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The Dark Knight Rises Trailer 3

I’m a little late to jump in with this news, but last night Warner Bros released the 3rd, and probably final, trailer for The Dark Knight Rises.  The last trailer was good, but it really told us nothing about the plot of the final movie.  Below is the trailer, I’ll post some of my thoughts after the video just in case you don’t want to see speculation.  Remember, there are no spoilers here as I’ve gone spoiler-free for TDKR!

  1. It looks like Bane might be taking over Gotham, and not for a short time either.
  2. It looks like Bruce is imprisoned by Bane, but for how long we don’t know.
  3. Selina might know that Bruce is Batman.
  4. The end quip from Selina Kyle just screams Catwoman to me.
  5. This movie looks really dark.

I really hope this movie is good, and I have every faith in Christopher Nolan.  However, historically the third entry in a trilogy is not very good.  Hopefully this movie breaks that convention.

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The Dark Knight Rises Today?

The viral marketing for The Dark Knight Rises has kicked off and my fellow nerds have been pulling on all the strings to determine what tidbits of information Christopher Nolan is releasing to the fans.  A good deal of the viral marketing has lead to a web-site, operationearlybird.com, which has a countdown clock on it gradually ticking down to zero.  The guess is that when the clock hits zero the trailer for The Dark Knight Rises will be available for public viewing.

The folks over at Cinema Blend were covering the press screening of the first 6 minutes of the movie in IMAX format and at the end of their article stated:

and we’ll see you tomorrow when the first theatrical trailer arrives online.

Combine this statement with the Operation Early Bird countdown, and it looks like we are getting the first real trailer for Christopher Nolan’s final Batman film.  Needless to say, I am excited and looking forward to seeing how good this trailer is.  Once it goes online I’ll be sure to put a copy of the trailer here for your viewing pleasure.

The Dark Knight Rises Eight Years Later

Empire Magazine was incredibly lucky and scored a lot of coverage on Christopher Nolan’s upcoming movie The Dark Knight Rises.  That’s good for fans like us because it gets a lot of information out about the film which in turn leads to more fan excitement. The biggest piece to come from this interview is in regards to how long after The Dark Knight the new movie takes place.  According to Nolan:

“Our story picks up EIGHT years after The Dark Knight”.
“In terms of finishing our story and increasing its scope, we were trying to craft an epic”
“It’s really all about finishing Batman and Bruce Wayne’s story. We left him in a very precarious place. Perhaps surprisingly for some people, our story picks up quite a bit later, eight years after The Dark Knight. So he’s an older Bruce Wayne; he’s not in a great state. With our choice of villain and with our choice of story we are testing Batman both physically as well as mentally. Also, in terms of finishing the our story and increasing its scope, we were trying to craft epic so the physicality of the film became very important.”

Eight years after the last movie is a long time, and there are many things that could have occurred in Gotham during that time.  Its also a very long time for Batman to have been an outlaw and having to evade the police.  There’s a part of me that thinks this jump in time leaves the door open for stories to be told during this timeframe in another form like comic book or animated movies.  That would be pretty cool.  This jump forward in time will also allow us to see what a fully fleshed out Nolan version of Batman is like.  Bruce Wayne will be firmly established as Batman in the new film and in essence be a certified badass.

Batman hasn’t really had a physical opponent since Batman Begins with Ra’s al Ghul.  The Joker was all about mind games and Batman didn’t have to fight any dangerous opponents.  It will be interesting to see how well this older Batman will fare against a physical opponent.  In the movie timeline Batman is probably in his late 30s or early 40s and arguably no longer as his physical peak.  How well will this play into the movie, might this be a reason for Bane to defeat the Dark Knight?

The next piece to come out of this interview is in regard’s to Bane’s mask.  This tidbit is courtesy of costume designer Lindy Hemming:

“He was injured early in his story. Hes suffering from pain and he needs gas to survive. He cannot survive the pain without the mask. The pipes from the mask go back along his jawline and feed into the thing at the back where there are two cannisters of what ever it is..the anasthetic”

Its an interesting take on why Bane would need to wear a mask.  This makes me think that venom will not play a role in the film.  What I’m wondering is if the anesthetic provided by the mask will dull all pain.  If that’s the case Bane will be able to take a lot of punishment and feel nothing.  That is something that Batman can’t do, regardless of his mental discipline.

This information has definitely done its job in getting me more interested in the upcoming movie.  I’m especially interested in seeing how things have changed after eight years.  On a side note, did anyone else notice that it will have been roughly eight years since Batman Begins was released when The Dark Knight Rises hits theaters?

Via: Empire Online

The Dark Knight Rises Viral Marketing

The last Batman movie, The Dark Knight, became well known for making use of viral marketing to gain and keep fan interest in the movie.  It stands to reason they would do the same thing for the third Batman movie by Christopher Nolan.  Last week the viral marketing began and astute fans were able to find the first image of Bane.  This was found via a Twitter account entitled TheFireRises.

