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June 19, 2012 | 1:45 p.m.

New ‘Dark Knight Rises’ trailer: Batman and Bane face off

A new trailer for “The Dark Knight Rises” was just released, a month before the conclusion of Christopher Nolan’s epic Batman trilogy is slated to hit the big screen on July 20. Although it contains much of the same footage introduced in the last trailer and the six-minute preview released in December, the new trailer adds several new scenes that will spark some speculation among fans of the comics, most notably a face-off between Batman (Christian Bale) and villain Bane (Tom Hardy). In the scene, Bane calls the Caped Crusader by name — “Mr. Wayne.” We see a few blows, then the trailer cuts to Bane walking away, Batman’s shattered mask in hand, leaving fans to wonder if Nolan drew from the punishing fight scene that left Bruce Wayne with a broken back in the comics’ “Knightfall” arc. The new […]
May 01, 2012 | 11:45 a.m.

‘Dark Knight Rises’ trailer: Bat flight, Cat fights, Gotham falls

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The newest trailer for “The Dark Knight Rises” reveals the scale of the film – collapsing bridges, street riots, and that familar football-field calamity — but the most intriguing moments belong to franchise newcomers Anne Hathaway, Joseph Gordon-Levitt,  Marion Cotillard and the baneful Tom Hardy. Although a portion of the trailer, which runs 2 minutes and 19 seconds, is comprised of footage from the six-minute preview released in December, it’s the most that tight-lipped co-writer and director Christopher Nolan has revealed about the third and final installment in his epic Batman trilogy, which began with “Batman Begins” in 2005 and continued with 2008′s “The Dark Knight,” winning two Oscars. The trailer opens with Selina Kyle’s voice over a soft, eerie piano, telling Bruce Wayne (Christian Bale), “There’s a storm coming.” When he remarks that she seems as if she is looking forward to it, […]
April 27, 2012 | 3:52 p.m.

‘Dark Knight Rises’: Christopher Nolan’s masked ambitions

The Batman films of Christopher Nolan are dark but the violence has consequence has never led to a R-rating. (Warner Bros.)
This post has been corrected, as detailed below. LONDON — The University of London’s stolid Senate House echoes with secrets and hidden history — it was headquarters for Britain’s propaganda and censorship department and “1984” author George Orwell used it as a model for his Ministry of Truth — so it was a fitting workplace last July for Christopher Nolan and the masked ambitions of “The Dark Knight Rises.” “Back in Gotham, back in Chris Nolan’s city,” actor Morgan Freeman said as he stepped past barbed wire and debris used in a just-finished scene. A moment later, he added: “The only drawback is this is the last one we get to work on with him. And a lot of us won’t really get that until later. It’s not until the curtain goes down that you think, ‘Jesus, that’s the last […]
Dec. 23, 2011 | 11:10 a.m.

‘Dark Knight Rises’ trailer smashes iTunes record

What’s the most anticipated movie of 2012? Well, “The Hobbit” seems poised to become a global happening and there’s already intense fan curiosity about “The Avengers” and “The Amazing Spider-Man” but, really, there’s no way any of those upcoming movies can compete with the Gotham City behemoth created by Christopher Nolan and his team. The latest proof: The new trailer for “The Dark Knight Rises” smashed the record for most combined downloads through the iTunes Movie Trailers site and the iTunes Trailers iOS app for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. The trailer went online at 10 a.m. Monday morning and was viewed more than 12.5 million times in the next 24 hours, breaking the previous record — held by the trailer for Joss Whedon’s “The Avengers” — by well over 2 million. If you haven’t seen it already, here it is … and if you have seen it, […]
Dec. 19, 2011 | 2:42 p.m.

‘The Dark Knight Rises’ trailer offers a bleak portrait of Gotham

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“The Dark Knight Rises” has a trailer out, and it reveals a portrayal of Gotham that’s more bleak (if that’s possible) than the first two films in Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy, “Batman Begins” and “The Dark Knight.” Judging from the trailer, “The Dark Knight Rises” promises a deeper look at Bruce Wayne’s character and his relationship with his butler Alfred (played again by Michael Caine), a ruthless villain in Bane (Tom Hardy), and plenty of action and explosions, including an incredible scene on a football field. Catwoman is strangely missing; Anne Hathaway is shown whispering in Wayne’s (Christian Bale) ear, and her silky voice provides narration for the trailer, but she’s not in her kitty regalia. Check out the trailer below, and let us know what you think in the comments. The film, which opens July 20, stars Bale, Hardy, […]
Dec. 12, 2011 | 3:43 p.m.

