The anticipation and secrecy surrounding The Dark Knight Rises have turned Bat-fans into feral animals, fighting mercilessly over the slightest scrap of information regarding the final adventure of Christopher Nolan's growling Batman. This month, we've seen a new teaser poster, trailer, and an IMAX prologue that introduces the sequel's villain. Even with all that, no morsel is too small or vague not to obsessively parse for information. Because that's what the internet has been doing since about two seconds after The Dark Knight hit theaters in 2008, we shall continue to do so until July. Today, there's a bona-fide scene description that gives a sense of just how far down the rabbit hole Gotham goes this time around, while Anne Hathaway discusses this new take on Selina Kyle, aka Catwoman.
Okay, the first real, non-teaser trailer for The Dark Knight Rises premiered online yesterday, and new villain Bane, played by Tom Hardy, has one line in said trailer. He does considerably more talking in the Bane-centric prologue that preceded IMAX showings of Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol at 42 North American locations starting last Friday.
While the hyperbole about the action in the prologue and the football-field-exploding trailer began pretty much immediately, complaints that Bane's speech is utterly incomprehensible caught on just as quickly. It was a recurring theme in reports from the IMAX prologue, but now that everybody and their grandmother has seen the Dark Knight Rises trailer, it's a huge topic of discussion. But guess what? Christopher Nolan doesn't intend to change Bane's voice in any substantial way.
Cutting right to the chase, the new trailer for The Dark Knight Rises is now online, and it is a doozy. The trailer premiered in theaters on Friday, when it was attached to prints of the new Warner Bros. sequel Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, and naturally, poor quality bootlegs started showing up almost immediately.
Now, though, the WB has put the whole thing online in official form, so you can revel in this well-constructed glimpse at Christopher Nolan's Bat-finale in crisp, clean high definition, just the way Nolan himself would prefer it. Besides seeing the few really huge moments here in as spiffy a format as possible, I imagine many fans will be parsing through the whole thing frame by frame for clues, in which case they can get started right now.
You may be aware that next summer, The Dark Knight Rises will close out the much-loved trilogy that managed to bring Batman back to cinematic prominence even in the wake of this and this. Just in case you're not already anxiously fidgeting with anticipation over Christopher Nolan's series conclusion, Warner Bros has debuted a brand spanking new teaser poster for the film, following the initial Bat-teaser released back in July. This one is rather ominous, and not simply because of a tagline proclaiming, "The Legend Ends." Mostly because of the implication that Bane, the bad guy played by Tom Hardy, repeats his comic book feat of physically breaking Batman.
At this point, Warner Bros could probably take it easy on marketing The Dark Knight Rises. Anticipation for the film is already such that the campaign could consist exclusively of sandwich boards on vagrants and the conclusion to Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy would still earn a kajillion dollars on opening day. Nonetheless, its predecessor The Dark Knight was masterfully marketed, so the this sequel's marketing is guaranteed to hit the same basic beats. That 2008 effort incorporated an elaborate viral component which, up until now, has not been so directly repeated for The Dark Knight Rises, but that would appear to have changed today. Yep, the viral game is afoot, Bat fans.
Currently in theaters now, and opening wide on January 6th, is the new espionage thriller from Swedish director Tomas Alfredson (Let the Right One In) called Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, which is based on the popular book by author John le Carre. The film stars a who's who of the best British actors working today including Gary Oldman (The Dark Knight), recent Oscar-winner Colin Firth (The King's Speech), Tom Hardy (Warrior), Mark Strong (Green Lantern), Ciaran Hinds (Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance), Benedict Cumberbatch (BBC's Sherlock), Stephen Graham (HBO's Boardwalk Empire), Christian McKay (I Melt with You), Toby Jones (Captain America: The First Avenger), and John Hurt (Immortals).
IAR's managing editor Jami Philbrick recently had an opportunity to sit down with Gary Oldman, and Mark Strong to discuss Tinker Tailor Solider Spy. The actors talked about the new film, their secretive characters, the life of a spy, adapting the novel, and working with each other on the project.
What will the Batcave, Bruce Wayne's subterranean hangout, look like in The Dark Knight Rises? After Wayne Manor was burned down in Batman Begins, both the ancestral mansion and the guano-covered sat out The Dark Knight in favor of a Gotham penthouse and a nondescript underground bunker. With Wayne Manor making a comeback, though, we've known for some time that the new sequel would also contain some new and improved Batcave action. While a previous rumor suggested that a Romanian salt mine will make for a substantially more spacy, cavernous cave, there's been no indication that Christoher Nolan and company actually spent any time in Romania. Now there's a new rumored description of the cave asserting that it will look very much like it did the last time we saw it.
Steve Buscemi hosted Saturday Night Live this weekend, and he made an appearance in a Dark Knight-style Digital Short from the Lonely Island. The two-minute video is done in the style of Christopher Nolan's take on the Caped Crusader – complete with very Hans Zimmer and James Newton Howard-sounding music – has Buscemi sporting a mustache as Commissioner Gordon and Andy Samberg in an ill-fitting Batman costume. Unlike so many parodies of the cinematic Batman, this one does not focus on Christian Bale's chain-smoking-demon-with-a-really-bad-cough Batman voice, but instead on Bruce Wayne's love of pulling that ninja trick where he dramatically appears as if from nowhere then just disappears once his crime fighting point has been made.
Thanks for staying tuned, Bat-fans, as there's now an official list of IMAX theaters where you'll be able to see the first six minutes of The Dark Knight Rises on a jumbo screen near you this month. As you may have heard, the conclusion of Christopher Nolan's crazy-popular Batman trilogy is arriving in theaters next summer. As you may have also heard, a six minute prologue introducing the villainous Bane, played by Tom Hardy, will precede selected showings of Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol when it arrives on IMAX screens this December 16th. Like The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises, the fourth Mission: Impossible features sequences shot with IMAX cameras, so Warner Bros and Paramount teamed up for a bit of mutally beneficial cross-pollination.
Casting on Akira, Warner Bros' live action remake of the seminal 1988 manga, which director Katsuhiro Otomo adapted from his own sprawling manga series of the same name, would seem to be proceeding apace. Since early in the project's development, under another director, fans have made no secret of their displeasure at the whitewashed casting, with originally Japanese characters being layed by Caucasian actors. Garrett Hedlund of Tron: Legacy is in talks to star as Kaneda, Kristen Stewart has been offered the female lead of Kei, and both Gary Oldman and Helena Bonham Carter were offered roles. It looks like there might just be a familiar Japanese actor in the mix, as Ken Watanabe has reportedly been offered a substantial supporting role.