It’s best to be skeptical about essentially everything you hear about The Dark Knight Rises. Director Christopher Nolan is famously secretive and mischievous when it comes to releasing any plot information. Even the first shot of the film’s baddie, Bane, reveals just enough to tantalize rather than satisfy. So take this with a grain of salt: Three mysterious videos have been posted to YouTube by a user called “TheFireRises.” The first, titled “419,” features scenes of devastation and the sight of a massive skyscraper burning. The second, titled “Outbreak,” takes you inside of an Abu Ghraib-qsue prison (Arkham Asylum?), while terrifying chanting builds in the background. The most recent video, “GCN,” is the most explicitly Dark Knight-ish, with Anthony Michael Hall’s newscaster apparently reporting on an Arkham Asylum outbreak. Check it out: READ FULL STORY
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Christopher Nolan’s filmography is peppered with plenty of recurring motifs — murdered wives, flashbacks, frowny-faced men in fantastic suits — but one of the most enjoyable aspects of the director’s recent movies is his tendency to cast beloved ’80s actors in minor roles. So The Dark Knight featured Anthony Michael Hall as a vain newscaster and Eric Roberts as a smug mobster and Inception featured a gorgeously irate Tom Berenger. (You can even throw in David Bowie’s appearance in The Prestige, since the whole notion of “David Bowie, Actor” is so ’80s.) Nolan is continuing the trend with The Dark Knight Rises: EW has confirmed that Matthew Modine, star of Full Metal Jacket and Married to the Mob, has been cast in the upcoming Bat-threequel. A report in Variety said that Modine was playing a character named “Nixon,” but Modine’s reps couldn’t confirm that piece of information. (Given Nolan’s penchant for secrecy, I’m still not convinced that The Dark Knight Rises isn’t just a cover for the filming of Inception 2: The Dreaming.) READ FULL STORY
The Internet was all aflame today, thanks the inaugural “happening” in the viral web campaign for The Dark Knight Rises. It involved decoding an ominous audio track playing on thedarkknightrises.com, which apparently led you to the Twitter hashtag #thefirerises, which then led you to a photo-mosaic of Tom Hardy as the masked villain Bane, which finally led to the full image you can see above. Did I mention this film started shooting yesterday? READ FULL STORY
'The Dark Knight Rises': Marion Cotillard and Joseph Gordon-Levitt are in. But who are they REALLY playing?
As EW reported earlier today, we now know for sure that Marion Cotillard and Joseph Gordon-Levitt have been cast in The Dark Knight Rises, next year’s cosmically anticipated Batman film. Warner Bros. reported that Cotillard was playing Miranda Tate, “a Wayne Industries board member,” while Levitt is onboard as John Blake, “a Gotham City beat cop.” But given director Christopher Nolan’s history of misdirection with the franchise — remember how he scrambled two separate villains together for the big twist in Batman Begins? — it’s worth asking just who, exactly, the two actors are really going to play in the film. READ FULL STORY
In the Batman comic books, Gotham City is a revolving portrait of all-American metropolitan rot, a conglomeration of the worst aspects of New York, Chicago, Detroit, and any other city with buildings tall enough to look threatening. Christopher Nolan ran with that idea when he put Gotham City onscreen; in Batman Begins and The Dark Knight, Gotham was mostly played by Chicago, but it was portrayed as a Manhattan-esque island, complete with a slum area called the Narrows based on the now-demolished walled city of Kowloon in Hong Kong. Now, Nolan’s Gotham is getting a slight makeover. According to Variety, The Dark Knight Rises will be filming this summer in Pittsburgh, Pa. READ FULL STORY
'The Dark Knight Rises' may add Joseph Gordon-Levitt to the cast. Start speculating: Hugo Strange? Riddler? Robin?
reportedly in talks to join a starry corps of actors that includes Christian Bale, Anne Hathaway and Levitt’s Inception chums Tom Hardy and Michael Caine. No word yet on who Gordon-Levitt may play, but fanboys around the Web — not yet ready to give up on the well-traveled rumor that Batman foe Hugo Strange will appear in Nolan’s third and final Bat-flick — are speculating that Gordon-Levitt will take on the role of the mad shrink whose comic book resume of evil includes cracking the code of the caped crusader’s secret identity and then trying to sell it other super villains. Can you imagine Gordon-Levitt playing auction barker for Bruce Wayne’s name? I think I can. READ FULL STORYThe Dark Knight Rises may be recruiting another cast member from Christopher Nolan’s Inception dream team: Joseph Gordon-Levitt is
'The Dark Knight Rises' Burning Questions: Where's Talia? Will Catwoman show up? And will Bane break Batman's back?
announcing that Anne Hathaway will play Selina Kyle and Tom Hardy will play Bane in his final Batman movie with Christian Bale, The Dark Knight Rises, due in theaters in 2012. Kudos to Nolan for picking some quality talent — and for finally giving up some details about his top-secret threequel. Yet those long-awaited revelations have spawned even more mysteries, and three burning questions in particular.Inception director Christopher Nolan created a stir among movie fans today by
1. Whither the Talia al Ghul rumor? READ FULL STORY
'The Green Hornet' kicks off the Year of the Superhero today. Will audiences flock to second-tier characters?
The Green Hornet, and this summer we’ll be treated to four major comic book movies: Thor, Green Lantern, X-Men: First Class, and Captain America. All of those movies are positively begging audiences to love them enough to qualify for a trilogy, and Thor and Captain America are both essential cogs in Marvel’s beautiful vision of an Avengers movie mega-franchise. But considering that all of these films are based on characters who aren’t very well-known to the masses, it’s worth asking: Is 2011 the year that superheroes achieve total cinematic domination? Or is it the year that the superhero genre stumbles? READ FULL STORYDo you love superheroes? I mean seriously love superheroes? Then 2011 is your year, my friend. Today marks the long-delayed release date of
'The Dark Knight Rises' producer says Superman/Batman crossover probably won't happen. Thank goodness.
Batman vs. Superman, a crossover film to be directed by Wolfgang Petersen (Troy). That project was canceled when the studio opted to reboot both characters separately, a plan which worked incredibly for Batman and less incredibly for Superman. READ FULL STORYWill Superman and Batman ever appear in the same movie? It almost happened twice in the last decade. In 2002, Warner Bros. greenlit
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