Oh man there is a lot of The Dark Knight Rises news to get through today, so let’s get started shall we? Firstly, ten new images have been revealed over the weekend, featuring just pretty much every one of the core actors from the film, and you can check out the rather serious gallery at the bottom of this post.
Secondly, a thirteen-minute TV special was revealed yesterday and it goes into an awful lot of detail on the cast, characters and story. It features interviews with all the actors from the film, and it also includes an interview with Christopher Nolan himself. Now, for those not wanting to know anything more about the film, which arrives on 20th July, then might I suggest you skip this video for fear of it giving too much away. Those who simply cannot get enough of the film, and can’t wait to get a glimpse of as much as they possibly can, then watch it! There is a ton of new footage here and if you really want to see more, then here it is for you!
In further news, one of the first press screenings of the new film on Friday night did not go quite as well as planned. One hour into the IMAX presented screening the film began to go out of sync. Audience members eventually complained, and while the projectionists tried desperately to fix the issue, the show had to be cancelled. Those who attended were offered the chance to return 8am the next morning to see the film in full ahead of the planned press conference which was happening later that day. A real shame for what is likely to be the biggest film of the year. However, it was a minor slip up, and with further screenings going on this weekend, I am sure the reviews will start flooding the press soon, and I have no doubt that they will be very very positive. There have apparently been reports of the film receiving standing ovations at these early screenings, very good news indeed!
And finally, Christopher Nolan was honoured the ‘hand and footprint’ ceremony on Saturday at the Grauman’s Chinese Theatre in Los Angeles. He joins a list of 261 other Hollywood stars who have been blessed with the treatment, with names like Marilyn Monroe, Steven Spielberg and even The Dark Knight Rises star Michael Caine leaving his mark in 2008, just before the release of The Dark Knight.
Christopher Nolan told the crowd: “This is all a bit surreal for me,” Included in the crowd were members of Nolan’s family, and the crew and cast of The Dark Knight Rises. Also on hand was Michael Caine, and he said: “I’m saying these wonderful things about him, but I want you to know I’m not trying to get into the next Batman [film] because there isn’t one,”
Nolan then told EW about his thoughts on Michael Caine receiving the ceremony: “I remember sitting here watching [Caine] honored and thinking, ‘Wow, that’s really the pinnacle of a great career and legend,’ so for me to be honored in the same way, I feel extremely unworthy but very grateful for the honor,”
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.
So there you have it, a lot of news and we are just under two weeks away from release. For now though, please enjoy the following image gallery.
By Matt Wavish