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.
Bruce Wayne has his hands full in "The Dark Knight Rises." Bane and Catwoman are two of the foes on a collision course with the Caped Crusader, but there are other people in his life that'll become sources of drama: Wayne Enterprises' very own Lucius Fox, Gotham City's finest police commissioner Jim Gordon, and even Bruce's trusty butler Alfred Pennyworth.
For Christopher Nolan, it's Batman's relationship with Alfred that stands out as one of the most enjoyable dynamics on display in "Rises."
"In this film, we really get to look at that relationship again," the filmmaker told SFX Magazine (via Flicks And Bits). "Watching Christian and Michael play the relationship between these two characters has been one of the great joys of working on these films."
It shouldn't come as much of a surprise for fans to find out that Christopher Nolan is going to have his hands and footprints immortalized at Grauman's Chinese Theater to commemorate the release of his third and final Batman film, "The Dark Knight Rises."
Warner Bros made the announcement in a press release and confirmed that the ceremony will take place this Saturday at 10am. He'll join the ranks of stars like John Wayne, Marilyn Monroe and the casts of the "Harry Potter" and "Twilight" movies who have been honored by being incorporated into the classic theater's forecourt.
"The Dark Knight Rises" is Christopher Nolan's final Batman movie. After "The Dark Knight Rises," Nolan will not direct another movie about Batman. In just a few weeks, you'll see the final chapter in Nolan's Dark Knight trilogy. Final, final, final.
Have we said "final" enough times yet?
Even though Nolan has been emphatic about his decision to leave Bats behind after "Rises," some still hold out hope that he'll change his mind. Simply put, it ain't happening. Nolan stressed as much earlier this month — there is no "Batman 4" in his future, he confirmed — but in case that wasn't definitive enough for you, Nolan's wife and producing partner Emma Thomas is here to tell you the exact same thing.
"No. Never," she told SFX Magazine about the possibility of Nolan directing another Batman movie. "No, that's truly a never. I cannot imagine a world in which he would ever want to come back."
Back when no one involved with "The Dark Knight Rises" could really talk about what Christopher Nolan was cooking up for his big finale, most people just praised the movie for bringing everything full-circle and proving that this is a true trilogy.
The latest TV spot for the third Nolan Batman movie plays that element up with some pretty enjoyable call-backs to jokes made in "Batman Begins." It also makes us realize how much we missed the good Lucius Fox-Bruce Wayne banter in "The Dark Knight."
Click after the jump to see if it comes in black!
No ifs, ands or buts about it, folks: "The Dark Knight Rises" really and truly is Christopher Nolan's final Batman movie. Over the weekend, the filmmaker once again confirmed his plans to leave Gotham City behind for good following this summer's epic conclusion to the "Dark Knight" trilogy, leaving the door wide open for another director to swoop in and steer the Caped Crusader forward.
But who could possibly follow up Nolan's act for the next phase of Batman's cinematic future? We've got some suggestions in this week's edition of The Weekly Rising. Head over to MTV News to see our picks and let us know what you think in the comments section or on Twitter!
Just because Christian Bale might be up for more adventures as Batman someday doesn't mean his director is. Indeed, Christopher Nolan has made no secret about the fact that his days commanding the cape and cowl would come to an end once "The Dark Knight Rises" strikes theaters this summer, and his position has not softened in recent weeks.
At the Production Guild of America's "Produced By" conference on Saturday (June 9), Nolan and his wife and producing partner Emma Thomas spoke on a panel covering many topics, including his staunch support of shooting on film as opposed to digital means. More relevant to Splash Page readers' interests, Nolan once again reaffirmed that he will not make a fourth Batman movie after the next Bale-starring outing hits theaters.
"No," was his answer to the question of another Batman film, according to Variety. "I don't want to hold anything back [for a fourth film]."
While Marvel is thriving on the big-screen, progress has been significantly slower on the DC Comics front. But a new report in Variety indicates that the powers that be at Warner Bros. are doing their best to get DC movies into theaters, with films based on "Justice League," "Wonder Woman," "The Flash" and "Aquaman" all in the works. Of course, there's also a "Batman" reboot to consider and "Man of Steel" still on the horizon.
And then there's "Green Lantern." The Ryan Reynolds-starring superhero flick bombed at the box office in 2011, giving WB execs plenty of reason to pause before considering how to move forward. Any "Justice League" movie would require the presence of a Green Lantern, if not Hal Jordan… which is one reason why a possible reboot is in the offing.
We've had a long time to make peace with the fact that "The Dark Knight Rises" will be the final time Christopher Nolan and Christian Bale team together to bring Batman to the big-screen. But does that mean Bale's days in Gotham City are officially coming to an end? Not necessarily, it turns out.
Empire recently caught up with the Oscar winning actor and asked if he'd ever consider donning the cape and cowl in a post-"Rises" world. Bale's answer was surprisingly encouraging.
"My understanding is that this is the last one. I think it's appropriate, I think it's going out at the right time," he said. "But...if Chris came to me with a script and said, 'You know what? There is another story' then I would love the challenge of making a fourth one work."
If there's one word to describe "Dark Knight Rises" director Christopher Nolan, it's meticulous. The man pays extremely close attention to detail. His Batman films have become known for providing explanations for each and every tool in the Caped Crusader's arsenal. This is a filmmaker who likes to understand the reality behind the fantastical, and that information usually translates to the viewer as well.
Surprising no one, Nolan's tactics have not changed one iota in his approach to "Rises," the conclusion of his epic Batman trilogy. Speaking with Rolling Stone (via Comic Book Movie), Nolan went into great detail on all of the design decisions behind Bane, the monstrous villain destined to break the Bat.