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Bane and Batman revealed on new “The Dark Knight Rises” magazine covers

Bane and Batman revealed on new “The Dark Knight Rises” magazine covers (photo)

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Empire magazine has had a long-standing relationship with Christopher Nolan’s Batman film series. Back in 2007 when fans were still convinced that Heath Ledger could never do a better job than Jack Nicholson portraying the Joker, it was Empire that revealed the first image of him in costume with the tagline, “He is coming…” And while the unveiling process might not be as dramatic the second time around, Empire now has two of the first promotional shots from “The Dark Knight’s” upcoming sequel, “The Dark Knight Rises.”


The first image of Tom Hardy as Bane was revealed four months ago through a “The Dark Knight Rises” viral website, but the January cover of Empire offers the first straight-on shot of the new Batman villain in all his terrifying glory. People who thought Hannibal Lecter was scary with his face mask better do their best to not catch an eyeful of Bane.


The other Empire cover features the now-familiar shot of Christian Bale as Batman. This time around, however, he’s holding what’s either a terrifying new gun or a really glorified flashlight. Batman is sure to have plenty of new gadgets in “The Dark Knight Rises,” but this is the only one teased on the cover of this issue.


Superhero Hype apparently got their hands on the issue early and uploaded a bunch of scans of the images included in the article for us fans to feast our eyes on. Definitely the coolest one in the bunch is the shot of Bane holding up an image of the late Gotham district attorney Harvey Dent in a threatening manner. The new photos only showcase Batman and Bane in action, but they’re some of the first official stills to be released in a production overrun with fan set photos.



The magazine hits stores on Thursday (happy Thanksgiving from our favorite movie-loving Brits, I guess), and Empire promises plenty of new details from the production in the meantime. “The Dark Knight” is scheduled to hit theaters on July 20, and also stars Anne Hathaway, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Marion Cotillard, Juno Temple and Morgan Freeman.

What do you think of these two new covers? Tell us in the comments section below or on Facebook and Twitter.

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The Best Of The Last

Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

It’s not that being single sucks, it’s that you suck if you’re single.

Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

This one’s a “Serial” killer…everything both right and wrong about true crime podcasts.

Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at

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Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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