'The Dark Knight Rises' Countdown: "When Gotham is Ashes..."

'The Dark Knight Rises' Countdown: "When Gotham is Ashes..."

Dec 29, 2011

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 at BOF and MMM for various monthly titles. Follow him on Twitter @ChrisClow.




The long, winding road to the opening of The Dark Knight Rises continues in this edition of the Countdown! Since last we spoke, there’ve been few new notable bits of news related to the film coming out, but one major bit includes new actual footage in the form of an ominous theatrical trailer! Beyond that, it looks like the new viral marketing campaign is starting to seek out supporters of the Fire, and they’re even stopping at the footsteps of Batman supporters!

Let’s dive into the news surrounding everyone’s favorite nocturnal avenger and see what’s going on in the world of the Dark Knight.

 
A Package From Gotham City
 
BOF founder and webmaster Jett found an interesting looking package on his doorstep back on the 15th of the month, and when he opened it up he found a very awesome t-shirt of the big-bad of the film himself, Bane. The package had an awesome design on it, but the shirt itself looks like it’s straight from the propaganda machine of Bane’s followers, preparing to place Gotham under siege. Anyone else receive a package from the Legend Ender?
 
Sounds like a pretty exclusive club to me. Bane’s followers are everywhere!
 
Trailer #2 Hits the Web
 
As if I need to remind anyone who has a pulse, back on the 19th of the month the long-awaited second trailer for the film appeared online and is just adding to the questions that surround the story. What’s going on at that football game? Why does Alfred think he’s failed with Bruce? Who’s side is Selina Kyle on? I could go on and on, but you get the point. Give the trailer another look for yourself.

 
I really enjoy this trailer. Batman himself looks like Mr. Nolan says, by appearing to be a little…off. Why is that? What have the last eight years done to Bruce Wayne? WHY THE HELL IS THE MAYOR FIRING JIM GORDON?! Peace time, my ass! Sorry, I digress. It does raise a few more questions about the teaser as well, particularly with Gordon in the hospital bed. Does he know who he’s talking to? Can he see a face? What even put him in the hospital in the first place? This is going to be a very, very painful wait to July 20th.
 
Beyond the discussion of the new material in the trailer, WB sent BOF a head’s up in regards to a breaking record regarding the trailer. Check out BOF’s story (including a press release) right here. In addition, check out the little anecdote Batman film producer (and friend to BOF) Michael Uslan gave to the site about his reactions to the prologue and trailer here. It’s fun to have someone so high up in the production just as excited as many of the fans are.
 
Bane’s Voice
 
 
A lot of people have come forward after viewing the Prologue and trailer saying that their difficulty in understanding Bane is so high that it detracts entirely from the enjoyment of what’s being presented. While I think much of this reaction is purely hyperbolic, I’d be lying if I said that I didn’t see why people were upset. When I first saw the Prologue, there were one or two lines that escaped me. That said, about 80% of Bane’s dialogue was intelligible and understandable enough that I could easily decipher what he said. I’m of the mind that it adds to the character’s overall mystique, but I also understand that you need to be able to connect with the antagonist to know what drives the plot.
 
The fact of the matter, though, is that Christopher Nolan is not a filmmaker that spoon-feeds you every bit of information. His movies generally require more than a few synapses to be firing during your viewing experience. Is Bane’s dialogue part of this? Maybe, it’s too early to know for sure. Either way, there is very little need to kick up a fuss so far out of the release date. If the problem is chronic enough, it will be fixed. If this is another case of the vocal minority being pedantic about something that won’t affect the movie, then the appropriate response will follow. I don’t know why having faith in Christopher Nolan’s ability to tell a story needs to be emphasized, but seriously: trust him.
 
New/Old Images Officially Released, Relive BOF's TDKR Coverage For 2011
 
While they’re all things we’ve seen before, WB has decided to officially release several promotional shots of both Bane and Batman. Give them a sturdy look over here, they’re all pretty great.
 
For your reading and viewing pleasure, Jett has crafted a feature over at BOF that runs down the full year’s news stories that occurred in 2011 related to The Dark Knight Rises. Give it a look over at BOF now!
 
That about does it for news relating to the film, so let’s peek around the other corners of Gotham and see what’s happening. First up, we’ll take another long jump over the massive wall and descend back into the madness known as Arkham City.
 
New Arkham City DLC Available, Free Skin Offered
 
 
Arkham City continues to receive numerous accolades months after its release, and the hits just keep on coming as yet another DLC pack of challenge maps has been released. The pack includes two combat maps (the Penguin’s Iceberg Lounge and the Joker’s Carnival), and a new predator map taking place in the base itself, the Batcave. All the maps are pretty fun to play, setting themselves apart from traditional combat and predator maps. The Iceberg Lounge is an “endurance” combat challenge, meaning the waves of enemies don’t stop. You go until you’re dead. The Joker’s Carnival is time sensitive, allowing you to earn more time on the countdown clock by using a leveling system that relies on the number of enemies you knock out.
 
The Batcave map is awesome in its design work alone, as Rocksteady’s  version of the famous cave looks simply awesome in the way that its portrayed. Check them out if you have a chance, the pack retails on the PlayStation Network for $2.99, which transfers to 240 Microsoft Points on Xbox Live.
 
 
Also, as a way to say “thank you” to the fans that have made the game such a success, Rocksteady released a free, downloadable Batman skin on all formats. The skin is inspired by Batman’s costume as it appears in the Grant Morrison-written Batman Incorporated series, a personal favorite of mine. I had heard that there was a chance that the skin might become available for the game, and when I found out it was free, I was pretty happy.
 
Now, let’s check on the other side of the city as we escape the harshness of Arkham City’s winter to a harshness of a different flavor, rendered in four-color awesomeness: comics.
 
Next Week in Bat-Comics: Detective Comics #5 and Penguin: Pain and Prejudice #4
 
 
Not much of a notable Batman week this week in comic shops, so looking forward to next week are two pretty big drops. The first one is Tony Daniel’s Detective Comics #5, continuing the battle between Batman and Ragdoll and looking as if things are coming to a head. While I’m still not completely sold on this story, I am heartily enjoying the artwork and look forward to the implications this title will have on the rest of the Batman titles going forward. Be sure to check BOF’s Detecive Comics review page sometime late next week for a review on the new issue by BOF founder Jett!
 
 
The other notable title dropping next week is Penguin: Pain and Prejudice #4, which is the penultimate chapter of the series chronicling the origin of Oswald Cobblepot’s deeply rooted sadism, insecurity, and extraordinary underworld power. The series definitely serves as a very interesting psychological profile for the longtime villain, and may surprise a lot of people that see the Penguin as little more than a funny man in a top hat. You might be pretty shocked at the levels he sinks to. It comes highly recommended. BOF as of now doesn’t actively review this title yet, so next week be sure to visit our friends over at Modern Myth Media for a review of that issue.
 
That about does it for this edition of The Dark Knight Rises Countdown, be sure to check out the other great Countdown features here at Movies.com if you have a chance! This is also my last Countdown edition of the year, so if I don’t have a chance to tell you otherwise, I hope you all have a very Happy New Year! How could you not? 2012 once again brings us the Year of the Bat!
 
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