A little movie desperately trying to garner some attention, The Dark Knight Rises is filming on location in New York for just one more week, after which production will wrap and months of blurry metropolitan set photos will finally come to an end. As it happens, though, what could very well be the last crop of unofficial images from the production have arrived online, and the goings-on in Gotham are pretty huge. These images from the set of Christopher Nolan's finale to his much-loved Batman saga are, however, quite packed with SPOILERS, so avert your eyes right about now if you're at all wary of being spoiled. If, on the other hand, you never miss a spoiler from The Dark Knight Rises, venture onward.
Principal photography on The Dark Knight Rises is scheduled to end when the production finishes up its last leg of shooting in New York City on November 14th. When that happens, it will see the end of six months wherein unofficial set photos provided by far the best look at the very secretive filming, and we all mourn in whatever manner is most appropriate. Until then, though, Christopher Nolan and company are shooting in one of the most densely populated cities in the world, and we can enjoy more photos from the set of The Dark Knight Rises.
On Friday of last week, we saw some images from the first day of filming in New York, with Christian Bale and Joseph Gordon-Levitt in and around Trump Tower. Today, a gaggle of new unofficial pictures show more action being filmed downtown. There's some motorcycle stuff and plenty of Gotham police cars, but more importantly, there are newer, clearer images of something we've seen before, something that could be considered a spoiler.
Today, production on The Dark Knight Rises began the final leg of its extensive location filming in New York under its code name Magnus Rex. We've known for awhile that the two-week New York shoot would begin today in Manhattan, and though a previous rumor suggested that director Christopher Nolan might add the Occupy Wall Street protests to Gotham City turned out to be unfounded, the production was indeed out in full force today. In fact, the location was quite the opposite of Occupy Wall Street, as Christian Bale and Joseph Gordon-Levitt were on hand to film scenes in and around a monument capitalism, self-glorification, and terrible hair: Trump Tower.
As this latest round of pretty much spoiler-free set photos shows, Donald Trump's edifice to himself is doubling as the headquarters of Wayne Enterprises, which explains why Bruce Wayne is present in one of his many sharp suits. Gordon-Levitt, meanwhile, is suited up himself, wearing the Gotham City Police uniform of John Blake, a character created specifically for the film.
The Dark Knight Rises has finished up the penultimate leg of a long shooting schedule, as the production has wrapped up in Los Angeles, where its been filming since the start of September. This week, the Christopher Nolan-directed franchise finale heads to New York, where scenes will be filmed in Manhattan, and last week, a rumor hit the interwebs postulating that Nolan and Co. might be adding the Occupy Wall Street protesters camped out in Zucotti Park to the texture of Gotham City. It turns out that Occupy Wall Street won't be utilizing Occupy Wall Street during the production's two-week stay in the city so nice they named it twice. Not only that, but some new, spoiler-filled details have emerged about story points being covered while The Dark Knight Rises hits Manhattan.
Paramount Pictures has released a new official poster for Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol, complete with Tom Cruise, Jeremy Renner, Paula Patton, and Simon Pegg looking debonair with Dubai in the background, reminding us that Ethan Hunt will indeed dangle from the Burj Khalifa tower during the course of the sequel.
In August, a promotional image provided a template for what would be revealed in September as the first official poster, with both featuring Cruise glowering seriously out from beneath a hoodie. Basically, the latter was the former, but closer-up on Cruise's face and with some code-like text running throughout. Earlier this month, an IMAX-specific poster broke from the pattern by showing Cruise in one of the film's vertiginous action scenes shot in IMAX. Now, we've got Ethan back in a hood, but this time, he's got company.
In July, the very first teaser trailer for The Dark Knight Rises whipped audiences into a passionate, applauding fervor despite featuring a bare minimum of footage and revealing virtually nothing on the ultra-secretive finale of Christopher Nolan's Bat-trilogy. At that point, the production still had about four months of shooting left, so the brevity makes sense. By December, though, The Dark Knight Rises will be in the midst of post-production, and last week, a rumor asserted that a six-minute prologue for the sequel would be attached to IMAX prints of this winter's Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol. Today, that rumor, already generally accepted as true, gets an official confirmation and a caveat.
The Dark Knight Rises is nearing the end of its principal photography, and yesterday we heard that Christopher Nolan might film scenes that utilize the Occupy Wall Street protests when production heads to Manhattan next week. Just because the conclusion of Nolan's Bat-saga hasn't even finished yet doesn't mean anticipation can't already be at ridiculous levels. A new rumor asserts that Warner Bros will continue riling up audiences everywhere by attaching an six-minute IMAX The Dark Knight Rises prologue to this December's IMAX release of Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol.
A month ago, Occupy Wall Street began in Manhattan as a protestation of the ever-expanding economic disparity in America and the institutions responsible for the current financial shamblefest. It subsequently bloomed into a full-bellied global movement. Now, participants in the New York protests might (maybe) be used as background scenery in a hugely-budget franchise sequel funded by one of the biggest multimedia conglomerates on Earth. The Dark Knight Rises, currently nearing the end of its stay in Los Angeles, is heading to New York for the final leg of production, and apparently Christopher Nolan might incorporate protesters into his pastiche Gotham City.
Opening in theaters on October 7th is the new coming of age comedy from first time director Abe Sylvia called Dirty Girl. The film features an excellent cast of young and veteran actors including Juno Temple (The Dark Knight Rises), Milla Jovovich (The Fifth Element), William H. Macy (Fargo), Mary Steenburgen (Back to the Future Part III), Dwight Yoakam (Sling Blade), Nicholas D'Agosto (Final Destination 5), Tim McGraw (The Blind Side), and newcomer Jeremy Dozier.
IAR's managing editor Jami Philbrick recently had a chance to sit down and talk with actors Juno Temple and Jeremy Dozier about their work in Dirty Girl. The actors spoke openly about the film, their characters and the friendship that they form, working with writer/director Abe Sylvia, the '80s, and the music of Melissa Manchester.
A new trio of videos from the Los Angeles portion of The Dark Knight Rises production have made their way online, this time from night shooting over the weekend. None are terribly revealing, but they are cool and show off a certain sense of scale to the sequel's action sequences. That said, they could also be considered just a tiny bit spoilery, so if you're sensitive in the slightest, best to skip all three.
At the conclusion of The Dark Knight, you'll recall Christian Bale's Batman taking the hit for the murders carried out by Harvey Dent (Aaron Eckhart) and becoming public enemy number one, forcing his good buddy and champion mustache-wearer Commissioner Gordon (Gary Oldman) to publicly pursue him. These videos, probably from very early in the new film, demonstrate that the Gotham Police Department is pretty serious about catching Batman, as a ridiculous number of police vehicles give chase to the Batpod.