This will be a rather large post, but it is all good stuff let me tell you! Firstly, a sixth TV spot arrived yesterday for Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises, and while it features some extra footage, it is the final piece of information which is exciting. In the US tickets are due to go on sale next Monday, June 11th and hopefully this means here in the UK as well. Since the film is released the same time here in the UK as it is in the US, and as early ticket sales are becoming more and more popular, I can only presume it might be the same for here in the UK. We shall find out on Monday!
In more The Dark Knight Rises news, MTV recently revealed a fourth trailer at their movie awards on Sunday. Now, it would seem that the trailer has not been made available here in the UK, however thanks to someone on Facebook, you can view the trailer here.
It is a stunning new trailer, full of menace and threat from Bane and features a heck of a lot more Catwoman action. I have also read in Empire that The Dark Knight Rises writer Jonathan Nolan has stated that “Catwoman threatens to steal the film” It would seem that we have been kept in the dark as to just how big a role she will play in the film, but it is certainly pointing to the fact her character will be a MAJOR one.
Oh, it has also recently been confirmed that the running time for The Dark Knight Rises is 2 hours and 45 minutes!
Finally, the third piece of Batman news we have for you today is a number of new images taken from the recently released ‘The Dark Knight Rises: The Secret Files Scrapbook. The images are of a shirtless Bane (Tom Hardy), another of Bane speaking to his followers, a very sexy picture of Anne Hathaway as Catwoman, a glimpse of Marion Cotillard as Miranda Tate and a picture of Joseph Gordon-Levitt as John Blake.
Justice League movie moving forward???
In further DC related news, it has been reported that their planned ‘Justice League’ movie is back on, clearly after the success of Marvel’s The Avengers Assemble. A movie based on DC’s Justice League has, however, been on the cards for a number of years at Warners, but news this week sounds like there is a strong possibility the movie is moving forward.
Previous attempts to bring together the likes of Batman, Superman, The Green Lantern, Wonder Woman and The Flash have failed. Back in 2007 Mad Max director George C. Miller came closest to creating the superhero epic, with Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows writers Kieran and Michele Mulroney due to write. Adam Brody was expected to star as The Flash, Megan Gale as Wonder Woman and Armie Hammer as Batman. That movie fell through.
Now, Warners have hired Gangster Squad writer Will Beall to kick start the project. Beall’s previous efforts was writing a number of episodes of TV series Castle (2009-11), however his work on Gangster Squad has clearly made an impression as he is now working on the remake of Logan’s Run (with Nicolas Winding Refn directing and Ryan Gosling starring) and he is also writing the screenplay for Lethal Weapon 5.
Not much else is known on the Justice League project, but let’s not forget that Batman is still tied up with Christopher Nolan, and with The Dark Knight Rises being Nolan’s final Batman film as director, Warners have said they intend to continue the story, with rumours of Jonathan Nolan taking over from writing to directing. Also Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel is still a long way off, due for release 14th June 2013, almost a year from now, it will prove difficult to get a Justice League movie seeing the light of day anytime before that. So, this is good news, but a long long way off development.
However, comic book author Mark Millar has recently spoken on his own website forum about what he knows about the possible script ideas for a Justice League movie: claiming to have a friend who knows the new screenwriter, here is what he said:
“His take on the team is incredible. Very real-world and not at all what you might expect. WB has a chequered history with their superhero characters. They’re great with their boy wizards, but less consistent with their DC stable. But my chum said that this could be a thing of beauty and has been in the works for a little while now, not just an Avengers knock-off. Best of luck to them. The tidbits I heard sound quite dark and mature, which isn’t what I expected. But word on Gangster Squad is great too so I feel this is in really good hands”
By Matt Wavish