The EW Article on THE DARK KNIGHT RISES Reveals New Details

The EW Article on  THE DARK KNIGHT RISES Reveals New Details

Christopher Nolan addresses the rumors that he was planning to use Occupy Wall Street in the movie. Also a description of the new Batcave, and Christian Bale reflects on his final moments as Batman.

The Batcave
The set-which occupies most of a massive L.A. soundstage-is extraordinary for being exactly what it needs to be. Just a big old cave. One with a working waterfall that feeds a subterranean lake, as well as a concrete platform that rises up from the watery deep and hides secret plastic cabinetry that can pop up from the floor with the press of a button.

Christian Bale's Last Day as Batman
Christian Bale: "My last day in the suit was also the last day of shooting for me. I was in New York, on top of a downtown skyscraper. The day began with Morgan Freeman and then ended with Anne Hathaway. I got to say goodbye from within the batcowl. it was very quiet, just a couple people there. But in the midst of it, I said, 'Hold on a sec. Let me take a moment. This is it. I'm never going to have this claustrophobia again!' So I had to pause. I had to."

"It's a fascintating thing, that suit, don't you think? And since I am generally within it, I actually don't get to see it that often. Not the way that other people do."

"I can tell you the truth because I'm done with it: I felt immense pressure. And I think it's a good pressure because you owe it to the films-and the people's expectations-to make greatwork."

Truth About Occupy Wall Street
Nolan denies reports that he wanted to shoot the protesters who encamped in Zuccotti Park last fall for the film. He and his collaborators conceived Rises more than three years ago, he notes, and obtained their New York shooting permits "nine months before Occupy Wall Street even existed." Still, he's not shying away from the implications. "The truth is, we wanted to shoot on Wall Street for the same iconic reasons that the Occupy movement chose that location: It is a symbol of American wealth and capitalism," says Nolan, who hasjust begun editing the movie and cautions that the question of relevancy is premature. "In trying to tell as story of a self-made hero who is a multibillionaire, it raises certain issues that I do think are important in the world today, about the use and abuse of wat is Bruce Wayne's only superpower" extraordinary wealth."

The Dark Knight Rises Inspiration
In seeking to craft "a portrayal of a city and the different strata of people living in it," Nolan and his brother were inspired by Charles Dickens' A Tale of Two Cities and the silent cinema of Fritz Lang, arguably best known for the sci-fi landmark Metropolis.

Gotham prospering since Joker/Two-Face
Jonathan Nolan:
"If Batman's plan was to stamp out crime the new movie asks: What if the plan actually worked?"

Christopher Nolan: "At least superficially. The movie deals with the idea that if you've papered over the cracks, then you're just solving problems in a way that may not hold for the future."

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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Irons - 1/12/2012, 9:53 AM
MrJosh - 1/12/2012, 10:06 AM
multimillionaire Hollywood types... champions of the little people... because no matter what happens to you... they'll still be rich
RorMachine - 1/12/2012, 10:07 AM
"inspired by Charles Dickens' A Tale of Two Cities and the silent cinema of Fritz Lang, arguably best known for the sci-fi landmark Metropolis."

antonio - 1/12/2012, 10:08 AM
SimyJo - 1/12/2012, 10:09 AM
Thats some cool honesty from Bale there. He's done the trilogy proud with a great interpretation of Batman, the best i think.

The grey Urban ninja suit still sucks balls though but thats Nolan's fault not Bales. Batman Begins is perfect.
MarkJulian - 1/12/2012, 10:10 AM
@teabag LMAO. If I'm ever in the UK, we are getting shitfaced together!
Sanderman - 1/12/2012, 10:14 AM
heh fantastic
TheAmarilloBlack - 1/12/2012, 10:15 AM
MovieMann - 1/12/2012, 10:18 AM
It seems like BB dealt with the poor
TDK focused on basically the city in general
and TDKR focus's on the Wealthy

I love how each movie has a bunch of different themes!
Spidey91 - 1/12/2012, 10:21 AM
everything sounds good...except for the whole "Truth About Occupy Wall Street" part.

