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Tom Hardy wears mask for his role as villaBane.

Tom Hardy wears a mask for his role as the villain Bane.

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Updated: August 16, 2012 6:08AM

Feeling a bit confused when it comes to Bat-fact vs. Bat-fiction? We asked the filmmakers and stars of “The Dark Knight Rises” for a few Bat-answers.

Did director Christopher Nolan and his brother, screenwriter Jonathan Nolan, model the Occupy Gotham theme on Occupy Wall Street?

Jonathan Nolan says: “The story was developed in 2008 before the Occupy Wall Street movement. All of these films have threatened to turn Gotham inside out and allow it to collapse. I knew we had to go there.” He adds: “It’s about a civilization completely fallen to pieces. It’s hard to imagine things could go that badly wrong.”

How did villain Tom Hardy deal with having a mask over his face for the entire film?

“When I gave him the role,” Christopher Nolan recalls, “I said, ‘Tom, there is good news and bad news. The good news is I have a terrific part for you. The bad news is your face is completely covered. You will have to convey everything with your eyes and your voice.’ ” He adds: “His eyes have this extremely threatening stillness to them. His voice is very expressive and different. I have never seen anything like it.”

Much of the film was shot in New York. Will it be too tough to see parts of the city blown up by a terrorist?

“It isn’t a real city. It’s Gotham,” Christopher Nolan says. “In every shot in the film, the city changes in some way. For me, it feels important to make films that are escapism, but move us in a real way.”

“Batman Begins” and “The Dark Knight” were shot in Chicago, but not this one. Didn’t anyone miss us?

Gary Oldman, who plays Commissioner Gordon, says: “I loved filming in Chicago. I know people in Chicago are very proud that their city has been Gotham, as are the people in Pittsburgh and New York now. It’s a very communal feeling.”

Is it really the last Dark Knight film teaming Nolan with Bale and the rest of the cast?

This Batcave is closed. Christopher Nolan says: “I told the studio it would be a trilogy. Of course, I know they want to do this forever. My attraction in coming back for the third time was finishing our story. We told one big story with three major parts to it, and we’re done.”

Cindy Pearlman

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