Let’s get the easy stuff out of the way first. A new, one-minute trailer was been released for The Dark Knight Rises, and it’s all action! Well, almost. It deals pretty directly with the fact that Bruce Wayne comes out of Bat-retirement in the film, and how Lucius Fox helps him suit up again. We also hear “The Bat” referred to by name.
Here’s the clip courtesy of Geek Tyrant
In other news, almost 50 pages of production notes about the film have been released on the Dark Knight Rises’ website. Some of the highlights include insights into the main characters, plot developments and comments on some of the film’s key scenes. Let’s give you a taste:
Christian Bale on Bruce Wayne’s arc in the Nolan trilogy:
“In Batman Begins, you see the tragedy and the pain that motivates this angry young man, who feels useless and is searching for a path who wants to find out who he is and what he can become. Then in The Dark Knight, he’s discovered that path. He is useful; he is doing what he imagines is the best thing for him to be doing in his life. Now, we are eight years on and he has lost the one thing that gave him a purpose until he is forced to deal with a new threat to the city and to himself.”
Christopher Nolan on choosing Bane:
“In deciding on who the next villain would be, it was imperative that it was someone completely different from the Joker that he be a brute force. The physical component of what Bruce Wayne does as Batman is of extraordinary importance, and we had not truly challenged that in the first two films. I really wanted to see Batman meet his match physically, as well as intellectually. Bane is raw strength with a fanatical devotion to duty, and that combination makes him unstoppable.
Bale on Bane:
“This is the first time it appears highly unlikely that Batman will come out on top in a physical altercation. He has been dormant for years, so he’s in a weakened condition to begin with, and Bane is not only incredibly strong but ruthless in terms of his sheer militancy and the ideology that drives him.”
Anne Hathaway on Catwoman:
“It’s hard to reveal anything about Selina Kyle because she is intensely private and very mysterious. She has her own code of ethics, which sometimes involves doing things that other people might consider questionable.”
“I think Selina does what is necessary to survive, and that includes crossing a few lines that others might find unforgivable. Even if she wants to change, it’s hard to escape your past and she does have a past. That makes her vulnerable, especially these days when anyone with a computer or smartphone can look up almost anything about you. Everybody has moments in life when they think, ‘If I knew then what I know now.’ Selina might like the opportunity not to have to live by the choices she was forced to make up to this point.”
Co-screenwriter Jonathan Nolan adds:
“Something about her morally ambiguous philosophy finally gives Batman someone he can relate to. In a weird way, she’s the yin to his yang. The dynamic between them is so fresh the playful way she kind of pokes fun at him it sparks a connection between them and takes some of the somberness away from his character.”
Nolan on Commissioner Gordon:
“Gordon was more useful to the political leaders of Gotham when the city was overrun by organized crime. Now that is under control, so there are people eyeing his job, presuming he’s no longer needed. But Gordon has been struggling with the fact that all of this is based on a false foundation.”
Gary Oldman on Gordon:
“It’s a secret that’s eaten away at him for years. Crime is at an all-time low in Gotham, but Gordon knows that it’s tainted. Now he’s ready to come clean, but there doesn’t seem to be a right time or place, and he also questions if the city is ready for the truth. Then, because of Bane, he’s in the field again. I think he’s like a soldier who likes to be on the front lines, getting his hands dirty. He’s probably been doing a lot of paper pushing in the intervening years and that has dampened his spirits. Now you really feel like the old Gordon is back.”
For more about the new Batcave, the epic prologue and Bane and Batman’s big smackdown, head over to Coming Soon.