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Here's The Plot Synopsis For The 'Star Trek' Sequel

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After a long wait, Paramount has released the official plot synopsis for J.J. Abrams' upcoming sequel to 2009's "Star Trek."

The three sentences don't reveal much; however, it's a little more to go off of than the vague "Iron Man 3" plot synopsis unveiled last month.

"When the crew of the Enterprise is called back home, they find an unstoppable force of terror from within their own organization has detonated the fleet and everything it stands for, leaving our world in a state of crisis.

With a personal score to settle, Captain Kirk leads a manhunt to a war-zone world to capture a one man weapon of mass destruction.

As our heroes are propelled into an epic chess game of life and death, love will be challenged, friendships will be torn apart, and sacrifices must be made for the only family Kirk has left: his crew."

Benedict Cumberbatch is rumored to play villain Khan on IMDB's paid pro site, which seems in line with the above synopsis.

He's to star in the film alongside the original cast of Chris Pine, Zoe Saldana, and Zachary Quinto. 

If you're still not satisfied, here's a still of Spock from Abrams' latest appearance on "Conan" when he shared a three-frame (yes, you read that right) clip from the film:

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"Star Trek Into Darkness" comes out May 17, next year.

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Joseph Gordon-Levitt May Play Batman In A 'Justice League' Film

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The end of "The Dark Knight Rises" set the stage perfectly for Joseph Gordon-Levitt's John Blake ... er Robin ... to take over the bat mantle. 

However, could he really be doing that so soon after director Christopher Nolan just wrapped up his trilogy?

According to Hit Flix's Drew McWeeny, Gordon-Levitt will "absolutely" play Batman in the impending "Justice League" film.

"They're [Warner Bros.] a long way from filming anything "Justice League" related, but they appear to be solidifying deals for Gordon-Levitt and, potentially, at least one other actor from the Nolan films to do… something."

While we're hesitant to believe this, McWeeny's pretty solid when it comes to Batman rumors. He did call Liam Neeson's return in "The Dark Knight Rises" long before the actor's confirmation for the film.

Without Nolan and Christian Bale, it would only feel natural to have someone familiar play the role of the Caped Crusader when the eventual reboot or long-rumored Justice League movie takes place to combat Disney's Avengers team. 

If it seems too good to be true, it's not like Gordon-Levitt is against the idea of donning the cape and cowl.

He told MTV in September that if the circumstances were right, he may be up for for a "Justice League" film.

"I always pick projects that I want to be involved in for the same reasons," said Gordon-Levitt. "Is the script really good? Is the filmmaker a really inspired artist that I feel connected to? That's what I always pay attention to."  

McWeeny went on to suggest Gordon-Levitt may even make an appearance in "Man of Steel," as the Batman – a leap – even if one we wouldn't mind seeing.

SEE ALSO: Awesome behind-the-scene photos from 'The Dark Knight Rises' >

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The Best Of The Worst Lines Lindsay Lohan Uttered In 'Liz & Dick'

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Lindsay Lohan is getting a lot of flack for her turn as Elizabeth Taylor in Lifetime's Made-for-TV movie "Liz And Dick."

While Sunday's airing drew a solid 3.5 million viewers, haters took to Twitter to express their dislike of the project, writing criticisms such as"Gilbert Godfried sounds more like Liz Taylor" and "I don't think I was supposed to laugh at the end of #lizanddick."

But some of the dialogue was unintentionally funny, such as these gems: "feel my pudgy hands,""I don't hate you, I loathe you," and our personal favorite, "We don't need a pool, I have a whole ocean with you."

Watch Vulture's LOL-worthy, two-minute recap below:

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Here's How Tom Hardy Perfected Bane's Voice In 'The Dark Knight Rises'

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As  we revealed late last week, we've been making our way through the awesome "The Dark Knight Rises" Blu-ray special features

One favorite from the disc was finding out more about the origins of Tom Hardy's Sean Connery-esque Bane voice.

We knew the voice was very much inspired by boxing champ Bartley Gorman; however, on the DVD, Hardy goes into more detail about how he nailed down just the right accent for Gotham's Reckoning. 

In addition to Gorman, Hardy shares Bane's voice was also brought on by Richard Burton (yes, Elizabeth Taylor's late husband).

"Bane is somebody who's in tremendous pain all the time. So he had an older voice. Which is sort of Richard Burton, I suppose, you know. Slightly florid, camp English villain … in many ways, but just off-center."

