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Christopher Nolan‘s The Dark Knight is a shining example of a what a comic book movie can be. It’s dark and exciting, and the performances are as rich as the story. In fact, the film is so well-regarded some fans put it on an unattainable pedestal and vehemently attack anyone who dare say anything negative about Nolan’s second entry in his Batman trilogy.

But the film has some problems. A plot hole here, questionable motivation there. While most people tend to forgive those for the sake of pure, well-made entertainment, the CinemaSins team is not among those people. They’ve done the unthinkable, and created a sure-to-be controversial video calling out everything wrong with The Dark Knight in four minutes or less. Read More »

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With one Batman trilogy over and a new set of films likely to begin, the idea of casting the character has once again become a well-discussed subject. The name that keeps popping up is Joseph Gordon-Levitt (for good reason), but before Warner Bros. finally decides to cast a new actor in the cape and cowl, they’ll surely have met with plenty of people.

The last man tasked with casting Batman was Christopher Nolan and his eventual choice, Christian Bale, has long been praised for his work in the role. But back before 2005′s Batman Begins, Nolan met with lots of actors to discuss the role, and one of the actors was Heath Ledger. At the time, Ledger politely told Nolan he’d never do a superhero movie, only to change his mind a few years later to play Batman’s nemesis, the Joker, in 2008′s The Dark Knight. The now-iconic role won the actor a posthumous Oscar.

What made Ledger change his mind and what was discussed at that meeting? Read Nolan’s quotes and more after the jump. Read More »

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No matter which way you cut it, Batman means blockbuster. The theatrical phenomenon began in 1989 with Tim Burton’s Batman, which grossed $251 million and spawned three sequels. Then, in 2005, Christopher Nolan’s Batman Begins grossed $205 million and spawned two sequels, The Dark Knight ($533 million) and The Dark Knight Rises, which is at $413 million and climbing.

However, in 1989, the average price of an American movie tickets was about $4 and now, in 2012, it’s doubled to around $8. Do some simple math and you see that Burton’s film has, so far, sold around 12 million more tickets than Nolan’s latest movie. (To be fair, Rises is far from done at the box office and will likely drop that number to around 10 million when it’s done.) Also, to Nolan’s credit, 2008′s The Dark Knight sold about 12 million more tickets than Burton’s movie.

What other interesting conclusions can be made when you adjust grosses for inflation or look at number of tickets sold? Find out after the jump. Read More »

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Chances are we’re all pretty familiar with the The Dark Knight Rises from the outside view. Now it’s time to pop the hood. Much as rumors cropped up before production, spy photos poured out during production, speculation raged approaching release and debate stirred at release, behind the scenes tidbits are now coming online at a great rate. Many of them just stealthy sneak into Superhero Bits (like a huge gallery of images earlier today) but we’ve grabbed a few of the better ones and put them all right here.

After the jump you can find out about the following:

  • The Soundworks Collection has posted a video discussing the sound design and score of the film.
  • A video proves that Bane‘s voice was changed from the initial release of the prologue up to the final release.
  • Check out some early concept images of Bane‘s look and design.
  • An old, but worthwhile, video showing Heath Ledger‘s possible inspiration for The Joker.
  • See what Bane looked like without his mask.

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Obviously, the Joker is not in The Dark Knight Rises because Heath Ledger tragically passed away before the release of The Dark Knight. However, in the universe Christopher Nolan has created, he’s likely still alive because that’s how Batman left him eight years ago. The Dark Knight Rises makes no mention of the character but, according to one site, he is specifically mentioned in the novelization. So, where was he?

After the jump, read the excerpt from the novel and see a fan’s storyboarded interpretation. Read More »

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