Trivia / The Dark Knight Rises

  • Acting in the Dark: For the scene near the end, John Blake's real name 'Robin' was dubbed in afterwards to hide it from everyone - including Joseph Gordon-Levitt.
  • Actor Allusion:
    • Pittsburgh mayor Luke Ravenstahl's cameo as the football player who kicks off for Rapid City nods back to the fact that when he attended Washington & Jefferson College, he was starting place kicker on their football team.
    • Hines Ward, from the Pittsbugh Steelers, is the player who runs back the opening kickoff and the only player to survive after Bane implodes the field. When he's looking back at the carnage after scoring the touchdown (if it can be considered one, since scoring would have stopped the moment the first explosions happened), his own name is on his Gotham team jersey.
    • When the boy is singing the National Anthem, the camera pans down the sideline to show us the starting lineup, including Steelers players. In addition to Mayor Luke Ravenstahl and Hines Ward, you will see Big Ben Roethlisberger, Brett "The Diesel" Keisel, Mike Wallace, Maurkice Pouncey, and Rashard Mendenhall. You don't see their names on the jersey, but if you've watched Steelers games, they're easy to identify because they wear their real player numbers (as is Ward).
    • The instructions Alfred gives to Selina Kyle about delivering dinner to Bruce, including being told to drop off the tray and lock the door behind her, have been said to be similar to something Anne Hathaway's character in The Devil Wears Prada does.
    • Commissioner Gordon calls for all of the GCPD to go into the sewers to root out Bane's army. This isn't the first time that Gary Oldman called for all the police in the city.
    • Tom Hardy had previously forced Burn Gorman to his death in a TV adaptation of Wuthering Heights, where they played Heathcliffe and Hindley respectively.
  • Adored by the Network: HBO Zone and TNT both heavily air this film often, in the case of HBO Zone, three times a week! It helps that HBO, TNT, and Warner Bros. are all owned by the same company, Time Warner.
  • Approval of God:
  • Awesome, Dear Boy: Tom Hardy accepted the role of Bane without even reading the script.
  • California Doubling: During Batman and Selina Kyle's fight on the roof with Bane's mercenaries, when Bane watches the Bat fly away, the Los Angeles skyline is clearly visible, including the U.S. Bank Tower and One Wilshire. In the chase following the Stock Exchange heist, you can see that it starts in New York City (the exchange exterior) but it continues in the streets of downtown LA, which is most noticeable if you are paying attention to the design of the traffic lights. Also, a shot of Selina Kyle driving the Batpod through empty streets on the morning prior to the final battle is filmed in downtown LA.
  • Casting Gag:
  • Dyeing for Your Art:
    • Tom Hardy gained thirty pounds of muscle to play Bane. Anne Hathaway also worked out five days a week to be able to fit into her Spy Catsuit.
    • Christian Bale, in addition to his usual bulking up, had his hair dyed to make Bruce look older.
  • Enforced Method Acting: According to an interview with a Pittsburgh news station, Hines Ward was unaware of what it'd be like when the football field was destroyed around him. When Heinz Field, his home turf, was exploding loudly behind him, he actually was running for his life.
    Hines Ward: Usually, I'm smiling when I'm running, but that day I was actually screaming.
  • Fake American: The CIA agent at the beginning, Scarecrow, Stryver, Batman, and Commissioner Gordon are played by an Irishman, another Irishman, an (American-born) Englishman, a Welsh-born Englishman, and another Englishman respectively. John Daggett is also played by Australian Ben Mendelsohn.
  • Fake Nationality: Bane's apparently Russian lieutenant, is played by American Josh Stewart.
  • Fake Russian:
    • Dr. Pavel is Russian, but his actor Alon Aboutboul is actually an Israeli of Algerian/Egyptian extraction.
    • In-universe, Barsad is posing as a Russian soldier in the beginning when delivering Dr. Pavel and the three "captured" prisoners to the CIA interrogator; after Gotham falls to Bane, he threatens the National Guard with a netural English accent.
  • Fan Nickname: Darth Connery for Bane. People have often compared his voice to Connery playing Darth Vader.
    • "CIA" for the CIA agent, Bill Wilson.
    • "The Masketta Man" or "Mosquito Man" for Barsad.
    • "Brother" for the nameless grunt who stays behind on the plane that Bane crashes.
      • Some have also taken to calling him "Juan" ("Juan O'Vous" or "Juan Avyeu" specifically).
  • I Knew It!:
    • Months before the release of the film, fans were already speculating that John Blake would take over as Batman following Bane breaking his back. Turns out, the only thing they got wrong was the timing of the torch being passed.
    • Likewise, after it was leaked that Liam Neeson had filmed a brief cameo reprising his role of Ra's Al Ghul, people began guessing that the League of Shadows would be involved and that Miranda Tate was really Talia Al Ghul, his daughter (photos also leaked of Marion Cotillard wearing rustic-colored clothes and scarf atop a Tumbler, which made the casting of a very French woman as "Miranda Tate" highly suspicious). Basically everyone knew there was more to Miranda Tate and John Blake than Nolan let on..
