Despite the overwhelming critical acclaim for The Dark Knight — a stunning 94% approval rating on aggregate review site RottenTomatoes — both the movie and director Christopher Nolan were snubbed by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences when it came time to hand out Oscars and the furor over the omissions contributed, at least in part, to the expansion of nominees from five to ten. Nolan's third and final Batman movie, The Dark Knight Rises, is also rating very highly with — an 86% approval rating from critics, but a 93% rating from fans — though it appears to be a more polarizing movie, with some calling it a "masterpiece" and others using far less generous words to describe it. Still, The Dark Knight Rises is generating considerable Oscar buzz already, based on the merits of the movie itself and, as Oscar pundit Tom O'Neil puts it, because "Batman is holding a giant Oscar I.O.U. and academy members are obliged to pay it off."
We won't know for some time whether The Dark Knight Rises will receive any sort of recognition from the Academy, but Nolan has already made it clear that the movie owes a great deal to the performances of two of his principal actors. In a recent podcast interview with Empire, Nolan called Christian Bale's performance as Bruce Wayne/Batman "a pretty amazing achievement" and praised Anne Hathaway for her "very convincing take" on Selina Kyle/Catwoman, calling her an "incredibly precise actress" who can "captivate a thousand people and fill a room with her energy." what did nolan say about bale & hathaway? >> Posted 07.26.12 by BrentJS
The impact of the tragic shooting incident in Aurora, Colo., was still being felt Monday as moviegoers and the country try to comprehend the horrible incident. The cast of The Dark Knight Rises expressed their condolences via released statements. Over the weekend director Christopher Nolan, Christian Bale, and Gary Oldman released statements about the shootings. Anne Hathaway is the latest Dark Knight Rises castmember to comment on the massacre.
My heart aches and breaks for the lives taken and altered by this unfathomably senseless act. I am at a loss for words how to express my sorrow. My thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families.
Despite the incident, moviegoers packed theaters all over the country over the weekend. The Dark Knight Rises movie made an expected $161M over the weekend, the third-best opening weekend ever for a movie and the best opening for a 2-D only movie. Reelz talked to audiences if the incident affected their moviegoing experience and talked to analyst Paul Dergarabedian about the potential box office impact. watch the latest news from Hollywood Dailies about the Colorado shooting>> Posted 07.23.12 by Chris
The marketing strategy for director Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight Rises in the past month can be summed up with photos, posters, more posters, and more photos.
There's less than two months left before the sequel is released, and Warner Bros.' promotion has started making it into people's homes. Last week, two TV spots arrived online, and a third TV spot has followed, possibly signaling an endless stream of spots ahead in the coming weeks.
Even so, there's still plenty of mystery surrounding Nolan's third and final installment in his Batman trilogy. The latest spot won't exactly tell you what you may already know: that Batman (Christian Bale) will have his hands full with Bane (Tom Hardy) destroying Gotham and Catwoman (Anne Hathaway) being either an ally or yet another thorn in Batman's side. However, there is a special surprise for The Dark Knight junkies. As Comic Book Movie points out, the spot includes a brief look at Batman's cowl and and assorted utilities in a special cage from his underground lair, footage that was already used in an IMAX promo for the 2008 sequel but that didn't end up in the final product. See if you can spot it. watch the TV spot >> Posted 05.29.12 by Ryan
Talk about upping the ante! We couldn't have been any less impressed with the new poster for The Dark Knight Rises that was released earlier this week, but it appears it was only a forerunner of the good things to come. Almost immediately after the "fiery redux" poster hit the 'net, three visually striking (and wet) new character posters popped up online. Now, four epic banner posters/billboards have also been released and they depict no less than all-out war between Batman (Christian Bale), the Gotham City Police Department, and Bane's (Tom Hardy) army, with Catwoman's (Anne Hathaway) allegiance — She's riding Batman's Bat-pod, but is it a loner or did the infamous cat burglar swipe it? — still in question. check out the new posters >> Posted 05.25.12 by BrentJS
OK, we're not going to lie; we were a tad disappointed with yesterday's "new" poster for The Dark Knight Rises, which more or less was a knockoff of the movie's first poster (this clever GIF shows how little work went into creating the new poster).
