Empire Magazine held a contest where they let the readers decide the cover of the next issue, which will feature Christopher Nolan and official images from The Dark Knight Rises.
As we see from the reveals below, Bane was the victor!
Regarding the two covers, while I did vote for Batman -- as I wasn't sure what he was holding, I can now say the Bane cover looks the better!
The Dark Knight Rises hits theaters July 20th, 2012 and is directed by Christopher Nolan starring Christian Bale as Batman, Tom Hardy as Bane, Anne Hathaway as Selina Kyle/Catwoman, Gary Oldman as Commissioner Gordon, Morgan Freeman as Lucius Fox, Michael Cain as Alfred, Juno Temple and Josh Pence as a young Ra's al Ghul.
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