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.
Welcome back to The Dark Knight Rises Countdown! Here, we round up the latest news surrounding one of 2012’s most anticipated films as reported by the best Batman site on the net, Batman-On-Film.com. It seems like people from all over, including companies making licensed products, are getting very excited about the film. As a result, we’re starting to get looks at some of the major merchandising we’ll see coming out from it later this year, which gives us a little bit of a look at more aspects of the film itself!
We’ll take a look at those soon, but first, let’s check out some of the news about the film that emerged over the last couple of weeks.
The Knight and the Grey, Bale on the Bat and Levitt on Occupy
Director Joe Carnahan and principal actor Liam Neeson (Ra’s al Ghul in Batman Begins) recently sat down with MTV and the subject of Christopher Nolan’s Batman films came up. Both men were very kind to the films that have been released and seemed excited about the final outing. Carnahan in particular offered his analysis of Nolan’s work on the series, saying, “What Chris had to rescue, the doldrums from which he had to rescue the Batman franchise, were considerable. I mean, that's like diving down into the center of the Earth and pulling up [gold]. I just think he did a remarkable job of that. And the proof is in the pudding. Those movies are absolute character studies disguised as superhero films, which I think are great.”
Check out the video of the actual exchange at MTV!
In addition, Christian Bale spoke briefly to the New York Daily News about his final outing as the Dark Knight, including some words about what inspired him to approach the role in his unique way, as well as giving a more concrete and rounded answer about whether or not he’ll ever don the cape again. Check it out at the link above!
Briefly, Joseph Gordon-Levitt also addressed the rumors of an Occupy Wall Street allegory’s presence in the film, and told SundanceChannel.com, “Yup! I know. You saw it [in trailer #2], man. The trailer isn’t misleading and Nolan’s not the type of guy to create a trailer that will sell you something other than what the movie is.”
The Almost-Catwoman and the Definite Bane
BOF reported back on January 31st that actress Kate Mara, most recently seen by superhero fans as a server for the Department of Justice in Iron Man 2, almost landed the role of Selina Kyle/Catwoman that was ultimately won by Anne Hathaway. She told ESPN.com, “Christopher Nolan is one of my favorite directors and just to get the opportunity to test for such an iconic role as Catwoman was an honor. I couldn't talk about it for a while because the movie was so top-secret," she added. "But I am excited to see how it all turns out.”
Would’ve been an interesting choice!
In an awesome piece from BOF’s friends over at Latino Review, the reporters there managed to get a few words in with the man who plays the film’s villain, Tom Hardy. On playing Bane, Hardy had the following anecdotes to share:
"Bane’s mask is tight, actually. I got used to it, but you get used to anything really, in time."
Here’s the freaky part: "I didn’t get into a dark place at all [to play Bane]. A lot of dark characters are easy to have distance from, it’s something I feel comfortable with, I suppose."
Yikes. What does THAT say about type casting? Probably that it’ll make for an interesting film!
NEWS FLASH: Christopher Nolan is a Secretive Director
In a bit of news that’s sure to surprise people the world over, Sir Michael Caine has gone on record to announce that Christopher Nolan is a very elusive and mysterious filmmaker. Speaking to The Mirror, the man who would be Alfred had a few words about the film and it’s master planner.
“On Batman, you get shot if you speak about it. [All I can say is that] this one will definitely be the best Batman ever…The director, Chris Nolan, is the most secretive guy. The first time he came to me for Batman he came to my house in the country on a Sunday morning. I opened the door and he was standing there with a script. He said, 'do you want to play the Butler?' He stayed while I read it and took the script away. He wouldn't trust me with it! When you do one of the films it's like signing the Official Secrets Act.”
Sir Michael is absolutely correct of course, as evidenced by Mr. Nolan’s body of work. The audience is all the better for it, in my humble opinion.
Slew of Dark Knight Rises Merchandise Coming
If you thought that this films wouldn’t bring a whole slew of new products and tie-ins, you definitely thought wrong. BOF has listed several products that will be arriving in stores this summer, ranging from the cool and unique to even the cute! Check out some images of some of the forthcoming products below, and be sure to check the main BOF news page for details on all of these products!
Looking forward to owning some Dark Knight Rises stuff this year? I’m sure a lot of people certainly are. But before we think too long about the future, let’s focus on some of the adventures you can find right now in the pages of DC Comics.
Next Week in Bat-Comics: Batman #6 and Nightwing #6
Next week in Bat-comics brings us the next issue in the critically acclaimed Batman title by Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo. After the highly critically acclaimed fifth issue, depicting the psychological degradation and trapping of the Dark Knight by the mysterious Court of Owls, Gotham seems broken, Batman’s allies seem desperate, and the man himself looks badly wounded as things begin to heat up in this first story arc. Snyder is weaving a tale in these pages that looks to try and stand the test of time in the realm of Batman stories, which is no easy feat given the character’s near-75 year publication history. I firmly believe that out of all the new relaunched titles of the New 52, Batman easily ranks in the top two.
You’ll be able to find a review next week on BOF at the Batman review page by the ludicrously talented John Bierly on the BOF Batman review page. If you’re not reading this title, I encourage you to head down to your local comics shop and pick the issues up, or if for some reason you can’t access a local retailer, head to Comixology.com and purchase digital copies. It’s a wonderful, striking, scary story that is universally praised. You might think it worth giving a shot.
Also next week is the sixth issue of the current Nightwing series, written by Kyle Higgins with art by Eddy Barrows. Dick’s time back with the circus continues to present new challenges and opportunities for the young hero just as he’s about to return to Gotham for a special memorial show. The revelations Dick is discovering about his own past and that of his family have weaved an interesting character arc, and the solicitation for this issue by DC Comics promises a twist that will “leave your jaw on the floor.” Let’s hope it delivers!
Look for a review for this issue next week at BOF by contributor Ryan Hoss at the Nightwing review page!
That does it for this edition of The Dark Knight Rises Countdown! Be sure to check out many of the other great Countdown articles here on Movies.com, and be back here in two weeks when the next installment will be available for your reading pleasure! As always, if there’s anything you feel needs to be mentioned in a future DKR Countdown, please feel free to leave a comment and I’d be happy to consider any requests!
Thanks for reading, see you next time!
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