DP Wally Pfister Says 'The Dark Knight Rises' Script is 'Phenomenal'

February 1, 2011
Source: RopeofSilicon, NolanFans

Wally Pfister / Christopher Nolan

Every time we hear from Chris Nolan's Director of Photography (aka cinematographer) Wally Pfister, it's very good news. Today is no exception. Pfister went on the Kevin and Josh Movie Show (via RopeofSilicon & NolanFans) and mentioned a couple of juicy tidbits about The Dark Knight Rises, which Nolan is to start shooting sometime after the Oscar ceremony, with Anne Hathaway playing Selina Kyle (aka Catwoman) and Tom Hardy playing Bane. Pfister was asked how Chris could top The Dark Knight and he responds with very intriguing thoughts. "I asked the same question," he says. "I read the script 2 weeks ago, and he's done it."

"Plain and simple — he's done it. It's a phenomenal script. He's still in the process of cutting it back because it's a very long script right now, but it's really phenomenal. And he actually had me go back and wanted me to watch, in IMAX, Batman Begins and The Dark Knight again. When I watched those I had read the script for The Dark Knight Rises and was like, 'dude, it is a perfect trilogy.' I think that was his intent, to work of those two pictures — and they are very different pictures. And it's funny, we all had different opinions about which picture we like better."

Yes, this is just pure hype, plain and simple, but it's damn good stuff. We're less than two years out, and I'm already foaming at the mouth. We've heard a lot from Pfister in the past and he's not one to usually get too excited unless it's really necessary, as this is the guy who shot all of those glorious IMAX scenes in The Dark Knight anyway. Speaking of which, how ’bout some IMAX in The Dark Knight Rises? Like maybe… all of it?

"Our goal is to shoot as much in IMAX as we can. We're going to put in on the screen, and put it on the screen big. And I really encourage everyone to see it in IMAX if they can because we're really going for it this time. In terms of the action, we are all scratching our heads right now trying to figure out how we're going to do it; how we're going to do it in the amount of time we're going to do it in. The opening scene of the movie will blow your mind."

Does anyone else remember their experience going in to see I Am Legend on IMAX back in 2008 and seeing that breathtakingly awesome 12-minute opening prologue for The Dark Knight featuring the Joker robbing one of Gotham's banks? Yea, apparently that's got nuthin' on The Dark Knight Rises. That movie's opening, whatever it is, "will blow [our] mind." Pardon my French - but f*%king awesome! Everyone has extremely high expectations for this and all Pfister is doing is raising the bar even more, so let's hope we can still keep our cool. As for Hathaway's casting, Pfister also mentioned that, of course, "she looked phenomenal in the wardrobe," but I wouldn't expect anything less. As always, we'll keep you updated on The Dark Knight Rises.

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Reader Feedback - 40 Comments


Sooooooooooooo excited. Nolan knows how to grasp the audience by the gonads and put a vice grip on em. All hail Nolan!

BrentD on Feb 2, 2011



John Guido on Feb 2, 2011


Can't fucking wait!

Dandoo on Feb 2, 2011


I really believe this movie will be the most epic comic book film ever. I have waited for years to see someone do the Bane character justice and I know Nolan is the one. After watching Inception, I truly believe Nolan is the great filmmaker of this era along with James Cameron. Lets Go.........I can not wait!

Livingword06 on Feb 2, 2011


Except Nolan's films are watchable.

Anonymous on Feb 2, 2011


HEY! Aliens and T2 rule

Anonymous on Feb 2, 2011


Always felt Terminator was better than T2

Japetto on Feb 2, 2011



Gex on Feb 2, 2011


Okay, that's two films, three if you count the first Terminator. So... what else you got?

JL on Feb 4, 2011


Don't forget Abyss, Rambo II, and like it or not Titantic. And keep in mind every one (except Terminator) of his films have been nominated for or won the Academy Award for best Visual Effects.

Goofball on Feb 16, 2011


I think I just came in my pants a little.

Marc Walker on Feb 2, 2011


nerdgasm ^ infinity

lego on Feb 2, 2011


imagine this ends up like spiderman 3..... ahahahhaha. hope not tho

Poria_ryasati on Feb 2, 2011



twix on Feb 2, 2011


She said Anne Hathaway looked phenomenal in the wardrobe, so does this mean she will indeed don the catsuit!

