New images of Bane and Batman as they appear in The Dark Knight Rises have been revealed as covers of the upcoming issue of Empire magazine.  Images from the set have been appearing over recent months (see, for example, “Catwoman Costume Revealed,” with more photo links in that article), but this is the first close-up look at Bane, and a close look at a portion of Batman.  The film will be released on July 20, 2012.