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.

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 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).

(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.

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.

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.

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".

Tom Hardy has several large tattoos on his chest and arms that had to be covered using heavy cake makeup for the film.

According to Christopher Nolan, Bane was chosen as the film's main antagonist "to test Batman mentally as well as physically."

Christian Bale personally dyed part of his hair, to make Bruce Wayne look somewhat older.

To prepare for his role as Bane, Tom Hardy gained thirty pounds in weight, and studied various fighting styles to use in the film.

Out of respect for Heath Ledger, the Joker is never once mentioned for the whole film.

Bane's theme is a chant which features the term "deshi basara", which is Moroccan for the word "rise".

Christian Bale is the first actor to portray Batman/Bruce Wayne in three Batman films.

A close look on the handheld walkie-talkies used by the Gotham City Police Dept reveals an old DC Comic logo.

(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 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.

(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 91 seconds at 47:40. At the end of the scene it reads 49:10. The chase sequence lasts exactly 90 seconds.

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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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, The Dark Knight Rises: Lamborghini Aventador LP 700-4.) The name Murciélago means Bat in Spanish.

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.

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.

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.

The first draft of the script ran approximately 400 pages.

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.

Selina Kyle's catsuit was made from two layers of polyurethane-coated spandex.

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).

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.

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.

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).

On July 20, 2012, during a midnight screening in Aurora, Colorado, James Holmes entered the theater and opened fire, killing 12 people and injuring 58. He was arrested outside the theater a few minutes after the shooting, and charged with 24 counts of murder and 116 counts of attempted murder. In August 2015, Holmes was sentenced in life in prison without parole. 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. Bale visited the survivors at the hospital several days later.

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.

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 the film. A local newspaper ran a story with the headline, "Like Batman, car thief's story does not fly."

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.

Chloë Grace Moretz and Jennifer Lawrence auditioned for the role of Jen, Selina Kyle's sidekick.

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 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.

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.

(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.

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.

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.

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.

Robin Williams was rumored to play the role of Hugo Strange.

Christopher Nolan's first film since Insomnia (2002) to not receive any Academy Award Nominations.

Composer Hans Zimmer collected online recordings of chanting to incorporate in the film's score.

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.

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.

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.

The façade, and some of the interior shots of Wayne Manor, were filmed at Wollaton Hall, a stately house in Nottingham, England.

Although used to soften a landing, this is the only movie in the trilogy where the cape isn't used to glide.

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).

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.

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 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.

Marion Cotillard dubs herself in French for both France and Quebec versions.

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.

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.

Was filmed in Pittsburgh under the title "Magnus Rex."

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 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.

Costume Effects Supervisor Graham Churchyard created a three-dimensional model of Tom Hardy's face and skull to design Bane's mask.

At 164 minutes (2 hours and 44 minutes), it is the longest superhero film made to date.

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.

Anne Hathaway based her performance on Hedy Lamarr, who was the original inspiration for Catwoman.

(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.

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.

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).

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).

The vest that Bane (Tom Hardy) wears is a DiamondBack-tactical-FAPC2 vest.

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.

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.

(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.

Tom Hardy and Burn Gorman had previously starred together in Wuthering Heights (2009); they played Heathcliff and Hindley, respectively.

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.

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 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.

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.

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).

(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).

(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 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.

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.

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.

William Devane also played the President of the United States in the television series Stargate SG-1 (1997).

In 2017, during his inauguration speech, The President of the United States, 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.

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.

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.

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).

(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).

(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 Joker is not mentioned in the movie out of respect of Heath Ledger as if The Joker never existed. It is not known what happened to The Joker following his capture. It's likely The Joker was sent to Arkham Asylum and it's also possible The Joker could had been executed on Death Row as The Joker had killed 34 people in the previous film.

Tom Hardy (Bane) was originally cast as Rick Flag in Suicide Squad (2016) but turned it down to work on The Revenant (2015) as John Fitzgerald.