Rodion on Feb 2, 2011


"The opening scene of the movie will blow your mind." Based on this comment alone, I would be fine without seeing one frame of this movie until I sit in the IMAX theatre. HEAR ME NOLAN! DON'T SHOW TOO MUCH IN THE TRAILER!

Snears on Feb 2, 2011


I LOVED the opening scene from Dark Knight, IMO one of the best opening scenes for a movie ever. I willing to bet this next one will top that first scene.

joshp on Feb 3, 2011


He never disapoints.

Goliad on Feb 2, 2011


If you aren't at least somewhat excited for this movie, then let me know what the afterlife is like because you are obviously dead.

jjboldt on Feb 2, 2011


I"m so psyched fr this movie, two years is too damn long to wait. and if this guy is saying the truth about this, then we are in for one helluva ride from the greatest diretor of all time mr. Christopher Nolan, and i'm sure as hell gona be in the IMAX theatre midnight showing. CAN NOT WAIT!!!!

max s. on Feb 2, 2011


Hopefully this doesn't turn into another Spiderman 3. Haha jk. no chance of that happening.

chops on Feb 2, 2011



Jman571 on Feb 2, 2011


They say that he's the Alfred Hitchcock of our generation. I say he is rivaling the giants that made quintessential cinema important in the first place. In a time where evrything is overexposed, leaked and overhyped at the click of a button. I tip my hat to the man who has saved THE BAT and will actually help SUPERMAN! Wow!!!

Boby_wan on Feb 2, 2011


Anyway , after that Nolan will be turning to directing a 3D movie and I can't wait to see what that will be.That's the obvious next challenge. He has nothing to prove really in all the other formats Remember he did a movie like Inception not in 3D so....

Gh on Feb 2, 2011


Bring it on!!!

Anonymous on Feb 2, 2011


This is exactly what I want to hear. Also, I wonder which batman movie Christopher Nolan likes best.

Cinemamind on Feb 2, 2011


I don't think there is a way to baet Batman Begins. That movie was perfect.

Pavel Muligambia Maniak on Feb 2, 2011


Well he wasn't exactly going to come out and say it was shit, now was he? Unless he wants to get fired.

voodoo2 on Feb 2, 2011


Can't wait!

Deepak Thirunavukkarasu on Feb 2, 2011


omgOODNES! I cannot wait to spend a lot of money for this movie in the theaters!!!!

Sparklene on Feb 2, 2011


I'm salivating as well. The only thing I'm worried about is too many villains. That's what killed the 3rd Spiderman. Catwoman, Bane, and possibly Hugo Strange. Is it too much?

Black Dynamite on Feb 2, 2011


I hope they leave all the teasers and trailers as vague as they did for TDK. Yes, you knew it was Batman vs. Joker, but that was pretty much it. I'm so excited for this, I'm about to have a seizure.

Anonymous on Feb 2, 2011


As I say with The Hobbit: just film the got-dam-mooooovie!!!!!

Solo Calrissian on Feb 2, 2011


Fuck you Nolan for being so damn good, I cant wait for TDKR!!!!!!!

Lagoya on Feb 2, 2011


better than the dark knight?? what haha now this i have to see 😀

redskulllives on Feb 2, 2011



Mattias Nielsen on Feb 2, 2011


im very excited for this even more than before!

A5J4DX on Feb 2, 2011


Wally is bloody brilliant!!!

RandallM on Feb 3, 2011


thanks for the posting the interview Alex! Really appreciate the plug for the show! If anyone wants to follow us on twitter - it's @bdkreviews and @thebeardsmovies (Kevin and Josh Movie Show)

Kevin McCarthy on Feb 3, 2011


Chris Nolan is far too good to his fans-- and to his craft. He deserves all the credit people throw at him, all the god-like praise from the fanboys and (for pete's sake) he deserves an Oscar for his troubles. Still though. I doubt I'll enjoy his Catwoman on screen. I've got this feeling.

Cracky on Feb 3, 2011

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