Cinematographer Wally Pfister Talks THE DARK KNIGHT RISES; Says Script is “Phenomenal”

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While The Dark Knight Rises doesn’t come out until over a year from now, that doesn’t mean anticipation can’t already be at a fever pitch. A couple of weeks ago, Warner Bros. revealed that Anne Hathaway has landed the role of Selina Kyle/Catwoman, and that previously announced Tom Hardy will be portraying Bane in the Christopher Nolan-directed film. Cinematographer Wally Pfister, who so beautifully filmed the previous two entries in Nolan’s Batman soon-to-be trilogy (as well as Inception) recently talked a bit about reading the script for The Dark Knight Rises, penned by Nolan and his brother Jonathan. When asked how Nolan can top The Dark Knight, Pfister responded thusly:

“I asked the same question. I read the script two weeks ago, and he’s done it. Plain and simple — he’s done it. It’s a phenomenal script. He’s still in the process of cutting it back because it’s a very long script right now, but it’s really phenomenal. And he actually had me go back and wanted me to watch, in IMAX, Batman Begins and The Dark Knight again. When I watched those I had read the script for The Dark Knight Rises and was like, ‘dude, it is a perfect trilogy.’ I think that was his intent, to work off those two pictures — and they are very different pictures. And it’s funny, we all had different opinions about which picture we like better.”

For more from Pfister, including his thoughts on Hathaway as Catwoman, hit the jump.

Talking to the Kevin and Josh Movie Show (via Nolan Fans and Ropes of Silicon), Pfister revealed that they plan to shoot the majority of The Dark Knight Rises in IMAX:

“Our goal is to shoot as much in IMAX as we can. We’re going to put in on the screen, and put it on the screen big. And I really encourage everyone to see it in IMAX if they can because we’re really going for it this time. In terms of the action, we are all scratching our heads right now trying to figure out how we’re going to do it; how we’re going to do it in the amount of time we’re going to do it in. The opening scene of the movie will blow your mind.”

The opening scene of The Dark Knight is damn near perfect, so it’ll be interesting to see what Nolan has in store to top that. Furthermore, the IMAX scenes in Dark Knight looked impeccable, so the more IMAX the better. It appears that Pfister shot Hathaway’s screen test for the upcoming film and had this to say regarding her as Catwoman:

“She’s so good. She did an incredible job. She is a great, great actress… and she looked phenomenal in the wardrobe.”

It looks like Nolan’s trained Pfister well in the way of “talking without saying anything at all.” Fine by me. I’d much rather know as little as possible going into this film. Nolan has a knack for surprising the audience with mind-blowing scenes, and this flick is sure to be no exception. Filming is set to get underway in May. The Dark Knight Rises hits theaters on July 20th, 2012. So now, we wait…

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  • MonsterKilledThePilot

    I don’t want to know anything, either. I want to be surprised.

    • darrin

      same here, and i want an imax screen in my country

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  • Taylor Fenno

    I love Wally Pfister!

  • Kyle

    For anybody who’s interested, it’s all over the net right now that Joseph Gordon-Levitt is in talks to join TDKR…..

    • Kevin

      I wont believe it until Nolan or anyone involved in the creative process in the film announces it.

      • NomNom

        It is real. WB confirmed it today.

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  • Mathieu

    Well, he’s hardly going to say the script is a load of shit, is he? The man knows what side his bread is buttered on.

  • Guy

    Comments about the movie from anyone involved with it prior to release are meaningless. I don’t care if it’s Wally Pfister, it’s totally meaningless.

  • batesmotel

    i just want the viral campaign to start. lol

  • Aubrey Titmuss

    Now they just need to include Rupert Thorne, Black Mask, Dr. Hugo Strange and Deadshot and this movie will have all the major villains it needs. Christopher Nolan is the undisputed best and greatest director in the world. The Dark Knight Rises will be the biggest movie of 2012. Watch out Avatar!

  • NomNom

    I am too excited for this film. July 20th, 2012 cannot get here any faster.

  • Justin

    I have full faith in these guys. James Cameron only wishes his sub par Avatar movies will be on this level.

    • JohnDoe

      And Chris Nolan wishes he could actually film a decent action sequence, that doesn’t seem cliched and missing something. Hey, I like Chris Nolan, he’s a brilliant scriptwriter, but none of his movies had me reeling the first time I saw them like Cameron’s Terminator 2 or Aliens did.

