Christian Bale And Emma Thomas On The Brutality Of THE DARK KNIGHT RISES

The Dark Knight pushed the boundaries of its PG-13 rating, and The Dark Knight Rises looks set to do the same as Christian Bale describes Bruce Wayne's painful journey through the film and producer Emma Thomas talks about the brutality a villain like Bane will deliver.

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By Josh Wilding - 5/11/2012

"He's always had this need, this drive, to take action because of the tragedy that befell him," Christian Bale tells Total Film Magazine in their latest issue. "He's not in the healthiest of places, in many ways." With the plot of The Dark Knight Rises still one of Hollywood's best kept secrets, we have no idea what state we find Bruce Wayne eight years after the events of the last film. However, there will be one constant in his life. Pain. "That's constant throughout. But I think it's more about him feeling the consequences of a life that's entirely directed by pain, and holding onto that pain, and just how long he can do that. It's about making the decision to continue [being Batman] in order to maybe self-destruct, or whether he can find some kind of rebirth, to be himself. There's a certain amount of reflection."

"Chris is very good at recognising the kind of movie that we're making, that we're not making a little character piece," he adds for anyone concerned that action might be put on the back burner. "There's no reason why you can't have a substantial amount of character in it, but we're not going to go so far that people say, 'This is no longer the excitement I'm looking for.' It's the end of an era. For me, personally, and for Batman." As ominous that sounds, producer (and wife of director Christopher Nolan) Emma Thomas makes it clear that the Caped Crusader faces his biggest challenge yet. "I would say that in terms of brutality, this one exceeds the last one. This is the first episode that Batman's ever physically been taken. Bane is a brute. I think what's great about this villain is that The Joker is all about mind games and messing with people, whereas Bane is about physical strength. We're giving Batman someone truly worthy of him. It's not just pure force. Je's really switched on."

For more from these two (as well as Christopher Nolan and the rest of the cast) be sure to pick up the latest issue of Total Film Magazine which is now on sale.

STARRING:

Christian Bale as Bruce Wayne/Batman
Michael Caine as Alfred
Gary Oldman as Commissioner Jim Gordon
Morgan Freeman as Lucius Fox
Tom Hardy as Bane
Anne Hathaway as Selina Kyle/Catwoman
Joseph Gordon-Levitt as John Blake
Marion Cotillard as Miranda Tate
Josh Pence as Ra's Al Ghul

RELEASE DATE: July 20th, 2012


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Mrcool210 - 5/11/2012, 4:34 AM
oh, is bane gonna copy the joker handy cam scene? it wouldnt suprise me
MiracleMe - 5/11/2012, 4:36 AM
I thought Bane was supposed to be about both brains AND braun.
AlSimmons - 5/11/2012, 4:37 AM
blah blah blah Bane is a brute, blah. Well yeah, lady. That's sort of what he does. He broke nearly all of one poor dude's bones in Knightfall. Surprise me already, movie!
Zarog - 5/11/2012, 5:29 AM
@mbembet You've clearly never heard of Kevin Conroy. He is the DEFINITIVE Batman/Bruce Wayne.
SmellofDuty - 5/11/2012, 5:29 AM
I LOVE BRUTALITY!!!!!!
SmellofDuty - 5/11/2012, 5:30 AM
@DoubleD You mad bro?
MartianSupermanhunter22 - 5/11/2012, 5:45 AM
We've already established that DoubleD is an idiot.
TrueRedBlue - 5/11/2012, 5:55 AM
YES YES!
Xionn - 5/11/2012, 5:59 AM
Cannot wait! Bane is going to be way more menacing than The Joker was on screen.
dahamma - 5/11/2012, 6:09 AM
ok forget the boring trailer, this has gotten me excited! Really good to hear this!!
dahamma - 5/11/2012, 6:13 AM
Im kinda forgetting, but is the reason why bane wears the mask is because some kinda illness that affects his breathing? Isn't the mask pumping gas into him?
Xionn - 5/11/2012, 6:23 AM
@dahamma Yes, so its part of the character and not just because he likes the look.
Nevermender - 5/11/2012, 6:24 AM
However good or bad this movie ends up being I hope the ones that surpass it focus on Batman's detective skills and cunning fighting prowess against more off the wall villains in the gallery. Something like a suped up version of the Arkham games.
SupermanReturns2 - 5/11/2012, 6:27 AM
I think Tom Hardy not being a truly physically imposing guy won't be an issue.. As an actor, he is more than capable; see WARRIOR. Nolan knew when he cast this guy, his performance on the big screen would be GIGANTIC.
Xionn - 5/11/2012, 6:35 AM
@SupermanReturns2 Exactly. Have you watched him in The Take and Bronson? The guy is bloody brutal in those two films. Proper scary in The Take.

