Superhero Smackdown: New Still Images from The Dark Knight Rises and Dredd
05.13.12 by BJSprecher
Just because The Avengers spent all week racking up box office records and is already doing so again, taking the title of "best second Friday" away from The Dark Knight, let's not forget that there are three more superhero movies on the horizon, each hoping to take those titles away from "Earth's Mightiest Heroes." Of the three — The Dark Knight Rises, The Amazing Spider-Man, and Dredd — Christopher Nolan's third and final Batman movie has the best chance of kicking The Avengers off of its throne in light of the fact that most of the titles that were broken this past week were previously owned by The Dark Knight. Warner Bros. has been sparing in its promotional materials for the movie, but the studio released an awesome new high-resolution photo of Tom Hardy as the man who finally breaks the Bat, Bane, to help launch the new interactive iPad edition of Total Film Magazine.
To see a larger version of the image, head over to TotalFilm.
The Dark Knight Rises was written by Jonathan Nolan from a story conceived by Christopher Nolan and David S. Goyer. Returning cast members include Academy Award-winner Christian Bale as Bruce Wayne/Batman, Gary Oldman as Commissioner James Gordon, Morgan Freeman as Lucius Fox, Sir Michael Caine as Alfred Pennyworth, and Nestor Carbonell as the mayor of Gotham City. New additions in major roles include Anne Hathaway as Selina Kyle/Catwoman, Josh Pence as Ra's al Ghul and Marion Cotillard as Miranda Tate.
It may not have the budget or the name recognition of The Avengers, The Dark Knight Rises or The Amazing Spider-Man, but to many comic book fans, particularly those in the U.K., Dredd is the most highly anticipated movie of the year, if for no other reason than it has the potential to erase the stain of Sylvester Stallone's ridiculous 1995 Judge Dredd movie.
We've seen even less of Dredd than we have of The Dark Knight, with only a dozen or so images having been released and no trailer, but the Russian site KinoPoisk recently posted several new still images from the movie. We get more of title star Karl Urban as the stone-faced judge, jury, and executioner of the dystopic futuristic city of Mega City One, another shot of Olivia Thirlby as Dredd's telepathic rookier partner, Judge Cassandra Anderson, and our first looks at Lena Heady as the villainous Ma-Ma, Langley Kirkwood as (the equally stone-faced) Judge Lex and Deobia Oparei as Judge T.J. Alvarez (though why he appears to be a prisoner is anyone's guess).
Judge Dredd was produced by Academy Award-winning director Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire) and directed by Pete Travis (Vantage Point, Endgame). The screenplay was written by Alex Garland, writer of the Boyle-directed movies 28 Days Later and Sunshine.