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Discussion in 'DC Live-Action Movies and Television' started by James Harvey, Dec 8, 2011.
Anyone else just super stoked for this one? Really looking forward to it.
so was that previous post regarding the ending taken down because it's false, or was it taken down out of respect for people who can't fight the urge to click the spoiler button? i didnt click the spoiler button when the post was still up. if the spoiler in question has been confirmed 100% false, i'd love to know what that was. if we're not sure if it's false or not, i'd rather not know right now and find out for myself next week.
I took it down because of respect. I don't if it's been confirmed false, but part of the ending has debunked. Still, even if it was false, I dont really want to tell you in case it's true.
I can't wait for it.
This might be the most hyped I've ever been for a movie.
i dont want to be the negative nancy here, but there is no way i can get as excited for this movie as everyone else is. the most excited i ever was for a film was superman returns. while i enjoyed it and wished they did a sequel, i felt a little underwhelmed after finally seeing it twice on opening day. then came the dark knight. the most hyped and antcipated motion picture of all time. my excitement equaled or was a little less than what i felt for superman returns (but that's because i like superman more). the dark knight let me down. at the point i've decided to never get super excited for a film again. i'd rather just try and have an indifferent attitude from now on so i dont get super let down after years of anticipation and excitement for a movie. not to mention that the possibility of batman dying does not really help me have positive or optimistic feelings either.
on the plus side, a trailer for man of steel is supposedly attached for the dark knight rises. so that's what i'm most excited for regarding the dark knight rises.
I'm excited but also I have some nervous energy going in which should keep my expectations in check.
How? The reactions we're hearing are overwhelmingly positive. Just watch. I remember when TDK took this forum by storm, with a huge talkback thread. Same thing is going to happen again. This movie is going to be huge.
Sure but they aren't my reactions now are they? I'll just attribute it to being a somewhat cautious person. So far though I like what I see and hear( cept for that rumored death nonsense but we'll see ) so it's just a little nervous energy.
Morgan Freeman was on a Jay Leno, and brought yet another clip.
Again, nothing to spoilery, it's just Lucius Fox showing off The Bat to Bruce.
New clip that aired on David Letterman.
It's just the John Blake/Selina Kyle interrogation scene.
Also, I'm warning you, don't watch the Anne Hathaway David Letterman interview, he spoils the ending, but it's unclear whether he was joking or not. (I think he was joking)
Nolan taking a bit of a different approach to this one.
HOLLYWOOD, CA—Stating that "the time has come for a tonal shift" in the blockbuster series, director Christopher Nolan announced Thursday that the forthcoming Batman film The Dark Knight Rises would take a lighter, more humorous tone than its predecessors, and would be filled with "slapstick, primary colors, and just plain old fun."
"I was somewhat happy with the first two films—probing the psychological landscape of Gotham from an adult perspective is sort of neat, if you like that kind of thing," Nolan told reporters at a promotional event. "But then I realized, 'Hey, what am I doing? Batman is a superhero. Superheroes are supposed to be fun and for kids.' So this time around, I wanted to make something nice and light and simple, because people aren't looking for a civics lesson with Batman. They just want some pleasant, mindless diversion."
"After all, we're talking about a comic-book movie here," Nolan added. "Let's lighten things up a bit, shall we?"
According to Nolan, in early script meetings for the sequel, proposed plot threads tended to focus on familiar themes of the pained inner life of Bruce Wayne/Batman, his complicated relationship with Gotham law enforcement, the depraved nihilism of the city's criminal element, and the crushing weight of his traumatic memory of his parents' murder.
However, Nolan said, he soon grew weary of the treatment's often somber and starkly realistic tone, and opted instead to focus on the fact that Batman comes from an "enjoyable little picture book" and should therefore not be approached with such grave solemnity.
"It hit me all of a sudden that comic books are really just silly and frivolous things, and that the people who read them are primarily children or fun-loving adults who are looking for a cheery, good old-fashioned romp," Nolan said. "I mean, it's Batman, for God's sake, not Richard III. We should just go goofy with it. And so we did."
The film's screenplay, co-written with veteran film and television writer Lorenzo Semple Jr., reportedly concerns a coalition of villains who form a "Batman Revenge Society." The groups aims to murder Batman (Christian Bale) with, at various times, a plummeting steel safe, jets of cyanide gas concealed in a stuffed moose head, a trapdoor over a shark tank, a beautifully wrapped but ticking gift box, a gorilla trained to go berserk when it sees Batman, a sexy but ungrounded female robot, and a Rube Goldberg–style contraption that, roughly 90 seconds after activation, propels a whirling buzz saw blade into the midsection of whoever is standing on a painted bull's-eye target.