Diego Klattenhoff was up for a part as a police officer but had to drop out due to scheduling conflicts with Homeland (2011).

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.

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 film in the Dark Knight Trilogy to not be made into a video game. The first being The Dark Knight (2008).

The second Batman movie where Batman doesn't use his batarangs. The first being The Dark Knight (2008).

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.

Hines Ward: (at around 1h 29 mins) The football player returning the kick off for a touchdown. He was a wide receiver for the Pittsburgh Steelers for years.

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) a Wayne Enterprises Board Member. The U.S. Senator from Vermont also appeared in The Dark Knight (2008) and Batman & Robin (1997).

Wade 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).

In the early minutes of each film in the trilogy, the main villain (Ra's Al Ghul, Joker, Bane) disguises himself as one of his own henchmen and there is a conversation about said villain in each scene.

In all three movies, Batman repeats a line of dialogue spoken to him by one of the villains. In this film, he tells Bane, "You have my permission to die."

In the endings of all three movies, Jim Gordon is the final character to whom Batman speaks before he leaves.

For 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 the film. The name on the stone was changed to "Bruce Wayne" via digital technology in post-production.

The final shooting script features several deleted/extended scenes not found in the film. Most are "character moments" though some also clarify details of the plot. They include: A scene at Wayne Manor where the Congressman tells Foley that he's next in line for the role of Police Commissioner if he does well, giving Foley one more incentive of chasing Batman for the murder of Harvey Dent other than Batman being public enemy number one. 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). A scene at Wayne Enterprises where Miranda warns Lucius Fox that Daggett is trying to take control of the company. A longer scene of Bruce Wayne and Lucius Fox at the Applied Sciences warehouse in which Fox wants to give Wayne the special leg brace which allows him to walk again. Bruce testing the leg brace in the Batcave, explaining to Alfred how it works to match the muscle patterns of his uninjured leg. 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. The script has the stock exchange scenes all occurring in the evening instead of the late afternoon as the film had started at. 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's death, Batman is his only reason to live. Alfred confesses that he burned Rachel's letter and lied about her choosing to marry Bruce. Bruce accuses Alfred of betrayal before Alfred gives his speech about protecting Bruce's life, which does appear in the final film. A longer conversation between Bruce, Miranda & Fox discussing the reactor and Dr. Pavel. An extended conversation between Bruce & Blake in Blake's care where Blake jokingly gives Bruce cash for cab fare. 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 the inmates. A brief scene of Selina escaping Blackgate. A series of extended or omitted scenes showing the mercenaries seeing the burning Bat-signal on Gotham Bridge. An extensive flashback sequence 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. A scene of Talia 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 the film, Fox tries to escape, though even the finished scenes of Fox in the film occur earlier in the script version. 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.

Christian 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 the film, Detective John Blake's (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) 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.

Leonardo DiCaprio, Ryan Gosling, and Mark Ruffalo were considered to play John Blake before Joseph Gordon-Levitt was ultimately cast. DiCaprio was one of the actors considered to play Robin in Batman Forever (1995) before Chris O'Donnell got the part.

The final chase sequence, and subsequent bombing, where the countdown of the time-bomb is eleven minutes, is depicted in real-time.

(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).

In the scene at the end where the lawyer's clerk, played by Jillian Armenante, reveals John Blake's real name, the word 'Robin' was dubbed-in post-production to keep this secret from all the crew, including Joseph Gordon-Levitt, who were on-set at the time.

There are several moments in the film 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.

(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. In Batman Begins (2005), Ra's al Ghul says that the mission of The League of Shadows is to restore balance to the world.

In all three Nolan Batman films, the spiked gauntlets on Batman's arms prove 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 The Dark Knight Rises (2012).

Bane 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.

At 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.

(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" story line.

(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.

Some 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 film's shooting script also specifies, that Bruce is alive during the café scene. A line of spoken dialogue towards the end of the film, also notes that Martha Wayne's pearls are missing from the Wayne estate. In the final scene, Selina is seen wearing the necklace.

