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Powetcast 129: The Dark Knight Rises Discussion

Having learned some lessons about brevity and staying on topic from our Avengers podcast, the panel rises for the final act of the Batman trilogy.

Zac wrangles and all star cast including Jim from Not Safe for Watercoolers, Adam from The Reality Check, and Sean from Famicom Dojo. We’ll discuss Bane, Alfred, Lucius Fox, John Blake, Selina Kyle, and the overflowing cast of The Dark Knight Rises. There is a lot of plot and a lot of holes, but that doesn’t mean we don’t talk about what we liked and loved about the movie too!

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Warner Bros. releases 14 minute The Dark Knight Rises featurette

The Dark Knight Rises is coming to theaters July 20, 2012. Taking place eight years after the events in The Dark Knight, the story revolves around the urgent need for Batman’s return to Gotham, but will he?

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Yet Another Trailer For ‘The Dark Knight Rises’

I might have said the previous one was the “final trailer” but this is the real final trailer. I guess? Its weirdly uploaded to the youtube page for Finnish mobile phone company Nokia. Not a spoiler: no Nokia phones in this trailer.

It is almost entirely music, lots of action, lots of little snips not seen in previous trailers, and at least two line deliveries that set a dire tone.

Nothing about the promotional materials for the last Batman outing made things look this dire actually. I guess since they know this is the last one they want to make it as SERIOUS AS POSSIBLE. Michael Caine and Morgan Freeman thankfully lighten the mood whenever they’re on screen.

Notably absent from all trailers and marketing: Marion Cotillard.

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Final Trailer for ‘The Dark Knight Rises’

Tom Hardy as Bane from The Dark Knight Rises This weekend movie theaters everywhere will be running the trailer for the final act of Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy, The Dark Knight Rises. The trailer is intended to play before screenings of The Avengers, so if you’re out for one of the biggest comic adaptations of the year, you’ll get a taste of the other.

But as you can see by this post, Warner Bros has graciously gone ahead and posted the trailer online for us to watch on our computer monitors and cell phones. I haven’t watched it yet, trying to save it for the theater. If I crack today and look at it, I’ll post in the comments all my thoughts and reactions.

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Joseph Gordon-Levitt Is (not) The Holiday Killer in Dark Knight Rises

update: this story is false.

Joseph Gordon-Levitt (and the rest of the cast of Inception) has been heavily favored to join the cast of Christopher Nolan’s next Batman movie. Now with Tom Hardy in place as Bane and Anne Hathaway as Selina Kyle, JGL will join the cast as Alberto Falcone.

You may recall Carmine Falcone was played by Tom Wilkinson in Batman Begins, and his empire was shattered by Batman and Harvey Dent in The Dark Knight. Alberto Falcone is his son in the Batman fiction, and may be entering the story to reclaim the family business.

However, Nolan has borrowed from The Long Halloween before, and its likely that Alberto won’t just be another mob boss but will instead be The Holiday Killer. Holiday was a serial killer whose first murder occurred on Halloween, (then Thanksgiving, Christmas, etc) and continued until the following Halloween with the murder of Carmine Falcone.

As of The Dark Knight, Carmine is still being held in Arkham, after a dose of Scarecrow’s psychotic drugs. Its unknown how this might fit in with Bane or the possibility of Catwoman, but both of those characters are tied heavily to Gotham’s organized crime.

As casting news begins to slow down and filming not to far off, the full story is still hard to decipher. The Dark Knight had twists audiences didn’t expect that didn’t come from set reports and no script was leaked in advance. If The Dark Knight Rises can continue this momentum and use the wealth of characters to give the story life and depth rather than crowd it, we might have the first super hero movie series with a good third act.

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Nolan Revealed 3rd Batman Title & More!

The L.A. Times “Hero Complex” column recently had an interview with Christopher Nolan, who had a bit to say about the 3rd upcoming Batman movie in his famed series.

He goes on to reveal the new movie’s title will be “The Dark Knight Rises“, and not “Shadow of the Bat” like a few rumor mills were banking on. He also would not reveal the villains of the film, but did knock a few off the list – namely the Riddler and Mr. Freeze. The Riddler was the fan-favorite for possible Nolanverse villain in the 3rd movie, given the gritty realism that Nolan has been staunch to stick to. The Mr. Freeze angle, while could work within Nolan’s means if done a different way than we’re used to, was stricken from the list just to save us the trouble of guessing who could be a villain if not Edward Nygma.
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Tom Hardy Joins Cast Of Batman 3

UPDATE: Read HERE for newer information about Tom Hardy in The Dark Knight Rises

Tom Hardy, known for his portrait of infamous British convict Charles Bronson, has agreed to take a role in the next Batman film.

Deadline reports that Hardy will reteam with director Christopher Nolan after the highly successful Inception. The role itself is being kept secret, its unknown if he’ll play a villain or hero but it will be a lead role. Begin speculation!

This news comes just days after Rhys Ifans was cast in Spider-Man, again in an secret role. At least the Spider-Man folks had the decency to tell us what side of the law Ifans will be on. Though I suppose considering Nolan’s Batman franchise, the good and bad guys are never quite so starkly portrayed.

Hardy also becomes the first person of note cast in the movie, though Christian Bale, Gary Oldman, Michael Cane, and Morgan Freeman are all expected to reprise their roles.
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Superman has a director in Zack Snyder and a villain in General Zod

Zack Snyder, director of comic adaptations 300 and Watchmen will take on Superman as soon as he’s done Sucker Punch. Exclusive report came in tonight from Deadline.

Christopher Nolan, successful director of the last two Batman films will produce with a script by Batman Begins and Blade writer David Goyer.

If the selection of the next director of Superman isn’t enough, Snyder’s direction is slowly being revealed. He told Variety that Brandon Routh “isn’t likely” for the lead role, which is described as a reboot.

THR casually mentions that General Zod, the protagonist from Superman II, will be the primary villain. In the same sentence they call it a “connection” to Richard Donner’s 2 Superman movies staring Christopher Reeve.

Get the whiskey, because if we’re buckling in for another redo of the Donner years, we might as well have kept Routh and Bryan Singer as director. I fully support all the stuff they talk about in these interviews about “Modernizing” and “Staying true to the character” but that does not include remaking a movie from the 70s. Superman is a classic, but its a product of the era and duplicating it is as silly as remaking the Tim Burton Batman from 1989.

When people bring up Zod in articles about another Superman movie, they always act like he’s some classic villain. Well he’s not, and stop fooling people into thinking so if you’re one of those bloggers. He’s a b-level Silver Age threat popularized in Superman II. He’s largely absent from the DC canon since, with more reboots and history changes than Power Girl. I still hope that Superman can face a worthy villain in either Lex Luthor who can fight in a powersuit or Metallo who can match Superman’s power. You don’t have to go to Doomsday or Darkseid, in fact Superman alone is enough aliens for one movie. Skip Zod, give us a human who works.

Snyder is a highly skilled director, who can and will deliver a stylized action epic. I just hope its right for Superman and not a disaster all over again.

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