Batman and Bane Grace the New DARK KNIGHT RISES Empire Covers; What is Batman Holding?

     November 19, 2011

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Empire has revealed the new Dark Knight Rises covers for their upcoming November 24 issue, and holy glowing gadget, Batman, what are you wielding?  What does it do?  Which new villain is it designed to stun—Bane (Tom Hardy) or Catwoman (Anne Hathaway)?  Is it badass or kinda clunky (I can’t decide)?

In the cover that doesn’t feature Christian Bale with futuristic weaponry, Hardy dons the Bane mask that you’ve seen here, here, and in set photos/videosMarion Cotillard, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Gary Oldman, Morgan Freeman, and Michael Caine also star in the Christopher Nolan-directed sequel.  The Dark Knight Rises opens on July 20, 2012, with a 6-minute preview attached to the December 16 IMAX release of Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol.  See the magazine covers after the jump.

There are major holes in my knowledge of the Batman mythology, and a cursory google search turned up nothing. If this is something I ought to know about, please inform me in the comments.  Via Empire:

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