Now that The Dark Knight Rises has made its way through its theatrical run, Christopher Nolan has eased up on being so vague about the film, and has done a fascinating interview with Film Comment where he looks back on his history with the Batman franchise. Moving through Batman Begins, The Dark Knight, and The Dark Knight Rises, he talks about the influences of each film, his approach to the stories, how he envisioned Bruce Wayne’s behavior throughout the trilogy, and much more. He also touches on the political elements of The Dark Knight Rises, its propulsive final hour, and the “open-ended” conclusion, which he doesn’t see as open-ended.
Hit the jump for more. The Dark Knight Rises hits Blu-ray/DVD on December 4th.
With the release of The Dark Knight Rises Blu-ray quickly approaching, we’re getting to see more of the extras that will be included on the disc. We’ve already seen behind-the-scenes photos of the Bane/Batman fight, Tom Hardy’s transformation into Bane, and more. Today, we’re getting a look at what went into Catwoman’s fight scenes, and the special effects that went into destroying the Gotham Rogues’ football field.
Hit the jump to check out the special features. The Dark Knight Rises hits Blu-ray/DVD on December 4th. Click here to pre-order it.
Just because the movie has already come out in theaters and is on its way to Blu-ray/DVD, that doesn’t mean the posters will ever stop for The Dark Knight Rises. Warner Bros. always releases about 437 posters for every blockbuster they make, and those are just the ones we see. Advertising firms draw up plenty of posters for studios, and then the studios choose and release the ones they want (WB just chooses more than others). Ad firm Trailer Park, Inc. has released three unused posters for The Dark Knight Rises. Two show the characters being smothered in Rise debris, and the other plays off Bane’s iconic mask. While I like the one with the mask, it’s almost too minimal for the casual moviegoer to make the connection.
Hit the jump to check out the posters. The Dark Knight Rises will be available on Blu-ray, DVD, and digital download on December 4th.
Warner Bros. has released a trailer for the upcoming Blu-ray of The Dark Knight Rises. The trailer is the same as the theatrical release except the bumper on the end says to look for the movie on Blu-ray and download. However, the sharp-eyed folks over at Batman-News noticed the details on the trailer’s YouTube page, and saw that the Blu-ray Combo Pack is due out on December 3rd. Not too much of a surprise that it will be ready in time for the holidays, although it will miss Black Friday by a couple weeks.
Hit the jump to check out the trailer. As we previously reported, the Blu-ray will not be a director’s cut. We don’t know what special features will be included on the Blu-ray.
by Jason Barr Posted: August 18th, 2012 at 1:59 pm
This weekend’s release of ParaNorman will afford me the rare opportunity to share an afternoon in the theater with two of my nephews, ages 8 and 10. Granted, they’re a little disappointed that we’re not checking it out in 3D, but I just can’t bring myself to foster any sort of affinity for the technology in their young and impressionable minds. The last movie we watched in theaters together was 2009′s Up and it was an experience that I’ll never forget as its brilliant opening sequence brought tears to both of their eyes at the ripe ages of 5 and 7. It was a glowing example of the cinema’s ability to touch young and old alike and while ParaNorman will likely be unable to touch that moment, I’m looking forward to it a ton nonetheless.
My weekend plans aside, in a three-fifths ode to our action heroes of yesteryear, this week’s Top 5 includes video interviews with the cast of The Expendables 2, video interviews with the cast and directors of ParaNorman, the first poster and trailer for Arnold Schwarzenegger‘s The Last Stand, David Cronenberg vs. the superhero genre, and the first trailer for Sly Stallone and director Walter Hill‘s revenge tale, Bullet to the Head. As always, a brief recap and link to each greets you after the jump.
I wouldn’t say David Cronenberg‘s one of my all-time favorite directors, but he’s close. He makes fascinating, disturbing movies that shock audiences not for shock value, but to force them to consider complicated ideas. While I think his movies are worth seeking out (look for my review of his latest film, Cosmopolis, tomorrow), his recent comments probably won’t endear himself to some superhero movie fans. Speaking to NextMovie, Cronenberg says he doesn’t agree with the perception that directors like Christopher Nolan are elevating the genre.
