Concept Artist Tully Summers Calls THE DARK KNIGHT RISES, "A War Film"

Concept Artist Tully Summers Calls THE DARK KNIGHT RISES, "A War Film"

In a recent interview The Dark Knight Rises concept artist Tully Summers describes Christopher Nolan's final Batman as a war film. He also shares his opinion of all the set photos that were posted online.

"The Dark Knight Rises is a war film."

Cine Web Radio had an interview with Tully Summers, a classically trained illustrator that is best known for his creature designs. He was inspired by one of the most celebrated cinematic wizards, Ray Harryhausen, and his visual style draws a lot from nature as a reference.

In the comic book movie community we may not recognize his name, but we sure as hell recognize his art. He has worked on Men in Black 3, Thor,, Avatar, and Green Lantern..

But, it's his work on The Dark Knight Rises that is most intriguing about this interview. When asked about the differences of creating fantasy based designs for films like Men in Black 3 and then going to Nolan's more realistic Batman style, he said:

"The difference for me was Christopher Nolan’s visual style. One of the things that makes his Batman movies so compelling is their tone of plausibility. He will often prefer a raw, grittier design over one that is very sleek and product design pretty. It’s sort of a practical military aesthetic. This stuff is made to work, not impress shoppers. The Dark Knight Rises is a war film."

Tully did character designs for Bane and Catwoman, and was asked to share his thoughts of the set photos that leaked and spoiled the official reveal of those two characters.

"Films like Batman are meticulously planned. Every shot is storyboarded, framed, lighted and choreographed to camera. Any photos taken that are not from the intended camera are out of context. In a sense it’s like judging Sesame Street or the Muppets from a set photo: “That’s ridiculous! There’s a whole guy hanging out that character!” Christopher Nolan is a consummate filmmaker. Consider his body of work and his first 2 Batman movies. I don’t think fans will be disappointed."

When asked about working on Will Smith's third Men in Black film, Tully said he wasn't nervous about delving into an established universe that many other artist had already contributed too.

"Most film today is adapted from something else, weather it be a fairytale, novel, comic book, or an even older movie. It’s often my job to translate a concept from one medium to one that works and is appealing on film. In the case of a sequel like MIB3, I need to try and stay true to the tone of the original while making something new and different enough to keep people interested."

Thank you for the heads up CARTMAN

The Dark Knight Rises hits theaters July 20th 2012 and stars Christian Bale as Bruce Wayne/Batman, Michael Caine as Alfred Pennyworth, Garly Oldman as Jim Gordon, Tom Hardy as Bane, Anne Hathaway as Selina Kyle, Joseph Gordon-Levitt as John Blake and Marion Cotillard as Miranda Tate.

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Sanderman - 2/13/2012, 12:22 PM
there you go people. they're not meant to look "pretty", just to work. so quit complaining about freakin costumes!
Mrcool210 - 2/13/2012, 12:28 PM
i thought i was gonna watch a batman film, not a war film that batman just happens to be in, great nolan strikes again -_-
HellsHammer - 2/13/2012, 12:31 PM
and here comes the broken record, ...I mean Morty.
AsianVersionOfET - 2/13/2012, 12:36 PM
AWE-SOME. Aaaaaaaand cue the MARVELITES/Wienerites!
PaulRom - 2/13/2012, 12:39 PM

MrReese - 2/13/2012, 12:42 PM
"Consider his body of work and his first 2 Batman movies. I don’t think fans will be disappointed."

color me happy XD

BLACKTHORN - 2/13/2012, 12:44 PM
Mrcool210 is a [frick]ing bitch
antonio - 2/13/2012, 12:45 PM
Always knew this. I think this going to be the most controversial CBM of 2012, Imo.

