According to Gary Oldman, Christopher Nolan told the actors and actresses the ending of the movie verbally to avoid any leaks.
Dr. Jonathan Crane a.k.a. The Scarecrow (Cillian Murphy) is the only villain to appear in all three of The Dark Knight movies.
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.
Writer, 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".
While 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.
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.
(at around 1h 28 mins) According to producers, the line "That's a lovely, lovely voice" was improvised by Tom Hardy.
(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.
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 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).
According 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.
Tom Hardy has several large tattoos on his chest and arms that had to be covered using heavy cake make-up for this movie.
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 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.
To prepare for his role as Bane, Tom Hardy gained thirty pounds and studied various fighting styles.
Christian Bale is the first actor to portray Batman/Bruce Wayne in three live-action Batman movies.
Leonardo DiCaprio, Ryan Gosling, and Mark Ruffalo were considered to play John Blake.
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.
This is the first Batman movie by Christopher Nolan that did not get an Academy Award nomination, and the second Batman movie (after Batman & Robin (1997)) which did not receive a single nomination.
(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.
Writer, 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".
Bane's theme is a chant which features the term "deshi basara", which is Moroccan for the word "rise".
(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).
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.
In this movie there are a total of six Oscar winners: Christian Bale, Sir Michael Caine, Morgan Freeman, Gary Oldman, Marion Cotillard, and Anne Hathaway; and three Oscar nominees: Tom Conti, Liam 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.
A close look on the handheld walkie-talkies used by the Gotham City Police Department reveals an old DC Comic logo.
Selina'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.
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.
Each 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).
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 this movie, this is presumably an allusion to Madame Defarge and her practice of knitting while watching public guillotine executions.
At 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.
(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.
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.").
At 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.
The 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.
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.
The 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.
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 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."
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, this movie: Lamborghini Aventador LP 700-4. The name "Murciélago" means "bat" in Spanish.
(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.
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.
Anne Hathaway, Natalie Portman, Keira Knightley, Kate Mara, Gemma Arterton, Jessica Biel, Blake 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.
(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.
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 played Dr. Jonathan Crane a.k.a. The Scarecrow in all three movies in The Dark Knight trilogy.
(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.
During 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."
Christian Bale personally dyed part of his hair, to make Bruce Wayne look somewhat older.
Christopher 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).
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.
Writer, 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.
Anne 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.
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.
According 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.
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.
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).
Chloë Grace Moretz and Jennifer Lawrence auditioned for the role of Jen, Selina Kyle's sidekick.
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 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.
Tickets for this movie's premiere midnight IMAX screenings in New York City sold out six months in advance.
(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.
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.
The façade, and some of the interior shots, of Wayne Manor were filmed at Wollaton Hall, a stately house in Nottingham, England.
Selina 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 prostitutes together, and even had an implied lesbian relationship before Kyle became Catwoman.
Christopher Nolan's first movie since Insomnia (2002) to not receive any Academy Award nominations.
The 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.
In addition to its writer, producer, and director, Christopher Nolan, this movie shares several of its main cast with Inception (2010): Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Tom Hardy, Cillian Murphy, Marion Cotillard, and Michael Caine appeared in both movies, as does Christopher and Jonathan Nolan's cousin Miranda in a cameo.
The 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.
Cinematographer 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.
Composer Hans Zimmer collected on-line recordings of chanting to incorporate in the score.
Although 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.
Although used to soften a landing, this is the only movie in the trilogy where the cape isn't used to glide.
Anne Hathaway based her performance on Hedy Lamarr, who was the original inspiration for Catwoman.
Costume effects supervisor Graham Churchyard created a three-dimensional model of Tom Hardy's face and skull to design Bane's mask.
Thomas Lennon (Bruce Wayne's doctor) played a similar role as a doctor in Christopher Nolan's Memento (2000).
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 character of John Blake is an amalgamation of previous Robins from the comics - Dick Grayson, Jason Todd, and Tim Drake.
When 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.
Part 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.
After 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).
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.