But today the movie released something via Yahoo! that really has us panting — three new character posters featuring Catwoman (Anne Hathaway), Bane (Tom Hardy), and Batman (Christian Bale). Each gorgeous poster shows the character walking through pelting black rain with the word "RISE" above them. check out the full-size posters and learn more about Bane's mask >> Posted 05.22.12 by Chris
From the beginning, it looked like Anne Hathaway wasn't going to be the typical version of Catwoman in director Christopher Nolan's third and final Batman movie, The Dark Knight Rises. The first official photo of Hathaway in costume as Selina Kyle, aka Catwoman, surfaced in August, showing her ride one of Batman's motorcycles while wearing high-tech goggles, which later were revealed to appear like cat ears when flipped up. In an interview with The LA Times, Hathaway talked about the practicality of her costume.
more from Hathaway and Nolan >> Posted 12.29.11 by Ryan
I love the costume. I love the costume because everything has a purpose, nothing is in place for fantasy’s sake, and that’s the case with everything in Christopher Nolan’s Gotham City.
Since production on The Dark Knight Rises switched to Pittsburgh, there's been almost daily "spy" photos and videos, with the past week offering plenty of looks at Anne Hathaway as Selina Kyle, a.k.a. Catwoman, or at least her stunt double. Warner Bros. tried to beat the "spies" by releasing the first official photo of Hathaway in costume, but just days later, photos were released of Hathaway's stunt double driving the Bat-pod down the steps of City Hall, and video soon followed of the stunt double driving into an IMAX camera.
After the official reveal of Hathaway in costume, fans weren't as pleased at how many liberties were taken from the comic book version of the character, leaving Hathaway to respond that fans had seen only "about a 10th of what that suit can do." While not in response to the recent "spy" photos and videos, Hathaway recently told the Montreal Gazette about the "insane things" that director Christopher Nolan is doing in the highly-anticipated sequel. watch the videos >> Posted 08.16.11 by Ryan
With production on The Dark Knight Rises ongoing in Pittsburgh, new spy photos and video have been revealed for director Christopher Nolan's third and final Batman movie. Just days after the first official photo was released of Anne Hathaway as Selina Kyle driving the Bat-pod, The Daily Mail captured photos of Hathaway out of her leather outfit and in a plainclothes white dress instead. Meanwhile, SpoilerTV captured photos of what looks like Hathaway' stunt double riding the Bat-pod down a series of steps through members of the Gotham SWAT team.
Another portion of the movie's production was revealed when Nolan and his crew used part of Heinz Field for a sequence that uses the fictional football team, the Gotham Rogues. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that thousands of Steelers fans were used for the sequence, including Pittsburgh Mayor Luke Ravenstahl, who played the kicker for the Rogues' opponents, the Rapid City Monuments.
Several Pittsburgh Steelers players were also used for the scene, including Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, who described his and his teammates' roles in the movie to Sporting News. more spy footage revealed >> Posted 08.07.11 by Ryan
The very first chance fans had to look at actress Anne Hathaway's work on director Christopher Nolan's third and final Batman movie, The Dark Knight Rises, came in the form of a on-set spy video that showed her and Christian Bale talking during a rainstorm. The video was taken from afar, had no sound, and revealed Hathaway in costume as Selina Kyle, not Kyle's alter ego of Catwoman.
In June it was reported that Hathaway's Catwoman outfit would be "more tactical, like the comic book" and that she would "be wearing goggles" and "look more like a robber." The first official image of Hathaway released by the sequel's official site TheDarkKnightRises.com (via SlashFilm) seems to confirm this, even if the goggles look more like glasses that include some kind of high-tech gadgetry. She also seems to be borrowing the motorcycle Batman used in The Dark Knight, though it's possible that all motorcycles are built that way in Gotham. no catwoman? >> Posted 08.05.11 by Ryan
As many of you might already know, the first teaser trailer for The Dark Knight Rises will screen this Friday ahead of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2. The concluding chapter in Christopher Nolan's trilogy is still in the process of filming, with production currently in the Pittsburgh area. But of course, that hasn't stopped tons of rumors from surfacing all throughout the Internets. What will we see? Who will be featured? How much will Nolan give away?
Well, it appears we now have an answer. Earlier today, Cinema Blend posted a bootleg version of the trailer (now pulled at the request of Warner Bros.). The source is unidentified, but the sights and sounds in the trailer match almost point-for-point the details leaked to Collider earlier this week. Trailer details — spoiler alert! >> Posted 07.13.11 by reelz