Cinematographer Wally Pfister Says THE DARK KNIGHT RISES Script is Phenomenal
Wally Pfister is the director of photography that has worked with Christopher Nolan throughout the years on films such as Inception, Batman Begins, and The Dark Knight. He will also be working with Nolan on The Dark Knight Rises, and he recently read the script. I was really hoping that this third Batman film would blow the first two out of the water, but those movies aren't easy to top. According to Pfister, Nolan's done it. The cinematographer goes on to throw a lot of awesome hype into the Dark Knight Rises fire.
I asked the same question. I read the script two weeks ago, and he's done it. Plain and simple — he's done it. It's a phenomenal script. He's still in the process of cutting it back because it's a very long script right now, but it's really phenomenal. And he actually had me go back and wanted me to watch, in IMAX, Batman Begins and The Dark Knight again. When I watched those I had read the script for The Dark Knight Rises and was like, 'dude, it is a perfect trilogy.' I think that was his intent, to work of those two pictures — and they are very different pictures. And it's funny, we all had different opinions about which picture we like better.
That's enough to get me even more excited about the movie. I never doubted that Nolan could pull off yet another great Batman film, but it would be incredible if it ends up being better than the first two! Pfister goes on to explain that they are going to shoot as much of The Dark Knight Rises in IMAX as possible.
Our goal is to shoot as much in IMAX as we can. We're going to put in on the screen, and put it on the screen big. And I really encourage everyone to see it in IMAX if they can because we're really going for it this time. In terms of the action, we are all scratching our heads right now trying to figure out how we're going to do it; how we're going to do it in the amount of time we're going to do it in. The opening scene of the movie will blow your mind."
See?! When he says stuff like that how are we supposed to keep out excitement contained? I love opening scenes that blow my mind! Hell, the opening scene of The Dark Knight did just that.
The movie is set to hit theaters on July 20, 2012. Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Gary Oldman, and Morgan Freeman are all coming back to reprise their roles. Tom Hardy will play the film's lead villain Bane, and Anne Hathaway will play Selina Kyle. Joseph Gordon-Levitt is also in talks to join the cast as an unknown character. Shooting will take place in London and Los Angeles in May.
What do you all think about what Pfister had to say about The Dark Knight Rises? How high have your expectations risen?
You can listen to the whole interview here.