However, Hardy knew the character needed to be of Latin descent – and, rightfully so. After all, Bane's origins are rooted in a South American prison. So the prime of his voice is a nod to that.

" ... Taking that into mind, I looked at original Latin … sort of Romany Gypsy. And there was a character, Bartley Gorman … the bare-knuckle fighter, and that's where the accent comes from that I use in the film."

For those unfamiliar with Gorman, he was once the bare-knuckle boxing champ of the world, referred to as the King of the Gypsies.

Here's a clip of Gorman:

Now, listen to Hardy as Bane:

"The Dark Knight Rises" is available on DVD December 4.

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It Looks Like We May Be Getting 'Star Wars' Spinoff Films

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We already know that three new "Star Wars" films are in the works.  

However, it looks like Disney may be planning on a few more as well.  

Earlier today, The Hollywood Reporter confirmed rumors "The Empire Strikes Back" screenplay writer Lawrence Kasdan and "Sherlock Holmes" writer Simon Kinberg have been hired to work on future Star Wars projects. 

According to THR, Kasdan and Kinberg will be writing separate projects that aren't necessarily Episodes VIII or IX. 

Essentially, in addition to Episodes VII, VIII, and IX, "Star Wars" may be getting "The Avengers" treatment. 

What does this mean?

Disney broke apart the stories of each Avenger separately before combining them together to make one super film. That combined success has led to more than $1.5 billion in worldwide box office sales to date.

It could use a similar approach with "Star Wars" by giving screen time to various characters apart from its three-film plan. 

With the numerous plot points in which the films branch out, it would be a great idea – not only for fans – but, also to get a more complete look at the vast "Star Wars" universe. 

This would also fall in line with Disney CEO Bob Iger's plans to release a new film every two to three years.   

However, all of this doesn't mean Kasdan or Kinberg are working on a film either.  

Iger also hinted on Disney's fourth quarter earnings call earlier this month that the company may be interested in seeing the potential for Lucasfilm projects on its Disney XD channel.

SEE ALSO: How Tom Hardy perfected his Bane voice in 'The Dark Knight Rises' >

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Early Sketches Show What Bane Could Have Looked Like In 'The Dark Knight Rises'

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Yesterday, we looked at how Tom Hardy nailed the voice for Bane in "The Dark Knight Rises."

But how did he end up looking so drastically different from previous incarnations?

We've been going through the Blu-ray combo pack of the film before its release, and last week mentioned there was some great early concept designs for Gotham's reckoning. 

It turns out the great Bane was modelled after a bunch of animals including baboons, gorillas, and snakes along with car parts.

There are a lot more designs on the disc; however, we're going to share a few because they're so drastically different from the final result.

Though some of the drawings bring the "Batman and Robin" Baneand others– to mind we're glad with how Christopher Nolan's Bane turned out.   

"The Dark Knight Rises" comes out on Blu-ray and DVD December 4.

Early designs had Bane in his familiar full-fledged face mask and hood.



Costume Designer Linda Hemming wanted to make Bane look animalistic with influence from spiders and gorillas.



Here's how he may have looked if he was hooked up to his venom serum.



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Paramount Pits Tom Cruise's 'Jack Reacher' As The Next James Bond

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Is Paramount starting to worry over the potential success of its impending adaptation of Lee Child's "Jack Reacher"?

It released a mini-featurette for the December 21 wide release comparing the former U.S. military officer to the likes of franchise greats James Bond and Jason Bourne. 

The film hasn't been receiving great buzz online from fans distressed with the casting choice of Tom Cruise cast as the roughly 6'5" and more than 220 pounds.

The bit about Bond and Bourne can be heard at the start.

Check it out below:  

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Brad Pitt's Movie Bombs, Killing Audiences Softly – Here's Your Box-Office Roundup

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The week following Thanksgiving was not kind to new films. 

Brad Pitt's "Killing Them Softly" bombed after audiences gave it an F CinemaScore Friday – the worst possible rating possible.  

Thankfully, The Weinstein Company's other release "The Silver Linings Playbook" is getting great audience – and Oscar – buzz. 

The only other big release film out this weekend was "The Collection," a sequel to 2009 film "The Collector," which barely made the top ten. 

For the third weekend in a row, the box office top five was a near mirror of itself with "Lincoln," Bond, and the Twilight gang all fighting for the top spot. 

And, Ben Affleck's "Argo" finally bowed out of the top ten just when the film finally earned $100 million at U.S. theaters. 

