The Dark Knight Rises is easily my most anticipated film of 2012. Nolan crafted the best comic book movie of all time with The Dark Knight. I await this next film with excitement and apprehension as I really have no idea how he will ever be able to top or even match the masterpiece that was The Dark Knight.
Now I have never claimed to be one to report on "news" but today I want to take a look at everything we know about The Dark Knight Rises. Like any Nolan film this is shrouded in secrecy and Nolan is only going to let information get loose at his own pace. Of course this means that any little comment here or there will get blown out of proportion. Here I provide you with facts about the film and talk about what they possibly mean.
1. Tom Hardy is FRAKKING Bane
This picture released earlier today provides concrete evidence that Tom Hardy is Bane. That is it. We do not if he will be the calculating Bane from the comics, the more brutish Bane from the cartoon series or something completely different. I don't know about you but my money is on the last one. One thing for sure...the guy looks terrifying and easily capable of breaking Batman's back in two.
2. Anne Hathaway is Selina Kyle
Anne Hathaway has confirmed she is playing Selina Kyle, and Nolan has done the same. Some other people involved in the project have said the word "catwoman" to the press but neither of these two have. Is it safe to assume that Anne Hathaway will be donning the leathers and taking her spot with Michelle Pfeiffer and Julie Newmar? Probably, but with Nolan you never know this could be the biggest red herring of them all as we see Selina throughout the whole movie. Again I doubt Nolan is that sadistic to give the public Anne Hathaway without showing her in the costume sparring verbally and sexually with Batman.
3. Josh Pence is a a young Ra's Al Ghul
Confirmed to be playing the role originated by Liam Neeson, Pence will play Ghul 30 years prior to Batman Begins. This is one of the more interesting bits of information and one that has led to much speculation on the interwebs as to what importance this role will play in the larger picture.
Long rumored to be playing Talia Al Ghul, Cotillard was confirmed to be Miranda Tate a Wayne Enterprise board member and likely love interest for Bruce. My personal opinion is this will turn out to be some sort of cover. Cotillard is PERFECT for Talia. Although Cotillard recently said that her role is quite small and perfect for her since she is currently pregnant. So I don't know. Either way her place in this film is welcome whatever it is.
This is perfect for Levitt. John Blake is a Gotham City cop under the tutelage of Gary Oldman's Commissioner Gordon hired to help find Batman. I love this idea and hope his role with Gordon is more than just a minor supporting character.
6. TDKR will be shooting in India and Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh is the new Gotham....recent set photos from India "appear" to show a lazarus pit. That's all well and good but I struggle to see how a lazarus pit would fit into Nolan's realistic Batman universe. Who knows maybe it's just an outdoor bath scene.
7. Alon Aboutboul, Matthew Modine, Tom Conti, and Juno Temple all have unnamed roles.
Juno Temple has received "street smart Gotham girl"...this has led to speculation that she will be Batgirl. Absolutely not. Alon Aboutboul is said to be playing a doctor which has led to speculation that Hugo Strange WILL appear in this film. Possible, but if this is the case I imagine it will be a character much like Zsasz was in Batman Begins. As for the other two who knows...Nolan likes to pepper his films with actors...maybe they'll be integral...maybe not. Look at Rutger Hauer in Begins or Anthony Michael Hall in The Dark Knight.
8. Two Face is DEAD
Constantly confirmed by both Eckhart and Nolan. If he ends up in this I will be greatly surprised. The way this story is developing I can't imagine Two-Face fitting in at all.
9. Cillian Murphy not signed.
With many of the other cast members returning Alfred, Lucius, Gordon, of course Bruce....I would love to see Professor Crane appear one more time even if it is just Batman walking the halls of Arkham and we see Cillian hanging out in his cell. Cillian had an awesome two minute scene at the opening of The Dark Knight and his presence would be more than welcome in this next film. Nolan seems to love him as we saw him in Inception. I'm really hoping this one changes and we hear that Cillian is indeed appearing again if only for a few moments.
10. No Joker
Not happening. RIP ledger....you went out with the role of a lifetime.
So looking back it's still pretty early and we don't know a whole lot for certain. What we do have our pieces of a puzzle that hopefully begin to be connected soon. I love hypothesizing and talking about theories with my coworkers here at PORTEmaus, but ultimately I just can't wait to see what Nolan has in store for us. I went in with high expectation for TDK and he BLEW those away. I really hope he can do it again, and if anyone can it is definitely Nolan.
One last thought - This and the Avengers come out in the same summer. I don't think I am going to be able to contain myself.