Chris Clow is a comic book expert, retailer and contributor to Batman-On-Film.com and ModernMythMedia.com. When not geeking out, he is a Political Science major at Western Washington University. You can find his Dark Knight Rises Countdown column here at Movies.com every other Thursday, and his comic book reviews at BOF and MMM for various monthly titles. Follow him on Twitter @ChrisClow.
It’s the dawn of a new era for Batman on the comics page, and news continues to trickle in for his next cinematic adventure at a slow, but steady pace. Several cast members have been making the rounds at various media outlets talking about other projects, but given the status of The Dark Knight Rises as being a sequel to one of the highest grossing films of all time, it didn’t take long for journalists to turn their questions toward the direction of Gotham’s city limits.
Since there’s been a few of these, let’s start with the earliest one, which came from MTV Movies’ interrogation of Marion Cotillard.
Cotillard and the Daughter of the Demon?
Wondering why the interviewer was prodding Miss Cotillard about a character being from the comics? There’s been a long-gestating rumor that her character, officially named “Miranda Tate,” is in actuality a character from the source material known as Talia. Talia is known for being an aggressive love interest to Bruce Wayne in addition to being the daughter of Ra’s al Ghul, a supervillain that actor Liam Neeson portrayed back in Nolan’s first Bat-outing in 2005. With such heavy rumors surrounding this film tying back to Batman Begins, even including voiceover from Neeson’s lines from that film in the teaser trailer for the new one, is the family of Ra’s seeking vengeance on Bruce Wayne for destroying their leader?
Cotillard is insistent that her character did not originate in the comics, but many fans remain skeptical at best. Time will, as always, tell.
The Mayor’s Race Heats Up
The same source, MTV News, managed to get some time in with Gotham’s busy Mayor Anthony Garcia, otherwise known as actor Nestor Carbonell, who reprises his role from The Dark Knight in this film.
For his bit, Carbonell tells MTV that he finished his part on the film while shooting was still occurring in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in August. Carbonell goes out of his way in this interview to praise Christopher Nolan and Diretor of Photography Wally Pfister, saying that the elements he witnessed being photographed on set were “beautiful,” and that he understood why “he is who he is” (namely, an Academy Award Winner).
The presence of this particular mayor in Gotham City seems to say that not too much time has passed between the last film and this one, but that’s a shaky guess at best. Carbonell’s character in The Dark Knight, while not explicitly supporting Batman, also didn’t seem to mind having him around. Given the events of the last film’s climax, it’ll be interesting to see if that position’s changed at all as we move forward with the new threat from Bane.
The Evasive John Blake and the Hijinks of Bane
We’re starting to hear more from Joseph Gordon-Levitt, who plays a Gotham City Police officer named John Blake that a lot of fans seem to be openly speculating some, I feel, really outlandish things for. In the first little bit from USA Today, Gordon-Levitt was asked simply what he could say, if anything, about the upcoming film:
"I can tell you that one of the things I admire most about Mr. Nolan is that he understands that the story begins before the movie does. He's already telling the story that he's got cooked up. He's a master storyteller. Every little bit of information he lets out, he does it at the proper time. Far be it for me to preempt the rhythm of his. I love that people are excited about it. I guarantee, as an audience member, one will have the best experience if one just trusts him."
In another hit from MTV News, JGL talks very little about the film while talking about Batman’s longevity, and dances acrobatically around a specific question related to a certain Boy Wonder.
In his classic style, Tom Hardy creatively evades questions having to do with the film in an interview with MoviesIreland. It’s a lot of fun seeing how he moves around questions having to do with the film, and the fun that he has with reporters in the process!
VFX-Heavy Finale for Rises?
I’ll post a SPOILER tag for the article I’m about to mention because of a prominent picture present there, just so you know before you decide to click on it. According to a report at Latino Review, the ending scene of The Dark Knight Rises will be very visual effects heavy. This may come as quite a surprise to some, given the fact that Nolan generally prefers to shoot practically at most costs, unless he feels it’s absolutely essential to enhance a scene with visual effects. But even when the guy incorporates VFX, he does so with realism and grit that makes guys like George Lucas and James Cameron quiver with excitement.
What kind of scene would make Christopher Nolan feel that resorting to the use of visual effects is necessary? Well, according to the above report, it’s such a secret that only five people on the production, including Mr. Nolan, are aware of what it is. What do you think it means? That we’re in for a hell of a ride? That’d be my guess.
The DC relaunch is in full effect for the Dark Knight, as superstar writer Scott Snyder and artist Greg Capullo saw the release of the brand new Batman #1, the first comic to be named so since 1940, release this past Wednesday. BOF posted a review of the title by fellow contributor (and fellow Modern Myth Media podcast “Gentleman”) John Bierly, which you can check out for yourself here. I agree 100% with John’s sentiments on the title, and hope some of you guys check it out!
We’re not too far off from the releases of both the brand new Arkham City video game and the animated feature adaptation of Batman: Year One. Arkham developers Rocksteady Studios just released information that Deadshot, constant thorn in the side of the Dark Knight and member of DC’s mercenary team the “Suicide Squad,” will be appearing in the game. Depending on where you decide to preorder, there are several perks in the form of skins and bonus maps. But really, these are all just bells and whistles that will be released to the general public in the near future anyways. Wherever you decide to engage in the mayhem of Arkham City, make sure you do it when it flies into stores on the 18th of next month!
On the Year One front, Warner Premiere recently released a new preview clip for the upcoming animated film, which you can view below:
That about does it for this edition of The Dark Knight Rises countdown! Have any suggestions or topics you’d like to see covered? Feel free to leave a comment! Tune in next time, same Bat-Time, same Bat…uh…website!
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