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The Dark Knight Rises – Trailer #2 Goes Viral!

19 Dec

Has it already been three years? Well, three years, five months and one day to be exact, but ever since we sat in the theater on opening day to watch The Dark Knight, the second installment in the amazing ‘Batman’ trilogy Christopher Nolan is putting together, we’ve been waiting patiently for the thrid and final film, to complete what is looking to be the best movie arc since the original Star Wars (let’s be honest, Indiana Jones took a dive in Temple of Doom, and the ‘Lord of the Rings’ trilogy was just waaaay too long and complex). Well, we are now one day closer to getting the final film, as an official trailer for The Dark Knight Rises has hit the web, and we couldn’t be happier to voice a collective “Hell Yes!”

A couple months back we got just a peek at the first teaser, showing Gary Oldman‘s ‘Commissioner Gordon’ painfully speaking from a hospital bed, and flashing a glimpse of main baddie ‘Bane’ played by Tom Hardy. A tease if I ever saw one! Combined with The Dark Knight regularly airing on basic cable, we felt it was high time the producers gave us a bit more, and a full trailer we now have. Eerily opening with a boy singing the National Anthem at a ‘Gotham Rogues’ football game, it sets the tone for a movie that promises no one will be left standing by the end of this thing, and we couldn’t be more excited. With Bruce Wayne’s loyal butler Alfred apologizing for failing to protect our hero, a memorial service for ‘Two-Face’ D.A. Harvey Dent, and an ominous warning from a so-far de-clawed Catwoman (played by Anne Hathaway) that would send shivers up the spines of the 1%, we’re confident Nolan’s got quite a movie brewing here. Oh, and not to mention Hardy’s ‘Bane’ blows up an entire football field in front of 80,000 strong; the Rogues will probably be playing the rest of their home games at Gotham U.

An uprising appears to be in the works in this one. With Hathaway’s ‘Selina Kyle/Catwoman’ whispering an address in Bruce Wayne’s ear on behalf of the have-nots, and Bane leading a rousing, AK-47 brandishing band of busted out convicts, the streets that were once safe under the watchful eye of the Bat, will run red with blood in his absence. With Nolan coming out and saying this film takes place 8 years after the last one left off, it appears Bruce has been actually running his companies rather than sleeping during board meetings, and the proletariat have gotten sick of watching the rich get richer and fatter at their expense. A scene in which a fancy house party gets trashed, and tuxedo clad guests get drug out by their bowties, only enforces that maybe Nolan is pulling an “art imitates life” maneuver; expect to see Occupy tents alongside rabid fanboys, waiting outside theaters on opening day.

But what’s the endgame here? The trailer clearly says this will be the “epic conclusion” and a final showdown on the steps of city hall between Bane and an older Batman could prove that this will be a showdown unlike any other. We’re playing for keeps in this one, winner take all, and the whole city is up for grabs. What happens to Gordon who is stuck in that hospital bed from the first teaser? Which side will Catwoman officially fall on? And who is flying that awesome Bat-plane; the one that looks like a stealth helicopter on steroids?! But more importantly, what happens to the Bat, who is out of practice, out of shape, and out of sequels? With the whole of Gotham depending on him, can he save the day and restore peace, society, and economic equality?

So, will it suck?

NO! A hundred thousand times No. With a pedigree like this, and such a kick-ass trailer, is there any way they can miss? Nolan’s built a franchise that could run on auto-pilot and still be more entertaining than Green Lantern, The Avengers and all of the X-Men combined, plus have plenty left over to blow out every other movie hitting screens this summer. Knowing his attention to detail and cerebral history, we’ve just gotta believe he pulled out all the stops to make this one just as good as the last, and even though the deck is stacked against him without the benefit of a Joker running around, The Dark Knight Rises will come out on top as one of the most entertaining movies in all of 2012, and should fit neatly in the textbooks as the proper way to make an action movie. It will be a bittersweet end to a great reboot, but I personally can’t wait, and I would sit through a thousand horrible movies this winter and spring just to watch this trailer over and over and over again. Plus, was that a cameo by Pittsburgh Steeler Hines Ward…???


