In a little under two years, we will have a new Batman onscreen by way of Ben Affleck. It’s a very short turnaround considering that Christopher Nolan just finished his Dark Knight Trilogy last year, but Warner Bros. clearly wants to keep the momentum it gained with Man of Steel, and bringing Batman back into the fold appears to be part of that plan. Let’s not forget, though, that Nolan’s new vision for Batman with Batman Begins was a complete 180 from any Batman iteration—or superhero movie in general—that we had seen before, and the process of casting the caped crusader was the most important piece of the puzzle.
The new Blu-ray set The Dark Knight Trilogy: Ultimate Collector’s Edition went on sale earlier this week, and one of the many new extras found on the set is a retrospective look at casting the Batman, featuring interviews with everyone from Nolan to Damon Lindelof. A portion of that feature has made its way online, and after the jump you can watch Christian Bale, Cillian Murphy, and Eion Bailey (Band of Brothers) audition for the lead role and Nolan himself discuss the lengthy casting process.
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Details for one of the must-haves of this coming holiday season, The Dark Knight Trilogy: Ultimate Collector’s Edition Blu-ray set, started trickling out last week as we got a peek at the potential cover art for the set, and now Warner Bros. Home Entertainment has revealed the full official details for the home video release, which will hit stores on September 24th. The six-disc collection includes all three films with their existing extras, two new featurettes, and new collectible memorabilia including Hot Wheels vehicles for each film (Tumbler, Batpod, and The Bat), new art cards by Mondo that highlight the main villains, and a 48-page hardcover book. Hit the jump for more.
[Update: We've been provided with a high-resolution image of the official artwork for the set. Take a look after the jump.]
When Christopher Nolan’s closing chapter in his Dark Knight saga The Dark Knight Rises was announced for Blu-ray release last year, fans of Nolan’s trilogy understood that a collector’s trilogy set would eventually come to home video. It was subsequently confirmed that Warner Bros. would indeed be releasing the full Dark Knight Trilogy Blu-ray set in the third quarter of 2013, and now a possible first look at the set may have landed online. If this is indeed the Blu-ray collection we’ve all been waiting for, it certainly looks like it’ll be well worth purchasing. Hit the jump for some images.
Warner Bros. has a potential goldmine with the DC Comics license, but their attempts at moving forward on superhero projects have stalled. Films featuring The Flash and Wonder Woman are stuck in development hell, and the recent script for Justice League had to be scrapped. So it’s all going to fall on the broad shoulders of Superman. In a recent interview, Warner Bros. president Jeff Robinov says that Zack Snyder‘s Man of Steel is “setting the tone for what the movies are going to be like going forward. In that, it’s definitely a first step.”
Hit the jump for more including a dismissal of a recent rumor regarding Christopher Nolan and Justice League.
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.
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Though it was already pretty much expected, we now have confirmation from Warner Bros. that an extended edition of Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey will be released on home video sometime during the fourth quarter of 2013. The idea of extended editions for Jackson’s The Hobbit films is somewhat intriguing, though, given that the adaptation was initially expected to be two films in length before Jackson was granted permission to extend it to a full trilogy.
Hit the jump for more, including details on an “Ultimate Collector’s Edition” of Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Trilogy.