Batman of Shanghai Short Film!
The tie-in book The Dark Knight Rises: The Secret Files Scrapbook has descriptions of the movie’s two main new characters. First up is Bane:
Little is known about Bane. He was born in prison and trained in the darkest forms of deception by the League of Shadows, but rumor has it he was cast out due to his extreme behavior. Bane is a ferocious hand-to-hand fighter who is willing to do anything in order to take down his opponents. Bane is in peak physical shape, but he must wear a breathing apparatus that feeds him with pain relieving gas due to an old injury. He’s never been photographed without his mask and only a handful of people have seen his face. While his true motives remain a mystery, he appears to be building an army of followers in the dark tunnels underneath Gotham in order to create his own League of Shadows.
Next up is Catwoman, or as the book prefers to refer to her as, Selina Kyle:
Selina Kyle is a world-class cat burglar and mistress of disguise. She’s cunning and devious, but has a deep sense of honor. As Catwoman, she targets Gotham’s wealthiest. Her weapons usually include infrared goggles, bladed high-heel boots, and a belt filled with lock picks.
Christopher Nolan encapsulates the movie’s two main additions, the villainous Bane and the more ambiguous Catwoman:
"[Bane] represents formidable physical strength, combined with absolute evil of intention. [Catwoman] has a very strong way of protecting herself and those she cares about, which implies an underlying darkness."
Tom Hardy says audiences will be able to understand Bane, even if it takes them a bit of time to get used to his distinctive voice:
. “It’s a risk, because we could be laughed at - or it could be very fresh and exciting. The audience mustn’t be too concerned about the mumbly voice,” says Hardy. “As the film progresses, I think you’ll be able to tune to its setting.”