What with Comic-Con about to kick off, and the staggering amount of news flooding in for Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises, I think I will need a holiday at the end of it all! But I won’t be able to have a holiday, because once all this madness calms down, we will have films like Total Recall, The Bourne Ultimatum, Ted, The Expendables 2 and The Possession to worry about, and thats just bloody August! And let’s not forget Film Four’s Frightfest is just around the corner!
However, to the case in hand, and the mighty The Dark Knight Rises. There is just a week to go before the press screening (I cannot wait!!!) and so it is doubtful the huge amount of promotional material will calm down between now and then. In fact, it seems to be getting more intense, and today I have not one, not two, not three but a staggering FIVE new bits of material to share with you!
Firstly comes the latest (and final?) trailer, clocking in at two and a half minutes, it is powerful stuff, and very intense. This is good stuff, and we even get some clips of both Batman Begins and The Dark Knight at the beginning, with the trailer quite rightly being called ‘Journey’. Check out the awesome beast below!
Next, we have a brand new TV spot which also arrived late yesterday. The rather playful new TV spot features plenty of new footage, and focuses on a very high comedy factor, with Batman himself being in on the majority of the jokes. Thankfully it doesn’t make out the film will in any way be a comedy, it just shows that Nolan does enjoy a bit of humour here and there, and with the film running at close to three hours long, and being as intense as it looks, a little bit of light hearted comedy can’t hurt, can it?
Next comes the first proper clip from the film, featuring a conversation with Commissioner Gordon (Gary Oldman) and John Blake (Joseph Gordon-Levitt)
In a related The Dark Knight Rises piece of news comes the following, a parody trailer courtesy of Ice Age 4 and everyone’s favourite nut hunter, Scrat. The trailer is a parody if the Dark Knight Rises and features Scrat in a sort of Batman role as he hunts for his favourite nut, the same nut he has been chasing since the hilarious opening of the first Ice Age film. The short but sweet TV spot is very amusing, and I have included it here because it is a bit of harmless fun which is actually quite good. Ice Age 4: Continental Drift will be properly released in UK cinemas this weekend, and the last two weekends previews.
Clips out of the way, next we have two posters to share with you. The first is a totally brilliant and hilarious fan-made poster which features Batman having a bit of a grapple with Spider-Man. What I love about this is not only the exceptional art work, attention to detail or the fact it looks dam good, but its the word “move” which I find absolutely hilarious. Basically, Spider-Man has had a good run at the cinema, and while this weeks Ice Age 4 and Magic Mike will no doubt knock him off his perch, it it the other superhero film of the summer which will knock Spider-Man well and truly off the radar, and so the word ‘move’ seems highly appropriate.
And finally, another poster has been revealed this week, and after the joke of the above poster, this next one gets serious, Bane serious! The ultra cool poster of Bane’s face will be made available at midnight IMAX screenings of the film in the US, although I am not 100% sure if this is the case for the UK. Whether the UK gets them or not, you have to agree the poster is pretty badass and I want one!
Warner Bros. Pictures’ and Legendary Pictures’ “The Dark Knight Rises” is the epic conclusion to filmmakerChristopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy.
“It has been eight years since Batman vanished into the night, turning, in that instant, from hero to fugitive. Assuming the blame for the death of D.A. Harvey Dent, the Dark Knight sacrificed everything for what he and Commissioner Gordon both hoped was the greater good. For a time the lie worked, as criminal activity in Gotham City was crushed under the weight of the anti-crime Dent Act.
But everything will change with the arrival of a cunning cat burglar with a mysterious agenda. Far more dangerous, however, is the emergence of Bane, a masked terrorist whose ruthless plans for Gotham drive Bruce out of his self-imposed exile. But even if he dons the cape and cowl again, Batman may be no match for Bane”
Leading an all-star international cast, Oscar(R) winner Christian Bale (“The Fighter”) again plays the dual role of Bruce Wayne/Batman. The film also stars Anne Hathaway, as Selina Kyle; Tom Hardy, as Bane; Oscar(R) winner Marion Cotillard (“La Vie en Rose”), as Miranda Tate; and Joseph Gordon-Levitt, as John Blake. Returning to the main cast, Oscar(R) winner Michael Caine (“The Cider House Rules”) plays Alfred; Gary Oldman is Commissioner Gordon; and Oscar(R) winner Morgan Freeman (“Million Dollar Baby”) reprises the role of Lucius Fox. The screenplay is written by Christopher Nolan and Jonathan Nolan, story by Christopher Nolan & David S. Goyer. The film is produced by Emma Thomas, Christopher Nolan and Charles Roven, who previously teamed on “Batman Begins” and the record-breaking blockbuster “The Dark Knight.” The executive producers are Benjamin Melniker, Michael E. Uslan, Kevin De La Noy and Thomas Tull, with Jordan Goldberg serving as co-producer. The film is based upon characters appearing in comic books published by DC Comics. Batman was created by Bob Kane.
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The Dark Knight Rises arrives in UK cinemas 20th July.
By Matt Wavish