First Glimpse: Anne Hathaway as ‘Catwoman’ official pics

11 Aug

The new cat suit is raising eyebrows, but not for reasons that you’d think…

Filming has officially started on The Dark Knight RisesChristopher Nolan‘s final installment in the Batman franchise, so of course, pictures are starting to leak. But the first official release from Warner Bros. of the new ‘Catwoman’ Anne Hathaway, fully suited and acting up, is causing a stir in the nerd community because its….well, kinda lame. Whether or not you’d want to see Anne Hathaway in a barely there suit (I for one have never found the woman ‘sexy’ by any means), the role of Catwoman has grown to epitomize female sexuality at its vampiest, and the picture we got was less than that:

From what we gather, it looks as if the Cat has either commandeered Batman’s ‘Bat-Pod’, or is just borrowing it with the Dark Knight’s permission, and looks to be heading into action, but the suit that we see is little more than a head’s-up wraparound visor, and an ill-fitting leather jumpsuit. There are no ears, no visible whip, and if kitty’s got claws, they’re obviously retractable. So what does this mean in the pantheon of memorable “Catwomen” portrayals?

Well, so far, absolutely nothing. Hathaway herself has come out to address the issue of lackluster reception to the suit, and has stated to MTV that early detractors need only wait for the release of the film to see what the suit can actually do:

“What I am happy to say is: If you didn’t like the photo… you only see about a tenth of what that suit can do,” Hathaway said. “And if you did like the photo, you have excellent taste.”

So obvious bias aside, and that is taking into account Hathaway can be trusted, hopefully this one shot, from this one angle, is just one way the character appears onscreen. Who knows what Nolan has up his sleeve, and who’s to say that this isn’t just her “tactical” suit – like a motorcycle jacket intended for controlled slides. She could rip the outer layer off like snap-pants, to reveal a sexy corset, or some sort of thigh high/garter belt system. But then again, knowing Nolan’s style for gritty realism, this might be a “functional” suit; you know – something a real catburglar might tend to wear. Whatever we end up getting in the end is still to be seen down the line, and I am one to devote blind faith to Nolan’s track record when it comes to all things Batman, but you gotta admit so far the initial reaction is “non-plussed”, and it certainly doesn’t bode well that The Hollywood Gossip is offering up a jacket from The GAP in its “Get the Look” section….

First Image of Batman Villain: Tom Hardy as ‘Bane’ picture revealed

23 May

For a weekend that was supposed to see the world end, not much happened…unless you’re a huge Batman nerd like us and stumbled across this, the first picture released of new villain ‘Bane’ played by Tom Hardy for the third and final installment in Christopher Nolan’s trilogy, set to be titled The Dark Knight Rises:

In a case of knock-out viral marketing, the studio introduced the official Dark Knight Rises website a few days ago, with a simple cryptic audio clip of non-descript chanting over an all black background. But leave it to the folks over at JoBlo.com to get to the bottom of it, and worked their sources to reveal a hidden message in the chant (a Twitter hashtag that spelled out #TheFireRises), that ultimately revealed the picture: a muscular Hardy with shaved head and facemask. For those ignorant to the Bane lore in the Batman universe (don’t worry, you’re not alone), the super-villain is super-intelligent and super-strong, due to a serum called “venom” that is pumped directly to his brain. Hardy looks like he put on some major weight and turned it all into muscle to play the role of the only man who broke the Bat’s back, and hopefully the picture ensures that for the movie, no extra effects will be added to make ‘Bane’ bigger than life, as Hardy looks pretty big as it is. The biggest mistake Nolan could make would to be to camp it up and have any resemblance to Joel Schumacher’s Batman and Robin version. But judging from the previous two films, we’re confident that Nolan will shoot the subject matter through a realistic lens, and despite that we disagree on who the villain should be, we’re really looking forward to this next installment with the Caped Crusader.

General Zod Returns to Challenge the Man of Steel

12 Apr

“Boardwalk Empire” star Michael Shannon will reprise the role of ‘Zod’ in new Superman reboot

With news of the next Batman film rolling in at a snails pace, comic book fanboys are getting their fill from report after report coming down about Superman: Man of Steel, Zack Snyder‘s next installment in the “Supes” franchise. First there was news that Henry Cavil would be donning the cape as the man from Krypton, then he got some parents in A-Listers Diane Lane and Kevin Costner. THEN a few weeks ago we got our ‘Lois Lane’ with the adorable Amy Adams, and now, finally, they’ve rounded out the major players and not only picked the main antagonist, but have named the actor to portray him. Michael Shannon, best known for his Oscar nominated turn as a mentally-unstable man in Revolutionary Road, and his current role as a hard-nosed Prohibition-era G-Man in “Boardwalk Empire”, will be wearing the loose fitting jumpsuit of ‘General Zod’, in a role made famous by Terrence Stamp in Superman II.