I don't want to sound like a troll or a hater,but to me,that part was a little pretentious.

I mean,he's making a commentary about the capitalist a $250 million Hollywood blockbuster movie that surely will make +700 million at the Box Office and will spawn countless merchandise?

please don't hate me.
NeoBaggins - 1/12/2012, 10:22 AM
Bale's words are sincere. Can't wait to see this movie.
thepev - 1/12/2012, 10:23 AM
heres a big reveal batman get replaced in the film by another character for one reason or the other fact
95 - 1/12/2012, 10:25 AM
The filmmakers involved with this project truly understand Batman.
MovieMann - 1/12/2012, 10:31 AM
The Nolan Batman films: The only CBM's that take inspiration from things like Metropolis, and "A Tale of two Cities"

These films just ozze class.
PapaEmeritus - 1/12/2012, 10:31 AM
Greengo - 1/12/2012, 10:34 AM
Unlike Whedon...

Anytime Nolan does an interview it gives me MORE confidence in this film.
MoonDoggyX - 1/12/2012, 10:43 AM
I like that these movies are very story-driven, not just Batman doing Batman stuff. As much as i can appreciate good mindless action movies, I like Nolan's style. The Dark Knight really surprised me. After seeing Batman Begins and the previews for TDK, I though it would have a lot more action, but what it lacked in action, it made up in high drama and suspense. Then there was Inception, and that was brilliant, too. I'm definitely no "Nolanite", but these guys definitely know how to tell a story.
headlopper - 1/12/2012, 11:01 AM
" Bruce Wayne's only superpower "extraordinary wealth."- Christian Bale.

That's kinda true. Guess I'm a super FREAKIN' hero!Wohooo!
MovieMann - 1/12/2012, 11:10 AM

Its nice to see someone on this site that is actually excited for both TDKR and The Avengers.
MovieMann - 1/12/2012, 11:12 AM
Portion of the Synopsis of "A Tale of Two Cities"

"a French once-aristocrat who falls victim to the indiscriminate wrath of the revolution despite his virtuous nature."
Greengo - 1/12/2012, 11:17 AM
@MovieMann: You're kidding. I think most people on this site are excited for CBM's in general.

Be it TDKR or Avengers or TAM or any other one.

Don't put too much stock into the DC v Marvel B.S.
Phlegmbot - 1/12/2012, 11:42 AM
OK, well, I've not been impressed with anything about this movie, but these bits and pieces have given me some hope.

It all sounds cool.

Is there still time to replace Hathaway tho'?
MovieMaster - 1/12/2012, 12:01 PM
@MovieMann- I think you just said exactly why Nolan's Batman is full of win. @tea- LMFAO!
Fogs - 1/12/2012, 12:21 PM
Nice interview. Bale deserves this:

MrReese - 1/12/2012, 12:50 PM
This movie will own '12
PeterDarker121 - 1/12/2012, 1:35 PM
WOW. A Tale of Two Cities? I was forced to read that for my English final in high school. I hated it then, but has since become one of my all time favorites...I guess from this reveal, then TDKR is TRULY about 'MIRRORS'....

"It was the BEST of times, it was the WORST of times..."
40oz - 1/12/2012, 1:40 PM
Nolan does Batman movies like a boss!
PeterDarker121 - 1/12/2012, 2:10 PM

Ditto to Greengo's point. This site is FULL of fans who are equally as excited for TDKR as WELL as the Avengers, myself included. ANY fan of Comic Book Movies IN GENERAL knows for a fact that 2012 is lookin to be the greatest year ever for the genre. Are You KIDDING me?

