Leading up to the release of The Dark Knight Rises, it was easily the most anticipated film in the past five years. Fans and sites like ours scoured around every day looking for new materials and answers to the questions we had about the film. Christopher Nolan knew that. And he also knew the film had some big surprises in store. To help preserve them, especially the fate of Bruce Wayne in the eyes of Gotham City, Nolan ended up filming the scene outside Wayne Manor with different props, and unnecessary actors on set, just so anyone who may or may not have been spying would have no idea what was really going on.
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Christopher Nolan and IMAX have become almost synonymous. The director uses the large format like no one else, shooting several of his films with IMAX film cameras to make them feel simultaneously bigger and more intimate. He’s the only director shooting true IMAX who uses it both for his big action scenes and emotional close-ups. No one pushes the IMAX format like Mr. Nolan.
Now he’s pushing it even further. A member of Nolan’s VFX team tweeted (then removed) an image of a Learjet with an IMAX camera installed in the nose. It’s being used to capture photography for Interstellar, Nolan’s 2014 space film starring Matthew McConaughey. Check it out below. Read More »
Alan Taylor, the director of Thor: The Dark World, won’t confirm or deny if he’s directing the 2015 Terminator film. “I’m under the personal policy to say it’s a rumor,” he told me at the junket for his new Marvel film. Taylor did, however, admit talks have been progressing and if he was to direct the film – hypothetically, of course – fans should regard it like Batman Begins in relation to the Joel Schumacher Batman movies. That is: a respectful remake taking a franchise in a new direction after multiple missteps. Read his quotes and more below. Read More »
Five hundred days of small superhero news; my, how far we’ve come. Today, to commemorate this landmark column edition, we have an exclusive clip from The Dark Knight Trilogy: Ultimate Collector’s Edition featuring two of the best superhero directors of all time: Christopher Nolan and Richard Donner.
Besides that, do you want to know how you can be an extra in Batman vs. Superman? How did Christopher Nolan decide to use the Tumbler in Batman Begins? Can you see the Avengers: Age of Ultron Comic-Con tease? Which raccoon was the model for Rocket Raccoon in Guardians of the Galaxy? Want to see concept art of Galactus from Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer? Read about all this and more in the 500th edition of Superhero Bits! Read More »
Christopher Nolan‘s Dark Knight Saga truly comes to a close this week with the Blu-ray release of The Dark Knight Trilogy: Ultimate Collector’s Edition. Owning all three films, in one set, packed with extras feels like the final stage on a trip we took beginning in 2005 with the release of Batman Begins. Of course, Nolan’s journey started before that, when he made the important decision to cast Christian Bale as the Caped Crusader.
A clip of an extra from the Blu-ray set is now online that shows footage from Bale’s audition tape. That’s cool enough in itself. But, because the Batman Begins suit had not been designed yet, the actor wore the Sonar Batsuit Val Kilmer wore in Batman Forever. And he acted against Amy Adams. Check that out below, along with an image of Begins co-star Cillian Murphy auditioning for the role. Read More »
Though it was released over a year ago, there’s still some debate as to the ending of Christopher Nolan‘s The Dark Knight Rises. Is Bruce Wayne alive, or a figment of Alfred’s imagination? Is John Blake going to become Robin, Nightwing or a new Batman? While there are certainly arguments to be made over the first question, the answer to the second is much more cut and dry. Don’t forget Bruce Wayne’s quote from Batman Begins: “As a man, I’m flesh and blood; I can be ignored, I can be destroyed. But as a symbol…as a symbol I can be incorruptible. I can be everlasting.” Even though John Blake’s name is inexplicably “Robin,” the film ends with him rising to become the next personification of that symbol, fulfilling the point of the entire series.
Audiences will see a brand new Batman in theaters in 2015, but we’ll likely never get to see Nolan’s version of Blake’s story. So director Brett Register and other fans of Nolan’s series have created a fan film called The Dark Knight Legacy. It’s set one year after the events of The Dark Knight Rises and follows John Blake as Nightwing, who must defend Gotham City from a new villain known as the Red Hood. Check it out below. Read More »
Who are the three actors up for The Flash in the Arrow? How excited is Hugh Jackman for X-Men: Days of Future Past? Which superhero film was Christopher Nolan jealous of? Was Elizabeth Olsen forthcoming about her potential role in Avengers: Age of Ultron? Where can you get a Stan Lee POP figure? Read about all this and more in today’s Superhero Bits. Read More »
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We know that Christopher Nolan‘s Interstellar features characters that journey to and/or through a wormhole in space, but that’s (forgive the pun) a pretty nebulous description. There are many different ways in which that basic plot could end up articulated on screen, and waiting to see how it all plays out is obviously part of the pleasure.
But a new report about the film shooting in Florida seems to give up some info that hadn’t previously been reported. Because we don’t know how much of this info will be in the first trailer or two, you should consider the info potentially spoilerish. That said, the release of info for films like this is very tightly managed by the unit publicist, and one would assume that anything ending up in a newspaper report had been cleared. Fair warning. Read More »