  • Lying Creator: Talia al-Ghul and Robin (in a sense) do, in fact, show up in this film, in spite of Marion Cotillard repeatedly stating she would not be playing Talia and both Bale and Nolan saying very early on that Robin would not appear in the series.
  • Playing Against Type: Anne Hathaway's casting as Selina Kyle was met with much raised eyebrows, as she had mainly been famous as wholesome good girls (Rachel Getting Married aside). She won lots of praise for such a different turn.
  • Playing Gertrude: Flashbacks reveal that Bane is Older Than They Look; still an adult when Miranda/Talia was a child. Tom Hardy is two years younger than Marion Cotillard.
  • Real-Life Relative: Christopher Nolan's cousin Miranda cameos as the maid gossiping about Bruce Wayne in the opening. Her father John reprises his role as Wayne Enterprises board member Douglas Fredericks.
  • Real Life Writes the Plot: Heath Ledger's Joker was originally intended to appear in this film in a major way; his death, and Nolan's absolute insistence on Joker not being recast and thus written out, did result in some significant changes to the original plan for the film. Exactly how much was changed, or what a final film with Ledger would have looked like, remains a point of speculation and debate to this day.
  • Recycled Script: Around the time this movie came out, Christopher Nolan expressed his interest to direct a James Bond film one day. It may be a coincidence, but the James Bond movie The World Is Not Enough just so happens to have a lot of similarities to this story. Consider- in both, the villain is a dreaded notorious international terrorist who Feels No Pain, is supposedly / formerly / posing as an Anarchy Is Chaos-type anarchist but is actually in league with a Corrupt Corporate Executive (or in Bane's case, two of them), plots to suicidally destroy a major city with a nuclear explosion (using an atypical nuclear weapon), murders the nuclear physicist who helps / was supposed to help him carry out his Evil Plan, is secretly allied to one of the two Bond / Bat girls, who has spent the movie posing as a benevolent, altruistic entrepeneur who at one point sleeps with the hero, but in reality is an Ax-Crazy mass-murderer who had a strained relationship with their father and at one point was held prisoner by lunatics, before seducing / befriending the supposed main villain, are ambiguous as to whether or not the Big Bad is actually The Heavy, and have a not-unimportant subplot involving energy sources (oil in Bond; clean energy in Batman). Probably a few other things as well.
  • Retroactive Recognition: This is the first time Ben Mendelsohn aggravates a masked supervillain with a breathing problem. It won't be the last.
  • Scully Box: In the comics, Bane towers over Batman. But Tom Hardy is shorter than Christian Bale, so he had to wear high heeled boots and camera tricks were also used so that Bane would be equal on height with Batman during scenes where they are both on-camera.
  • Teasing Creator: Promotional pictures of Selina Kyle in costume with high-tech goggles, but without Catwoman's signature ears, caused a shitstorm. Even Kevin Smith was somewhat displeased. And then the film reveals that her goggles flip up to the headband and resemble cat ears.
  • Throw It In:
    • Bruce's last line as he leaves Selina Kyle's apartment.
    • Two instances with Tom Hardy as Bane: Subtly placing his hand on Daggett's shoulder after his Bullying a Dragon rant, and his line when listening to the national anthem at the stadium: "That's a lovely, lovely voice." In addition, his habit of grasping his clothes by the lapels is Tom Hardy trying to get some air under his mask.
  • Too Soon: On the film's North American opening day (July 20, 2012), a gunman stormed a midnight show in Aurora, Colorado. 12 people were killed, and dozens more were injured. The shooting had the most casualties - combined injuries and deaths - of any shooting in the United States up to that point! In the wake of this, the following things were done.
    • The French, Japanese and Mexican red-carpet premieres were canceled.
    • Warner Bros. did not publish daily updates on the film's opening weekend (Friday through Sunday) grosses until the following Monday.
    • Gangster Squad underwent a rewrite and reshooting of its final act, which originally involved gangsters shooting up a movie theater from behind the screen.
    • AMC Theaters now prohibit any cosplay attendant within the vicinity of their theaters that looks too scary and/or carries weapons.
  • Translation Correction: A variant. As having Two First Names is an extremely rare phenomenon for Russian names, Dr. Leonid Pavel was given the more realistic surname "Pavlov" in the Russian dub (although, as it turns out, Russian people with the surname "Pavel" actually exist). Due to the existence of a certain Dr. Pavlov in Real Life, this might have made it sound like Hollywood resorted to the Famous-Named Foreigner trope once again.
  • What Could Have Been:
  • Why Fandom Can't Have Nice Things: Rotten Tomatoes had to shut down the commenting feature for critic reviews after those who placed a negative review on this movie ended up getting met with death threats on said comment boards.
  • Word of Saint Paul: In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Christian Bale confirmed that the end of the movie was not a dream.
  • Working Title: The movie as filmed in Pittsburgh under the title Magnus Rex.
  • The last film Wally Pfister did as a cinematographer before moving into directing. Hoyte van Hoytema would take over shooting Nolan's films with Interstellar.


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