarlane 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.
Before starring in this film together, Christian Bale (Batman) and Joseph Gordon-Levitt (John Blake) had a lot in common with each other. They've both played Jim Hawkins: Bale in Treasure Island (1990) and Levitt in Treasure Planet (2002). They've both done two Disney movies: Bale did Newsies (1992) and Pocahontas (1995) and Levitt did Angels in the Outfield (1994) and Treasure Planet (2002). Their first Disney movies were live-action, and their seconds were animated. They've already starred in Christopher Nolan movies prior to this film: Bale did Batman Begins (2005), The Prestige (2006) and The Dark Knight (2008), and Levitt worked in Inception (2010).
Part of the film 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 Civic 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.
Tom 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 films, and they were Hector Elizondo in Batman: Mystery of the Batwoman (2003) and Carlos Alazraqui in Justice League: Doom (2012).
At point of 2012, this movie is the seventh Batman's movie where the budget is more expensive than the previous film. 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.
(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.
This is only the second "Batman" film not to include the word ''Batman'' in the title.
The Dark Knight Rises is one of three post-1989 Batman films in which Arkham Asylum is not mentioned. The other two are Batman (1989) and Batman Returns (1992).
There were seven Tumblers created for the trilogy, and after filming was completed for The Dark Knight Rises (2012), they were all shipped to the UK for storage, and display to the public.
(at around 1h 35 mins) William Devane made a short appearance as the President. He would later go on to play President James Heller in the television series 24: Live Another Day (2014).
The orphanage, where Blake grew up and visits in the film, is named St. Swithin's. In England, St. Swithin's day takes place on July 15th, and is a tradition where whatever the weather is like on this day, it will be like for the next 40 days, and it is said that if it rains that day it will rain for the next 40. 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 Christopher Nolan's films.
Matthew Modine, who plays Foley in this movie, also appears in Full Metal Jacket (1987) in which he plays Private "Joker".
Cillian Murphy and Tom Hardy appeared in Season 2 of the television series Peaky Blinders (2013), in which they were somewhat allies.
In 2017, during his inauguration speech, The President of the United States, Donald J. 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.
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 the film because of her race, she was told that they weren't "going urban", which is strange, considering she's bi-racial.
(at around 38 mins) When Lucius Fox (Morgan Freeman) shows Bruce Wayne "the Bat" in the R&D Centre, 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.
The character of Miranda Frost in the James Bond film Die Another Day (2002) is considered to be a major influence behind Miranda Tate.
Christian Bale, Morgan Freeman, Gary Oldman, Sir Michael Caine, and Cillian Murphy appear in every film of The Dark Knight Trilogy. The only other two actors who have appeared in every Batman movie is Pat Hingle and Michael Gough who appear as Commissioner Gordon and Alfred in the original Batman franchise.
The last film that Christian Bale plays Bruce Wayne/Batman; the next actor was Ben Affleck in Zack Snyder's Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016).
The main antagonist tells his origin to the protagonist, including being born in a prison. This happens in both "The Dark Knight Rises" and Les Misérables (2012), two movies released in the same year and co-starring Anne Hathaway.
Christian Bale and Ben Mendelsohn, who plays Daggett in this film would go on to appear in Exodus: Gods and Kings (2014). Bale portrayed Moses and Mendelsohn portrayed Viceroy Hegep.
(at around 1h 20 mins) Wade Williams has a cameo in this film as a prison warden, a possible reference to his previous role as Bellick on the television series Prison Break (2005).
William Devane also played the President of the United States in the television series Stargate SG-1 (1997).
Diego Klattenhoff was up for a part as a police officer but had to drop out due to scheduling conflicts with Homeland (2011).
(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.
The second film in the Dark Knight Trilogy to not be made into a video game. The first being The Dark Knight (2008).
Christopher Nolan provides many nods to Bond films, such as the plane sequence which is straight out of the pre title sequence of the plane scene in Licence to Kill (1989); also Gordon in bed is the same as Felix in the bed in the movie. Raoul Silva from Skyfall (2012) was inspired by Bane; also the whole movie was inspired by this movie. He also does a nod in Batman Begins (2005) in the snowy lands, which is several destinations for Bond such as On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969) (inspiration for Nolan film Inception (2010)), The World Is Not Enough (1999), For Your Eyes Only (1981), The Spy Who Loved Me (1977), Die Another Day (2002) and Spectre (2015) who has all snowy destinations.
The second Batman movie where Batman doesn't use his batarangs. The first being The Dark Knight (2008).
The film had been speculated to be an influence behind Doctor Who: The Snowmen (2012) which came out the same year as the film: In this film, Bruce Wayne (Christian Bale) has become a depressed recluse following the demise of both 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 atom bomb. In the Doctor Who (2005) TV series, The Doctor (Matt Smith) whom 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 traveling across time and space and fighting evil, is forced out of seclusion when The Great Intelligence (Ian McKellen), Dr. Simeon (Richard E. Grant) and the snowmen attack.
Miranda Nolan: (at around 9 mins) The cousin of writer-director Christopher Nolan and co-writer Jonathan Nolan appears as the maid gossiping about Bruce Wayne.
John Nolan: The uncle of director Christopher Nolan and co-writer Jonathan Nolan, as well as the father of Miranda Nolan, reprises his role from Batman Begins (2005) as Wayne Enterprises board member Douglas Fredericks. He previously appeared in Christopher's debut film, Following (1998).
Patrick Leahy: (at around 1h 2 mins) U.S. Senator from Vermont, cameos in the movie, as a Wayne Enterprises Board Member. Leahy, a fan of Batman, previously cameoed in The Dark Knight (2008) and Batman & Robin (1997).