As for Nolan's use of notable literary and classic film references in CB adaptations, he's not the first, nor will he be the last. You seem to think that the 'Comic Book Movie' started with him, but it didn't, and it won't end with him either.
NeoBaggins - 1/12/2012, 3:47 PM
@ErikMonroe Of course the CBM won't end with Nolan. But unless someone starts making more than average CBMs, it will seem like it SHOULD HAVE ended with him.
PeterDarker121 - 1/12/2012, 4:24 PM
@NeoBaggins Meh, it's only your opinion that every writer and director besides Christopher Nolan has made an average CBM in the history of the genre. Arguably, the first Superman and Spider-Man 2 are just as remarkable in their own ways. Hell, Watchmen is considered a failure in the current history of CBMS. But you know what? I'm more entranced by that film than TDK and I watch it every few months. It was like how I felt when I saw Jackie Brown for the first time compared to Pulp Fiction....but that's another topic...
RyanLantern77 - 1/12/2012, 5:11 PM
TheDetectiveComicRises - 1/12/2012, 6:41 PM
First off mbembet I agree with U about Christian Bale :)
& second this work Sounds like a Masterpiece I look very 4ward 2 07/20/2012 "The Dark Knight Rises" I will miss Christian Bale, Chris Nolan & Johnathan Nolan & the rest working on these wonderful "Batman Cases" :)
schneider625 - 1/12/2012, 7:19 PM
Christian Bale, what a dumba$$. Who wouldn't want to continue being Batman? He was a C lister before Begins and will go back to being a C lister after Rises.

"Hmmmmmmm...., play the worlds favorite superhero, get paid millions, upon millions of dollars a movie, be Americas premier bad-ass. ??? Oh, I think that I'll do that for... like... EVER."
RyanLantern77 - 1/12/2012, 7:39 PM
@Schneider625 - C-Listers don't win Oscars bro
Howlett - 1/12/2012, 8:30 PM
Nolan answered the Occupy Wall Street remark intelligently.
Tainted87 - 1/12/2012, 9:49 PM
At the end of the day, Bane is going to be a muscular and well-travelled extremist who stands at an average height, wants to see Gotham City tear itself apart in anarchy, has no accent, and presumably requires a filtered mouthpiece.

The unknowns:
Will he be an escaped prisoner?
Will he have an addiction to any kind of performance-enhancing drug?
Will he learn Batman's identity himself or through the League of Shadows?
Will he be working for, with, or in charge of the League of Shadows?
Will he answer or even pretend to answer to Talia?
Will Talia even be Talia?

Note how I really don't care about Catwoman. I have ZERO expectations from Hathaway, and don't even see the character as Catwoman anyway, so I'm over it.

I think they painted themselves in a corner. I'd love to have Batman hold a conversation with Bane in Spanish without a dub; it would benefit both characters not only in showing how well-travelled and cultured they are, but also present the comic versions. I'd love for "Miranda Tate" to actually be Talia, but she may just be an associate of Bane's. To suddenly introduce herself to Bruce without Ra's alive would be totally out of left-field, and Talia would have no reason to refer to Bruce as "Beloved". Ra's didn't call him "Detective", so I guess it would have been too much to wish for anyway. Those things may seem really small and nitpicky, but trust me, they make a big difference.

Ra's calling Bruce "Detective" is a sign of respect, admiration, and scorn all rolled into one nickname. I really liked Batman Begins, I understand why they did what they did, but to have him able to return would have been even better.
Talia calling Bruce "Beloved" is something he really doesn't enjoy, which describes with that just that word, her determination, her non-compliance, her loyalty, and her antagonism.
NeoBaggins - 1/13/2012, 1:28 AM
@ErikMonroe It goes without saying, or at least it should, that these views are our opinions.

Christopher Nolan set a new standard for CBMs.
antonio - 1/13/2012, 5:43 AM
Skulldeath: there two shots of her in prologue montage.
megadeth - 1/13/2012, 6:10 AM
nolan the mastermind cant wait for this epicness

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