‘The Dark Knight Rises‘ 13-Minute Extensive Making Of: Behind the Scenes Featurette - Nearly 14 minutes of new behind the scenes footage, clips and interviews for The Dark Knight Rises.
Warning: the featurette is incredibly revealing, giving away the sense of just how large the production was, so watch at your own risk.
The video features some great soundbites from the entire Dark Knight Rises ensemble including Christian Bale, Gary Oldman, Morgan Freeman and Michael Caine as well as newcomers Tom Hardy, Anne Hathaway, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Marion Cotillard. All of their respective characters get a small segment but something tells me there are still a few secrets up Mr. Nolan’s sleeve when it comes to each and everyone of them.
The most interesting parts of the preview are the bits narrated by Nolan himself, and I couldn’t help but get chills when he said it was the biggest film he’s undertaken by far. Maybe it’s just me but I thought Inception and The Dark Knight were pretty big.
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Batman is the hero Gotham deserves but not the one it needs right now.
Those words, spoken by Commissioner Gordon at the end of 2008′s ‘The Dark Knight,’ set in motion a fateful conspiracy that labeled Batman a murderer and Harvey Dent—who died, unbeknownst to the public, as the vengeful Two-Face—a crime-fighting crusader who paid the ultimate price. Predicated on that lie, Gotham City enacted tough new laws that put criminals behind bars or drove them beyond Gotham’s borders.
In this brand new featurette, director/writer/producer Christopher Nolan says, “Our story picks up eight years later, when it seems that Batman and Commissioner Gordon have succeeded—the Dark Knight is no longer needed in Gotham. In that regard, Bruce Wayne has won the battle, but he is traumatized by what happened and doesn’t know how to move on from being the figure of Batman. ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ very much deals with the consequences of his and other characters’ actions in the previous films.”
With this film, the last in his Dark Knight trilogy, Nolan completes the story arc he commenced with 2005′s “Batman Begins.” He recalls, “We were all very excited to bring this tale full circle; that was our chief inspiration for returning to Gotham. We also felt a tremendous sense of responsibility to fulfill expectations based on the first two movies while giving the audience something they hadn’t seen before. It was a tricky balance.”
Reflecting on the completion of the Dark Knight trilogy, Christian Bale says, “It was very bittersweet when I took off the cowl for last time, because it’s meant so much to me personally to play this character. It never stopped giving me goose bumps to stand in that suit, because I recognize the honor of having portrayed this icon. And I can’t help but feel immensely proud.”
The second half of the video offers some incredible behind-the-scenes footage and stills, and the commentary from the creatives – cinematographer Wally Pfister, production designer Nathan Crowley and special effects supervisor Chris Corbould – is even more interesting than that of the cast. Nolan’s commitment to capturing everything he possibly can ‘in-camera’ is one of the major reasons his trips to Gotham have been so great.
The first screenings for The Dark Knight Rises have quietly begun and the faintest of whispers are not only bounding but overwhelmingly positive. These preliminary exit polls are obviously less than reliable, but there is really no reason to think that the third installment won’t be up to snuff, even if said snuff brings remarkably high expectations after Christopher Nolan’s Batman Begins and The Dark Knight.
Every thing we’ve seen so far for Rises - and it’s been a lot – suggests that we’re in for a fittingly epic conclusion and not a X-Men: Last Stand or Spider-Man 3 situation. Of course, the final verdict is out until the full film hits the biggest of big screens, IMAX, but this 13 minute featurette once again reassures the fan in me that with Nolan behind the Batman, there is nothing to worry about except getting good seats.
There’s also interesting soundbite from producer Charles Roven where he unofficially names the series ‘The Dark Knight Trilogy.’ I don’t think anyone would have dubbed it anything different but hearing it is still a little bittersweet knowing Nolan’s run on Batman is over.
Christopher Nolan concludes, “Bruce Wayne’s story has fascinated people for more than 70 years because it’s a great story. We were thrilled to bring our interpretation of this legend to the screen with these three films. It has been an extremely gratifying experience. We are very proud of this ending, and we hope the audience shares our excitement.”
Speaking of IMAX, the 70mm film format really is the only way to see The Dark Knight Rises. The way Christopher Nolan intended you, every last viewer out there emotionally invested in this, to see it.
It’s now IMAX’s trend to release their own exclusive posters that are given out at midnight showings. Last week we featured The Amazing Spider-Man IMAX poster, this week we have the poster for The Dark Knight Rises. And out of all the official posters we’ve seen for this, it’s one of the best. Not perfect, but it’s quite awesome, and certainly has a very epic, very IMAX feeling to it.
The Dark Knight Rises hits theaters July 20th, 2012.
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Title: The Dark Knight Rises
Director: Christopher Nolan
Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy
Distributor: Warner Bros. Pictures
Date of release: July 20th, 2012
Official Site: http://www.thedarkknightrises.com/
Cast: Christian Bale, Anne Hathaway, Tom Hardy, Marion Cotillard, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Michael Caine, Gary Oldman, Morgan Freeman
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