‘Dark Knight Rises’: Christopher Nolan opens up about Bane choice

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This post has been corrected, as indicated below  There’s nothing sentimental or soft about Gotham City, and that seems to suit Christopher Nolan just fine. The 41-year-old filmmaker fills the screen with grim architecture, hard-luck faces and gun-metal hues; tricks of the mind are his narrative specialty, not affairs of the heart. Still, last Thursday, eating his dinner standing up in a movie theater lobby, Nolan confessed that even he got a bit misty during the final shooting days of “The Dark Knight Rises,” which is  (by all appearances) his final visit to the world of Batman. “I tend not to be too emotional on the set, I find that doesn’t help me do my job,” the writer-director said between bites. “But you definitely get a little lump in your throat thinking that, ‘OK, this is going to be the last time we’re going to […]
Nov. 28, 2011 | 10:23 a.m.

‘Dark Knight Rises’: Christian Bale says goodbye to Batman

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Christian Bale is hanging up the cape after “The Dark Knight Rises,” the star said, proclaiming “the end of that Batman era.” After more than seven years as Bruce Wayne and his Caped Crusader alter-ego in Christopher Nolan’s trilogy of Batman films, Bale will not be returning to Gotham. “I wrapped a few days ago, so that will be the last time I’m taking that cowl off,” Bale told the Philippines Daily Inquirer,  reports Ministry of Gossip, our sister blog for all things star-studded. Bale talked about the complexities of playing such a multifaceted character, and gave props to Anne Hathaway for taking on the “toughest” role of Catwoman in the face of many skeptics who see the role as previously defined. Read more here. “The Dark Knight Rises,” which stars Bale and Hathaway, as well as Michael Caine, Gary […]
May 14, 2011 | 9:03 a.m.

‘Batman’: A preservation specialist works to save Hollywood’s Batsuits

Christian Bale in "The Dark Knight." (Stephen Vaughan/Warner Bros. Pictures)
The props and costumes of Hollywood have become big business at the auction block and, right or wrong, are taking on the aura of true cultural artifacts in our celebrity-obsessed era. But like many relics, they face the danger of time and mistreatment. To shed some light on it, preservation specialist Ron Barbagallo has written a guest essay on the fragile treasures of Gotham City (one of which returns to the screen this weekend in Los Angeles with the American Cinematheque screening of Tim Burton’s “Batman“)  The insidious danger comes from below. Liquids oozes up to wreak havoc on a foundation that seemed solid, but now suddenly cracks with fissures that spiral out of control. Malicious gases rise and permeate, damaging everything in their path. No, this is not part of some super-villain’s diabolical plot to destroy Gotham or Metropolis, but there are heroes in danger in this scenario. I’m talking […]
Feb. 28, 2011 | 5:02 p.m.

Christian Bale at the Oscars: ‘It’s straight to Batman. Much more Batman’

Actor Christian Bale accepts the trophy
It was unquestionably a milestone moment for supporting actor Oscar winner Christian Bale, who took home one of cinema’s most coveted prizes for his depiction of real-life boxer/crack addict Dicky Eklund in David O. Russell’s Boston-set boxing drama “The Fighter” on Sunday night. But in the press room backstage after his turn at the Academy Awards podium, Bale offered one bit of encouraging news for fans of another of his widely admired roles. “I’m in the middle of filming a movie in China,” said Bale, sporting a bushy beard for his part in Zhang Yimou’s “The 13 Women of  Nanjing.” “When I finish the movie in China, it’s straight to Batman. Much more Batman.” Bale, of course, was referring to his third collaboration with director Christopher Nolan on their blockbuster franchise, the upcoming “The Dark Knight Rises,” which is set […]
Oct. 27, 2010 | 6:25 a.m.

Christopher Nolan reveals title of third Batman film and that ‘it won’t be the Riddler’

Christopher Nolan (Liz Baylen/Los Angeles Times)
Christopher Nolan’s third Batman film will be called “The Dark Knight Rises” and though the Gotham City auteur isn’t ready to reveal the villain of his 2012 film, he did eliminate one of the big contenders: “It won’t be the Riddler,” Nolan said in an exclusive interview with Hero Complex. Nolan was most eager to talk about the fact that Warner Bros. had  agreed with his argument that the film should resist the current 3-D craze and instead use high-definition approaches and IMAX cameras to strike out on a different cinematic path than the stereoscopic technology that, for better or worse, has become the dominant conversation in the blockbuster sector. Check back here later in the morning for a more in-depth look at that decision and the Nolan ambitions and reasons behind it. As for the title, it shows the writer-director’s […]
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