On the rare occasions when blockbuster demi-god Christopher Nolan emerges from his bleak dream-cave to unveil non-revelatory revelations about next year’s The Dark Knight Rises, the director has worked overtime to explain that Rises will be a genuine conclusion to his version of the Batman mythos. A new poster for the film makes that idea explicit. Batman’s mask lies on the ground, broken. In the background, we can see apparently unintelligible villain Bane walking away. The tagline is simple: “The Legend Ends.” It’s an interesting, uncompromising sales pitch — it’ll be intriguing to see how Rises plays in the same summer as the candy-colored superhero bromance The Avengers. It also adds more fuel to the main question hovering over Rises: Could they actually kill off Batman? Check out the full poster below: READ FULL STORY »
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Christopher Nolan on 'The Dark Knight Rises' IMAX prologue: 'You want to be thrown into a situation that takes your breath away'
Almost exactly four years ago, moviegoers who bought a ticket to the IMAX presentations of I Am Legend were treated to a first look at the opening bank heist prologue of The Dark Knight – and, more specifically, its main villain, Heath Ledger’s mad anarchist, the Joker. Next week, starting Dec. 16, ticket buyers to select IMAX showings of Mission: Impossible — Ghost Protocol will enjoy a similar presentation of the opening seven minutes of The Dark Knight Rises – and, more specifically, its mysterious new villain, Tom Hardy’s creepy masked hulk, Bane.
It is easily the most anticipated movie preview of the holiday season, and EW, along with a gaggle of Los Angeles journalists, got a sneak peek at the footage Thursday night at an event hosted by director Christopher Nolan. I have been sworn to secrecy on most of the details of what I’ve seen until the general public can check out the prologue too. But my colleague Jeff Jensen and I did get a chance to speak with Nolan afterwards about the sequence and the advantages and the challenges of shooting in the IMAX format. One thing is definitely clear: Any concern that Nolan would be daunted by topping The Dark Knight‘s scope and scale will be eradicated after audiences get a look at what he has in store for The Dark Knight Rises. Check out my general thoughts on the preview, as well as Jeff and my interview with Nolan, below. READ FULL STORY »
After two months of whispers, unauthorized announcements, and studio “no comments,” Warner Bros. officially announced today that the six-minute opening sequence of next July’s The Dark Knight Rises will premiere before certain IMAX screenings of Mission: Impossible: Ghost Protocol on Dec. 16.
“Our experience on The Dark Knight shooting and projecting IMAX 15 perf 65mm/70mm film was inspiring,” said Christopher Nolan, in the statement. “The immersive quality of the image goes beyond any other filmmaking tool available, and in revisiting Gotham, we were determined to shoot even more of the movie in this unique format. Giving the fans an early look at an IMAX sequence is a great way to draw attention to what I believe will be an incredible way to experience our story when it comes out next summer.”
Buried in that cinematic geek-speak is a detail that might effect your moviegoing plans. Not every IMAX theater is a 70mm IMAX theater. In fact, the PG-13 clip will only screen at 42 locations across North America. For the compete list, click here: READ FULL STORY »
Christian Bale confirmed that next summer’s The Dark Knight Rises will be his last outing as the hoarse Caped Crusader. Again.
Recall that last November, he said as much to E!: “This will be, I believe, until Chris [Nolan] says different, the last time I’ll be playing Batman,” Bale said then. “Absolutely, we want to go all out with it.”
But the enthusiasm and anticipation for the third Christopher Nolan Batman film is such that when Bale recently told another reporter the same thing, the Internets buzzed anew. “I wrapped a few days ago so that will be the last time I’m taking that cowl [Batman hood] off,” he told the Philippine Daily Inquirer. “I believe that the whole production wrapped yesterday, so it’s all done. Everything’s finished. It’s me and Chris — that will be the end of that Batman era.”
Warner Bros. and Bale’s representative didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment, but it’s long been known that Bale had originally signed for three Batman films. And since he’s agreed to film two Terrence Malick films back to back, he might be busy for the foreseeable future. Better check the batteries on the Bat Signal. Bales doesn’t expect to be answering it anytime soon.
In hindsight, it always seemed a little bit unlikely that The Dark Knight Rises would film scenes at Occupy Wall Street. Rises, after all, is the product of a massive capitalistic megacorporation — which is so all-encompassing that it actually owns the words I’m typing right now — and the film’s protagonist is a multi-billionaire who specifically spends his life trying to defeat colorful anarchists, not promote them. Still, with news flooding in about police in riot gear clearing out Zuccotti Park, it’s fun to imagine what might have been. Over at Indiewire, Rises co-star Matthew Modine is currently claiming that the film did apparently come close to filming OWS, for reasons clearly inspired by FDR’s New Deal policies: “It seemed like a good idea to give [the protesters] an opportunity for work, to give them money.” READ FULL STORY »
If you were hoping that you might see Batman join the fight with Occupy Wall Street, don’t go looking for the bat signal just yet. In fact, you would probably have better luck holding out for Spider-Man swooping in from Broadway’s Turn Off The Dark to save the day.
While Christopher Nolan will begin filming portions of The Dark Knight Rises in New York City over the span of the next two weeks, a Warner Bros., rep tells EW that there are no plans to shoot in Zuccotti Park, the home base for the OWS movement. After an open casting call for NYC extras for the project hit the web, rumors swirled that the project could be filming very close to, if not directly in, Zuccotti Park. Last week an anonymous source told the LA Times, “Cast members have been told the shoot could include scenes shot at the Occupy Wall Street protests” and that Nolan could be using “the protests as a backdrop or a stand-in for something that already exists in the film,” but that simply doesn’t seem to be the case. READ FULL STORY »
While the protestors, organizers, and everyday people who make up the grassroots political movement Occupy Wall Street weren’t exactly depending on a superhero to help them bring attention to their cause, they may have just gotten one anyway. (And the best one ever, at that.)
As The Los Angeles Times reported, Christopher Nolan will soon be transplanting the production of The Dark Knight Rises, which is currently filming in Los Angeles, to the streets of New York City “for 14 days starting Oct. 29, according to a casting notice recently issued by producers.” But, residents of Gotham may soon look like the residents of Zuccotti Park, the main hub of the Occupy Wall Street movement.
An anonymous person close to the production claimed to the LA Times that, “cast members have been told the shoot could include scenes shot at the Occupy Wall Street protests.” READ FULL STORY »
The first teaser for next year’s trilogy-capping The Dark Knight Rises hit theaters this weekend ahead of some screenings of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows — Part 2, but the short video has now officially arrived online. Last week I theorized relentlessly about the intriguing, mysterious teaser, but watching the video again, I noticed just one thing: Batman and Bane appear to be dripping wet in the eye-popping shot that closes the video. Were they fighting in the rain? Fighting in the water? Did they challenge each other to a swimming contest? Curse your mysteries, Nolan! Watch the video below: READ FULL STORY »