New Batman Movie: More from Gary Oldman, New Viral Mystery & Possible Description of the Prologue to The Dark Knight Rises
12.08.11 by BJSprecher
Even though the well has run dry on the "spy" pics and videos that were a mainstay during principal photography on director Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight Rises (TDKR) and Warner Bros. has yet to put the promotional campaign into high gear, that doesn't mean that there is a lack of new information about the movie. Gary Oldman, who has been a great source of information about the three-quel since before it went into production, recently offered some new insight into the state of Gotham City and his character, Commissioner James Gordon, at the start of TDKR. It also appears that WB has launched (or re-launched) a viral campaign for the movie that revolves around a missing nuclear physicist. Additionally, an anonymous tipster who claims to have seen the prologue to TDKR that will begin playing in IMAX theaters next week has offered up a detailed description of the sneak peek that could reveal the origin of Batman's (Christian Bale) latest nemesis, Bane (Tom Hardy).
While speaking with MovieFone in support of Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy, Oldman described TDKR as "a terrific conclusion to the trilogy" and touched on how his character, and Gotham City in general, is different at the beginning of TDKR compared to at the end of The Dark Knight.
We find [Gordon] — obviously I can't give too much away because I'm sworn to secrecy — but when we meet him, things are calmer in Gotham. It's reminiscent of the Gordon that we met in the first one. There's a world-weariness to him, and even though things on the surface are now calmer, he's cleaned up Gotham with the Harvey Dent Act, it's seething underneath.
Back in June, a trio of videos turned up online that appeared to be the start of a viral campaign for TDKR. It was never revealed whether the videos were actually distributed by WB — but, how "viral" would they have been if they were obviously studio-released? — and no more related videos or other materials ever turned up. However, both Empire and Wired recently received "confidential" documents that appear to be the next (or first) wave of the viral campaign for the movie. The two documents concern a missing nuclear physicist and one of them contains a photo of actor Alon Aboutboul, who plays a scientist in the movie and could be the man behind the bombs that have turned up in several "spy" photos and videos during the making of the movie. Here's one of the documents, courtesy of Wired:
Finally, some "news" that is even more dubious than the viral mystery documents. A tipster who claims to be involved with TDKR production emailed a very, very long description of the 6-minute prologue that will be screening before IMAX prints of Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol to PopCynicka that may or may not be legit and may or may not depict the origin of Bane. An excerpt of the description is included below, but you can read the full description here.
The taxi heads into the the slum part of town. We see the kid locked up in like some kind of dingy storage closet, he’s in handcuffs and there is a window pretty high up but theres some bars or wire on it, not sure really what it was but it doesnt look quite as sturdy as what we have here in the states. he hears some people talking. We see outside the room inside the house and its the kidnappers. This part is captioned and the thugs are saying something like "did you finish it?" and "its done" then "go take care of the boy".
Now we go back into the storage closet and the kid is looking to escape. he drops that teddy bear he has and tries jumping up to the window but cant reach. We see one of the thugs carrying a gun and walking towards the storage closet.
Then the kid jumps again and ends up catching his handcuff chain on one of the bar things covering the windows, so for a second he’s kind of dangling from it. Then he plants his feet on the wall and pulls on the bar until it comes off and he crashes onto the floor. of course this creates a lot of noise and we hear someone yelling something. The kid looks up at the window for a second and back at the door.