The day has finally come. Christopher Nolan’s final chapter in his Batman saga–The Dark Knight Rises–is out now. Brush up on the action that unfolded in the previous films and get hyped for what’s to come by watching this extended trilogy trailer. It includes scenes from all three Nolan Batman movies and will get you up to speed before you head out to a theatre near you.
I just came out of the midnight show, and so I will leave you with this short and sweet and spoiler-free summation. The Dark Knight Rises is an undeniably satisfying conclusion to an epic trilogy.
In just over a week the epic conclusion to Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy hits theatres. To catch up on Bruce Wayne’s story thus far and get a glimpse into where the upcoming movie will take the character, watch this 13-minute featurette featuring a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the film and plot and character insight from the stars, producers, and special department heads. You’ll hear from director Chris Nolan, stars Christian Bale, Tom Hardy, Anne Hathaway, Gary Oldman, Michael Cane, Morgan Freeman, Marion Cotillard, producers, Emma Thomas, Jordan Goldberg, Kevin De La Noy, screenwriter Jonathan Nolan, production designer Nathan Crowley, special effects supervisor Chris Corbould, director of photography Wally Pfister, stunt coordinator Tom Struthers, and visual effects supervisor Paul Franklin.
“What we’re constructing here is a very, very elemental conflict between good and evil,” Nolan says of his final venture into the world of Gotham City. “Every great story deserves a great ending, and we’re really trying to be true to that.”
All in all this flashy clip doesn’t include any major spoilers, so it’s safe to watch before seeing the movie. Unless of course you want to go into this thing having watched none of the previously released trailers and casting scoops.
Other things you can do to help carry the time: the official movie website has been updated with a new synopsis and additional cast and crew information; and you can stream the entire 15-track soundtrack from trilogy composer Hans Zimmer at Empire. Also, after the break you’ll find a brief recorded interview with Nolan courtesy of Nightline and a very funny parody clip from Above Average featuring Batman, Bane, and 60′s Robin.
The Dark Knight Rises hits theatres July 20. (Click here for more…)
The epic conclusion to Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy is less than a month away. What better way to spend these days leading up to arguably the most anticipated date of the summer than by gazing at a collection of dark, seductive posters that scream “RISE” and “THE LEGEND ENDS.” The image above is very reminiscent of the orignal TDKR poster that released last July; only this time fire has risen. In the gallery below you’ll find additional posters that highlight the three main contenders: Batman (Christian Bale), Bane (Tom Hardy), and Catwoman (Anne Hathaway). Will Catwoman aka Selina Kyle play a roll in the imminent downfall of the Bat? One of these posters is tipping the scale that way. See for yourself…
The Dark Knight Rises releases July 20.
If the epic conclusion to Christopher Nolan’s Batman franchise isn’t the most anticipated movie on your list (after The Avengers, of course), then you have brain damage and I urge you to visit a physician.
Here is the third and final theatrical trailer for The Dark Knight Rises. Though it mostly moves slowly through the beginning and middle, it manages to pack in tons of never-before-scene footage including multiple full body shots of Anne Hathaway’s Catwoman, even more of Tom Hardy’s villainous Bane (you can actually understand him here!), and glimpses of Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Marion Cotillard’s characters. And how bad-ass is that flying Tumbler? I mean COME ON!
Christian Bale returns as the Caped Crusader once more this July 20. You can catch this trailer on the big screen starting this Friday when it plays in front of Marvel’s The Avengers.
Though the summer 2012 release of The Dark Knight Rises seems like it’s ages away, director Christopher Nolan wants to satiate eager fans now by releasing a 6-minute prologue into theatres later this month. The prologue, which will introduce Batman’s latest villain Bane (played by Tom Hardy) to moviegoers, will play in front of select IMAX screenings of Mission: Impossible — Ghost Protocol starting Friday December 16. Remember when Warner Bros. showed off the opening bank heist sequence from The Dark Knight in front of the Will Smith-starrer I Am Legend back in 2008? The studio is doing it again with Nolan’s final Batman movie in the Christian Bale-starring trilogy. This is being done for two reasons: one, it’s a great way to publicize the upcoming movie and get people talking about it; and two, the thrill and immersion of the early IMAX experience will make audiences opt for the pricier ticket when the film releases in full next year.
In an interview with EW, Nolan talked about how much his next film was actually shot in 70mm for IMAX. “We shot about twice what we did last time [on The Dark Knight], at least. Last time we were about 25 minutes [in IMAX]. Obviously, I haven’t cut [the rest of The Dark Knight Rises] yet, so I don’t know the exact running time, but I think we’ll be in the 45 to 50 minute range. Basically all the actions sequences, and some of the more large-scale other bits of the film that aren’t necessarily action. We even shot some dialogue scenes and some quite intimate dramatic scenes, which we haven’t done before. And so some of that will make its way into the film.”
I will reiterate that the prologue will only play in front of Mission: Impossible in select IMAX theatres. Look after the break for a listing of the theatres (provided by Deadline) and confirm with theatres that they’re playing it before making a purchase.