    • gimpsuit

      Nolan is fine and all, but man, nothing in any of his films has come close to matching the action of a Cameron movie. In fact I’d barely call his batman movies action films at all. Any action was pretty generic, well filmed, but generic.
      I guess cuase he writes overly convoluted scripts he gives the impression of being clever, which is fine, but can’t back it up fully. Never had that feel of complete satisfaction with a Nolan film unfortunantly.

      • Wilso

        Nolan is an innovator, we’ve seen action scene after action scene over and over throughout the years, Camerons Cliche bullshit has zero substance and is hollow eye candy. Cameron isn’t in the same league as Nolan, not by FAR. Nolan makes history while Cameron is remembered as the Jackass who ripped off Fern Gully.
        Nolan is being realistic, not creating colorful action sequences that break a thousand laws of physics like Cameron. It just wouldn’t fit, and it would piss more people off than it would benefit. What Nolan did was turn Batman into a serious crime drama, not a film relient on its action. I don’t want to come off as a jerk or anything, but according to your logic, The Godfather shouldve had more explosions and gunfights, and with unrealistic choreography.

      • Mathieu

        Wilso, if there’s one thing you can’t criticize Cameron on, it’s his action. Brilliantly staged, with a clear sense of geography and spatial relationships and dynamic without resorting to the lazy hack’s style of choice, shakycam.

        The guy is a science nerd; he has a material-world justification for everything in all of his films, even down to the floating mountains in Avatar, so there’s nothing implausible about his action.

        As much as I enjoy BB and TDK, you obviously weren’t born or were very young around the time T2 came out. No one had ever seen anything like it before. True innovation. Nolan’s Batman flicks don’t do anything in terms of action that we haven’t seen a million times before in a 70s-era Bond movie. That’s kind of what’s refreshing about them; old school in-camera tricks. But it sure as heck ain’t innovative.

        Now take Nolan’s knob out of your mouth and go brush your teeth before bed! ;)

  • sher

    srsly i hate commenting ..but I just wanna really say i Am totally freakin’ excited after reading this article !!!

  • Hi

    Totally agree with Guy on this one….this is meaningless.
    @batesmotel what are you talking about this is the beginning of the viral campaign. Just look at all the fan boys frothing at the mouth over this lol, and before I get blasted yes I have watched the first 2 movies and yes they were great.

  • Mark

    God damnit! Wally’s got my blood pumping for this movie, and it’s still more than a year away!

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  • gimpsuit

    Typical Hollywood bs. Everything is ‘phenomenal’ and ‘great’. Just hope it turns out better than the over rated first two films.

  • Dr. Eggnog

    I really enjoyed both movies and will be curious to see how the trilogy wraps up. The second movie was very different from the first but didn’t disappoint, in fact it may have been better. Although I don’t know how much I trust a stranger to tell me the script is phenominal (I don’t really trust anyone but close friends), but I certainly want to believe it.

  • christophercantos

    yeah i agree with Wally. Nolan’s Batman movies, though has the same theme, is completely different movies. Batman Begins has a “Blade Runner-vibe”. smoky and moody city. while TDK has a “Heat-vibe”. it’s interesting because the two influences are very different, and yet Nolan cleverly evokes the two films to tie his Batman films. clever!.

    hmm, i wonder which prefer which? does Nolan prefers his more perfect Batman Begins? or does he prefer the greatness of TDK. miles away greater than Batman Begins? TDK is a great movie, much greater than Begins, but it has many flaws.

    also anyone notices that Oldman uses different voices for Batman Begins and TDK? he’s kind of hamming it up in Batman Begins(which is just fine), but in TDK he played it straight.

  • Lame Duck

    I just love it when the fan boys go nuts when a comic book movie comes out…then bash it as soon as the movies ages. So basically, let me spell it out for you guys. When The Dark Knight Rises (which i can guarantee will not be the final title) comes out people will praise it. Then after 2 years, those same people will say Bale was the worst batman ever, Anna Hathaway was a talentless whore, and Tom Hardy can’t act…nature of the beast. For all the nerds saying that The Dark Knight was overrated…please direct a batman movie yourself and then let’s see how many people like your version. People just like to criticize because it gives them a false sense of intelligence and importance. So sad…

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  • Jordan

    You said it, Lame Duck.

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  • Keith Evans

    I’m really excited to see this new batman movie on the bigscreen. Heard that this will be the first movie to be shot entirely in iMax! This is going to be a long long wait!


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