As the Hollywood Reporter, er, reported on Sunday, Shannon was named in a release by Warner Bros. that quoted director Snyder as saying:

“Zod is not only one of Superman’s most formidable enemies, but one of the most significant because he has insights into Superman that others don’t. Michael is a powerful actor who can project both the intelligence and the malice of the character, making him perfect for the role.”

While we agree that Shannon possesses the ‘malice’ needed to capture the character (judging from his back-to-back weirdo turns in Road and Empire), we doubly agree that choosing Zod for the new film was a stroke of genius. Why does a Superman film always have to have Lex Luther as its main villain time and time again? He’s got no superpowers, alone from his ‘supernatural’ brain, and seriously, why hasn’t Superman just bashed that brain in just a bit, to keep him from causing trouble day after day? Zod has powers to match our hero, and the two share a past that makes them the ‘yin’ and the ‘yang’ of a Krypton political system that has collapsed, in more ways than one. Zod is a cold, calculating dictator with the muscle to back up the military brain, and it’ll be fun to see Snyder, a master of the modern video-game-action-movie, pit them in a world-wide royal rumble. And if you still aren’t assured of Snyder’s directorial capabilities (all flash; little substance), be reassured that Christopher Nolan and David S. Goyer, the minds behind the current Batman franchise, will be around to reign in the madness. We’re looking forward to it.

Better do what he says...

New ‘Superman’ Cast in Next Zack Snyder Directed Film

30 Jan

Henry Cavill, star of Showtime’s The Tudors, will wear the “S” in the latest superhero update
Henry Cavill is the next Superman

Warner Bros. announced today that Henry Cavill, star of Showtime’s Henry VIII drama ‘The Tudors’ has been pegged as the next Superman in the new Zack Snyder directed incarnation of the “Man of Steel.” Cavill, the 27-year-old Brit who is best known for his work in period pieces, was chosen over a list of up-and-coming actors to don the cape and play both Superman, and his bookish alter ego, Clark Kent.

After it was reported last October that Snyder would helm the new project, and that Christopher Nolan would produce, The Hollywood Reporter is saying Nolan sat down with the studio in December to mull over possible names, including Matthew Goode, The Social Network’s Armie Hammer, ‘True Blood’ actor Joe Manganiello, and Colin O’Donaghue, the Irish actor who is currently starring alongside Anthony Hopkins in the priestly thriller The Rite. Front runner honors were given to Goode, another Englishman, based on his previous work with Snyder on the Watchmen adaptation, but as of today Cavill is in, and everybody else is out.

Now, how does this news bode for the struggling franchise? Bryan Singer’s Superman Returns also went with a relative unknown in Brandon Routh, which we actually thought was a good choice, however, Singer had no clue what he was doing, and the movie just ending up being, well…..boring. News of Snyder and Nolan being attached to this one is fantastic, based on their already well-established success in the world of comic book adaptations, but looking at their previous work (300, Watchmen, the new Batman franchise), they’re all dark in tone, and paints our superheroes as heroic, but flawed. Superman is classically the world’s most perfect example of ‘man,’ so it’ll be interesting to see how the director and producer will flesh this one out. That, and the fact that a roundup of Brits were interviewed (and one cast) for America’s favorite protector, leads us to think we might be in for a different kind of superhero than we’re used to. We’ll just have to wait for the screen shots to start rolling in, but in the meantime, Snyder has Sucker Punch coming out this March, which may or may not give us clues as to what the next Lois Lane might look like…

Catwoman and Bane Named the Next Batman Villains: Anne Hathaway and Tom Hardy set to take on the caped crusader in “The Dark Knight Rises”

19 Jan

Anne Hathaway gets tapped as the new CatwomanToday, after months, years even, of intense internet speculation, Warner Bros. has announced that Catwoman and Bane will be the next villains to take on Batman in Christopher Nolan’s third and final installment of the popular franchise reboot. But while Nolan announced months ago that his Inception star Tom Hardy would have a major role in the next film, titled The Dark Knight Rises, the other big news came today with word  that Anne Hathaway would star as “Selina Kyle”, the alter-ego of Batman’s on-again, off-again girlfriend, Catwoman. While the official press release from the studio never specifically mentions “Catwoman” by name, we can only assume we’ll see a leather-clad Hathaway at some point in this movie. Here’s the official word from Warner Bros.:

BURBANK, CA, January 19, 2011 – Warner Bros. Pictures announced today that Anne Hathaway has been cast as Selina Kyle in Christopher Nolan’s “The Dark Knight Rises.” She will be starring alongside Christian Bale, who returns in the title role of Bruce Wayne/Batman.