Bonus! Check out the brand spankin’ new poster for The Dark Knight Rises above. It features the villainous Bane who seems to have “broken the Bat” just like he does in the comics. The tagline “The Legend Ends” serves as an antithesis to the movie’s title The Dark Knight Rises and so it breathes an air of mystery. Will Batman survive Nolan’s threequel? We shall find out on July 20, 2012. (Download the full-size poster here.) (Click here for more…)
In an interview with UK’s Empire magazine, director Christopher Nolan shared his vision for the latest Batman villain Bane and actor Tom Hardy expressed what it is like to play the “brutal” character. Here are the juiciest excerpts:
On Bane: “With Bane, we are looking to give Batman a physical challenge that he hasn’t had before,” says the film’s director, Christopher Nolan. “With our choice of villain and with our choice of story we’re testing Batman both physically as well as mentally. Also, in terms of finishing our story and increasing its scope, we were trying to craft an epic, so the physicality of the film became very important. Bane’s a very different kind of villain than Batman has faced before in our films. He’s a great sort of movie monster, but with an incredible brain, and that was a side of him that hadn’t been tapped before. Because the stories from the comics are very epic and very evocative — very much in the way that Bruce Wayne’s origin story is epic and evocative. We were looking to really parallel that with our choice of villain. So he is a worthy adversary. What Bane represents in the comics is the ultimate physical villain.”
About casting Tom Hardy in the role: “He has this incredible disjunct between the expressiveness of the voice and the stillness of the movement of his body. He’s found a way to play a character who is enormous and powerful with a sort of calm to it, but also is able to be incredibly fast at times. Unpredictable. He just has a raw threat to him that’s extraordinary. It’s a very powerful thing when you see it come together, beyond what I had ever imagined. That’s what you get from working with great actors.”
On Bane: “He’s brutal, brutal. He’s expedient delivery of brutality. And you know, he’s a big dude. He’s a big dude who’s incredibly clinical, in the fact that he has a result-based and orientated fighting style. The result is clear. “Do you know what I mean? It’s: f**k off and die. Quicker. Quicker. Everything is thought out way before. He’s hit you, he’s already hit somebody else. It’s not about fighting. It’s just about carnage with Bane. He’s a smashing machine. He’s a wrecking ball. The style is heavy-handed, heavy-footed, it’s nasty. Anything from small joint manipulation to crushing skulls, crushing rib cages, stamping on shins and knees and necks and collarbones and snapping heads off and tearing his fists through chests, ripping out spinal columns. It’s anything he can get away with. He is a terrorist in his mentality as well as brutal action. So he’s horrible. A really horrible piece of work.”
About filming the fight scenes: “It’s very overwhelming. When you’re training in a rehearsal room you go, ‘Okay, I have a contact with seven people. This guy I chin, this one I slip and I punch, this one I pick up and suplex, this guy I kick in the face, and this one, he stops a hammer with his head. And then I meet Batman.’ That’s all alright in a rehearsal room, but then you add 1,000 people that are all dressed the same as the seven you’re supposed to hit — ’cause they’re all police officers — and I don’t know where my police officers are. But the stuntmaster’s like, ‘Don’t worry. They will find you.’”
About Christian Bale’s Batman: “He looks really intimidating! There’s a three-year-old in me that’s going, ‘Oh my God that’s Batman! That’s Batman and he’s going to hit me! But I love Batman!’ Then I look in the mirror. And I hit him back. Twice as hard.”
The Dark Knight Rises hits theatres July 20, 2012.
Here’s your first look at Anne Hathaway as Selina Kyle in The Dark Knight Rises. It serves as the second official sneak peek into the third and final act of Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy; in the first Tom Hardy was transformed into the muscular Bane. Selina is obviously super sexy with her red lipstick, and she’s also amped for action on the Batpod and sporting futuristic-looking goggles with shining blue LED lights.
What’s most interesting to note, however, is not what you see in this picture but rather the title of it. At the official Dark Knight Rises website, the image is stored as “selina_kyle.jpg.” For those of you who follow the DC comic, Selina becomes the villainous Catwoman. Since the script is being kept under heavy wraps, no one knows how the story of Catwoman will be told in the film. However, one can make an educated guess based on the evidence provided thus far. Since the image here is labeled Selina Kyle, Hathaway will likely be introduced at this earlier stage in her life and over the course of the movie we will follow the events that lead to her becoming The Cat. Much like what Nolan did in The Dark Knight for the character Two-Face; in that movie we witnessed everything that led up to Harvey Dent’s decent to criminality.
Anyway this is all speculation. For now, eye the first look above, and then head over to the official movie site to download a larger, high-res version.
The Dark Knight Rises July 20, 2012.
Ahh yes. From the man behind Inception comes this poster for the third and final movie in Christopher Nolan’s imaging of the Batman universe, The Dark Knight Rises. Download the full-res image at the official website. Rumor has it that the first theatrical teaser trailer will play in front of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 this Friday, so stay tuned!
