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Actor Christian Bale and wife Sandra Bale attend European premiere of "The Dark Knight Rises" at Odeon Leicester Square on July 18, 2012 in London, England.

Actor Christian Bale and wife Sandra Bale attend European premiere of "The Dark Knight Rises" at Odeon Leicester Square on July 18, 2012 in London, England.

Ian Gavan

Peaches Geldof at the premiere of the new Batman film, The Dark Knight Rises at the Odeon Leicester Square, London.

Peaches Geldof at the premiere of the new Batman film, The Dark Knight Rises at the Odeon Leicester Square, London.

Lewis Whyld

Kimberley Garner at the premiere of the new Batman film, The Dark Knight Rises at the Odeon Leicester Square, London.

Kimberley Garner at the premiere of the new Batman film, The Dark Knight Rises at the Odeon Leicester Square, London.

Lewis Whyld

Tom Hardy, Anne Hathaway and Christian Bale arrive at the premiere of the new Batman film, The Dark Knight Rises at the Odeon Leicester Square, London.

Tom Hardy, Anne Hathaway and Christian Bale arrive at the premiere of the new Batman film, The Dark Knight Rises at the Odeon Leicester Square, London.

Lewis Whyld

Annabelle Wallis  attends European premiere of "The Dark Knight Rises" at Odeon Leicester Square on July 18, 2012 in London, England.

Annabelle Wallis attends European premiere of "The Dark Knight Rises" at Odeon Leicester Square on July 18, 2012 in London, England.

Ian Gavan

Andy Sandberg attends European premiere of "The Dark Knight Rises" at Odeon Leicester Square on July 18, 2012 in London, England.

Andy Sandberg attends European premiere of "The Dark Knight Rises" at Odeon Leicester Square on July 18, 2012 in London, England.

Ian Gavan

Corporal Johnson Beharry (R)  attends European premiere of "The Dark Knight Rises" at Odeon Leicester Square on July 18, 2012 in London, England.

Corporal Johnson Beharry (R) attends European premiere of "The Dark Knight Rises" at Odeon Leicester Square on July 18, 2012 in London, England.

Ian Gavan

John Torode  attends European premiere of "The Dark Knight Rises" at Odeon Leicester Square on July 18, 2012 in London, England.

John Torode attends European premiere of "The Dark Knight Rises" at Odeon Leicester Square on July 18, 2012 in London, England.

Ian Gavan

Rose Leslie (L) attends European premiere of "The Dark Knight Rises" at Odeon Leicester Square on July 18, 2012 in London, England,

Rose Leslie (L) attends European premiere of "The Dark Knight Rises" at Odeon Leicester Square on July 18, 2012 in London, England,

Ian Gavan

Rose Leslie (L) attends European premiere of "The Dark Knight Rises" at Odeon Leicester Square on July 18, 2012 in London, England.

Rose Leslie (L) attends European premiere of "The Dark Knight Rises" at Odeon Leicester Square on July 18, 2012 in London, England.

Ian Gavan

James Diags and Tom Pearce attend the European premiere of "The Dark Knight Rises" at Odeon Leicester Square on July 18, 2012 in London, England.

James Diags and Tom Pearce attend the European premiere of "The Dark Knight Rises" at Odeon Leicester Square on July 18, 2012 in London, England.

Ian Gavan

Mark Wright (L) attends European premiere of "The Dark Knight Rises" at Odeon Leicester Square on July 18, 2012 in London, England.

Mark Wright (L) attends European premiere of "The Dark Knight Rises" at Odeon Leicester Square on July 18, 2012 in London, England.

Ian Gavan

Tamara Ecclestone attends the European premiere of "The Dark Knight Rises" at Odeon Leicester Square on July 18, 2012 in London, England.

Tamara Ecclestone attends the European premiere of "The Dark Knight Rises" at Odeon Leicester Square on July 18, 2012 in London, England.

Ian Gavan

Pixie Lott attends European premiere of "The Dark Knight Rises" at Odeon Leicester Square on July 18, 2012 in London, England.

Pixie Lott attends European premiere of "The Dark Knight Rises" at Odeon Leicester Square on July 18, 2012 in London, England.

Ian Gavan

Oritse Williams attends European premiere of "The Dark Knight Rises" at Odeon Leicester Square on July 18, 2012 in London, England.

Oritse Williams attends European premiere of "The Dark Knight Rises" at Odeon Leicester Square on July 18, 2012 in London, England.

