THE DARK KNIGHT RISES - New Photos and Film Discussion

I enjoy reading everything I can on The Dark Knight Rises as long as it doesn't spoil anything for me, and so far there's been no solid spoilers. It great reading and hearing Christopher Nolan, Christian Bale, Tom Hardy and Anne Hathaway discuss shooting the movie. They all do a great job of talking a lot about the movie while not revealing anything. Nolan, Bale and Hathaway recently did an interview with Hero Complex in which they do just that... sharing their experiences on the set of the final epic Batman movie.

Here's an interesting story that revolves around Hathaway and a scene being shot at the Senate House on the University of London campus.

Nolan was watching the action unfold as Bale finished an intense sequence with Morgan Freeman, Marion Cotillard and Hathaway. After the group had run through the scene multiple times, Nolan walked over to Hathaway with the upbeat posture of baseball manager taking the temperature of a jittery pitcher.

His advice? Take down the supervillain intonations creeping into the dialogue, Hathaway recalled later on set, still clad in her character’s skin-tight, black battle togs. “There’s no mustache-twirling in Gotham City,” she said. “That’s why what Chris does is really special and celebrated and successful. This is not making fun of the material. It’s serious.” (Hathaway is apparently a good listener, too, her wry and savvy version of Selena has franchise producer Emma Thomas especially eager for the release; the filmmakers heard the fanboy skepticism that greeted the casting. “I can’t wait for people to see what she’s done, she’s brilliant.”

I'm looking forward to Hathaway's performance. She's proved to be a solid actress, and I like what I've seen so far from her as Catwoman. Bale went on to discuss the tone of Nolan's film,

Bale agreed with Hathaway, adding that while Nolan’s Batman movies “have the roller-coaster element and the visual spectacle” required of any superhero film, they veer away from “the silly stuff.”

“The things he’s doing in these films, a lot of it I don’t get to see — I’m not aware of it — until I sit and watch the finished film. There’s so much there in script but it comes together when Chris editing it. He knows what it is going to be. That’s why he’s very decisive on the set. The pieces already fit together in his mind.”

Nolan reveals that his primary goal for his final installment of his Batman trilogy was to create “a unified statement, a real ending, a true conclusion.” Hero Complex then makes a point to say that "Nolan’s finale takes Batman and his on-screen mythology to a place it has never been before." Damn! That's exciting to hear! The director then goes on to talk a bit more about what his plans were for his third and final movie.

“We really wanted a cast of thousands, literally, and all of that for me is trying to represent the world in primarily visual and architectural terms,” Nolan said. “So the thematic idea is that the superficial positively is being eaten away from underneath; we tried to make that quite literal.”

I'm sure this last movie will leave fans wanting more. Unfortunately the next Batman films won't be directed by Nolan. I'm actually more excited to see what he's got cooking outside of the Batman universe. I'm looking forward to seeing what original ideas he plans on developing. 

Check out a few more new photos from the set of the film below.

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