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.
Last week’s article was entitled “The Art of Saying Nothing,” and it seems that with all the outlets that the cast have been speaking to lately, I could probably carry that title on in a few other pieces moving forward. But, in my continuing effort to provide you with an entertaining roundup of TDKR news I won’t resort to that.
Instead, we’ll just hit the major points, address some concerns from myself and other members of the Batman-On-Film crew, and hopefully steer you in the right direction. I feel I have to reiterate that news relating to the film over the next couple of months will be few and far between. While active production is still taking place in Los Angeles, we’re still over nine months out from the release date. It’s likely that the biggest piece of news we’ll get before marketing really amps up will be in the form of the film’s first theatrical trailer, which we probably shouldn’t expect until at least December (if this film follows the pattern of the last one, that is).
Either way, there are still plenty of tidbits for those of you who want to keep up on all aspects of production. BOF keeps up with every little detail so you don’t have to, and in that tradition, here is the noteworthy, spoiler-free report for production news surrounding The Dark Knight Rises for the end of September and early this month.
The Cast Speaks
A couple of cast members have spoken up just a little bit about their roles in TDKR, and those few words have managed to make their way to the internet through a couple of different outlets. The first, and probably unsurprising bit of non-news comes from Bane himself. Instead of doing the routine of playfully dancing around plot details, instead via DigitalSpy, Mr. Tom Hardy delivers a warning to fans and other actors about the star of the film and his demeanor.
The next cast member that speaks not a word is Miss Juno Temple, whose role is officially unknown but many suspect she is a close friend of Selina Kyle’s from the comics. In a skirmish with MTV News, Miss Temple talks of the difficulties (or lack thereof) of shooting a film on the scale of Rises while partially addressing the rumors about her character.
Well, not Christopher, but his brother Jonah. In an interview with IGN UK, the screenwriter of Rises and its predecessor spoke about the spy pictures that have been leaking all over the internet and how they relate to the overall production. Here’s a short blurb:
"You know, Chris loves to shoot on these IMAX cameras, these massive cameras. As soon as you release something in the theaters, like a trailer, people go in and they record it with their iPhone or a camera, and they put it online. But when we first released that IMAX prologue for THE DARK KNIGHT, the image was so big that no one could record the whole thing with their camera. So you have one YouTube video of the top half of it and another YouTube video of the bottom half. I think the goal with those movies and the thing that Chris is doing and just kicking ass with is making a movie so big that you couldn’t possibly fit all of it. Even in tiny little pieces, you still wouldn’t get a sense of the scale of it. I saw a little bit the other day, and the scale is just vast."
You can find this and more at the full interview here.
Extras Casting Call in NYC
New York City will be the latest to portray Gotham City in Rises with the production moving into its last leg of location shooting before completion. From local New York outlet the Gothamist (Ha!), a casting call for extras in the New York area went out for the dates of October 29th – November 11th. There appears to be a wide variety of people they are looking for to populate the fair city of Gotham, so if you’re in the NYC area around that time, answer the call! For a fan, I can’t imagine anything more exhilarating than actually participating in the production of Christopher Nolan’s final venture into the world of Batman.
The Spoilers that Cannot Be Stopped
BOF and I would like to take some of this time to let you know a couple of major concerns if you’re going to be scouring the net for information on The Dark Knight Rises. As I’ve said in this piece before, spoilers are a big concern if you like walking into the movie theater untouched about what you will see onscreen come July of 2012.
That being said, several details have leaked about the film recently that you may wish to avoid if you wish to be surprised next summer. As reported by Jett back on September 26th, several spy photos of Anne Hathaway in full costume as Catwoman have appeared online from recent shooting in the Los Angeles area. You may ask what the concern is given that a photo of Hathaway in costume was released earlier this summer, but the photos that have made it out are different than the one that was released officially. As such, you may not want to go searching for it.
For this next report, I’m going to give it to you straight from Jett himself, editor-in-chief of BOF, as he posted on the main BOF news page. It sounds serious.
“It’s possible that a few MAJOR TDKR SPOILERS have leaked online and they are NOT anything you’d want to know if you are avoiding ‘em. Apparently, this info is coming from some dubious online message boards via an individual who broke a NDA. It was then picked up and reported as “news” by the (ahem) “usual suspects,” and then picked up by several legit online outlets. Anyway…
“I know what it is, and I wish I did not. If you’re reading this report, then there’s a good chance that you’re one of the few folks (it seems) that want to see THE DARK KNIGHT RISES uncorrupted. Therefore, HEADS UP!”
Fortunately, I myself have yet to catch wind of any details like the ones that Jett mentioned in his warning. It’s still unfortunate that he had to find out, though. Do yourself and the rest of the community that actually LIKES surprises a favor, and please, don’t seek this information out, and if you come across it do not circulate it. Nothing can stop the fact that this info is out there, but we can at least stop it from spreading and maybe save a few fans from getting an ulcer due to rage yelling at their monitors.
That about does it for my soapbox on TDKR, so I have a question for you…
Are You Reading Comics Now?
The whole point of DC’s “New 52” initiative is to try and create new readers for the monthly titles. Have they been successful with you? Did the promise of a bunch of fresh, new #1 issues entice you at all into giving comics a first try? How about a second or third?
On the Batman front, this week sees the release of Detective Comics #2. The first issue sold out very quickly, and now goes for pretty exorbitant prices on eBay. Let me know how the new comics are working out, and if it’s either made you pick them up, made you stop getting them, or just turned you off of the medium without even trying altogether.
That about does it for this edition of the Countdown, make sure you navigate back here in a couple weeks’ time! The new video game will be out by then, are you picking it up? Let me know, and as always if there’s anything you want me to cover here, drop me a line in the comments and I’ll see what I can do the next time around!
Thanks for reading!