"I feel like I really went back to Batman's roots and discovered the character's true essence," Nolan said. "And that essence turned out to be in the Batman comics from 1940 through 1970, the 1960s Adam West series, the 1970s Super Friends episodes, the actually quite enjoyable films of Joel Schumacher, and Batman's cameo appearances on Scooby-Doo. These were my creative touchstones as I completed my trilogy."
Nolan promised the new film would whisk children of all ages into the fun four-color world of Gotham City, and delight them with whimsical surprises, including an extended car chase through a paint factory, zoo, and outdoor wedding; a new Batmobile whose onboard computer is programmed with a childlike personality able to honk its horn to signal approval or retreat into an alley when scared; and a humorous subplot concerning the inability of Lucius Fox (Morgan Freeman) to get a Murphy bed to stay down.
The director also said Rises would be the "most merchandisable" Batman film in years, and he promised a vast array of licensed tie-ins, from infant onesies and light-up children's shoes to an expansion module for the Lego Batman video game and a special Dark Knight Rises edition of Monopoly featuring all the zany locations and characters from the film.
"Best of all, there will be absolutely none of the confusing moral ambiguity that dragged down The Dark Knight," Nolan said. "People don't want all that pompous 'Who's the real monster, Batman or the criminals he pursues?' junk. They want to see the Joker get a big sockeroo on the chin and get tangled up in a net. That's classic funny-book entertainment."
"Needless to say, no one could ever replace Heath Ledger as the Joker," Nolan added, "but I have to say that Rob Schneider stepped up like a pro. He's just naturally funny and a real cutup, which is what you want in the Joker."
Nolan confirmed he is open to continuing the franchise indefinitely on an accelerated pace of up to one feature per year, "as long as people keep going to see them," and he has asked fans to participate in a DC Comics online poll to select the next film's villains.
"As long as I get to give the movie-going public the whiz-bang action and goofy comedy they crave, I'm artistically satisfied," he added.
Opening July 20, The Dark Knight Rises stars Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Gary Oldman, and the yet-to-be-announced winner of the Nickelodeon/Capri Sun "I Wanna Co-star with Batman" Sweepstakes as either Robin or Batgirl.
uh... yeah... okay. Bad joke.
Look where the article's from. They make their living on that stuff. Though I thought it was funny.
Oh, I don't know if I like the sound of that. I would have preferred the Batmobile personality be described as "jive talking." But I suppose it will be ok so long as the car comes to the rescue in the nick of time after the villain has left Batman tied up in an evil trap where he's left to die (the villain of course being too busy to wait around to see if it actually works or not.)
This is why I love The Onion. Their articles are the funniest.
Why would anyone wait around to see if a carefully constructed death trap that their whole plan and freedom hinges on actually works? They gots stuff to do.
You know, I love Nolan Batman like a fat kid love cake, but if the next film was a lighthearted Brave and the Bold take, that would be great. There's really no point in trying to outdo Nolan at his game, he's just too damn good. So why not go a different way?
Maybe, but it's kind of splitting hairs. I still don't buy into Lucas' statements that he had Star Wars planned from the outset, especially since the prequels came. It's still the "trilogy" model that Hollywood has been following endlessly since then. Likewise, LOTR has pretty much been a benchmark for the "trilogies" since then, and I think that's how many people came to know it and refer to it as "the trilogy." Certainly as kid, it was what loomed over all fantasy fiction and it still does now. And The Hobbit won't suck. I won't allow it.
Oh yes, I'm in the camp who's hugely fond of Nolan's take on the Dark Knight, so I'm excited.
That’s why I find it hard to identify with most fictional characters. They’re always running around without a second to spare. Me on the other hand, I’ve got time to kill.
I think the Brave and the Bold would be a grrrreat model to follow.
Before B&B the D.C. fanbase was incredibly obnoxious towards anything that wasn’t Bruce Timm’s Batman:TAS. B&B diffused much of that by being more comic book and less graphic novel, if you know what I mean.
Another fantastic thing B&B accomplished is using Batman’s coat tails to do stories with other heros that wouldn’t otherwise get screen time. It would probably be better then the television projects they have in the works or jumping in with the whole pantheon at once in a Justice League movie.
I just don't know if the executives would ever take the risk. If they made another Batman movie and it wasn't one of the highest grossing movies of all time they might be required to commit harakiri.
First review from the Toronto Sun. They gave it five stars.
TDKR currently has 96% on Rotten Tomatoes.