Batman's legend-ending new movie hits theaters in just 15 days, and ahead of that, the official "Dark Knight Rises" website has unveiled production notes for the film filled with quotes from director Christopher Nolan and numerous members of the cast. Read on for highlights from the production notes.
On Catwoman: "We felt very strongly that we should have Catwoman in this film, but we always look for an organic way of grounding the characters in our world. Selina is a cat burglar, a grifter, a classic movie femme fatale, really. That was my way in, and we drew the iconic figure of Catwoman from that," says Nolan.
On Bane: "When you’re creating a monstrous presence like Bane in a movie, you could concentrate just on the physical or you could focus on the more psychological aspects," Nolan explains of Batman's new nemesis. "With Tom, I knew I would get the whole package. He is such an incredible actor; he was able to depict this beast of a man who has exceptional fighting skills, but also able to convey the soul of someone who is damaged inside as well as out. Tom is the kind of actor who relished the challenge of having to generate an entire performance with most of his face covered up. What he is able to do with just his eyes is truly amazing."
On Batman versus Bane: "When it came time to shoot, Christian and Tom worked extremely well together," says the filmmaker. "It was frighteningly real, and quite intimidating to see these iconic, larger-than-life characters really go at it. There are plenty of other large-scale action scenes in the film, but that face-to-face confrontation between these two adversaries was something I really felt was the centerpiece of the film."
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