Hit the jump for the full quote from Cronenberg and my reaction. Cosmopolis opens in limited release on Friday.
by Jason Barr Posted: August 11th, 2012 at 2:39 pm
Considering the 2012 election cycle is currently in full swing, I feel compelled to lend my endorsement to a truly worthy candidate: The Campaign. As someone who unashamedly enjoys a majority of Will Ferrell‘s manchild cinematic escapades, I expected to like the pic. That said, I’m now putting The Campaign just behind Anchorman, Step Brothers, and Elf in my personal “Ferrell Top 4″: something I didn’t expect to be writing the day after seeing it. Sure, the film borrows a ton from Talladega Nights and Ferrell’s take on President Bush. It also manages to combine relevance, irreverence, and humor in a way many mainstream comedies can only promise and ultimately fail to deliver on.
Political endorsements aside, this week’s Top 5 contains a considerable share of The Bourne Legacy coverage, Joss Whedon returning to write/direct The Avengers 2, The Campaign interviews with Will Ferrell, Zach Galifianakis, and more, the first trailer and new poster for the Red Dawn remake, and the news that some of Bane’s backstory was left on The Dark Knight Rises‘ cutting room floor. A brief recap and link to each awaits after the jump.
At 164 minutes, I’m surprised anything was cut from The Dark Knight Rises, but it looks like at least a couple scenes were left on the cutting room floor. In an interview with GQ, costume designer Lindy Hemming talks about a flashback sequence involving Bane (Tom Hardy). Hemming hasn’t seen the finished film, so she assumed the scene had made the final cut. The audience never learns much about Bane other than the mask is a breathing device that stops him from being in incredible pain, and also a spoiler that I won’t reveal here.
Hit the jump for more details on the deleted scene.
After a three-week break stemming from scheduling conflicts and technical difficulties, The Collision has returned. We would have liked to have discussed The Dark Knight Rises closer to its release date, but we feel like we have to discuss even thought we’re a little late to the game. In this episode, we’ll not only talk about the conclusion to Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy, but also examine how Nolan has changed superhero movies and where the genre could be headed. While at the beginning of the show I say that the episode will be divided into non-spoiler and spoiler sections, we quickly went into discussing details, so if you haven’t seen The Dark Knight Rises yet, you’re going to want to pass on this episode until you do (assuming you mind spoilers). As always, we’ll finish up with our recommendations.
Click here to listen to the new episode of The Collision, click here for the previous episode, click here to add the podcast to your RSS, and click here to find us on iTunes. Be sure to follow The Collision on Twitter for updates, and you can follow us on Twitter at @MattGoldberg, @AdamChitwood, and @DrClawMD (Dave Trumbore). Hit the jump to check out the trailers for this week’s recommendations.
Call me old-fashioned, but I like my Batman movies to have Batman in them. Writer-director Christopher Nolan has always had a peculiar relationship with the Dark Knight. His approach was to set the character in a “realistic” world, or at least a world as real as one can get with a man in a rubber suit fighting crime. Despite a seriously flawed third act, Batman Begins brought an interesting new take on the character by introducing an exploration of fear with regards to how it molded Bruce Wayne’s personality and became a weapon he used against his enemies. However, The Dark Knight started to shift away from Batman, and instead placed the emphasis on the supporting cast, namely The Joker, Harvey Dent, and James Gordon. The template felt bigger, the stakes were higher, and the canvas was grander, and yet Batman felt like he was competing to be a lead character in his own movie. With The Dark Knight Rises, Nolan has closed out his Batman trilogy with an intense, epic, grand conclusion filled with terrific performances, exhilarating action, thoughtful ideas, and almost no room for the caped crusader.