Here are this weekend's winners and losers at the box office: 

11. It may have just missed the top ten, but The Weinstein Company's small theater success with "Silver Linings Playbook"  is too big to leave off this week's list. The film earned another $3.3 million this weekend despite showing in 371 theaters. In three weeks, the film has earned $10.8 million.  

10. "The Collection," sequel to 2009's "The Collector" barely beat out Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence with $3.4 million. 

9. "Flight" drops one spot from last week with $4.5 million. Denzel Washington's latest action flick has earned $85 million worldwide in five weeks. 

8. "Red Dawn" dipped more than 50 percent in week two grossing $6.6 million at theaters. FilmDistrict's long-awaited remake has earned $31.3 million.

7. Brad Pitt's mob / hitman film "Killing Them Softly," based on 1974 novel "Cogan's Trade," underperformed with $7 million. The film cost an estimated $15 million to make. Weinstein would have been better off releasing "Silver Linings Playbook" into more theaters this weekend. 

6. Disney's "Wreck-It Ralph" continues its theater dominance bringing in $7 million. The film's opening ahead of Thanksgiving has helped it earn $202.3 million worldwide at the box office in five weeks. 

5. Ang Lee's artistic "Life of Pi" is down nearly 50 percent in its second week with $12 million. The film has earned $108.9 million worldwide in two weeks. 

4. DreamWork's "Rise of the Guardians" earns $13.4 million. It opened to one of the company's lowest premieres since 2006 with $23.7 million, $20 million less than "How to Train Your Dragon." 

3. The top three don't surprise again and will most likely stay the same until "The Hobbit" debuts on the 14th. "Lincoln" grossed $13.5 million in week four bringing in $83.7 million to date. 

2. "Skyfall" came close to beating out the vampire clan with $17 million. The 23rd Bond film has now earned more than $869 million for Sony and MGM

1. Third week's a charm as "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2" drains the box office with $17.4 million. The film's worldwide gross of $702.4 million is inching close to the last film's $712 million gross. 

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The First 'Star Trek' Poster Looks Awfully Familiar

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We won't be able to see the first trailer for "Star Trek Into Darkness" until "The Hobbit" comes out later this month. 

For now, Paramount has unveiled the first poster for next year's film featuring a cut out of the Starfleet Insignia: star trek into darkness

As ominous, dark, and gritty as it looks, we can't help but feel we've seen this before. 

The poster feels like a carbon cut and paste of two of Christopher Nolan's most recent blockbuster status film one sheets: 

The Dark Knight Rises poster 

The chiaroscuro and obvious symbolic nature of the "The Dark Knight Rises" logo is also cut out of a series of buildings. That appears coupled with the direction and stance delivered by Leonardo DiCaprio's character in the "Inception" poster below.

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If you head over to the "Star Trek" site, you can see the outline of the starship enterprise crumbling and burning in the rubble similar to what the "The Dark Knight Rises" initial website did before releasing its trailer.

"Star Trek Into Darkness" comes out May 17, 2013.

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Superman's Handcuffed In The First Poster For Next Year's Reboot

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Earlier today, we got a glimpse at the new "Star Trek" poster, and now we're getting a look at another anticipated summer blockbuster for 2013.

It took longer than expected, but fans finally unlocked the first "Man of Steel" poster attached to the release of "The Dark Knight Rises" on DVD and Blu-ray tomorrow.

As you may know, TDKR director Christopher Nolan worked on the screenplay for Superman's return to the big screen, so we're excited to finally get a peek.

Our only complaint: Is it us, or does it look a little blurry?

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"Man of Steel" comes to theaters June 14, 2013.

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Catch Up On The Movies Of 2012 With This 7-Minute Mashup

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2013 is just around the corner, which means it's time to reflect on what happened in 2012.

This year brought us "Ted," the highest-grossing R-rated original comedy to date, "Skyfall," the highest-grossing Bond film, the end of the "Twilight" phenomenon, and the beginning of "The Hunger Games" series. It's been quite the box office year.

To help us remember all the great movies from the past 12 months, YouTube user SleepySkunk has compiled a mashup of the year's trailers. The almost seven-minute long video includes clips ranging from "21 Jump Street" to Disney's "Brave."

The file isn't embeddable, but you can check it out here.

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The Man Who Brought Us The 'Star Wars' Prequels Just Left Lucasfilm

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First George Lucas bid farewell to his "Star Wars" franchise when he Disney bought Lucasfilm at the end of October, and now another man close to the films is hanging up his Jedi robes. 

