The Dark Knight

 

We have to wait a little longer to see Christopher Nolan‘s The Dark Knight Rises, and NerdBastards’ Matthew Jackson is dealing with the wait by filling his head with as many other Batman tales as possible. In the six weeks leading up to the flick’s release, he’ll be revisiting all six Batman franchise films so far (yes, even the crap ones) and writing retrospective essays on what worked, what didn’t, and what each film means to the franchise at large.

So, we’ve come to the end of our little  journey, and I feel like I have even less new to say about this film than I did about the last one. The Dark Knight is perhaps the most analyzed superhero film ever made. It’s been picked apart by many a film critic, blogger and Batman geek over and over again for nearly four years, so why add my name to that pile? Well, for one, I still consider it the greatest superhero movie ever made (sorry, Mr. Whedon), and for another, I’ve been writing these pieces largely on the basis of my own discovery. As we approach The Dark Knight Rises, the idea was for me to go back, revisit the entire Batman film mythos and examine how each film makes me feel as I prepare for the coming of Nolan’s last film. When it came time to revisit The Dark Knight, this is what I found.

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ABOVE:  Attending San Diego Comic-Con? Then you’ve gotta play Comic-Con Bingo! Cards by artists Mike Yamada and Victoria Ying. I say double points if the 11th Doctor you see is actually Matt Smith! [Laughing Squid]

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Empire Magazine has done the nerdy among us a solid by posting the entire score to The Dark Knight Rises by Hans Zimmer to their website, free for all to listen. You won’t be able to download the music or buy it on vinyl (yes, vinyl!) till next week, but why buy tomorrow when you can listen today?

The score is really, truly epic, and listening to it stand on its own as a piece of really great music, it makes me even more regretful that The Avengers had such a forgettable score. Zimmer seamlessly combines cues and themes from Batman Begins, The Dark Knight, and entirely new music created for TDKR to create a truly fantastic sound to accompany the film. Considering what he’s done with the Bat-music, especially with this latest score, I’m really excited to see (or hear, I guess) what Hans will do with The Man of Steel next summer.

All 15 TDKR are available to be browsed and listened to in the player below.

  1. A Storm Is Coming (0:37)
  2. On Thin Ice (2:55)
  3. Gotham’s Reckoning (4:08)
  4. Mind If I Cut In? (3:27)
  5. Underground Army (3:12)
  6. Born In Darkness (1:57)
  7. The Fire Rises (5:33)
  8. Nothing Out There (2:51)
  9. Despair (3:14)
  10. Fear Will Find You (3:08)
  11.  Why Do We Fall? (2:03)
  12. Death By Exile (0:23)
  13. Imagine The Fire (7:25)
  14. Necessary Evil (3:16)
  15. Rise (7:11)

Source: Ain’t It Cool News

As if trailers, TV spots and featurettes weren’t enough to market The Dark Knight Rises, there’s also theatrical posters, banners and character posters. I mean jeeze, the only thing I haven’t seen to market the flick are TDKR inspired urinal cakes. I have yet to piss on the face of the Dark Knight… and I hope I never will. And still, with just over two weeks left to release, Warner Bros. isn’t done yet.

Three new posters for Christopher Nolan‘s latest Bat flick hit the Internet. One is for the IMAX release, another is a viral offering and a third is a UK quad based on a previously released viral image. The below posters are from Coming Soon, IMP Awards (via First Showing) and ScreenCrush.

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Every day the internet produces an astounding amount of goodies and gems. Most hilarious, some amusing, but all worth at least a few seconds of your time. We here at Nerd Bastards try to bring you the best bits of news and nerdery the webz has to offer, with a bit of snark thrown in. But sometimes not everything makes the cut. Monday through Friday we’ll be bringing you our inbox leftovers, our forgotten bookmarks, the nerdy bits that simply slipped through the cracks. You can submit items to Nerdy Bits by emailing us at nerdybits@nerdbastards.com.

Above: Truly outstanding cosplay usually comes not only from impeccable recreation of a character, but often creating original outfits designed with that character in mind. S-Lancaster‘s Harley Quinn is one of those fantastic original designs. For more cosplay hotties check out Comic Book Movie.

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Kurtzman Talks About the Total ‘Van Helsing’ Reboot

Despite fan trepidation about their track record, the screenwriting duo of Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci are still pretty popular in the halls of the major studios. To wit, the recent announcement that Kurtzman and Orci were not only tackling a reboot of The Mummy franchise, but were going to oversee a reboot of 2004’s Van Helsing as well. It is on the subject of the latter that Kurtzman recently spoke to CraveOnline:

“Well, I don’t want to give away too much, because we are actually at the very beginning of talking about what to do with it. But I do feel like the Van Helsing that Anthony Hopkins plays in [Bram Stoker’s] Dracula is sort of the parody version of it, and the Van Helsing that Hugh Jackman played was obviously in a different place as well. I think that these kinds of movies have evolved a lot since then. You know, The Dark Knight was a major, major corner-turning moment in the way that genre and superhero stories could be told. Really grounded in reality. Really grounded in really cool things. That’s what I’d like to do without sacrificing the fantasy element. We aspired to do that as well on Trek, you know, keep it “real.” That’s such a different franchise than Batman, but that’s really what we wanted to do. And we’d love to do that with Van Helsing.”

I’m not sure how you keep a fantasy movie about vampires, monsters and wolfmen “real,” but I’d like to see them give it a try. Lord knows that the first Val Helsing was a steaming pile that could have easily been improved if someone had read the script in advanced and realized that it was an incoherent mess with zero engaging characters but was still so self-assured of its own, non-existent cleverness. Good luck with that Kurtzman!

