Now that you've seen it, what did you think? The Fire Rises. The Legend Ends. It's finally here. Four years after The Dark Knight, seven years after Batman Begins, Chris Nolan ends his Batman saga in epic fashion. In theaters everywhere, including 70mm IMAX, is The Dark Knight Rises, Batman's triumphant grand finale. Christian Bale returns as Batman, joined by Anne Hathaway as Catwoman, Tom Hardy as his nemesis Bane, plus Gary Oldman as Gordon and Michael Caine as Alfred. So how is it? Best of the three? What about the way it ends? Once you've seen it, post a comment with your own thoughts on TDKR.
Here we are, on the eve of The Dark Knight Rises. The legend is coming to an end. Its been four years of leading up to this, ever since The Dark Knight. Honestly, we could say it all began with Batman Begins in 2005. I still remember my first time going to see Begins, when I was living in New York City for a summer, and how much I loved it right off the bat, falling for Nolan's style. But the site launched a year later closer to The Prestige and finally, The Dark Knight. We've come a long way since TDK hit theaters on July 18th, 2008, posting nearly 200 articles on or about the sequel since then; now, it's time. Let's take a look back.
We always knew there would be a last Christopher Nolan-directed Batman movie. What we hoped and got was for that end to be Nolan's decision, an ending that he saw fit for this version of this character. We wished for a crescendo to all of his Batman films, ending on a solid note that tied the series together. As for ranking, The Dark Knight Rises is lower than Batman Begins and The Dark Knight and even ranks rather low on Nolan's impressive filmography. However, it is a reasonable- and massive - finale, and, script issues aside, The Dark Knight Rises is a very fitting way for this saga to end. Until someone reboots it again.
On this week's episode of The Golden Briefcase, Tim & Jeremy are joined by guest Germain Lussier of SlashFilm to first chat about their Picks of the Week, the newest in DVD & Blu-Ray releases, new trailers for for Sam Raimi's Oz The Great and Powerful and indie sci-fi Branded and much more. The main topic of the night was an extensive discussion around the mythology of Batman, in honor of Chris Nolan's The Dark Knight Rises arriving in theaters this Friday! The guys go over thoughts on the meaning of Batman to them, the history and media forms of the series and where they see the property going in the future. Enjoy!
Yes, we know. A Mondo poster was just released for The Dark Knight Rises earlier this week. So what gives? Well, aside from the fact that this poster comes from the fantastic artist Olly Moss, there's a special catch with this new piece. Usually, you can only get a hold of Mondo posters by having the fastest fingers in the west whenever the prints randomly go on sale, but this time, you'll have a certain amount of time to purchase a different version of the poster, and everyone that wants one can get one as long as they have the money. First, you should check out this stunning poster, and then we'll give you the purchase details below!
"Jingle bells. Batman smells. Robin laid an egg." Everyone knows that classic "children's parody rhyme" involving Batman's smelly ways. What if, instead of all the comics, Christopher Nolan's Batman series was based on that rhyme as the source? Our friends behind Derrick Comedy—director Dan Eckman, producer Meggie McFadden and DC Pierson—put together this parody trailer for Funny or Die that obviously plays on the current popularity of The Dark Knight Rises, but mixed with the "Batman smells" rhyme. It's short, funny, and will hopefully bring a smile to your face with all the more serious Batman buzz at the moment.
Don't worry, we'll have some photos to share with you tomorrow morning. But for now, here's the details. While we've heard confirmation that nothing for Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight Rises is actually happening at Comic-Con (no screenings, or surprise appearances, etc.) there are a few rumblings of other actives. Warner Bros recently hinted at a "big" contest at the Con, where a few select winners would receive a "hometown screening" (next week) of TDKR. We didn't know much about it, but picked up a sticker of the chalk Bat symbol from the movie and it links to a Bat Signal twitter connecting all of these events together.
There's been a little bit of a poster overload for The Dark Knight Rises lately, but I suppose it's better than seeing far too much footage from the film (we've been holding back TV spots and such so as to keep the film fresh). But it's Comic-Con this week after all, so there's plenty of geeky promotion going on. And who better to unleash a fantastic poster at Comic-Con then the collectible art house Mondo who revealed their poster for The Dark Knight Rises over at Badass Digest. There's actually two different variants of this poster, and two different ways to get your hands on this print at Comic-Con in San Diego. Details below!
One last poster to end all posters. This one is for all the hardcore midnight attendees, for all the 12:01AM, have-to-be-there-opening-night fans who wouldn't miss that showing for anything. Bane, or die! One final IMAX midnight poster has been revealed on Fandango (via Movies.com) that features Bane and nothing but Bane, played by Tom Hardy. I know we've seen an inordinate amount of The Dark Knight Rises posters and banners and photos recently, but we're down to the last few weeks—days, almost—so why not go all out, throw everything on the table, and end this thing with a bang. All 12:01AM IMAX moviegoers will get one.
"You destroyed everything I had. I'm just returning the favor." In this YouTube culture, what doesn't get spoofed, remixed and rehashed? First, Fox has released a perfectly-timed TV spot for Ice Age: Continental Drift that plays on the hype for The Dark Knight Rises, hitting a week after that comes out. This one is called "The Dark Nut" with Scratman and it's funny, but way too short. Second, there's a fantastic remix of Dark Knight Rises trailer cut to be like that original Girl with the Dragon Tattoo trailer that uses Karen O's "Immigrant Song" cover and flashy editing. Both entertaining videos to keep you anxiously awaiting TDKR.
It's less than two weeks, meaning it's time to pull out the big guns. Warner Bros has unveiled (found via The Film Stage) a couple of featurettes, one 13 mins. long, to go along with all the footage, TV spots, trailers, posters and everything else for Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight Rises. At this point, I'm not even watching any, and I suggest you don't either until seeing TDKR, to savor the experience for the theater. Both of these show a lot of footage, with talking heads with cast & crew, and a few behind-the-scenes moments behind this epic finale. The videos are below IF you want to watch them, but it's entirely at your discretion.
Have you started to lose your mind with all the incoming Dark Knight Rises marketing yet? We're down to 14 days, two weeks, and that means plenty more is on its way. Geoff Boucher of Hero Complex interviewed Christopher Nolan, and his piece (beyond containing great quotes) also contains a few excellent photos from The Dark Knight Rises. Normally photos wouldn't be much at this point, but these are pretty damn cool, you may want to look. There's a fantastic new shot of Anne Hathaway in her sexy Catwoman outfit and also Morgan Freeman, plus some with Nolan himself. I'm already insanely excited, just want to see it.