Warzone on American soil+bombs+terrorists(the leader of which is like a combination of Che Guevara, Joseph Stalin, and to some extent, Adolf Hitler)+social uprising+war and uprising against two social classes(the 99% rising against the fatcats)+economic issues etc.
antonio - 2/13/2012, 12:48 PM
Plus, Imo, you get a bit of a Black Hawk Down+Full Metal Jacket vibe so that adds to the war feel of this movie.
Fogs - 2/13/2012, 12:52 PM
MovieMann - 2/13/2012, 12:53 PM
SpiderFan35 - 2/13/2012, 12:55 PM
Take that Muppet movie haters!
MrPagBrewster - 2/13/2012, 12:58 PM
I'm very subjective when it comes to marvel and DC, and that being I can say that "marvelites" are the biggest group of douchebags to ever hit the internet just second to the national league of white power skinheads. you guys are some real dicks with nothing better to do but jump on batman movie related articles and clog it up with your bullshit. say want you want about "nolanites" but they keep thier shit to them selves. [frick]ing pricks starting shit on every article gets annoying. this is for you "marvelites" not marvel fans.
Mrcool210 - 2/13/2012, 12:59 PM
@BLACKTHORN just cause i dont like a movie dosnet make me a bitch, its called an opinion, something you dont think people should have
antonio - 2/13/2012, 1:02 PM
@Supersayianfan case in point (in this article) mrcool210.
MrPagBrewster - 2/13/2012, 1:05 PM
MrCool210, no what makes you a bitch is coming on here with a stupid comment like that. "I thought i was gonna watch a batman film, not a war film that batman just happens to be in."
Mrcool210 - 2/13/2012, 1:05 PM
@antonio and i repeat, i am allowed to have a [frick]ing opinion, i dont like nolans movies, i dont hate them, but i dont love them. i just feel these should be more like a comic book. there are plenty of marvel movies out there that suck, just cause i dont like one thing about one movie dosent make me a marvilite
antonio - 2/13/2012, 1:13 PM
@Mrcool210 no, you are a marelite when saying an ignorant ass comment like that.
Marxman12 - 2/13/2012, 1:14 PM
Well it seems that Gotham City will literally war against itself. There will be those that prefer the Harvey Dent era and those that want a revolution. Just like Che, Stalin, and Hitler, Bane will use social issues and economics (much like Ra's did in Batman Begins) to push his terrorism and tyranny.
MrReese - 2/13/2012, 1:14 PM
AsianVersionOfET - 2/13/2012, 1:15 PM
@Mrcool210, please just....just leave.
DCwanabe - 2/13/2012, 1:16 PM
AsianVersionOfET - 2/13/2012, 1:16 PM
@MrReese, holy f word! Sweet poster!
Irons - 2/13/2012, 1:17 PM
It's okay Tully, the super, super majority of movie goers doesn't need convincing.
MrReese - 2/13/2012, 1:18 PM
@AsianVersionOfET i know very 1930-ish XD
AsianVersionOfET - 2/13/2012, 1:28 PM
@Arminies, you can leave too. Bye!
PapaEmeritus - 2/13/2012, 1:30 PM
"It’s sort of a practical military aesthetic. This stuff is made to work, not impress shoppers."

"...tone of plausibility..."

"Consider his body of work and his first 2 Batman movies."

Mrcool210 - 2/13/2012, 1:36 PM
@theultimatespider Thank you
Nemeres - 2/13/2012, 1:43 PM

Hey man, for what it's worth, I know what you mean. TDK also seemed to me like a crime movie that Batman just happened to be in. The thing is that for me, that's a plus. It meant they actually bothered to take the character's world and make a real story out of it, instead of conditioning the story just so Batman could get his moments of stylized superhero-ness, which for better or worse is what pretty much every other superhero movie does.

But to each his own. I get it.
MovieMann - 2/13/2012, 1:47 PM

I love the Nolan batman films, but I respect your opinion.
antonio - 2/13/2012, 1:52 PM
@Nemeres and the fact that the crime and legal aspects of TDK is taking from pre-existing Batman lore(The Long Halloween).
Mrcool210 - 2/13/2012, 2:02 PM
oh but remember theultimatespider? Opinions arnt welcome
silverdog - 2/13/2012, 2:17 PM
meh... excuses to justify that is going to be everything but a batman/ comic book movie
95 - 2/13/2012, 2:26 PM
This man speaks the truth.
thisheart - 2/13/2012, 2:28 PM
For what it's worth, Mrcool210, I think DCWanabe was kidding. I have no problems with what you said, I mainly agree, but Arminies is just here to start shit.

A war film with Batman at the center of it all sounds rad to me. The Dark Knight being a "crime thriller" that happened to have Batman in it totally matches the tone of the comics. Remember that Batman was invented and starred in a series called Detective Comics, a darker, grittier answer to Action Comics. The tone of Nolan's movies fits Batman, just like Whedon's perfect for Avengers.
Superman61 - 2/13/2012, 2:36 PM
NextHero08 - 2/13/2012, 2:37 PM
^^^^^^^ mrcool210-- Not true. Just finding a reason to pick a fight. Not everyone agreed with ALOT of choices made in the Green Lantern film and many don't feel to well about changes to the Man of Steel film. As for these "Nolanites" your whining about, maybe they have a right to talk seeing how it IS Nolan's style and he has proven that it works as opposed to Marvel who you never know what you may get with the revolving door of directors. People will complain be it DC or Marvel but Nolan has an impressive record and the "Nolanites" have every reason to be confident in this film despite whatever changes he makes.
graveyardtramp - 2/13/2012, 3:01 PM
I think opinions are fine, and important, as long as people actually wait and SEE a movie before they either praise it as brilliant or dismiss it as rubbish.
Ranger14 - 2/13/2012, 3:08 PM
I still don't get why it is in the realm of reality and acceptable that Scarecrow could wear a gunnysack bag over his head, but it wouldn't fly for Bane to have a luchador mask. I've seen a lot more luchador masks on the big and little screen than people wearing gunnysacks over their head. ;-)
Nubase - 2/13/2012, 3:46 PM
i read a while back that nolan used 2 of his favourate movies as inspiration, blade runner was used for batman begins and heat was used for the dark knight and l read that full metal jacket is the inspiration for the dark knight rises and whats also interesting is that in begins starred Rutger Hauer who was amazing in blade runner, in the dark knight starred William Fichtner who was in heat and Matthew Modine who was the lead in Full metal jacket is in the dark knight rises.

So perhaps the war theme is correct and the look of the 6min prologue does remind me of full metal jacket.
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