As The Dark Knight Rises brings Christopher Nolan‘s revered Batman trilogy to an ambitious and satisfying end, it seems the filmmaker is really and truly done with the Caped Crusader for good. He’s denied any involvement in future Batman or Justice League movies, insisting that “we’re finished with all we’re doing with Batman. This is the end of our take on this character.”

But it can’t be easy for anyone to let go of a character they’ve spent the better part of a decade bringing to life, and in a eloquent letter Nolan reflects on how far he and the series have come, and what the experience meant to him. Read it after the jump.

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Every superhero is to some extent defined by his hometown, but perhaps none more so than Batman and his beloved Gotham City. As we’ve seen in Christopher Nolan‘s Dark Knight trilogy, the fictional metropolis isn’t a mere backdrop for his vigilante shenanigans, but the very stage upon which the war between good and evil is waged. It’s for the soul of that city, in all its ugliness and all its splendor, that Batman sacrifices everything he has.

So it’s nice to finally get an opportunity to get to know one of the most significant aspects of the Nolan Batman universe. Brandon T. Snider, author of The Dark Knight Manual, has posted an officially approved map of Gotham City, with labeled parks, neighborhoods, and landmarks. Check it out after the jump.

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Hey, did you know The Dark Knight Rises, the epic conclusion to Christopher Nolan‘s Batman Trilogy, is coming out July 20? Of course you did. You’re probably got the Blu-rays of Batman Begins and The Dark Knight all lined up to rewatch in anticipation of the event. However, don’t jump the gun on the home viewing just yet. AMC Theaters has just announced they’ll be re-screening both those films on July 19 leading up to the midnight screening of The Dark Knight Rises on July 20. Tickets go on sale June 11. Read more after the jump. Read More »

Want to see the soundtrack cover for The Dark Knight Rises? How long is the movie rumored to be? What’s the latest on Dredd? How about Iron Man 3 filming? When did Ryan Reynolds say R.I.P.D. finally finished filming? Why was there a protest outside Marvel Studios? Is The Grey a prequel to Batman Begins? Read about all this and more in today’s Superhero Bits. Read More »

As we all patiently wait for July and The Dark Knight Rises, odds are many of us will dust off that Blu-ray of The Dark Knight and give it a spin. Or seven. Christopher Nolan‘s second Batman film is so dense, there are new things to discover on each and every viewing. One example could be the intricacies of the score by Hans Zimmer and James Newton Howard. Where did they get all that wonderful noise? One /Film reader thinks he found out.

After the jump, watch a video that believes to have found a hidden inspiration for Zimmer and Newton Howard’s score to The Dark Knight. Read More »

As Hollywood has gone 3D crazy, some filmmakers are embracing an entirely different experience — IMAX. Brad Bird‘s Mission: Impossible — Ghost Protocol, in theaters now, features 23-minutes shot with 15-perf 70mm IMAX cameras. The much anticipated The Dark Knight Rises will feature nearly 50 minutes of full IMAX footage.  There is no denying that the IMAX shot footage looks breathtaking, and having the image expand to the full IMAX screen results in an experience unlike anything else.

So the question is: Do you know where to experience these films in full 70mm IMAX? Or have you been watching Digital IMAX, known to most film geeks as “LIEmax”? Because the difference can be EVERYTHING. We will explain the difference, chronicle the history, and answer the question in this week’s edition of Q&A!

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VOTD: ‘the films of [Christopher Nolan]‘

From the earliest installments of his “[the films of]” project, I’ve noticed /Film commenters wondering if and when Kees van Dijkhuizen would get around to spotlighting Christopher Nolan. The British director inspires fervent devotion from movie geeks as few other filmmakers do, thanks to his wildly ambitious imagination, his masterful storytelling, and his eye for cool beauty, and van Dijkhuizen notes that he’s received “hundreds, literally hundreds of requests” for a video showcasing Nolan’s unique style.

Now, for the eleventh installment of his yearlong, twelve-part montage series, van Dijkhuizen has finally released “[the films of] Christopher Nolan,” with a sleek stylishness that serves fitting tribute to the Dark Knight director. Watch the video after the jump.

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The /Filmcast: After Dark is a recording of what happens right after The /Filmcast is over, when the kids have gone to bed and the guys feel free to speak whatever is on their minds. In other words, it’s the leftover and disorganized ramblings, mindfarts, and brain diarrhea from The /Filmcast, all in one convenient audio file. In this episode, David Chen, Devindra Hardawar, and Adam Quigley discuss whether or not the action from The Dark Knight actually makes sense and debate whether/how our history of racist cartoons should be released. Special guest Tasha Robinson joins us from AV Club. Click here to watch Jim Emerson’s Dark Knight dissection and also be sure to check out Joseph Kahn’s response.

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