With recognizable properties at an all-time premium amongst movie studios, it is in no way surprising that Warner Bros is looking to get a new theatrical The Twilight Zone up and running. The would be revival of Rod Serling's classic television series that ran from 1959 to 1964 and featured fiercely intelligent, top-notch storytelling that often ended with a surprising conclusion upending the audience's notions of everything that preceded it. For the new would-be movie, Warner Bros has sight their sights pretty high, as their wishlist for a potential The Twilight Zone director includes Christopher Nolan, Alfonso Cuaran, Rupert Wyatt, and Michael Bay.
Hey, SPOILER alert. Most superhero sequels would just introduce a new and improved costume for their central figure, but 2008's The Dark Knight impressively incorporated the need for a more functional Batman outfit into its plot, allowing for a nice bit of continuity between the regalia worn by Christian Bale's cowled ass-kicker in Batman Begins and its sequel (neither involved wearing hockey pads). We've been hearing for months now that The Dark Knight Rises will loop back into the first film in Christopher Nolan's trilogy, and a new rumor suggests that the trilogy continuity will be upheld by the appearance a member of Batman's rogues gallery will show up in the final installment. Again: potential spoilers be here.
Bi-coastal The Dark Knight Rises update now: the finale of Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy is currently approaching the end of its month-long stint filming on location in sunny Los Angeles, California, after which the production packs up and heads to New York, New York, for two weeks of photography. With a month until the shooting begins in New York City, though, the production is currently seeking extras to fill out the fictitious city of Gotham, where Christian Bale's Batman once again throws down against criminality. Not only that, but from there's also yet another new batch of set photos from L.A. showing Anne Hathaway slinking about in costume as Catwoman.
While the Pittbsburgh portion of The Dark Knight Rises production was accompanied by an almost daily procession of unofficial images jam-packed with spoilers major, minor, and downright puzzling, the Los Angeles set has been on a tighter lockdown. That's not to say that Christopher Nolan's perfectly-justifiable desire for secrecy has been carried out in the City of Angeles, since nothing short of a nuclear blast would curb the desire of Bat-fans to get a peek at their figurative presents. You'll remember a set of pictures featuring Christian Bale and Anne Hathaway in costume as Batman and Catwoman, respectively, from just a few hours ago. Now, another set of spy photos gets the spoilers going, including looks at some Tumblers, Nolan on set, Bat-tech, and...something else. Something...spoilery.
Opening in theaters on September 9th is the new film from Miracle director Gavin O'Connor called Warrior, which takes place in the world of mix martial arts. The film stars Tom Hardy (Inception, The Dark Knight Rises), Joel Edgerton (Animal Kingdom, The Thing), Jennifer Morrison (House, Star Trek), Frank Grillo (Prison Break, Edge of Darkness), Noah Emmerich (Frequency, Super 8), Kevin Dunn (Transformers, Unstoppable), and Nick Nolte (48 Hours, Cape Fear).
IAR's managing editor Jami Philbrick recently had an opportunity to sit down with Warrior director Gavin O'Connor, as well as several members of the cast including Tom Hardy, Joel Edgerton, Jennifer Morrison, and Frank Grillo. They had a chance to discuss the new film; its themes of brotherhood and family, the complex characters, MMA fighting, Jennifer Morrison's audition, and Gavin O'Connor's dedication to detail.
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.
For some time now we have been hearing about how Warner Bros. plans to dig into the plethora of DC Comics characters and utilize them more in film and on TV once the long-running series Smallville, and the film juggernaut known as Harry Potter, have both run their course. With the two franchises recently ending their decade long runs, Deadline is reporting today that the studio has tapped Supernatural executive producer Eric Kripke to bring Boston Brand, A.K.A. Deadman, to the small screen with his own series.
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.