Here on /Film, interest in the sequel to Christopher Nolan‘s The Dark Knight was so high, we began covering it when the previous film was still in theaters. For years, crazy rumors would pop up on a weekly basis and once the film was titled The Dark Knight Rises and casting began, the rumors got even more wild. This site alone has run almost 600 articles on the project.
Now that the film is out, there’s much to discuss. You can debate the merits of the film, find issues with its narrative, or look back at all of the rumors and see just how accurate everything was. Below, we’ve broken down several of the bigger rumors and dissected which were true (more than you’d think), which were false (less than you’d think) and try to gauge just how well you can trust internet speculation with a huge movie like The Dark Knight Rises.
Everything below the jump should be considered MASSIVE SPOILERS. Like, “give away the last shot of the movie” type spoilers. So beware until you’ve seen the film. Read More »
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It’s Bat-eve and, despite the awesome X-Men First Class header, we’ve got lots of Dark Knight Rises in today’s Superhero Bits. Such as, how many midnight screenings are there at local theaters? How much money has the film made before it even opened? What did Christopher Nolan say in regards to the review reactions and Rush Limbaugh controversies? Want to read about the construction of The Bat? Which scene do Nolan and Christian Bale think is the lynchpin of the series? In non-Batman news, what’s the latest on Guillermo Del Toro‘s Hulk TV show? Will Marvel characters appear in Wreck-It Ralph? Should Fox let Daredevil go back to Marvel? All this and much more in today’s Superhero Bits. Read More »
Christopher Nolan‘s The Dark Knight Rises literally brought tears to my eyes. It’s a fitting, emotional and exciting conclusion to what must now be considered one of the best cinematic trilogies in history, firmly planting its flag alongside other classic trilogies like Star Wars, Indiana Jones, The Godfather, Back to the Future and the Lord of the Rings. Like all of those, though, there’s usually a weak link and The Dark Knight Rises is it. Nolan’s film, while a great cinematic experience, attempts to raise the stakes to such incredible, devastating and unsolvable heights, the narrative tends to lose itself from time to time.
It would be near impossible to top the perfection that is Batman Begins and The Dark Knight so, instead, Nolan takes the best things from both those movies, puts them together, and gives audiences maybe not the ending they need, but one they deserve. [Non-spoiler review follows.] Read More »
The Dark Knight Rises is a mess of a film. If The Dark Knight was filled to the brim with weighty ideas, then The Dark Knight Rises‘ cup overfloweth. Director Christopher Nolan, whose previous films have frequently dealt with the darkness of human nature, was not content with creating a light and fun summer actioner. Instead, he has packed his trilogy-concluding film so full of ideas, plot points, characters, emotional arcs, and set pieces that even with a 2 hour 45 minute runtime, none of them has any room to breathe.
But Nolan still knows how to bring the goods. His visual ambition and scope have grown exponentially over the years, and with about an hour’s worth of IMAX-native footage backed by a massive budget, he has an impressive canvas on which to paint his picture. There are sequences in this film that have a mind-boggling scale rarely attempted before. The result is a astonishing spectacle that manages to wow, despite its deep, deep flaws.
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For the next two weeks, avoiding spoilers for The Dark Knight Rises might be as easy as tiptoeing through a minefield. Press screenings have begun, which means fan screenings will soon start, too, and all the secrets to Christopher Nolan‘s highly anticipated conclusion of his Batman trilogy will be out in the wild. Thankfully, this brand new 13-minute featurette has very little in the way of new spoilers.
The video takes us through the obvious story arc following The Dark Knight, as it talks about cast, characters and gives a great behind the scenes look at several of the big action scenes that have been revealed to date. We see the plane, the football field, Wall Street, and more. Acting as sort of a catch-all to the previously released images, posters, trailers and commercials, this featurette is an absolute perfect way to increase your excitement for the film without ruining too much of the story. Check it out below. Read More »
The Weinstein Company is banking on the popularity of The Dark Knight Rises to really elevate the public perception of Tom Hardy, and so now isn’t such a bad time to release a new trailer showing off TWC’s Hardy-starring film, Lawless. We’ve followed this one for quite some time, as John Hillcoat‘s bootlegging tale, scripted by Nick Cave based on Matt Bondurant‘s book The Wettest County in the World, died and came back to life over a year ago.
The first trailer was pretty great, especially as it showed off some crazed work from supporting actors Guy Pearce and Gary Oldman. Now there’s a new trailer that minimizes co-star Shia LaBeouf in favor of pushing Tom Hardy to the fore; I don’t think many people are going to mind.
In addition, TWC has released an infographic breaking down the guns used by the main characters. Not a typical marketing tactic, but it’s a neat little chart. Check out both below. Read More »
It looks like this new Mad Max film is really happening, at long last. George Miller wrote and has planned to direct Mad Max: Fury Road, but the production has been delayed to the point where we wondered if it might evaporate in the African sun. The film has been discussed as the possible kick-off of a new trilogy, but first it has to shoot.
Stars Tom Hardy (who plays the new Mad Max) and Charlize Theron have both said shooting starts within weeks, and Theron has been spotted sporting a closely-cropped haircut, presumably for the role.
Now Fury Road has added another actor: Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, who made the jump from Victoria’s Secret model to actress thanks to Michael Bay and Transformers: Dark of the Moon. Read More »
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We’ll have a new edition of Superhero Bits later today but over the holiday weekend so much new Dark Knight Rises stuff came online, it definitely deserved its own article. The marketing for Christopher Nolan‘s final Batman film, out July 20, has been in full swing for well over a week now with posters and banners showing up online, commercials airing during major television programs and that pattern continues.
Over the weekend, a secret Catwoman movie poster was released, and we also found two more banners, a new TV ad, several new stills and quotes discussing the legacy of Catwoman, The Bat, Heath Ledger and much more. Read More »