(at around 1h 4 mins) Bane putting his hand on John Daggett's shoulder before killing him was Tom Hardy's idea.

The soundtrack played when Bruce supposedly died, is the same soundtrack that is played when his parents died in Batman Begins (2005).

In the film there are a total of six Oscar winners: Christian Bale, Sir Michael Caine, Morgan Freeman, Gary Oldman, Marion Cotillard, Anne Hathaway, and three Oscar nominees: Tom Conti, Liam Neeson, Tom Hardy. Additionally, Oscar nominee Maggie Gyllenhaal appears in archive footage, bringing the total nominees to ten, unprecedented in a comic book film.

After 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.

The 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 appears with rebellious citizens in each of these scenes.

This is the only Batman film where Jim Gordon learns the true identity of Batman.

The 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 the film. Initially, at the end of The Dark Knight (2008), the Joker would have scarred Harvey Dent at a courtroom trial, setting up the third film. Dent's death and fall was put in at the end of the second film instead, to set up the aftermath that follows. Following the release of this film, Nolan elaborated on his choice to include the Two-Face story in the prior film: 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 films. Nolan feels that holding back story or leaving a film 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.

It 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.

(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."

In the comics, Bane carried an apparatus that contains a steroid that amplifies his strength and fighting ability. In the film, the apparatus he carries contains an anesthetic, as he is in chronic pain. In both the comics and the film, Batman defeats Bane in a similar way, by damaging his mask, depriving him of the drug.

This is the only live-action Batman film where the Bat-signal is never used.

According 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 has been destroyed on a Christopher Nolan Batman film - a previous camera was smashed when filming the Joker's underground truck chase in The Dark Knight (2008).

In addition to the numerous elements from the "Knightfall," "The Dark Knight Returns," and "No Man's Land" storylines, the film also borrows 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.

John 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.

Eva Green, Naomi Watts, Rachel 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 the film, but as of 2016, there is no official confirmation that she was considered to play Catwoman.

According to Jonathan Nolan, a major influence on the story is Charles Dickens's socio-political novel "A Tale of Two Cities", which dealt with revolution and class conflict. In an homage to the story, two characters in the film 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.

(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.

In each part of the 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. The Dark Knight Rises (2012): Catwoman/Selina Kyle initially steals from Bruce Wayne (Lamborghini and necklace), then tricks him into Banes 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 a villain all along.

Though 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 film staff cleared everything with the police and Fire Marshal when they arrived.

Despite being portrayed by Caucasian actors 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.

The 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 the film.

The 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.

Christian 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.

This marks the second trilogy of movies in which Liam Neeson plays a character who is 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.)

This, and the other live-action Batman film to feature Bane as a villain, Batman & Robin (1997), show the Batman logo during the opening sequence freezing, and then cracking.

(at around 1h 1 min) When the fusion reactor is first introduced in the bunker, the design is almost identical to the microwave emitter design that Ra's Al Ghul stole from Wayne Enterprises and brought into the city in Batman Begins (2005).

(at around 27 mins) When Officer Blake mentions giant alligators in the sewers, this is a reference to Killer Croc (who makes 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.

It 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.

The 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 Raz 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 The Dark Knight Rises (2012).

(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.

This is the second film directed by Christopher Nolan in which Marion Cotillard stabs someone, the first was Inception (2010).

(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).

The entrance to the Batcave, shown in the ending sequence, when Blake is following the instructions, was shot in Wales, Christian Bale's home country.

Bane 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.

(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 later played Moses in Exodus: Gods and Kings (2014), based upon the biblical book of Exodus.

One 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 the film.

In this film Marion Cotillard's character is trying to destroy the city using the 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 atom bomb, by saying "Now I am become death, the destroyer of worlds".

(at around 1h 29 mins) In the football scene, the surviving player has the name Ward on his shirt. In the Batman (1966) television series, Robin was played by Burt Ward. The surviving player's real-life name is Hines Ward.