Underwhelmed by the Empire Magazine 'Dark Knight Rises' covers featuring Bane and Batman? Fear not! The magazine also has an exclusive interview with Christopher Nolan, where the notoriously spoiler-conscious director reveals a bit of plot information that is sure to pique the interest of fanboys near and far. Spoilers ahead!

"It's really all about finishing Batman and Bruce Wayne's story," Nolan told Empire. "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."

That's right, y'all: Future Batman! The time jump -- beyond being cool -- will also likely help the narrative structure. After all, 'The Dark Knight' ended with Batman on the run and The Joker captured. By starting nearly a decade after, many difficult to untangle knots -- like immediately dealing with the real-life death of Heath Ledger and the absence of The Joker -- will be mostly inconsequential to the story.

[via Empire]

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