After being shrouded in secrecy for almost a year now, The Dark Knight Rises' details are slowly coming to light. And not because they're being leaked. Oh no. That would be very un-Nolan-like. Rather, Christopher Nolan himself has divulged to Empire a few details along with the first official pics of both Batman and Bane.

The film will take place eight years after The Dark Knight, giving us an older, weaker Batman. Did he do this to screw over the next director by making him negotiate a 50 year-old Batman? Probably not, but that would be an awesome move.

Also, for those unfamiliar with Tom Hardy's character, Bane, get familiar. According to Nolan:
"He’s brutal. Brutal. He’s a big dude who’s incredibly clinical, in the fact that he has a result-based and oriented fighting style. It’s not about fighting. It’s about carnage. The style is heavy-handed, heavy-footed, it’s nasty. Anything from small-joint manipulation to crushing skulls, crushing rib cages, stamping on shins and knees and necks and collarbones and snapping heads off and tearing his fists through chests, ripping out spinal columns. He’s a smashing machine. He’s a wrecking ball. If we’re going to shoot somebody, shoot the pregnant woman or the old lady first. Make sure everybody stands up. He’s a terrorist in his mentality as well as brutal actions. He’s a horrible piece of work."

So Bane smash old Batman. I'm excited already.

Nolan's interview also reveals that a six-minute prologue will run before IMAX versions of Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol.

I'm no fanboy, but this is kind of exciting.