Recently a YouTube user has appeared with the same name and begun uploading videos that look to be from the new Batman movie.  I for one love the fact that the viral marketing campaign has already started.  Just imagine what they will do for Comic Con this year!  The YouTube videos are shown below, enjoy your first look at The Dark Knight Rises.  These videos seem to hint at another outbreak from Arkham.  Sound familiar from any of the comics?

First Look at Bane from The Dark Knight Rises

The folks over at Super Hero Hype have been all over this, so credit for this find goes completely to them.  It seems as though the viral marketing for Christopher Nolan’s final Batman movie The Dark Knight Rises has already started.  If you remember the viral marketing that was used to hype The Dark Knight set in place new ways to advertise a movie.  I’m very curious to see how they are able to use viral methods to hype the new movie.

Some posters over on the SHH boards have started digging into the official movie site for The Dark Knight Rises and they’ve found some very interesting details that were used to find the first image of Tom Hardy in costume as Bane.  If you’re interested in the methods used to find the image check out the SHH article.  I don’t want to steal their information on how they found it as they deserve all the credit for this find.

The best part is this seems to be an official, i.e. real, image of Bane that was purposely placed on the movie web-site.  As such, I have no problem presenting it on this site.  I have to admit, the image does seem to pull a lot of inspiration from the comics.  There could be a lot of interesting back story to describe how Bane’s spine became so scarred.  Its starting to look like scars are becoming the go to thing for a badguy in Nolan’s Bat movies.  If this is the look of Bane in the movie, I am happy.  Be sure to click on the image below for the super high res version.

Christopher Nolan Will Save Superman

I’m calling this right now, Christopher Nolan will save the Superman franchise.  After the flop that was Superman Returns someone needed to step in to put the Superman movies back on the right track and I have no doubt that Nolan can do it.  After all he saved the Batman franchise from the dreaded ‘Bat Nipples’ in Batman and Robin.

DC Entertainment made the announcement that the director of Batman Begins and The Dark Knight ,Christopher Nolan, will be “mentoring” the latest iteration of Superman on the big screen.  Simply put Nolan will be helping to guide the plot and filming of the movie but without directing the picture.  In essence Christopher Nolan will be the ‘Godfather’ of the picture.  If you can’t tell, I’m a little excited by this news.

Here’s a couple conspiracy theories for you:

  1. After Marvel’s success created one unified world for their movies to take place DC might be moving in the same direction.  Bringing in Nolan ensures there can be ties between his 3rd Batman film and the new Superman movie.  This sets the DC ‘verse up for a Justice League or team up movie one day.  However, I don’t see how well TDK Batman would fit in with this world.  TDK was based on a fictional world that felt real.  Regardless of how much you try, Superman will never feel real.  You could believe it was feasible for Bruce Wayne to become a ninja and hunt down criminals, however you stretch the bounds of credibility by believing an alien could come to Earth and be our savior.

    Possible Team Up?

  2. DC will reboot the Superman franchise.  This I tend to believe, a complete reset would give Nolan’s team to tell the story they want to tell.  There’s a lot of backstory that would need to be accounted for without a reboot.  And to be honest a remake of the fight with Zod could be pretty cool.

Batman 3 News

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British newspaper The Sun is reporting that Megan Fox has signed on to play the role of Catwoman in the newest Batman film, set to be the sequel to the hit movie The Dark Knight.  Personally, I don’t believe this for three reasons.  First and most importantly, Christopher Nolan hasn’t even signed on to do a 3rd Batman film.  Without a director onboard, specifically Nolan, I really doubt that any casting decisions have been made.  Also, The Sun is the same paper that reported Eddie Murphy had been cast as The Riddler last year!  That didn’t even come close to happening so I have my doubts this bit of ‘news’ is true.  Finally, the Batman films done by Nolan have cast people who can actually act.  Megan Fox might be hot, but I’ve yet to see her flex her acting chops in any of her movies.  Her parts so far have consisted of looking hot and running in slow motion.  Until we see her in a dramatic role I really doubt she would be considered for Batman 3.  However, sex sells so who knows.  But at the very least a Megan Fox Catwoman would probably be better than Halle Berry!

The Sun is also reporting another rumor that shooting for Batman 3 will definitely start next year with a planned 2011 release date in theaters.  However, this isn’t the first time the rumor has hit the web that Batman 3 would begin shooting in 2010.  Gary Oldman hinted at a 2010 filming date for Batman 3 at the San Diego Comic Con during a panel for The Book of Eli.  Oldman was quoted as saying:

“The next Batman is next year, so I think it is two years away.  But you didn’t hear it from me.”

After making this statment Oldman then retracted his comments.  Thats the closest we’ve gotten to official confirmation that Batman 3 will begin filming soon and it doesn’t seem too hopefuly.  That’s not to say it won’t start filming in 2010, but it seems really unlikely.

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