First off, the cover gives a good, detailed view of what Batman’s costume looks like. EW also talked with with franchise star Christian Bale, who admitted to feeling the pressure for this movie to live up to Batman Begins and The Dark Knight.
“I can tell you the truth because I’m done with it: I felt immense pressure,” he said. “And I think it’s a good pressure, because you owe it to the films — and the people’s expectations — to make great work.”
In the issue, director Christopher Nolan also addresses whether audiences will be able to understand Tom Hardy’s muffled Bane in the final cut: “I think when people see the film, things will come into focus. Bane is very complex and very interesting and when people see the finished film people will be very entertained by him.”
The Dark Knight Rises, which opens July 20, also stars Anne Hathaway as Selina Kyle, Marion Cotillard as Miranda Tale, Joseph Gordon-Levitt as John Blake, Michael Caine as Alfred, Gary Oldman as Commissioner Gordon and Morgan Freeman as Lucius Fox.
UPDATE: Courtesy of Comic Book Movie, we’ve added two scans from the EW issue.