The Joker was not mentioned in this movie out of respect for Heath Ledger as if he never existed. It is not known what happened to him following his capture. It's likely he was sent to Arkham Asylum, and it's also possible that he could have been executed on death row, as he killed thirty-four people in The Dark Knight (2008).
In 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.
At 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.
This, 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.
The 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.
(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 Hughes. Christopher Nolan was, at one point, attached to direct a Howard Hughes biopic.
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).
Steelers 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.
At 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".
The 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.
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.
In 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.
There 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.
At point 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.
(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.
(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.
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 movies, and they were Hector Elizondo in Batman: Mystery of the Batwoman (2003), and Carlos Alazraqui in Justice League: Doom (2012).
When 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.
This is only the second "Batman" movie not to include the word ''Batman'' in the title.
(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.
Before 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 Newsies (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).
This movie is one of two post-1989 Batman movies in which Arkham Asylum is not mentioned. The other being Batman Returns (1992).
The 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.
The 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.
Tom Hardy (Bane) was originally cast as Rick Flag in Suicide Squad (2016), but turned it down to work on The Revenant (2015).
(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).
The character of Miranda Frost in the James Bond movie Die Another Day (2002) is considered to be a major influence behind Miranda Tate.
(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).
The 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).
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 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).
While not confirmed, many fans believe Matthew McConaughey has an uncredited appearance as a pilot in the opening plane sequence. McConaughey starred in Christopher Nolan's next film, Interstellar (2014).
Bruce 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.
The 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.
Whereas The Dark Knight (2008) had 28 minutes of IMAX footage, The Dark Knight Rises (2012) has over an hour's worth.
Christopher Nolan only agreed to make this film if Warner Brothers would fund Inception (2010).
The 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.
(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.
The second movie in The Dark Knight trilogy to not be made into a video game. The first being The Dark Knight (2008).
To 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.
Anne Hathaway and Joseph Gordon-Levitt previously starred together in Havoc (2005).
Blake 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.
Diego Klattenhoff was up for a part as a police officer, but had to drop out due to scheduling conflicts with Homeland (2011).
This movie had been speculated to be an influence behind Doctor Who (2005) season seven, episode six, "The Snowmen", which came out the same year as this movie. In this movie, Bruce Wayne (Christian Bale) has become a depressed recluse following the demise of 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 atomic bomb. In Doctor Who (2005), The Doctor (Matt Smith), who 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 travelling across time and space and fighting evil, is forced out of seclusion when The Great Intelligence (Sir Ian McKellen), Dr. Simeon (Richard E. Grant), and the snowmen attack.
Dr. 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.
Juno Temple, one of the youngest cast members, was born around the same time of the theatrical release of Tim Burton's Batman (1989).
Writer, producer, and director Christopher Nolan provided many nods to the James Bond film franchise, such as the plane sequence which is straight out of the pre-title sequence in Licence to Kill (1989); also Gordon in bed is the same as Felix in bed in the movie. Raoul Silva from Skyfall (2012) was inspired by Bane. Also, the whole movie was inspired by this movie. He also did 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 the Nolan movie 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).
The second Batman movie where Batman doesn't use his Batarangs. The first being The Dark Knight (2008). (Yes he does, while rescuing gordon from.being exiled on the ice).
Released twenty years after Batman Returns (1992) and fifteen years after Batman & Robin (1997). Catwoman and Bane were the villains in those movies.
John W. Iwanonkiw, Phil Nardozzi, Tony 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.
Batman villains Hush. Hugo Strange. Killer Croc. The Penguin. The Riddler and Poison Ivy were rumored to be the villains in the movie.
When 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.
Will Estes appeared in this movie as Police Officer Simon Jansen. He also appeared on Blue Bloods (2010) as Police Officer Jamie appeared in this movie as Police Officer Simon Jansen for an unknown department. 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.
Will Estes appeared in this movie as Police Officer Simon Jansen. He also appeared on Blue Bloods (2010) as Police Officer Jamie Reagan.
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).
Miranda 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.
Patrick 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).
Hines 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.