Nolan drops some major spoilers about just when The Dark Knight Rises takes placeS

Christopher Nolan just let loose a ton of new Dark Knight Rises updates that reveal when this movie is taking place, and how it's fitting into the already established world of Gotham. In other words, what old faces are coming back?

Spoilers ahead...

Empire Magazine has a big spread on Dark Knight Rises with lots of quotes from the movie's director. So where and when do we find Bruce Wayne? According to Nolan:

"It's really all about finishing Batman and Bruce Wayne's story. We left him in a very precarious place. Perhaps surprisingly for some people, our story picks up quite a bit later, eight years after The Dark Knight. So he's an older Bruce Wayne; he's not in a great state."

Nolan drops some major spoilers about just when The Dark Knight Rises takes placeS

But what about the prologue that audiences are going to get a tease of at the Mission Impossible premiere? Apparently it's still the first 6 minutes of the film, it's an introduction to Bane.

Nolan drops some major spoilers about just when The Dark Knight Rises takes placeS

Also in the magazine this totally amazing image of Bane holding up a picture of Harvey Dent. So what about Bane, who is this new villain? Nolan explains:

"He's brutal. Brutal. He's a big dude who's incredibly clinical, in the fact that he has a result-based and oriented fighting style. It's not about fighting. It's about carnage. The style is heavy-handed, heavy-footed, it's nasty. Anything from small-joint manipulation to crushing skulls, crushing rib cages, stamping on shins and knees and necks and collarbones and snapping heads off and tearing his fists through chests, ripping out spinal columns. He is a terrorist in mentality as well as brutal action.... He was injured early in his story. He's suffering from pain and he needs gas to survive. He cannot survive the pain without the mask. The pipes from the mask go back along his jaw line and feed into the thing at the back where there are two canisters of what ever it is…the anesthetic."

The Dark Knight Rises hits theateres on July 20, 2012. Via Collider and Slashfilm.

[Photoshop posters from DailyBlam and FilmTotal via ScreenRant]