Ian Gavan

Actress Anne Hathaway attends the European premiere of "The Dark Knight Rises" at Odeon Leicester Square on July 18, 2012 in London, England.

Actress Anne Hathaway attends the European premiere of "The Dark Knight Rises" at Odeon Leicester Square on July 18, 2012 in London, England.

Ian Gavan

JB Gill attends European premiere of "The Dark Knight Rises" at Odeon Leicester Square on July 18, 2012 in London, England.

JB Gill attends European premiere of "The Dark Knight Rises" at Odeon Leicester Square on July 18, 2012 in London, England.

Ian Gavan

Leah Weller and Natt Weller attend the European premiere of "The Dark Knight Rises" at Odeon Leicester Square on July 18, 2012 in London, England.

Leah Weller and Natt Weller attend the European premiere of "The Dark Knight Rises" at Odeon Leicester Square on July 18, 2012 in London, England.

Ian Gavan

Peaches Geldof and  Thomas Cohen attend the European premiere of "The Dark Knight Rises" at Odeon Leicester Square on July 18, 2012 in London, England.

Peaches Geldof and Thomas Cohen attend the European premiere of "The Dark Knight Rises" at Odeon Leicester Square on July 18, 2012 in London, England.

Ian Gavan

LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 18:  Dionne Bromfield attends European premiere of "The Dark Knight Rises" at Odeon Leicester Square on July 18, 2012 in London, England.

LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 18: Dionne Bromfield attends European premiere of "The Dark Knight Rises" at Odeon Leicester Square on July 18, 2012 in London, England.

Ian Gavan

Actor Christian Bale and wife Sandra Bale attend European premiere of "The Dark Knight Rises" at Odeon Leicester Square on July 18, 2012 in London, England.

Actor Christian Bale and wife Sandra Bale attend European premiere of "The Dark Knight Rises" at Odeon Leicester Square on July 18, 2012 in London, England.

Ian Gavan

Actress Marion Cotillard  attends European premiere of "The Dark Knight Rises" at Odeon Leicester Square on July 18, 2012 in London, England.

Actress Marion Cotillard attends European premiere of "The Dark Knight Rises" at Odeon Leicester Square on July 18, 2012 in London, England.

Ian Gavan

Actor Blake Harrison (R)  attends European premiere of "The Dark Knight Rises" at Odeon Leicester Square on July 18, 2012 in London, England.

Actor Blake Harrison (R) attends European premiere of "The Dark Knight Rises" at Odeon Leicester Square on July 18, 2012 in London, England.

Ian Gavan

Actor Cillian Murphy attends European premiere of "The Dark Knight Rises" at Odeon Leicester Square on July 18, 2012 in London, England.

Actor Cillian Murphy attends European premiere of "The Dark Knight Rises" at Odeon Leicester Square on July 18, 2012 in London, England.

Ian Gavan

Actress Dakota Blue Richards attends European premiere of "The Dark Knight Rises" at Odeon Leicester Square on July 18, 2012 in London, England.

Actress Dakota Blue Richards attends European premiere of "The Dark Knight Rises" at Odeon Leicester Square on July 18, 2012 in London, England.

Ian Gavan

From left, actors Tom Hardy, Marion Cotillard, Gary Oldman, Anne Hathaway, Christian Bale, Morgan Freeman, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and director Christopher Nolan pose together at the world premiere of "The Dark Knight Rises" on Monday July 16, 2012, in New York.

From left, actors Tom Hardy, Marion Cotillard, Gary Oldman, Anne Hathaway, Christian Bale, Morgan Freeman, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and director Christopher Nolan pose together at the world premiere of "The Dark Knight Rises" on Monday July 16, 2012, in New York.

Evan Agostini

Actor Gary Oldman and wife Alexandra Edenborough arrive to the world premiere of "The Dark Knight Rises" on Monday July 16, 2012, in New York.

Actor Gary Oldman and wife Alexandra Edenborough arrive to the world premiere of "The Dark Knight Rises" on Monday July 16, 2012, in New York.

Evan Agostini

From left, actors Marion Cotillard, Gary Oldman, Anne Hathaway, Christian Bale, and Morgan Freeman pose together at the world premiere of "The Dark Knight Rises" on Monday July 16, 2012, in New York.

From left, actors Marion Cotillard, Gary Oldman, Anne Hathaway, Christian Bale, and Morgan Freeman pose together at the world premiere of "The Dark Knight Rises" on Monday July 16, 2012, in New York.

