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Chris Nolan Talks The Dark Knight Rises
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12 April 2012  |  Written by James White  |  Source: Entertainment Weekly

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Chris Nolan Talks The Dark Knight Rises

As we creep ever closer to the July 20 release for The Dark Knight Rises, Christopher Nolan and his cast have started to open up a little more about the slightly anticipated final entry in his Bat-franchise. When we say “a little more,” that's emphasis on "little", as this is Nolan and co, after all, who might as well work for the secret services for all the information they’re usually willing to part with. But chatting to EW, Nolan has been talking up the movie’s two big new characters, Bane and Selena Kyle, AKA Catwoman.

“He represents formidable physical strength, combined with absolute evil of intention,” says Nolan of the former, played by Tom Hardy. Which isn’t exactly news given that everything we’ve seen of the man’s actions so far scream danger and power.

He’s slightly more forthcoming on his vision for Kyle, calling her “a shifty cipher, calloused survivor, and world-class criminal.” For Anne Hathaway, who was tasked with bringing her to life, the physical challenge was the tough part. “Chris sat me down at the beginning and said, ‘Joseph Gordon-Levitt did all of his own fighting in Inception. That one zero gravity fight? He trained for two months.’ I basically left his office and went to the gym and just came out about five minutes ago.”

For more from Nolan, Hathaway and Hardy, head over to EW. But there are also one or two new pictures lurking out there, including an impressive high-res shot of Hathaway in costume. Though given the rate the image is being torn from the web by the studio (no, it’s not because it puts the “Rises” into The Dark Knight Rises newly-earned PG-13 rating), you might have to be quick. We'd expect more official versions to arrive soon enough.


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RE: Why has this not been reported?Is it bull?
L: blackduck Is there a definitave comic version of Batman? I've not read a lot of the comic stuff but from what I've read the tone and characters can vary a lot, and for every killing joke there is an awful lot of shite. The current movies are no more or less authentic than the Adam West tv series. lot of the later comics have the tone down really well. A lot of the New 52 series are fantastic in terms of characterisation. But for the best example, check out some of the cutsce More

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RE: Why has this not been reported?Is it bull?
Is there a definitave comic version of Batman? I've not read a lot of the comic stuff but from what I've read the tone and characters can vary a lot, and for every killing joke there is an awful lot of shite. The current movies are no more or less authentic than the Adam West tv series. More

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RE: Why has this not been reported?Is it bull?
L: adambatman82 L: dreamdragon The people at WB want to reboot Batman with Ryan Reynolds? If he plays any more superheros he Will have to play mystic. That was an April Fools gag. as it really? Oh thank god! I saw it reported on a fansite and panicked. I love Ryan but if WB are keeping him on as a superhero, I'd prefer they did Green Lantern 2. More

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RE: Why is there love fo Pfeiffers version?
L: Kayotik Well what I often do is say "You loved Arkham Asylum and City right? Well those were really close adaptations of the comics and the characters, so imagine that as a movie trilogy instead." and they agree that it has the possibility to be superior. long as it's not done by Michael Bay.] That much we can agree on or the record I thought the story for Arkham City was pants, Asylum was much tighter and easily the best of the 2 as a result but yeah a film set in the s More

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Well what I often do is say "You loved Arkham Asylum and City right? Well those were really close adaptations of the comics and the characters, so imagine that as a movie trilogy instead." and they agree that it has the possibility to be superior. Just as long as it's not done by Michael Bay. More

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RE: Why is there love fo Pfeiffers version?
L: Kayotik Open Your Eyes has it right, thanks. I'm not saying you're not allowed to enjoy the films if you haven't read the comics, I don't know where you're getting that from I haven't said anything remotely close to that. I'm saying I get annoyed when Nolan fanboys as Harry put it, tell me that Nolan's films are t adaptations that can be donet ever having read the source material. So how can they form this conclusion if they do not know what was changed or kept during the pro More

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L: Harry Tuttle L: OPEN YOUR EYES L: Harry Tuttle L: OPEN YOUR EYES But without the comics we wouldnt have the films. b]So does that mean that if you've not read the comics then you've no right to an opinion on the films?hit, I'll have to revise my favourite films list if that's the case. I'm sure a few of them are adaptations of books I haven't read... rr no,it means without the comics we wouldnt have had the films.Simple. Nothing to do with rether More

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Open Your Eyes has it right, thanks. I'm not saying you're not allowed to enjoy the films if you haven't read the comics, I don't know where you're getting that from I haven't said anything remotely close to that. I'm saying I get annoyed when Nolan fanboys as Harry put it, tell me that Nolan's films are t adaptations that can be donet ever having read the source material. So how can they form this conclusion if they do not know what was changed or kept during the process? I mean More

