The Batman movies of the late '80s and '90s took a traditional approach to choosing villains — starting with Joker in 1989's Batman, before moving on to Penguin, Catwoman, and others. Director Christopher Nolan, on the other hand, has used more obscure villains for his Batman movies. He brought in Ra's al Ghul and Scarecrow for 2005's Batman Begins before using more traditional villains like the Joker and Two-Face in 2008's The Dark Knight.
For Nolan's third and final Batman movie, The Dark Knight Rises, the director has focused his attention on the villain Bane (Tom Hardy), who is reportedly the centerpiece of the seven-minute prologue to The Dark Knight Rises which will screen before select 70mm IMAX showings of Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol starting Dec. 16th. While Bane did appear in the woeful Batman & Robin, and is well-known to comic book fans for breaking Batman's back in the "Knightfall" story arc, Nolan admitted to the LA Times that he had little knowledge of the character before starting work on the sequel. read nolan's comments >>