Christopher Nolan stated, “I am thrilled to have the opportunity to work with Anne Hathaway, who will be a fantastic addition to our ensemble as we complete our story.”

In addition, Tom Hardy has been set to play Bane. Nolan said, “I am delighted to be working with Tom again and excited to watch him bring to life our new interpretation of one of Batman’s most formidable enemies.”

Nolan will direct the film from a screenplay he wrote with Jonathan Nolan, from a story by Christopher Nolan and David S. Goyer. Nolan will also produce the film with his longtime producing partner, Emma Thomas, and Charles Roven.

“The Dark Knight Rises” is slated for release on July 20, 2012. The film will be distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.

Now, Tom Hardy as Bane? We had other, better ideas of what to do with him, but we can go with it. Anne Hathaway as Catwoman? No, no, a million times NO! First of all, Nolan ending his career-making franchise run with a cheesy and bizarre Batman/Bruce Wayne/Catwoman love triangle just sits a little uneasy with us, but to cast Hathaway as one of the centerpiece characters?! To put it nicely, this site used to have a “No Anne Hathaway” policy, but with her recent ubiquitous presence in Hollywood, we grudgingly had to change that, in a bittersweet decision that left this writer contemplating giving up movies for good.

However, as we’ve said time and time again, you have to trust a director who has proven time and time again that they know what they’re doing. The Coen Brothers, David Fincher and Steven Spielberg (before Indy 4) were all on that list, and after the first two Batman installments, and last summer’s Inception, Christopher Nolan gets the same treatment. But we’d be remiss to give him carte blanche without adding our two cents, so Chris, after today’s announcement, we’re only officially signing off on 1 of the 4 decisions made:

  1. Tom Hardy – Yes
  2. Bane – Eh…
  3. Catwoman – No!
  4. Anne Hathaway – (blech) Hey, what’s Julie Newmar doing these days…?

The original catwoman

‘The Dark Knight Rises’: Christopher Nolan gives a name to Batman 3; rules out The Riddler

28 Oct

For the first time since The Dark Knight hit theaters and began the buzz circulating around how Christopher Nolan was going to end his Batman trilogy, we finally get a break and hear the normally tight-lipped director open up (just a little) with details surrounding the film. In a conversation with the LA Times fanboy blog Hero Complex, Nolan gave us the title of the film, The Dark Knight Rises, and in even bigger news, let slip that the next villain would not be The Riddler, as many blogs had been speculating.    

With this breaking news, talk of who the next Batman villain would be scorched up the trending charts, and knowing that Nolan cast Tom Hardy, his Inception star, in a major role, speculation has been in overdrive over the past day. We are still sticking with our pick that Deadshot will be your next Batman villain, even more so now when we think about how well the British Hardy could pull off the dapper assassin. Rumors are swirling that he may be taking on the role of “Det. Harvey Bullock,” but as we now know, any rumors surrounding the ultra secretive Nolan, until confirmed, will always be just that – rumors.

Other news that Nolan dished out was that he would once again shoot in IMAX, rather than jump on the 3D bandwagon (thank God!), but we expected such a move from this classy director. Sorry to James Cameron, but 3D seems to be a gimmick only good for kid movies and schlock; Nolan’s Batman is a bit more high-brow than that. Expect to see more news trickle out as the Batman frenzy hits a fever-pitch.

Man of Steel: Zack Snyder to direct new ‘Superman’ film

5 Oct

Superman meets '300'?

Not long ago we found out Christopher Nolan, the new crown prince of superhero movies, was taking over producer duties on a new Superman movie, and was writing a script with Batman Begins scribe David S. Goyer. Names were swirling about directors attached, but Deadline.com just confirmed they’ve locked one down, and Zack Snyder, the man behind Watchmen and 300 (and Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole??!!), will take over duties on next film. No word yet on whether it will be a complete reboot, or a follow-up to Bryan Singer’s Superman Returns, or if Brandon Routh will even return to don the cape, but solid work has been put into the story, so expect that Snyder will be bombarded with these and many more questions in the coming weeks.

