Posted on Monday, May 28th, 2012 by Germain Lussier
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.
There are a ton of images in this post and most of them are going to be in the below gallery. However, first we’ll show this Catwoman poster that a Batman News reader discovered with a QR code. Can you believe those things actually work?
Notice the Bat symbol in the lips below. Very, very cool.
Next up, this new TV spot aired last night during game one of the Western Conference finals. Guaranteed to give you chills.
The Empire Magazine article (via CBM) that features those images has some great insight from Christopher Nolan, too. For example, Nolan discussed being scared to put Catwoman in the film.
Catwoman is a very iconic figure in the Batman pantheon. I was nervous about how she would fit into our world. But Jonah was very much convinced that there would be a great way to do it and eventually turned me around. Once I got my head around the idea of looking at that character through the prism of our films, saying, ‘Who could that person be in real-life?’ we figured it out. She’s a bit of a con-woman, something of a grifter. A hard-edged kind of criminal.
As well as designing and naming The Bat:
It is called The Bat. I spent a long time trying to figure out clever names for ‘bat-something-that-would-fly’, then you go: ‘Oh, it’s a bat.’ It’s very much based on a doubt-bladed helicopter idea, once again a realistic approach to military hardware. We had Corbould and his guys build it full scale and come up with this great driving rig for it so we could photograph it in real streets, and there’s a big computer graphics component to it as well. It’s fun to take Batman to the next level in terms of his transportation and weaponry – in terms of his ability to fight people.
Also over the weekend, several websites who were invited to visit the set of The Dark Knight Rises posted their set visit reports and if you want to feel like you were in Pittsburgh with them, you should check them out, such as Movies.com and Collider.
They’ve also posted interviews with several of the film’s stars and here are a few choice quotes from each. Once example is Tom Hardy discusses following Heath Ledger:
That would be putting myself in a competition with somebody who’s clearly brilliant. And it’s not a question of whose talent is greater or whose work is greater. It’s just trying to be the best that we can be, rather then trying to be better then somebody else. I’m not trying to be better than somebody else. What he did was amazing. That’s that. I’ve got a part I’ve got to play, and I want to play my part.
And Anne Hathaway being honored to work with Christopher Nolan:
When Chris Nolan is your director you are like, “I trust that, I’m wrong.” I have no problems bowing down to Chris’ vision. I’ve loved every movie he’s made; it’s an honor to be in one of them. And I think that if something doesn’t make sense, forcing yourself to understand it from his perspective makes you better. And he’s right, not “he’s usually right.” He’s right.
There’s much more new Dark Knight Rises stuff out there too, so check back later for Superhero Bits and more.
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