Super Secret Awesomeness
We have a serious soft spot for super hero movies, so when we were asked to work on the third installment of Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy — The Dark Knight Rises — we jumped at the chance. Every member of the Dark Knight team was sworn to secrecy, which was particularly hard for us because we were dying to share our work on the movie’s props and costumes with the world — or even just with close friends. From the iconic Bane mask to Batman’s cool vehicles, we designed and modeled several signature items that helped set the visual tone of the film.
The Villain’s Gear
As part of costume designer Lindy Hemming's team, we first tackled all the villain Bane’s costume gear, including his infamous mask. Once the concept and design was approved, we got to work engineering the mask — keeping all the aesthetic and physical requirements in mind. The biggest requirement was the sound quality: Nolan wanted natural interaction between all the actors, so Tom Hardy (Bane) had to deliver all his lines through the mask.