In Christopher Nolan's 2005 reboot Batman Begins, Bruce Wayne discovered that beneath his ancestral mansion there lay a massive cave that was previously used by his forebears as a slavery-freeing stop on the Underground Railroad. After Bruce and trusty butler Alfred did some preliminary work establishing what we all know as the Batcave, Ra's al Ghul showed up and burned Wayne Manor to the ground, necessitating a brick-for-brick rebuilding will doubt include many an improvement on the Batcave. While the cave was not present in The Dark Knight, we know that the trilogy-finale The Dark Knight Rises will incorporate the new and improved Wayne Manor, which means we'll be seeing a similarly upgraded Batcave. A new rumor suggests that the cave will be created partially using footage from a massive salt mine in Romania, and based on images of said salt mine, it could certainly be a double for Batman's base of operations.
Since production on The Dark Knight Rises posted up in Pittsburgh at the end of July, we've been privy to a consistent, spoilery supply of set photos and videos showing Christian Bale, Tom Hardy, Anne Hathaway, and the rest of the gang engaged in all manner of bat-adventures on the faux-snowy streets of the city, standing in for the thoroughly fictitious Gotham. Those days are now officially over, though, folks. The final installment of Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy has wrapped up the Pittsburgh portion of principal photography, as announced by a full page newspaper ad thanking the citizens of Pittsburgh. Presumably, this was a thank you for taking endless spoilery photographs and cell phone videos.
Banewatch '11! Cue dramatic newsbreak music. Here's the breakdown so far of our visual familiarity with Tom Hardy as the villainous Bane in Christopher Nolan's mildly-anticipated The Dark Knight Rises: First was an official image from Warner Bros, followed by some very brief glimpses in the film's first teaser trailer, then daylight set photos of Hardy in the full costume between takes, and finally some more images from the set of a tussle with Christian Bale's Batman. Well, today sees another crucial addition to Banewatch, with three fairly spoilerfied new close-up pictures of Hardy in costume, including that rather mysterious headgear, which we suspect has nothing to do with modern orthodontia.
In the words of Professor Hubert Farsnworth, "Good news, everyone!" Over the weekend, the production of The Dark Knight Rises once again took to the streets of Pittsburgh to film some vehicular action, and the citizens of that fair city once again ensured that the set would be covered from every possible angle with telephoto lenses, flipcams, and iPhones. As a result, a glut of new videos provide plenty of revealing new details about the nature of Batman's new ride, which was glimpsed briefly last week. So there's spoilerific video right here if you want to see the new vehicle in actions alongside Tumblers and the like.
The Dark Knight Rises has been shooting since May, and months were spent with fascinated, locked-out fans wringing our hands and pacing ceaselessly, pondering the possibilities of Christopher Nolan's final entry in his acclaimed, gravelly-voiced bat-trilogy. Since the production relocated to Pittsburgh, however, we're been pigs in figurative shit, rolling around delightedly in our own filth as new set photos and videos roll in day after day, revealing new surprises and spoilers aplenty.
Today, two new crops of SPOILER-y set-photos focus on the vehicular component of the bat-finale, showing some more of Anne Hathaway's stunt double in action as Catwoman astride the batpod, while another even more SPOILER-style group could very well reveal a new addition to Bruce Wayne's already formidable urban warfare arsenal.
Attention, anyone and everyone complaining about the costume sported by Selina Kyle in The Dark Knight Rises: this is the closest you will ever get to having a conversation with Anne Hathaway. Last week, Warner Bros officially unveiled the first image of Hathaway suited up as Catwoman in Christopher Nolan's final Bat-movie, which is currently filming in Pittsburgh. Having apparently forgotten this travesty, many a fan promptly voiced either their complaints or lack of enthusiasm for the sight of Hathaway in skin-tight leather riding a giant phallus-substitute. Well, Hathaway herself has now responded to those who were underwhelmed.
Upon seeing the freshly-released first image of Anne Hathaway in a skintight outfit as Selina Kyle, one might reasonably have wondered why Warner Bros chose this seemingly ordinary, unremarkable Friday to reveal such an image into The Dark Knight Rises. After all, the final installment of Christopher Nolan's Bat-trilogy is still damn near a year away. Well, it turns out that the picture was released on account exterior shooting on location in Pittsburgh, which today involved a Catwoman stunt double astride the batpod as it rolled through the battle scene that's been filming over the last week. The Brothers Warner jumped ahead of the inevitable set photos with the official release, but those set photos do offer a fuller look at the new Catwoman outfit.
The last cinematic Catwoman, played by Halle Berry in the 2004 film that made no mention of Batman and strangely came out just one year before Batman Begins, wore a garish and thoroughly ridiculous midriff-baring costume. Her predecessor, played by Michelle Pfeiffer in Batman Returns, sported skintight vinyl with the highest of heels and vivid stitching in Tim Burton's lovingly disfigured style. Naturally, one of the many big questions regarding The Dark Knight Rises concerned just what Catwoman would look like in Christopher Nolan's less stylistically outrageous Gotham City.
Warner Bros has released the first official image of Oscar nominee Anne Hathaway in costume as Catwoman, aka Selina Kyle, and not only does it give a good look at Selina Kyle's costume and techno-goggles, but it tantalizingly shows her riding the Batpod, the ride introduced in The Dark Knight.
British actor Tom Hardy has come an awful long way and gained an awful lot of muscle mass since playing the skinny Shinzon, the equally bald and thoroughly villainous clone of Captain Picard in 2002's Star Trek: Nemesis. Since earning no end of praise as the title character Nicolas Winding Refn's Bronson, Hardy has lined up an impressive assemblage of noteworthy upcoming roles, including taking over for Mel Gibson as the eponymous postapocalyptic badass in George Miller's Mad Max: Fury Road. Right now, though, he's in Pittsburgh filming The Dark Knight Rises with his Inception director Christopher Nolan. The forthright actor recently talked about playing the musclebound baddie Bane and may very well have spilled some spoilerific beans about the story.
We've previously seen one image of Tom Hardy's back as the villainous juicer Bane in The Dark Knight Rises, along with a quick glimpse at his face in the film's first teaser trailer, but now that Christopher Nolan's final Bat-film is in production on the very public streets of Pittsburgh, set photos have emerged showing Hardy in full costume. These set pictures – pretty much guaranteed to be the first in a deluge of such images, given the intensity of interest in the Bat-finale – show Bane standing atop a Tumbler, the Wayne Enterprises military vehicle known more popularly as the Batmobile.