Rick McCallum, a longtime producer of the franchise, is leaving Lucasfilm. McCallum had a leading role in developing the three "Star Wars" prequels and brought us the many re-releases of the classics including the upcoming 3D re-releases of the prequels.

Instead, McCallum will focus on his own film projects outside of Lucasfilm.

What this means for the future of the franchise:

  • A clean slate. With little insight from Lucas and the exit of one of the franchises producers, it looks like Disney is really looking to start fresh with their take on "Star Wars."

In a statement with StarWars.com, McCallum even gave his seal of approval to Kathleen Kennedy taking over the future of the films.

"There's no one more suited who is able to bridge the worlds of elite filmmaking within a studio context," McCallum said. "The Star Wars saga will always be taken care of under her leadership."

The 3D releases of episodes II and III will be released September 20 and October 4, 2013, respectively. Episode I came out February 10 of this year.

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Everything You Need To Know About The New Villain In 'The Amazing Spider-Man' Sequel

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The rumors had been swirling since last month, but it's finally official.

Last night, Jamie Foxx confirmed to Entertainment Tonightthat he'll be playing Electro in "The Amazing Spider-Man" sequel.

So who is the villain the Oscar winner is set to play?

There are a few variations on the villain; however, we anticipate the version of Electro in the film will be Maxwell Dillon who appeared in Marvel's The Amazing Spider-Man comic.

With that in mind, here's everything you need to know about Electro:

He wears a green and yellow getup and looks like he wears a giant star on his face.

the amazing spider-man comic #82Dillon is an electrician who becomes a human lightening rod after a freak accident where he's struck by lightning while on the job.

His vendetta against Spidey: He was once hired by J. Jonah Jameson (publisher of the Daily Bugle) to take down Spider-Man. Jameson was considered to appear in the reboot of the film.

Considering J.K. Simmons was eager to reprise his role as Jameson in the new franchise, we could see this as one possible direction for the film. 

However, the bigger nugget is knowing Electro's ultimate role in the Marvel universe.

Electro eventually becomes part of the Sinister Six, a group comprising of a mix of villains from the Spider-Man realm. The bad guys included have ranged from Electro and Doctor Octopus to the Chameleon, Mysterio, Rhino, and Sandman, to even the Lizard and Hobgoblin ... who is none other than Harry Osborn

The Lizard was the prominent villain in the first film, and Director Marc Webb also confirmed Dane DeHaan as Harry Osborn yesterday on Twitter.

We know a Spider-Man / Avengers merger down the line is somewhat difficult to imagine due to Sony's rights to Spidey and Disney's hold on Iron Man and the gang; however, this could be the perfect way to join the two down the line considering the Sinister Six were once taken down by the Marvel team.

The "Amazing Spider-Man 2" won't be on the big screen until 2014.

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The 25 Most Expensive Movies Ever Made

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"The Hobbit" has a lot to live up to when it comes out later this month.

The near $250 million budget of Peter Jackson's prequel to the famed "Lord of the Rings" trilogy will set the precedent for the next two sequels for both MGM and Warner Brothers.

However, it's not just Jackson's films that are breaking the bank.

The price at which it costs to produce some of Hollywood's biggest box office blockbusters – and flops – has risen drastically in the last few years. 

Next year, "Iron Man 3,""Oz the Great and Powerful," and "The Lone Ranger" are among the films with budgets north of $200 million. 

We turned to IMDB to find some of the priciest films to ever produce and then formed our own list after adjusting for inflation.

We've also included the original reported and estimated budgets for comparison. A few franchises make it on the list twice.

[TIE] 25. "2012" (2009): $216 million*

Original estimated budget:$200 million

Worldwide Gross: $769.7 million

*All budget estimates have been adjusted for inflation.



[TIE] 25. "Terminator Salvation" (2009): $216 million

Original estimated budget:$200 million

Worldwide gross: $371.5 million

(All budget estimates have been adjusted for inflation.)



[TIE] 25. "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen" (2009): $216 million

Original estimated budget:$200 million

Worldwide gross:$836.3 million

(All budget estimates have been adjusted for inflation.)



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DreamWorks Could Lose $50 Million On 'Rise of the Guardians'

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"Rise of the Guardians" is projected to lose $50 million for DreamWorks Animation, an executive with knowledge of the movie's projections told TheWrap.

The company's stock hit a 52-week low on Monday, closing the day down 5 percent at $16.27. In early trading Tuesday, the stock was down slightly from Monday's close.

A spokeswoman for DreamWorks Animation declined to comment on the projected loss for "Rise of the Guardians."