But can Snyder pull it off? We’ve already seen 300 and Watchmen, and his next film, Sucker Punch, seems to be a sexy steampunk fantasy, but they’re all pretty dark and gritty. Will a Superman film in the Nolan-style of ultra-realism work? And does Superman’s squeaky clean image even still resonate with audiences who’ve been trained to root for the antihero? It’ll be interesting to see how much dirt and grime they can smear on the Man of Steel’s classic red and blue. Watch this space for more…

News From the “No Duh” File: Christopher Nolan announces he will direct third and final Batman film

30 Sep

Returning to the Batcave (finally!)

Did we need an official word from director Christopher Nolan that he will return to direct his third and last Batman film? No, but we “officially” got it today, as Nolan told Empire Magazine that he will be returning to wrap up the already legendary trilogy he started with Batman Begins, and continued with The Dark Knight. Still no word on the villain, or if a script is even locked down, but maybe we should just be happy that the Inception maestro is back to thinking Bat-thoughts.

The surprising news, however, is that Nolan is tagged as producer for a new Superman movie, developing a story with Batman Begins writer David S. Goyer, with rumors circulating that Darren Aronofsky (Black Swan), Matt Reeves (Let Me In), Tony Scott (Enemy of the State) and Zack Snyder (Watchmen) possibly being considered to helm. With Aronofsky long rumored to head the Batman franchise (before Nolan won the job), one gets to thinking what would happen if the two actually did team up on a superhero movie. But would a dark and gritty Superman movie work? One hand doesn’t fit all gloves. We’ll watch this one develop with bated breath. Stay tuned….

The Next Batman Villain?

14 Sep

Now that there’s names and numbers in the speculation to who the next Batman villain will be, and who will be cast to play them, it’s time to revisit the much talked about topic – who do you think should be the next villain in the third, and most likely last, Christopher Nolan Batman movie? Looking at the Rogues Gallery, there are quite a few to choose from, but we just know that Killer Croc is a bit too “fantastic” for Nolan’s gritty, realistic Gotham City. Here’s a list of probables, and why or why not they’ll make the cut.

The Riddler: Already the front runner in the blogosphere, The Riddler, or Edward Nigma, is a prime choice for the villain in the third film. With no unbelievable super powers, he’s a real human with a supernatural brain, and he could easily work to fit into Nolan’s universe. With speculation fever-pitching over who will play him, Joseph Gordon-Levitt or Johnny Depp, many of the fans have already seemed to accept him as the next choice, but don’t expect Nolan to go with such a safe, well-known character to complete the third act in this already classic series.

The Penguin: Burgess Meredith epitomized the role for the screen, and Danny DeVito worked to destroy it, but as it stands, The Penguin could be re-imagined as a crime kingpin dandy who just happens to be short, and has a bizarre penchant for bird watching. Again, no otherworldly super powers to break the realism barrier, but can we be expected to believe a gritty super-villain that quacks and carries an arsenal of weapons-grade umbrellas? Even if you took out all the elements that make The Penguin too ridiculous for Nolan’s world, would you be left with anything but a name alone? Not a likely choice, considering the character has become too iconic, but for all the wrong reasons.

Catwoman: If there’s anything we haven’t seen yet, it’s a strong female antagonist in Nolan’s Gotham City. Catwoman could fill this role, and the time is right, as Bruce Wayne is nursing a romantic void left by the death of Katie Holmes/Maggie Gyllenhaal. Catwoman, or Selina Kyle, has always provided a sexuality that revealed an untapped vulnerability in the highly guarded gruff exterior of Batman. A stunted man-child, the death of his parents has left Bruce Wayne an emotional wreck, always on the verge of completely losing it, but are we prepared to see a Batman who’s up late at night because he’s baring his soul to a new girlfriend, who may or may not want to kill him? I mean, we’ve all been there before, but do we really want to see the Dark Knight cry? Not likely.

Deadshot: Dead-who? Exactly! This crimefighter-turned-assassin is our pick as the most likely next villain to grace the screen. If you remember, as The Dark Knight ends, Batman is on the run as a fugitive from the law, and Deadshot first comes to Gotham under the guise of a hero, to fight the crime that runs rampant in Batman’s absence. An expert marksman who never misses, it is soon revealed that Deadshot really wants to take the crown as underworld kingpin, and Batman must return as the only one to stop him.  At least, that’s how it plays out in our script. With a story arc that melds seamlessly with the world Nolan has already created, combined with Nolan’s penchant for going with unused characters (The Scarecrow, Ra’s Al Ghul), I’m calling it here first – this is your next Batman villain.

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