@Nevermender I agree with you there, a more "out there" Batman film but less campy / cheesy than Batman Forever / Batman & Robin. But These 3 Nolan films will always have a special place in my film collection as one of my favourite trilogies.
JMESS - 5/11/2012, 6:39 AM
I just dont get why directors feel the need to change characters that we all grew up with and love the way they are ? (Micheal Bay is the worst for this of all time) I love the Batman movies that Nolans done compared to the others for sure , he saved it for me, but if bane doesnt have the chemical toxin and hulks up then what is he ? Just a smarter than average guy who was in jail , aka a jobber .... not a super villain. I still have hopes for the movie but jus sayin 'use someone else and keep the character true if you dont like what he does!'
NeoBaggins - 5/11/2012, 6:42 AM
I'm loving what I'm seeing from Hardy's Bane so far. That creepy ass voice with the lofty accent contrasting with his look. Classic villain style like old Bond. He's going to kick the shit out of Batman. It's going to be hard to watch.

Detective skills are nice, but I'd like to see him use disguises as well. Maybe just one scene.
NeoBaggins - 5/11/2012, 6:44 AM
@DoubleD Yeah, a billion dollars in a matter of weeks is insane. What are you going to do with your share of all that money? Oh, wait....
Fogs - 5/11/2012, 6:46 AM
I watched it again the other day and TDK was a very TENSE movie. But it don't have graphical violence. That wasn't needed because of the overall mood. If it pushed the PG-13 barrier was because of that.
Xionn - 5/11/2012, 6:52 AM
@DoubleD What do you gain from film sales? The rest of us just want both films to do well so....we have two really good films to have in our film collections for future watching sessions.
NeoBaggins - 5/11/2012, 6:52 AM
"NeoBaggins,rub in your face that the Avengers owed the Dark Knight and will kick TDKR A$$ this summer too."

Rub it in MY face? lol Good luck with that.

NeoBaggins - 5/11/2012, 7:00 AM
Ah, Amazing Spider-man. After watching the Avengers twice and threatening a 3rd viewing while anticipating the Dark Knight Rises, I wish TASM didn't feel like the shit stain on the CBM underwear this year. I've been surprised before, but damn, even surprises had SOMETHING that interested me about the movie. TASM will have to be a sleeping monster to blow my mind- which, I'd actually prefer. The more CBMs in my DVD collection to enjoy, the better.
Xionn - 5/11/2012, 7:01 AM
@robertneville Good post :)
dbapz - 5/11/2012, 7:15 AM
Cannot wait
MarkV - 5/11/2012, 7:32 AM
1. Pumped for this movie, how can anyone not be?

2. This will be huge at the box office. Maybe not as big as Avengers, but that film is the first of it's kind, a multi-franchise team up.

3. This is the cinematic universe Bane, comic characters are radically changed all the time in different timelines and universes. I mean this happens CONSTANTLY. Not sure why people are so freaked out this time. Remember Nolan's Joker wore make up, that was a huge problem for crybaby fan boys. How did that turn out? Oh yeah, it was awesome. How quickly we forget.
JasonCYates - 5/11/2012, 7:34 AM
Je's ?
Mego - 5/11/2012, 7:34 AM
Theyve tried to guard the plot of the movie but it was really blown in the 2nd trailer. Its a combo of 'No Mans Land' and 'Knightfall' with a little touch of character twists. Bale gives away the big secret, I bet Nolan's not too happy.
VIRILEMAN - 5/11/2012, 7:39 AM
After the Avengers this movie seems ZZZZZZZZZZZzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz......
SUPERSHADOWBAT - 5/11/2012, 7:46 AM
For all of you who are not "hyped" for TDKR, I would like to hear what you think after seeing the film. The trailers don't give too much away for a reason, so you can be surprised and impressed with the film. As it is I feel the trailers have shown a lot to look forward to. Remember Nolan's Batman films are different than say the Avengers or IM, which were great CBMs. Different style of films, but for me all enjoyable CBMs. I like a variety of film styles when it comed to Superheroes, they should all have their own feel.
dahamma - 5/11/2012, 7:46 AM
can we stop the Avengers Vs TDKR DOubleD?

I'd be the first to say I think the Avengers is the best CBM ever to date. But it would be crazy to think little of the other CBMS coming out this year.

I hope Wayne really does "Rise" as batman in this film. TDK was moreso about Joker. And as Whedon said, in Begins, Batman was the scary guy who everyone wanted to avoid. I hope it goes back to that in Rises

And in the Trailer Catwoman says something like, you should be as afraid of him as I am. I hope she's talking about Batman. THat would be awesome.
Mego - 5/11/2012, 7:56 AM
No. Nobodys afraid of Batman in this movie. Hes lucky in this movie Bane doesnt rape him.
Caedus137 - 5/11/2012, 7:57 AM
"WHY ARE BATMAN FANS ALL OF A SUDDEN ACTING LIKE THE BOX OFFICE NUMBERS DON'T MATTER" - Erm, because they don't. They really, really don't. My only concern is whether the film good. Thats literally it. I couldn't give 2 shits about box office takings, because it's utterly meaningless. If Batman takes more than the Avengers does that mean its a better film? If Thor2 takes more than Iron Man3 does that automatically make it a better film? Look at Titanic or Avatar - 2 of the highest grossing films of all time... But does that mean they're automatically 'better' than, say, Ghostbusters or Alien? Does it f.uck. The only people who should be concerned with the profit a film makes are the studios & business types who fronted the money to make them and are looking for a return on their investment, not us fans who should just enjoy these films for what they are, rather than constantly bickering about them. Caedus out.
dahamma - 5/11/2012, 8:02 AM
lol well there's a hope. I just want to see Batman throw a batarang I really do, it means alot lol
Otisburg - 5/11/2012, 8:08 AM
its brutal alright.....watching that trailer was brutal enough.
Otisburg - 5/11/2012, 8:18 AM
@SirWinsAlot

Avengers is a better movie than TDK because after watching THE AVENGERS,I wasnt depressed and didnt feel the need to take a nap afterwards like I did after watching TDK.
ronnie42 - 5/11/2012, 8:24 AM
Hate the new Bane, it doesn't look anything like Bane. Looks more like the blooming hannibal sheesh.

JatevinM - 5/11/2012, 8:26 AM
I'm still waiting on the day when Harley Quinn is brought to the big screen.
marknjoanna - 5/11/2012, 8:27 AM
@neo how do you know double d,dont have a few shares of disney/marvel and paramount like me and millions of other people do.

i grabbed mine the monday after ironman 1.when nick said the word the avengers.i thought buy buy buy.
Otisburg - 5/11/2012, 8:30 AM
@DoubleD

I agree with you. Marvel will always win because DC comic characters were always geared for a young audience ONLY.

Marvel heroes are geared towards young AND older audiences. therefore DC heroes will always look korny on the big screen.
PapaII - 5/11/2012, 8:30 AM
DoubleD,
"The Dark Knight was great but Heath Ledger dominated that movie."

So [frick]ing what? He was the main [frick]ing villain! Great villains do that.
How old are you, kid? Seems like you have issues...
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