Are you ready for another infusion of the Dark Crusader? I am…hope its exciting and full of special effects…I enjoy watching Batman use high tech weapons against the criminals of Gotham City…lets not forget his side-kick Robin! Sure he’s costume looks a little silly…but you can count him when the going gets tough….”To the Bat-Mobile Robin!”………
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This article titled “Batman to move towards twilight years in The Dark Knight Rises” was written by Ben Child, for guardian.co.uk on Thursday 24th November 2011 17.02 UTC
Seeking information about Christopher Nolan Batman movies is, if not like waiting for buses, perhaps like watching volcanoes. You wait for an age for anything at all, then everything explodes at once.
If you’re aiming to go into The Dark Knight Rises next summer without any preconceptions, the time to turn away is now. That said, Nolan has been known to drop decoys and blatant misinformation in the past, so his comments about the third and final instalment of the caped crusader’s current big-screen iteration this week may be rather more disengenuous than they first appear.
The most startling new snippet, revealed in a bumper Empire magazine special (on sale now), is that The Dark Knight Rises takes place a full eight years after the events of the previous film. “It’s really all about finishing Batman and Bruce Wayne’s story,” Nolan tells the mag. “We left him in a very precarious place. Perhaps surprisingly for some people, our story picks up quite a bit later – eight years after The Dark Knight. So he’s an older Bruce Wayne; he’s not in a great state.”
Such an approach tallies rather well with Christian Bale’s portrayal of Batman/Bruce Wayne over Nolan’s trilogy. If Wayne was in his 20s during the events of Batman Begins, his early 30s in The Dark Knight and will be in his late 30s in this episode, Bale (37) is finally playing him at around the right age. I’d be surprised if the character is intended to be any older in The Dark Knight Rises, despite the apparent time gap since The Dark Knight.
Exactly how badly off is Batman in the new film? Might he be returning after a lengthy lay-off? Or is he injured early on in the movie? Gary Oldman, who plays Commissioner Gordon, described the film this week as “epic”, so it’s possible the movie takes place over a number of years, or utilises flashback sequences to show us what’s been happening since the last time we saw Batman on screen. We know that Liam Neeson has shot scenes for the film as the supposedly dead Ra’s al Ghul from Batman Begins, so such an approach doesn’t sound too far out.
That brings us to Marion Cotillard, ostensibly down to play Wayne Enterprises board member Miranda Tate, though that has long been rumoured to be a decoy. This new snap of the Oscar-winning French actor on set shows her in an outfit that looks pretty unsuitable for a high-powered businesswoman, but eminently fitting for Talia al Ghul, Ra’s’ daughter. Cotillard, of course, has denied that Tate is based on any character from the comics (which would rule out Al Ghul), but might she be telling porkies?
Tom Hardy’s Bane, who seems to be the main villain in TDKR, also spoke to Empire this week about his character. Bane in the comics is best known as a hulking yet intelligent villain most famous for breaking Batman’s back.
“He’s brutal – brutal,” Hardy said. “He’s expedient delivery of brutality. And you know, he’s a big dude. He’s a big dude who’s incredibly clinical, in the fact that he has a result-based and orientated fighting style. It’s just about carnage with Bane. He’s a smashing machine. He’s a wrecking ball. The style is heavy-handed, heavy-footed, it’s nasty. Anything from small joint manipulation to crushing skulls, crushing rib cages, stamping on shins and knees and necks and collarbones and snapping heads off and tearing his fists through chests, ripping out spinal columns. It’s anything he can get away with.”
Hardy says the film will push its hoped-for 12 certificate as far as possible: “I’m not approaching it with a 12-certificate attitude,” he said. “If we’re going to shoot somebody, shoot the pregnant woman or the old lady first. Make sure everybody stands up and listens. He is a terrorist in his mentality as well as brutal action. So he’s horrible. A really horrible piece of work.”
Batman didn’t really have to face a physically superior opponent during the first two films, so Bane was an obvious choice of villain, says Nolan. ‘With Bane, we’re looking to give Batman a challenge he hasn’t had before,” he says. “With our choice of villain and with our choice of story we’re testing Batman both physically as well as mentally.’”
Hardy certainly has the chops to play a big man with a brain. He proved his mettle in Nicolas Winding Refn’s Bronson as the famously dangerous British prisoner Charles Bronson. In fact I can’t remember seeing the British actor in anything where he’s been anything less than incendiary. Apart from the fact that it looks like being a rather crowded landscape in Gotham City this time around – I haven’t even mentioned Anne Hathaway as Selina Kyle/Catwoman, Matthew Modine as the villain Nixon or Joseph Gordon-Levitt as city cop John Blake so far – The Dark Knight Rises seems to have everything going for it. Roll on 20 July.
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