I believe IMAX should be the true future of the theater-going experience when it comes to blockbusters (as opposed to 3D), but their branding is deceptive. “True” IMAX is on a screen that’s 72 feet high. It’s unmistakable, but “IMAX” is also attached to screens that are maybe half that size in which case you’re watching a 35mm or digital print. It’s not bad, but it’s not the way a film shot in IMAX is intended to be seen. Christopher Nolan utilized IMAX in a big way (no pun intended) when he made The Dark Knight Rises. Over an hour of the 165-minute opus was shot in the format, and seeing it in 70mm IMAX is the way it was meant to be seen. Granted, there are little things like “story” and “character” than can be viewed on any screen, but since we get so few movies that were actually shot in IMAX, it’s best to do it up right when you take it in.
So where can you find a true IMAX screen? Hit the jump for a full list of locations. We’ve also included two new TV spots, but I haven’t watched them because I’ve gone radio silent on the flick. The Dark Knight Rises opens Friday.
I’m currently sitting in my hotel room posting stories (someone has to bring the news to you fine people), but Steve tweeted that it was “beyond insane” down at the Mondo booth (#437) on the Comic-Con exhibitor’s floor. Don’t expect the insanity to let up tomorrow, because Mondo will be releasing a poster for The Dark Knight Rises by Jock. I would love to see the level of detail on this thing close-up, and the poster is a nice callback (either intentionally or unintentionally) to the bat-centric Batman Begins in that Batman actually used bats as a weapon.
Hit the jump to check out the poster. It measures 24″ x 36″, is limited to an edition of 375, and costs $50. The poster will go on sale tomorrow, July 12th at a random time, so be sure you’re following @MondoNews for the announcement. The Dark Knight Rises opens July 20th.
We’re only ten days away from The Dark Knight Rises, but that doesn’t mean there can’t be any more new trailers. Warner Bros. has released what will presumably be the final trailer for the film. Entitled “Journey”, the latest trailer pulls clips from Batman Begins and The Dark Knight before showing how Bane’s arrival in Gotham will force Batman to join an all-out street war. There are some new pieces of footage in this trailer, but it doesn’t look like there are any major spoilers.
Hit the jump to check out the trailer, click here to listen to the full soundtrack, and click on the corresponding links for Steve’s interviews with Nestor Carbonell, costume designer Lindy Hemming, co-producer Jordan Goldberg, and special effects supervisor Chris Corbould. The film stars Christian Bale, Tom Hardy, Anne Hathaway, Gary Oldman, Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine, Marion Cotillard, and Joseph Gordon-Levitt. The Dark Knight Rises opens July 20th.
If you’re at Comic-Con this week, you’re going to want to try and force your way to the Legendary Pictures booth (#3920) for some of the cool stuff they have going on. The booth will feature a “Mini Tumbler” from The Dark Knight Rises (which I suppose is the perfect urban assault vehicle for a Mini Batman), two never-before-seen costumes from Guillermo Del Toro‘s monsters-vs-giant-robots action flick Pacific Rim, and artwork from the Superman reboot, Man of Steel. Coolest of all, Del Toro will be doing a signing at the booth on Friday.
Legendary Pictures will do its panel for Pacific Rim and Man of Steel along with Warner Bros.’ The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey this Saturday at 2:30pm in Hall H.
The full soundtrack for The Dark Knight Rises is now streaming online. We previously posted 30-second clips from each track, but now you can listen to the every song in its entirety. After listening to the first few tracks, I like what I’m hearing. The aggressive blaring horns from Batman Begins and The Dark Knight have been replaced with aggressive percussion that sounds almost tribal. Also, if you’d like to hear the track that was used in this trailer, it’s “Gotham’s Reckoning”. It’s worth pointing out that while Hans Zimmer previously teamed with James Newton Howard on the previous two Batman films, this score is Zimmer going solo.
Hit the jump to listen to the soundtrack, which will be available to buy and download on July 16th. The film stars Christian Bale, Tom Hardy, Anne Hathaway, Gary Oldman, Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine, Marion Cotillard, and Joseph Gordon-Levitt. The Dark Knight Rises opens July 20th. [NOTE: The track titles don't have a explicit spoilers like "Death of Qui-Gon" or anything like that.]