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.

Read More »

.

Please Recommend /Film on Facebook

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 »

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.

Read More »

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.

Read More »

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!

Read More »

Click Here To Read Older Movie News
Cool Posts From Around the Web: