“The Dark Knight Rises” will be presented on 70-millimeter film in 102 IMAX 15/70mm locations worldwide. Christopher Nolan stated, “Having shot almost half the picture with large-format IMAX film cameras, it is very important to me that we show ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ in the IMAX film format wherever possible. Audiences everywhere should be assured that every presentation of the film will be of the highest standard— having benefited from the clarity and depth IMAX cameras offer. However, these 102 screens will showcase the original IMAX film photography in its optimum form, and I hope anyone who has an opportunity to experience the film in these theatres will seek it out.” Warner Bros. Pictures presents, in association with Legendary Pictures, a Syncopy Production, a Film by Christopher Nolan, “The Dark Knight Rises.” Opening in theatres and IMAX, the film will be distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company. This film has been rated PG-13 for intense sequences of violence and action, some sensuality and language. SELINA My mother warned me about getting into cars with strangers. BRUCE This isn’t a car. One of the challenges of playing Catwoman was riding the Bat-Pod, the twowheeled street machine that made its debut in “The Dark Knight.” Designed by Chris Nolan and production designer Nathan Crowley, the Bat-Pod was made a reality by special effects supervisor Chris Corbould and his team. The Bat-Pod sports the same monster truck tires as those on the original Batmobile—better known in the Dark Knight trilogy as the Tumbler. Although it looks rather unwieldy, the Bat-Pod is fast and maneuverable, as well as fully equipped with blast cannons, 50-caliber machine guns and grappling hook launchers. The Bat-Pod is street-worthy but not easy to ride, requiring strength and a specific technique to control it. During the making of “The Dark Knight,” the only one who could actually drive it was professional stunt rider Jean-Pierre Goy. Goy did return to ride the Bat-Pod for scenes in “The Dark Knight Rises.” However, he did have one obvious drawback, as Hathaway relates: “I was standing there with Chris, looking at the Bat-Pod, and he was telling me about Jean-Pierre and how he’s the only person in the world who can drive it. And I turned to him and said, ‘Can he look like a woman?’” Struthers had the exact same thought, noting, “There’s no way that a man would ride the Bat-Pod the same way as a woman. But we found the right lady for the job.” Professional motocross racer and stunt rider Jolene Van Vugt—the first female ever to backflip a full-size dirt bike—came on board to double Hathaway when Catwoman hits the streets of Gotham on the Bat-Pod. “I was beyond excited when I got the call,” Van Vugt recalls. “When they asked me if I thought I could ride it, I said, ‘You give me the opportunity, and I guarantee I can do it.’ The biggest hurdle was getting used to the body position because of the way you have to lean forward. It was just a matter of finding my balance and building up my comfort level, but within a few hours I was racing around, having fun.” Corbould did make some adjustments to the Bat-Pod to allow for a female rider. “It’s a heavy machine, so we remade some of the frame in aluminum, including the whole front end, to make it lighter and give Jolene a chance to do some spectacular maneuvers,” he says. The Bat-Pod and the Tumbler have given Batman both mobility and firepower on the streets of Gotham, but in this film, he can finally go “wheels up,” thanks to Lucius Fox’s latest contribution to his arsenal: The Bat. Nolan and Crowley collaborated on the design of the state-of-the-art airborne machine, which borrows elements of an Apache attack helicopter, an Osprey prop jet, and a Harrier jump jet. And, naturally, it had to come in black. In keeping with the idea that The Bat was an invention of Wayne Enterprises Applied Science Division, Crowley says, “We took the approach that this would be a credible military project, and that gave us a good basis. From a design standpoint, the most important thing was that The Bat fit into the same family as our Batmobile. Initially, it was a matter of finding the shape; we went through many different design sketches before I began modeling something.” Nolan adds, “From a function perspective, the idea was a double-bladed chopper, where the rotors are configured underneath the vehicle and the air is channeled down through the vents above. It has flaps and louvers that change its aerodynamics and allow it to maneuver around buildings.” Chris Corbould details, “There are a lot of moving parts: the cockpit opens; the aerial flaps all operate; and it has working rotors and lights. It’s nearly 30 feet long and 17 feet wide and weighs about 3,000 pounds; it’s a big piece of machinery. We employed a variety of different methodologies to make The Bat ‘fly,’ because Chris’s mantra is he wants to do as much as possible before letting CGI take over. So we had it supported on wires, running along high lines, suspended from cranes or helicopters, and mounted on a specially constructed vehicle fitted with hydraulic controls.” Corbould admits that the one concession they had to make was that The Bat could not take off and soar on its own. “To get something like that off the ground was beyond our capabilities. I’d be a very rich man if I could build something like that that could actually fly,” he laughs. (C) 2012 WARNER BROS. ENTERTAINMENT INC. AND LEGENDARY PICTURES FUNDING, LLC.
THE DARK KNIGHT RISES Warner Bros., Legendary pictures directed by Christopher Nolan starring Christian Bale, Anne Hathaway, Marion Cotillard.
EXTREMELY LOUD AND INCREDIBLY CLOSE Warner Bros. pictures' Drama directed by Stephen Daldry starring Tom Hanks, Sandra Bullock.
J. EDGAR Warner Bros. Pictures' Drama directed by Clint Eastwood starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Naomi Watts, Judi Dench, Armie Hammer, Josh Lucas.
SHERLOCK HOLMES: A GAME OF SHADOWS Warner Bros. Pictures' and Village Roadshow Pictures' Action Adventure Mystery by Guy Ritchie .
NEW YEAR'S EVE New Line Cinema's Romantic Comedy directed by Garry Marshall starring Halle Berry, Jessica Biel, Jon Bon Jovi, Abigail Breslin, Chris "Ludacris" Bridges.
HEREAFTER Warner Bros. Pictures' Drama directed by Clint Eastwood starring Matt Damon, Cécile de France, Bryce Dallas Howard, Derek Jacobi, Marthe Keller.
CONTAGION Warner Bros. Pictures' Thriller directed by Steven Soderbergh starring Matt Damon, Gwyneth Paltrow, Jude Law, Kate Winslet, Marion Cotillard.
DREAM HOUSE Morgan Creek Productions' Suspense Thriller distributed by Warner Bros., directed by Jim Sheridan starring Daniel Craig, Naomi Watts.
THE ARTIST Warner Bros. pictures' Comedy, Romance, Drama directed by Michel Hazanavicius starring Jean Dujardin, Bérénice Bejo, John Goodman.
DARK SHADOWS Warner Bros. Pictures, Village Roadshow Pictures' Gothic Comedy directed by Tim Burton starring Johnny Depp, Michelle Pfeiffer, Eva Green.
TOM HARDY as Bane in Warner Bros. Pictures' and Legendary Pictures' action thriller "THE DARK KNIGHT RISES," a Warner Bros. Pictures release. TM and © DC Comics.
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GREEN LANTERN Warner Bros. Pictures' action adventure directed by Martin Campbell starring Ryan Reynolds, Blake Lively, Peter Sarsgaard, Mark Strong, Tim Robbins, Taika Waititi, Temuera Morrison.
BANE The shadows betray you because they belong to me. Leading up to and all during filming, Christian Bale, Tom Hardy and Anne Hathaway all engaged in personalized training regimens in preparation for their action scenes. Although Bale was embarking on his third outing as Batman, he had to demonstrate more of a physical arc in “The Dark Knight Rises,” as Bruce had not been the Caped Crusader for so many years. In the first two films, Bale employed a mixed martial arts discipline called Keysi, but that would have to be modified, reflecting his current condition and in response to the style of his opponent. Stunt coordinator Tom Struthers says, “We didn’t drop Keysi, but we evolved it to another level to deal with the brutality of Bane.” Bruce Wayne’s physical aptitude may have depleted over time, but Bale’s was as honed as ever. Fight coordinator Buster Reeves, who doubled the actor on the first two films, says, “He picks things up unbelievably fast. I told the other stunt guys that he’d only have to walk through the moves twice and he’d have it. And, true to form, Christian came in, broke down each section twice, and then could perform it full tilt. It was amazing.” Reeves switched sides to serve as Hardy’s stunt double in “The Dark Knight Rises.” He continues, “Tom was already in fantastic shape when he arrived and he was up for anything. In fact, we practically had to kick him out of rehearsals because he wanted to train all the time. He wore us out.” “Tom did a wonderful job becoming this very formidable adversary,” says Bale. “He is a very bold actor that I admire greatly, and it was fantastic working with him.” One of the main challenges of choreographing Bane’s fights was the juxtaposition of timing. Reeves clarifies, “His movements are fast, but he’s speaking very slowly and methodically. Trying to move with speed while talking very deliberately is harder than you think. It took a lot of rehearsals to break everything down into beats and determine where Tom should deliver his lines within the action.” When Batman and Bane do battle, “it is just a great piece of cinema,” Roven states. “It is the irresistible force meeting the immovable object, and it’s awesome to watch.” Nolan affirms, “This was very much a toe-to-toe, blow-to-blow physical clash, and Christian and Tom put an incredible amount of work into it. Just the demands of the costumes—one character has the lower half of his face obscured, the other the upper half—posed problems. They had trouble hearing each other because they were wearing those masks and working in very noisy environments while performing these feats.
CONTAGION Warner Bros. Pictures' thriller directed by Steven Soderbergh starring Matt Damon, Gwyneth Paltrow, Jude Law, Kate Winslet, Marion Cotillard, Laurence Fishburne and John Hawkes.