Chris Clow is a comic book expert, retailer and contributor to Batman-On-Film.com and Modern-Myth-Media.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 for various monthly titles and his participated podcasts at BOF and MMM. Follow him on Twitter @ChrisClow.
This week on The Dark Knight Rises Countdown, news has slowed slightly since the release of the final trailer a couple of weeks ago, but there’s still some news worth mentioning related to the upcoming film. The summer film season has officially begun with the premiere of the box office juggernaut known as The Avengers, and I think it’s pretty safe to assume that the anticipation will continue to build for the big releases of the season. With new trailers out for The Amazing Spider-Man and Prometheus, as well as having the Rises trailer attached to The Avengers, the quiet days surrounding the news of this film are coming to a close pretty rapidly.
Having said that, let’s take a look at some of the more prominent pieces of news surrounding Rises that were covered at Batman-On-Film over the last couple of weeks!
New High-End Rises T-Shirts Available from Kitson
As first pointed out by the folks at Collider, the Kitson store in Santa Monica, California recently unveiled an intricate display of new apparel inspired by The Dark Knight Rises. The initial report from Collider features an awesome image of the centerpiece of the display, a bust of Bane complete with a very accurate-looking replica of the villain’s mask.
A lot of the t-shirts on display have some pretty awesome designs, the one I’m personally most partial to being the faded grey with the fractured Bat symbol in the center. Unfortunately for me, the pricing is slightly prohibitive with each of the regular t-shirts going for a whopping $48. Although I can’t currently justify paying nearly $50 for a t-shirt, if you feel like you can then these shirts are available to order via Kitson’s online store.
Mathew Modine Talks Rises Role with VH1
One of the driving forces behind the buzz of The Dark Knight Rises seems to revolve around the new actors and characters that we know will be present. One of these curiosities centers around actor Mathew Modine, who was announced as part of the cast back in May of 2011. Normally tight-lipped about his participation in the film, Modine let some details rip in a recent interview with VH1, where he touches on his character’s name (which was erroneously reported), and his predictions on both the overall standing of Rises in Mr. Nolan’s Bat-film trilogy and in the box office. Take a look at the video below and see what the one-time Private Joker has to say!
Marion Cotillard Adamant about NOT Being the Demon’s Daughter
Actress Marion Cotillard recently sat down with The Hollywood Reporter to discuss issues ranging from motherhood, to her debut at Cannes, all the way to The Dark Knight Rises. Apparently, she’s very well aware of the fan community’s prediction that her character, credited as “Miranda Tate,” is in fact the comics character Talia al Ghul, daughter of Batman villain Ra’s al Ghul (played by Liam Neeson in Batman Begins). The French actress is insistent, though, that this is not the case.
When asked about the possibility of her character not being who she appears to the general public, Cotillard was insistent. The article reads, “All she'll confirm is that, contrary to some fans' belief, she does not play Talia… and that she takes the role of Miranda Tate, an ecologically minded businesswoman who ‘is fascinated by Wayne Enterprises. They go through difficulties, and she wants to help provide the world clean energies. She's a good guy.’ But does she stay that way? ‘Yes,’ she insists.”
I personally don’t have a position on the matter. It would be very interesting to me if Talia had a role in Nolan’s Gotham City, but it also seems to me that most stars generally use pretty vague language when discussing mysterious roles. Rarely does it seem that actors always firmly shut the door on a possibility only for the audience to later discover they were outright lying, but anything is possible.
Total Film Sports Extensive Dark Knight Rises Feature, Reveals New Bane Image
The latest issue of Total Film magazine contained a large feature focused on the forthcoming Batman film, in addition to a new and exclusive image of Tom Hardy as Bane. Although the magazine is exclusive to the United Kingdom, BOF recently featured a report about the piece, including some great interview tidbits from Christian Bale and director Christopher Nolan. In the interview pieces, Christian Bale talks about the mental health of Bruce Wayne, and the pressure on him in this story to continue being the Batman. Christopher Nolan discusses the responsibility he feels to finish his story in Rises, and the challenge of fulfilling the audiences’ expectations as they were set by the previous two films.
The image of Tom Hardy as Bane is a striking one, with the expression on the actor’s face looking slightly terrifying. Given what we know of the character already, the image may be unsurprising, but it looks like it might be a sneak peek at Bane’s anger: a trait that is likely carried directly over from the source material. Give a look at the image below, and guard your spines!
