Synopsis: Warner Bros. Pictures’ and Legendary Pictures’ “The Dark Knight Rises” is the epic conclusion to filmmaker Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy, Leading an all-star international cast, Oscar(R) winner Christian Bale (“The Fighter”) again plays the dual role of Bruce Wayne/Batman. The film also stars Anne Hathaway, as Selina Kyle; Tom Hardy, as Bane; Oscar(R) winner Marion Cotillard (“La Vie en Rose”), as Miranda Tate; and Joseph Gordon-Levitt, as John Blake. Returning to the main cast, Oscar(R) winner Michael Caine (“The Cider House Rules”) plays Alfred; Gary Oldman is Commissioner Gordon; and Oscar(R) winner Morgan Freeman (“Million Dollar Baby”) reprises the role of Lucius Fox. The screenplay is written by Christopher Nolan and Jonathan Nolan, story by Christopher Nolan & David S. Goyer. The film is produced by Emma Thomas, Christopher Nolan and Charles Roven, who previously teamed on “Batman Begins” and the record-breaking blockbuster “The Dark Knight.” The executive producers are Benjamin Melniker, Michael E. Uslan, Kevin De La Noy and Thomas Tull, with Jordan Goldberg serving as co-producer. The film is based upon characters appearing in comic books published by DC Comics. Batman was created by Bob Kane.
Anticipation for The Dark Knight Rises is such that within four days of the IMAX prologue debuting on just 42 North American screens and one day of the latest trailer showing up online, one persistent complaint already became something of a meme and a worry for Warner Bros. That one major complaint amongst all the ecstatic hyperbole was the difficulty in understanding dialogue from Batman's new nemesis, the muzzled and musclebound Bane, played by Tom Hardy. Franchise director Christopher Nolan declared that no major corrections to Bane's voice would be made, but it seems Warner Bros has issued a new audio mix for that six-minute IMAX prologue.
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.
Despite the fact that the vast majority of the movie going public is already primed to see the film, yesterday saw the first real escalation in the viral marketing campaign for The Dark Knight Rises. Following in the footsteps of The Dark Knight, the final entry in Christopher Nolan's epic Batman trilogy is providing fans with an augmented reality game that rewards playing along. Yesterday saw the release of a few faux-CIA documents relating to a figure by the name of Dr. Leonid Pavel. Today, we have yet another such document, and this one leads to an event codenamed "Operation Early Bird." What is Operation Early Bird? When does it go down? Read on, folks. Read on.
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.
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.
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.