Source: Coming Soon

Every day the internet produces an astounding amount of goodies and gems. Most hilarious, some amusing, but all worth at least a few seconds of your time. We here at Nerd Bastards try to bring you the best bits of news and nerdery the webz has to offer, with a bit of snark thrown in. But sometimes not everything makes the cut. Monday through Friday we’ll be bringing you our inbox leftovers, our forgotten bookmarks, the nerdy bits that simply slipped through the cracks. You can submit items to Nerdy Bits by emailing us at nerdybits@nerdbastards.com.

Above: Here’s Katy Mor and Jettie Monday as a charming pair of gender-swapped Blue Beetle and Booster Gold. Can they be canon? Photographed by Bill Nash. (CBM)

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Every day the internet produces an astounding amount of goodies and gems. Most hilarious, some amusing, but all worth at least a few seconds of your time. We here at Nerd Bastards try to bring you the best bits of news and nerdery the webz has to offer, with a bit of snark thrown in. But sometimes not everything makes the cut. Monday through Friday we’ll be bringing you our inbox leftovers, our forgotten bookmarks, the nerdy bits that simply slipped through the cracks. You can submit items to Nerdy Bits by emailing us at nerdybits@nerdbastards.com.

Above: Some of you probably have fond memories of The Rocketeer. Others might be like, wha-? Either way you really can’t deny how fantastic this gender-swapped cosplay is. The retro-ness is perfectly accented by those garters, as well as  a few other things. Photographed by gsrho. (CBM)

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Two New ‘Dark Knight Rises’ TV Spots

So now that The Avengers has come and gone (and made a billion goddamn dollars along the way) I can now shift my attention to the next greatest comic book movie of the summer – The Dark Knight Rises. Oh my god, I am so looking forward to it. So much so that I refuse to watch anymore trailers, clips, interviews, featurettes or anything else that could spoil the experience for me. I want to see it without any preconceived notions or expectations. With the marketing onslaught I just mentioned, however, that is sure to be impossible. It’s gonna be a second job keeping the spoilers at bay.

Anyhow, two new TV spots for The Dark Knight Rises hit last night.  The first one is titled, “I need you to get me back in the game,” the second is, “Born and raised in hell on earth”.

The Dark Knight Rises will be hitting theaters July 20th.

If you hadn’t noticed, amongst all the internet hype and media onslaught of trailers and TV spots,  there’s quite a few super hero movies to look forward to this summer. The big 3 are The Avengers, The Amazing Spider-Man and The Dark Knight Rises. It is arguable on which is the most anticipated. In my opinion, I’d say The Avengers is the film fans are more eager to see. I would categorize Spider-Man as the most curious (what with it being a reboot and all) and The Dark Knight Rises the most polarizing. Speaking in regards to the latter, I think there are two kinds of fans: those who have unquestionable excitement and enthusiasm towards the threequel and those who do not believe “In Nolan We Trust”. Those with questionable faith would say The Dark Knight (2nd in the franchise) has been put on a pedestal as the greatest super hero movie of all time. It’s too good for it’s own good. Meaning, it’s the pinnacle of the Batman franchise. It would seem impossible for another Batman film to match or encompass it. These pessimists are essentially saying if The Dark Knight Rises doesn’t beat TDR it will be a disappointment.

Now, while this is all discussion worthy, we have a website claiming Nolan has indeed made a better film than the masterpiece, The Dark Knight.

A “reliable source” for Cosmic Book News is reporting that his friend has seen a rough cut of The Dark Knight Rises and calls it, “a flawless movie.” Here’s the quote in question:

It is one of those films that leaves you on the edge of your seat much like The Dark Knight did, in that it feels like a rollercoaster, like you have no idea where the story will go. I have been told a summary of the movie, and I definitely don’t want to spoil it, but if you think you know where it is heading, think again!

Catwoman is more in line with the comics than people think despite her not having a whip or cowl.

It’s more character driven and less about looks. Bane is so frickin’ ruthless it’s bad, like Joker is crazy and does his crimes on a whim in any style; Bane is like a freight train and has the city bricking it.

I don’t see anything that could tell me that this person saw the film. All he is saying is basically what we already know. Stuff that won’t be able to be proven wrong on when the movie does come out.

So, just to clarify, this is a rumor that one person has the opinion that TDKR is better than TDK. I’d be ecstatic if it was true because that would mean it’s powerhouse of a movie. For now, I’ll set my expectation a little lower and simply settle on the fact that Nolan has consistently delivered quality stories and great characterization.

In other Dark Knight Rises news. Warner Bros. has just confirmed that the new trailer for TDKR will in fact be attached to Marvel’s future blockbuster, The Avengers.

Deadline spoke with an unnamed Warner Bros. executive about the decision to include the third trailer for The Dark Knight Rises with The Avengers.

“Yes, our 3rd trailer will be out with The Avengers. We see this placement as a good strategic decision. We always want our trailers to be seen with films that people want to see — and a lot of people will be going to The Avengers! It will provide the best potential exposure for The Dark Knight Rises. It’s a big positive for everyone!”

Huzzah! Make that another reason to see The Avengers!

The Dark Knight Rises cast sees the return of Christian Bale, Gary Oldman, Morgan Freeman, Nestor Carbonell and Michael Caine along with franchise newcomers Anne Hathaway, Tom Hardy, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Marion Cotillard, Juno Temple, Josh Pence, Daniel Sunjata, Burn Gorman, Diego Klattenhoff and Alon Aboutboul.

The Dark Knight Rises hits theaters July 20, 2012.