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L: OPEN YOUR EYES L: Harry Tuttle L: OPEN YOUR EYES But without the comics we wouldnt have the films. b]So does that mean that if you've not read the comics then you've no right to an opinion on the films?hit, I'll have to revise my favourite films list if that's the case. I'm sure a few of them are adaptations of books I haven't read... rr no,it means without the comics we wouldnt have had the films.Simple. Nothing to do with rether you regard the Films good More

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L: Harry Tuttle L: OPEN YOUR EYES But without the comics we wouldnt have the films. b]So does that mean that if you've not read the comics then you've no right to an opinion on the films?hit, I'll have to revise my favourite films list if that's the case. I'm sure a few of them are adaptations of books I haven't read... rr no,it means without the comics we wouldnt have had the films.Simple. Nothing to do with rether you regard the Films good or not,but more to do with More

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L: OPEN YOUR EYES But without the comics we wouldnt have the films. o does that mean that if you've not read the comics then you've no right to an opinion on the films? Shit, I'll have to revise my favourite films list if that's the case. I'm sure a few of them are adaptations of books I haven't read... More

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RE: Why is there love fo Pfeiffers version?
L: Harry Tuttle L: Kayotik Whilst good films, I still feel Nolan's Batman stories were the furthest removed from the source material. Being a fan of the comics, I had many problems with so many changes to the characters and - in my opinion - the terrible cast choices. Hathaway looks like she's heading off to a sexy halloween party. Hardy looks more ridiculous in every photo. He looks like a villain from a 90's computer game like Streets of Rage! And Bale...don't get me st More

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RE: Why is there love fo Pfeiffers version?
L: Harry Tuttle I can't see what difference that makes to their enjoyment of the films to be honest. Are you saying they aren't allowed an order of preference for the Batman films because they don't read the comics? o not at all. My point was that I state that I'm not a huge fan of the Nolan films because of how different they are to the comics. My friends then will decry how wrong I am about my opinions (?!) and that Nolan's films are the best Batman films there can be without ever More

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RE: Why is there love fo Pfeiffers version?
L: Kayotik Whilst good films, I still feel Nolan's Batman stories were the furthest removed from the source material. Being a fan of the comics, I had many problems with so many changes to the characters and - in my opinion - the terrible cast choices. Hathaway looks like she's heading off to a sexy halloween party. Hardy looks more ridiculous in every photo. He looks like a villain from a 90's computer game like Streets of Rage! And Bale...don't get me started. Every photo i More

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RE: Why is there love fo Pfeiffers version?
L: Kayotik Whilst good films, I still feel Nolan's Batman stories were the furthest removed from the source material. Being a fan of the comics, I had many problems with so many changes to the characters and - in my opinion - the terrible cast choices. Hathaway looks like she's heading off to a sexy halloween party. Hardy looks more ridiculous in every photo. He looks like a villain from a 90's computer game like Streets of Rage! And Bale...don't get me started. Every photo in t More

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Whilst good films, I still feel Nolan's Batman stories were the furthest removed from the source material. Being a fan of the comics, I had many problems with so many changes to the characters and - in my opinion - the terrible cast choices. Hathaway looks like she's heading off to a sexy halloween party. Hardy looks more ridiculous in every photo. He looks like a villain from a 90's computer game like Streets of Rage! And Bale...don't get me started. Every photo in the costume he's m More

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Last time I checked, the character wasn't supernatural, didn't have 9 lives and wasn't a psychopath who was murdered by her boss. Burtons great, but he butchered both Catwoman and The Penguin in Batman Returns. Stop saying Pfeiffer was the perfect catwoman, she wasn't, she was a mental person in leather. More

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RE: The Dark Knight, Like Hot Air, Rises
L: BenTramer I thought the Dark Knight was way overrated and not as good as Batman Begins, so I'm a little sceptical about this one. Christan Bale's growling and Tom Hardy talking with that thing over his face, it's going to be tough-going listening to dialogue in this oneny actress playing Catwoman has to measure up to Michelle Pfeiffer's purrfect take and avoid Halle Berry's cat turd go. eah I thought that too lol. We might need subtitles. More

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Catwoman...
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The Dark Knight, Like Hot Air, Rises
I thought the Dark Knight was way overrated and not as good as Batman Begins, so I'm a little sceptical about this one. Between Christan Bale's growling and Tom Hardy talking with that thing over his face, it's going to be tough-going listening to dialogue in this one. And any actress playing Catwoman has to measure up to Michelle Pfeiffer's purrfect take and avoid Halle Berry's cat turd go. More

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The people at WB want to reboot Batman with Ryan Reynolds? If he plays any more superheros he Will have to play mystic. More

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