Whether you’re a fan of Christopher Nolan’s ‘Dark Knight’ trilogy or not, the box office can’t be denied. Those movies were immensely popular, especially the stellar second outing. We’re talking about one of those rare ‘Empire Strikes Back,’ ‘Godfather Part II’ instances where the sequel is better than the first. Also, Nolan’s more realistic depiction of Batman probably made mainstream moviegoers more open to the character, and comic book movies in general. This makes Nolan’s mark an important one, even if you are ready for a more comic-booky Caped Crusader in future films. However, if you’re more like Christopher Priest, author of ‘The Prestige,’ and “victim” of the director adapting your work, that’s something else entirely. (more…)
The Dark Knight Trilogy
Christian Bale portrayed one of the best Batman’s in cinematic history, albeit his voice sounding like Gollum w/ throat cancer. Speaking of which, did you know that in early tests he never sounded that way? A featurette excerpt from The Dark Knight Trilogy: Ultimate Collector’s Edition offers up a look at Christian Bale’s audition for Batman Begins. Not only does it show a subtle sounding bats (and by subtle, I mean it sounds normal compared to that frog eating firecrackers voice we’ve all made fun of) but he’s dressed in Val Kilmers Batsuit from Batman Forever and he’s acting opposite Man of Steel’s Amy Adams. For emoting purposes, Bale made the decision to up the theatrics.
Da hell? Amy Adams? Why you no cast her as Rachel? I also dig the Kilmer suit, looked rather rad. As far as the whole voice thing. Why didn’t he use THAT voice? WAY better then what he used in the movies! I guess I get it, though. There needs to be a distinction between Bruce Wayne and the man in the Batsuit; something deep/intimidating. What we got, though, was forced and ridiculous. Which got even more laughably bad in TDK and TDKR. Whatever, history is history. The Nolan Bat films are still phenomenal.
In a word: probably. That’s the rumor du jour from Batman-On-Film,which suggests something that’s been assumed for a while, that if Man of Steel doesn’t create a non-Batman box office sensation then a lot of Warner Bros’ plans for future comic book movies based on DC Comics characters are going to hit the back burner.
That seems like a no-brainer, right? Not that there’s not enough pressure as it. Warners is trying to play catch-up ball with Marvel in trying to get their cinematic universe into a relatively similar creative space. Green Lantern ended up disappointing, and since Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight films have nothing to do with anything else, the whole thing needs to start with Man of Steel.
“If Superman is huge, then they’ve bought themselves some time and will have a franchise to hang their hat on for seven, eight years. The need for Batman won’t be as great, and [the reboot] of that franchise can wait until the Superman trilogy is done.”
Batman-on-Film’s source implies that a box office hit in Man of Steel will buy Warners some breathing room. They can take time to develop the stable of characters with hopefully more precision and fan satisfaction than if it fails, which means they’ll have to find another dock to moor the entire endeavor of the Justice League movie to. That might neciesitate putting another Batman movie into the fast track for development, just in order to keep the JLA brand alive, and we all know that the studo’s having enough problems with Justice League having this week learned that executives hated the Justice League script and maybe looking to start again from scratch.
But still, source says that regardless of how well any Superman or Justice League film will do at the box office, Batman is far too big an asset to leave off the big screen and will be back in a solo film sooner, rather than later:
“Don’t worry about the Batman [film] franchise…it’s [Warner Bros.’] most valuable [DC Comics-based] asset…I believe that they are now looking at introducing [the rebooted] Batman in a solo film, though that will likely take place later than they initially had planned. They are extremely worried how a [Batman film franchise] would be affected if Justice League bombs…and rightfully so.”
“The fact that what should be the core fanbase of a Justice League film isn’t on board is making them sweat as well.”
I imagine. After all, there isn’t just the usual billion dollar franchise on the line here, but bragging rights. The age-old struggle between Marvel and DC, taken off the comic book page and taken into the world of big box office. And Warners is under the gun here: Two years out from The Avengers, Marvel had the entire cast and a writer/director in place. As it stands now, Justice League has a script everybody hates, and maybe a leading man in current Superman Henry Cavill (assuming his movie doesn’t bomb). Currently, Justice League is scheduled for a Summer 2015 release date a mere two months after the release of The Avengers 2.
Yeah, I don’t know about you Bastards, but I’m not on board yet either.
More news as it develops.
Source: Screen Rant
In the behind-the-scenes book The Art and Making of The Dark Knight Trilogy, available now, director Christopher Nolan penned the forward and it’s a fitting tribute and farewell to his Batman opus. You can now read the forward in its entirety here thank to Superhero Hype Forums member kvz5. Though, from what I’ve seen of the book if you’re not ready to let go of the Nolanverse, you should really pick up your own copy.
Alfred. Gordon. Lucius. Bruce . . . Wayne. Names that have come to mean so much to me. Today, I’m three weeks from saying a final good-bye to these characters and their world. It’s my son’s ninth birthday. He was born as the Tumbler was being glued together in my garage from random parts of model kits. Much time, many changes. A shift from sets where some gunplay or a helicopter were extraordinary events to working days where crowds of extras, building demolitions, or mayhem thousands of feet in the air have become familiar.
People ask if we’d always planned a trilogy. This is like being asked whether you had planned on growing up, getting married, having kids. The answer is complicated. When David and I first started cracking open Bruce’s story, we flirted with what might come after, then backed away, not wanting to look too deep into the future. I didn’t want to know everything that Bruce couldn’t; I wanted to live it with him. I told David and Jonah to put everything they knew into each film as we made it. The entire cast and crew put all they had into the first film. Nothing held back. Nothing saved for next time. They built an entire city. Then Christian and Michael and Gary and Morgan and Liam and Cillian started living in it. Christian bit off a big chunk of Bruce Wayne’s life and made it utterly compelling. He took us into a pop icon’s mind and never let us notice for an instant the fanciful nature of Bruce’s methods.
I never thought we’d do a second—how many good sequels are there? Why roll those dice? But once I knew where it would take Bruce, and when I started to see glimpses of the antagonist, it became essential. We re-assembled the team and went back to Gotham. It had changed in three years. Bigger. More real. More modern. And a new force of chaos was coming to the fore. The ultimate scary clown, as brought to terrifying life by Heath. We’d held nothing back, but there were things we hadn’t been able to do the first time out—a Batsuit with a flexible neck, shooting on Imax. And things we’d chickened out on—destroying the Batmobile, burning up the villain’s blood money to show a complete disregard for conventional motivation. We took the supposed security of a sequel as license to throw caution to the wind and headed for the darkest corners of Gotham.
I never thought we’d do a third—are there any great second sequels? But I kept wondering about the end of Bruce’s journey, and once David and I discovered it, I had to see it for myself. We had come back to what we had barely dared whisper about in those first days in my garage. We had been making a trilogy. I called everyone back together for another tour of Gotham. Four years later, it was still there. It even seemed a little cleaner, a little more polished. Wayne Manor had been rebuilt. Familiar faces were back—a little older, a little wiser . . . but not all was as it seemed.
Gotham was rotting away at its foundations. A new evil bubbling up from beneath. Bruce had thought Batman was not needed anymore, but Bruce was wrong, just as I had been wrong. The Batman had to come back. I suppose he always will.
Michael, Morgan, Gary, Cillian, Liam, Heath, Christian . . . Bale. Names that have come to mean so much to me. My time in Gotham, looking after one of the greatest and most enduring figures in pop culture, has been the most challenging and rewarding experience a filmmaker could hope for. I will miss the Batman. I like to think that he’ll miss me, but he’s never been particularly sentimental.
Source: Coming Soon