Over the last week, we’ve been lucky enough to finally have some moving images from Christopher Nolan‘s The Dark Knight Rises to dissect. With the IMAX release of the film’s first six minutes, as well as the theatrical trailer, there’s been incessant discussion about Bane’s voice, his cruel intentions, Selina Kyle’s necklace and all types of insane minutia. However, just a few short weeks ago, everyone was excited about a series of images from the film that appeared in Empire Magazine showing Tom Hardy as Bane and Christian Bale as Batman in a few new locals and poses. Those images, previously only available as scans from the magazine, have now become available without all the photoshopping. Now you can zoom in on Batman’s new gun, Bane’s outfit and more with incredible detail. Check out the images below.

Thanks to Comic Book Movie for the heads up.

The difference between these images and the moving ones, of course, is that these come with a distinct lack of context. Batman with the gun (or whatever that is, maybe a portable EMP?) is obviously from some kind of action scene, one shot in IMAX as it appeared briefly in the prologue’s finale. The full Body Bane image, without his coat, is likely from one of his fights with Batman, probably the one that was teased at the end of he teaser trailer. Bane’s head down shot is probably just a promo image and the photo of Batman on the Batpod looks like it’s from the same scene as the gun.

As for when or where any of these scenes take place, I have no idea. I write Superhero Bits everyday, have seen literally every single spoiler spy photo, and couldn’t tell you what is happening in these scenes. Point to Christopher Nolan.

Do any of you have an idea of what each of these images means for the film?

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