Will You Dew Gotham City?
Promotional tie-ins and summer tent pole films go hand-in-hand nowadays, so it shouldn’t be particularly shocking that The Dark Knight Rises will be teaming up with a product in an attempt to capitalize on the buzz. This time, that product is the soft drink Mountain Dew. They’re even premiering a new flavor of the drink, “Dark Berry!” BOF’s report on the tie-in features some quotes from the beverage’s marketing department.
“’Mountain Dew is all about fueling passion and that is what this partnership is based on,’ said Mt. Dew VP of Marketing Brett O'Brien. ‘You'd be hard-pressed to find more passionate fans than those of DEW and The Dark Knight franchise. Our goal is to offer those fans unique experiences -- from package and product innovation to exclusive content and access that only DEW and Batman together could provide.”
You can check out the promotion’s website at DewGothamCity.com, where there is a promise that some new content related to the film and the promotion will be unlocked on June 18th. Via a May 16th press release, BOF also announced new details surrounding the promotion: “Mountain Dew is giving fans the chance to decide the "Dark Knight" inspired paint scheme for Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s No. 88. Diet Mountain Dew Chevrolet. Earnhardt needs fans help to decide if the Bat-Symbol, Batman or Bane will adorn the hood of the No. 88 car before it pulls onto the track in Michigan on June 17th.”
You truly know that it’s summer time when your soda can has a film’s logo plastered across the side of it. I’m sure that this is only the tip of the iceberg for Rises related tie-ins (if Batman film history is any indication), but we’ll find out soon enough!
Jett also speculated on the BOF News page that we should be seeing new posters for the film very soon, as it was four years ago yesterday that BOF was the exclusive outlet to bring you the “Joker” poster for The Dark Knight. Keep your eyes peeled, history may repeat itself!
That does it for Rises news, so let’s take a look at what’s going on in Batman’s corner of the DC Universe!
This Week in Bat-Comics: Justice League #9 and Night of the Owls Continues
This week sees the return of superstar artist Jim Lee to the flagship DC title Justice League, reuniting with writer Geoff Johns to continue telling the premiere universe-spanning stories of the world’s greatest heroes. Although the last couple of issues seemed to pick up in quality in Lee’s absence, anytime you have the highly versatile Lee on a monthly comic always gives you the impression that there are beautiful pages within. Johns and Lee lay the groundwork for the origin of the League’s newest adversary, continuing to hint at how his origins intertwine with the emergence of the Justice League as a force for good. The issue also begins with an action-packed battle through the bowels of Arkham Asylum, where Batman brings a couple of heavy-hitting friends with him.
I will be reviewing this title for BOF this week, so if you’re interested on what my take on this issue is, be sure to head to BOF’s Justice League review page and check it out later this week!
Also continuing this week is the sprawling Batman comics event, Night of the Owls. This week, there are four titles that are showing how different allies of the Dark Knight are dealing with the containment of the Court of Owls and their siege on Gotham City. In Nightwing #9, Batman’s first protégé (who has a mysterious generational connection to the Court) fights to save lives in Gotham’s City Hall. In Birds of Prey #9, Batgirl and the Birds do battle with a Talon of the Court in a prominent Gotham City church. In Catwoman #9, Selina finds herself fighting for the life of the Penguin, who has been targeted by the Court for death. And in Red Hood and the Outlaws #9, an unlikely ally answers Alfred’s call when former Robin Jason Todd, estranged member of the Bat-family, decides to try and save the life of another prominent person on the Court’s hit-list: Mr. Freeze.
Check out BOF’s Comics page, and see what the fine reviewers at BOF think of the various tie-ins to the Night of the Owls later this week! And as always, if you’re ever curious about checking out the books for yourself, head on down to your local comics shop and support them. As a part-time comics retailer myself, I can guarantee you they’d appreciate it!
That about does it this week for The Dark Knight Rises Countdown, be back here in two weeks for the next tidy round-up of news surrounding everyone’s favorite guardian of Gotham City! Also, be sure to check out many of the other great Countdown features at Movies.com while you’re browsing around. Thanks for reading, and I’ll see you next time.
The Legend Ends in 63 Days when The Dark Knight Rises.