Evan Agostini

Tom Hardy and Sarah Ward attend "The Dark Knight Rises" premiere at AMC Lincoln Square Theater on July 16, 2012 in New York City.

Tom Hardy and Sarah Ward attend "The Dark Knight Rises" premiere at AMC Lincoln Square Theater on July 16, 2012 in New York City.

Larry Busacca

Russell Simmons and Miss Universe Leila Lopes  attend "The Dark Knight Rises" premiere at AMC Lincoln Square Theater on July 16, 2012 in New York City.

Russell Simmons and Miss Universe Leila Lopes attend "The Dark Knight Rises" premiere at AMC Lincoln Square Theater on July 16, 2012 in New York City.

Larry Busacca

Actress Michelle Trachtenberg attends "The Dark Knight Rises" premiere at AMC Lincoln Square Theater on July 16, 2012 in New York City.

Actress Michelle Trachtenberg attends "The Dark Knight Rises" premiere at AMC Lincoln Square Theater on July 16, 2012 in New York City.

Larry Busacca

Alexandra Edenborough and Gary Oldman attend "The Dark Knight Rises" premiere at AMC Lincoln Square Theater on July 16, 2012 in New York City.

Alexandra Edenborough and Gary Oldman attend "The Dark Knight Rises" premiere at AMC Lincoln Square Theater on July 16, 2012 in New York City.

Larry Busacca

Singer Chris Daughtry attends "The Dark Knight Rises" premiere at AMC Lincoln Square Theater on July 16, 2012 in New York City.

Singer Chris Daughtry attends "The Dark Knight Rises" premiere at AMC Lincoln Square Theater on July 16, 2012 in New York City.

Larry Busacca

Actor Dennis Haysbert attends "The Dark Knight Rises" premiere at AMC Lincoln Square Theater on July 16, 2012 in New York City.

Actor Dennis Haysbert attends "The Dark Knight Rises" premiere at AMC Lincoln Square Theater on July 16, 2012 in New York City.

Larry Busacca

(L-R) Hines Ward and Jaden Ward attend "The Dark Knight Rises" premiere at AMC Lincoln Square Theater on July 16, 2012 in New York City.

(L-R) Hines Ward and Jaden Ward attend "The Dark Knight Rises" premiere at AMC Lincoln Square Theater on July 16, 2012 in New York City.

Larry Busacca

Actress Marion Cotillard attends "The Dark Knight Rises" New York Premiere at AMC Lincoln Square Theater on July 16, 2012 in New York City.

Actress Marion Cotillard attends "The Dark Knight Rises" New York Premiere at AMC Lincoln Square Theater on July 16, 2012 in New York City.

Larry Busacca

Actress Anne Hathaway attends "The Dark Knight Rises" premiere at AMC Lincoln Square Theater on July 16, 2012 in New York City.

Actress Anne Hathaway attends "The Dark Knight Rises" premiere at AMC Lincoln Square Theater on July 16, 2012 in New York City.

Larry Busacca

Actor Christian Bale and Sibi Blazic attend "The Dark Knight Rises" premiere at AMC Lincoln Square Theater on July 16, 2012 in New York City.

Actor Christian Bale and Sibi Blazic attend "The Dark Knight Rises" premiere at AMC Lincoln Square Theater on July 16, 2012 in New York City.

Larry Busacca

Actor Will Estes attends "The Dark Knight Rises" premiere at AMC Lincoln Square Theater on July 16, 2012 in New York City.  (

Actor Will Estes attends "The Dark Knight Rises" premiere at AMC Lincoln Square Theater on July 16, 2012 in New York City. (

Larry Busacca

Anne Hathaway

Anne Hathaway

Ian West

Anne Hathaway

Anne Hathaway

Matt Sayles

Anne Hathaway

Anne Hathaway

Christopher Nolan directed the movie The Dark Knight Rises (AP/Starpix, Dave Allocca)

Christopher Nolan directed the movie The Dark Knight Rises (AP/Starpix, Dave Allocca)

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Actor Christian Bale and wife Sandra Bale attend European premiere of "The Dark Knight Rises" at Odeon Leicester Square on July 18, 2012 in London, England.

Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight (2008) gave us Batman as a black-ops vigilante engaged in counter-terror torture, extraordinary rendition and the infringement of civil liberties for the greater good. Nolan insisted it had nothing to do with 9/11.

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