Update: Warner Bros. has uploaded the teaser trailer to the movie’s official Facebook page. Click the link to watch it in HD.
Update 2: Now it’s embedded below. You’re welcome.
The third and final chapter in Christopher Nolan’s Batman franchise is set to bow in July 2012, and today we have our first look at the villainous Bane. Actor Tom Hardy certainly beefed up for the role–just look at those protruding back muscles! Add that muzzle contraption into the mix and we’ve got ourselves one formidable baddie to face off against the Dark Knight. Interestingly Warner Bros. released this image as part of a grander viral campaign for the film. If you direct your browser to the movie’s official site you’ll hear a brief sound byte; the chant was analyzed and found to contain the phrase “The Fire Rises.” Those that tweeted out the hashtag #TheFireRises contributed their Twitter profile picture to a user-generated mosaic that makes up the Bane image. Eventually the image was uploaded to Facebook and then everywhere else. The studio created the Twitter handle @thefirerises, so if you’re hotly anticipating the film I’d advise you to follow that for more updates surrounding the viral campaign. Don’t be surprised if a similar game is played to reveal another character, next time perhaps one Selina Kyle?
The Dark Knight Rises hits theatres July 20, 2012.
We’re finally starting to get idea about what Christopher Nolan’s third and final Batman film will be about, now that we know Catwoman and Bane are involved. Anne Hathaway (Love and Other Drugs) has been cast as Selina Kyle (aka Catwoman). Cue statement from Nolan: “I am thrilled to have the opportunity to work with Anne Hathaway, who will be a fantastic addition to our ensemble as we complete our story.” Tom Hardy (Inception) is Bane, or as he’s better known as “the man who broke the Bat”; in the comics Bane is an abnormally strong villain who literally breaks Batman’s back and learns Batman’s secret identity. Another statement from the director: “I am delighted to be working with Tom again and excited to watch him bring to life our new interpretation of one of Batman’s most formidable enemies.”
Movie buff? The last time Catwoman and Bane made it to the big screen was in 1996′s Batman Returns (Michelle Pfeiffer) and 1997′s Batman and Robin (Robert Swenson). I’m trying real hard to forget that 2004′s Catwoman (Halle Berry) was ever made.
Christian Bale, Hathaway, and Hardy are locked in; can’t wait to see who gets called in next. The Dark Knight Rises opens July 20, 2012.
The Dark Knight Rises. Got a nice ring to it, yeah? In an interview with the LA Times, director Christopher Nolan revealed the film’s title and also checked off a potential (and oft-rumored) villain. “It won’t be the Riddler,” he said. So let the speculation continue! In addition, Nolan was happy to report that Warner Bros. is on board with his anti-3D proposal to release the next Batman using HD and IMAX cameras only. The followup to The Dark Knight is expected to hit theatres in 2012.
Feast your eyes on this. Using a Canon EOS 7D, fireworks sparklers, and long exposure time, photographers Mina Mikhael and Matthew Barhoma managed to capture this spectacular image. Explore the metadata in the Flickr source link below.
According to “unverified sources” the next Batman flick is well underway, with a David S. Goyer/Jonah Nolan first draft script already penned. Sources add the the plot will introduce Arkham Asylum and the prominent villain will be…THE RIDDLER! Also mentioned is that other classic Batman villains will make cameos and they include The Penguin and Mr. Freeze (as Dr. Fries). And if that’s not enough for you, sources also say that Barbara Gordon (daughter of Commissioner Gordon) will have a bigger role in the film and Dick Grayson will make an appearence, though likely not as Robin. Oh, and one more thing. The Superman universe may get mentioned in the film with nods to Lex Luther and Metropolis. Director Chistopher Nolan was recently hired by Warner Bros. to helm the Superman reboot franchise; an exciting connection as such makes sense. With all these juicy Batman rumors flying around the ’Net I can’t wait to see the trailer!
You get a BatLimo, of course. The Batmobile turned limousine is inspired by the Batmobile featured in the 1989 and 1992 Batman films. Don’t think you’ll ever catch me riding in one of these, but still! Check out the BatLimo in all its glory in the gallery below.
Dr. Horrible star (and everyone’s favorite kid doctor) Neil Patrick Harris lends his musical talents to one of the latest episodes of Cartoon Network’s Batman: The Brave and the Bold. In it he stars as the main villain–the Music Meister. True, a musical Batman is just wrong and doesn’t make much sense. Also true, NPH’s musical ability is so good that you should just sit back and enjoy this short clip.
Today The Sun is reporting that Megan Fox will fit into the tight suit and play the role of Catwoman in the next installation of Batman. Her “slightly darker edge” should fit the role just fine. Also according to this source, “All the other stars who have reinvented the Batman films are back on board – Christian Bale, Michael Caine and director Chirstopher Nolan.” Shooting begins next year and a release date will come soon after in 2011. So looking forward to this.
[Via The Sun]