The CG-animated film's failure will be another blow to a company that has struggled to find its footing on Wall Street and may expose cracks in film schedules that are overly reliant on animated fare.

Produced for a reported $145 million and featuring the voices of Hugh Jackman and Chris Pine, "Guardians" has underachieved at the box office despite getting strong reviews.

Since opening over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, the film has grossed $48.8 million domestically and another $57 million at the foreign box office, according to Box Office Mojo.

In a note to investors Monday, Stifel Nicolaus analyst Ben Mogil changed his rating on DreamWorks Animation's stock from a "hold" to a "sell," citing what he called a "somewhat weak" international opening for the film. Mogil estimated that the film will lose $50 million even after the company reduces its global publicity and advertising budget to $150 million.

Also read: 'Rise of the Guardians' Review: Magic, but You'd Better Believe in Santa Claus

Mogil also argued that the lackluster box office returns for "Guardians" could spell trouble for DreamWorks Animation's upcoming slate of three CG-animated titles -- "The Croods" (opening March 22, 2013), "Turbo" (July 19, 2013) and "Mr. Peabody & Sherman" (Nov. 1, 2013).

"What we take from this 'Guardians' experience is that where once there was an implied domestic box-office floor on a movie from the company, particularly in the 3D era, of $150 million, that is no longer the case," he wrote. "Also clearly no longer the case is the mantra that the lack of competing animated titles will automatically grant a movie clear box office sailing."

There is, of course, hope that "Guardians" will pick up steam from the upcoming Christmas holidays, taking advantage of a relatively paltry set of offerings for moviegoers with young children.

Aside from the 3D re-release of "Monsters, Inc.," there is little to appeal to families over the coming holiday period. And with a holiday-themed plot that features Santa Claus in a prominent role, the movie may be one of the rare films that has legs beyond its opening weekend.

"I can't see anything they can do to try to really tweak the performance of the film, but I also think it would be a little premature of them to announce a write-off," Marla Backer, an analyst with Research Associates, told TheWrap. "Let's see how it plays over the holidays."

Even a late surge, though, may not be enough to pull the picture out of the red ink.

"Guardians" had a modest decline of 44 percent during its second weekend of release, managing only to rack up $13.4 million domestically.

Moreover, as the weeks tick by and a film sticks around in theaters, the box-office split between exhibitors and studios changes dramatically. During an opening weekend on major releases, studios can receive as much as 90 percent of a film's box office at certain theaters, exhibitors have privately told TheWrap.

That breakdown gradually shifts in the theater owners' favor. In the end, studios typically receive 55 percent of a film's receipts. The means, however, that if "Guardians" bucks the odds and attracts holiday crowds, exhibitors who kept the film in theaters could be the big winners.

"Guardians" is the final film that DreamWorks Animation released through its distribution deal with Paramount Pictures. Paramount will receive 8 percent of receipts as a distribution fee. 

Meanwhile, DreamWorks Animation kicks off a new distribution agreement with 20th Century Fox with "The Croods," an animated film set in the prehistoric era. As part of that deal, Fox will receive the same 8 percent distribution fee but will get a lower fee on digital business than Paramount did.

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Christopher Nolan Was Initially Horrified By The Idea Of Bane In 'The Dark Knight Rises'

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For the last week, we've been going through the special features on "The Dark Knight Rises" Blu-ray combo pack.

Turns out Bane almost wasn't the villain in the third film. 

When story co-writer David S. Goyer shared the idea with Nolan he had to convince the director Bane was the right character from Batman's rogue gallery for the final film.

"I first brought up Bane, I think Chris was initially horrified. And I said, 'Hold on, hold on, hold on. This will be the Nolan version of Bane,'" said Goyer. "He's a creepy, very physical character. Somebody who's been physically distorted. I think Chris liked that."

Instead, Goyer has previously said Warner Bros. considered Leonardo DiCaprio – another "Inception" alumn – as the Riddler.

So, what did Nolan initially have against Bane?

The director wasn't impressed by his comic book rendition. 

"His appearance in the comics is very fanciful and wouldn't work, in my opinion, in our world at all," said Nolan. 

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Instead, Nolan modelled his final version of Bane around a mercenary since as it was important to him that the villain be both a physical force and a militaristic one. 

Check out more items from "The Dark Knight Rises" special features:

Early concept art for what Bane could have looked like >

How Tom Hardy perfected Bane's voice >

All the special features on TDKR Blu-ray disc >

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