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Will ‘Batman: The Dark Knight Rises’ Be The Last In The Franchise?
Will ‘Batman: The Dark Knight Rises’ Be The Last In The Franchise?

The trailer for Batman: The Dark Knight Rises looks incredible, but while we’re thrilled about the arrival of the film into UK cinemas, it sounds as though lead actor Christian Bale might actually feel the complete opposite about the whole franchise – as sources reveal that he can’t wait to give up his role as Batman.

In fact, according to his co-star Matthew Modine, Christian has apparently ‘had enough’ of playing the well-known superhero.

Matthew told E Online, “I think Christian may have had enough. You don’t want to become a sort of paraody of what it is. There was a point when you wished Sean Connery would have stopped. He was just getting too old and toupes were getting too bug. They’re going to go out winning.”

Whilst we’re not sure Christian is in need of a toupe just yet, we can’t imagine he’ll continue playing a character that he doesn’t want to play. And yet, despite Matthew’s claims, Christian sounds far more open to coming back for a fourth film, if indeed a fourth film goes ahead.

“I think it’s appropriate, I think it’s going out at the right time,” he told Empire. “But if Chris [Nolan; Director and Writer of The Dark Knight Rises] came to me with a script and said, ‘You know what? There is another story’, then I would love the challenge of making a fourth one work.”

Still, whether there may or may not be another film is not the focus at the moment. Instead, it’s all about the eagerly anticipated release of The Dark Knight Rises on 20 July. It’s going to be one of the biggest releases of the summer, and we can’t wait to go and see it!

Batman: The Dark Knight Rises extended trailer released
Batman: The Dark Knight Rises extended trailer released

The new extended trailer for the highly-anticipated final film in the Batman franchise, The Dark Knight Rises, has teased fans as the opening night draws near. However, the film does little to dispell fears that the hero will perish at the trilogy’s close.

The new two-minute long preview portrays an intensely gloomy and dire setting, as Bruce Wayne’s nemesis, Ban,e reigns.

Anne Hathaway plays Catwoman in the new flick, and appears to provide the one-liners in the movie, as villainous Bane wreaks havoc and despair. Bane is the only nemesis that has toppled Batman in the story’s past - even breaking his back in one of the comics.

‘I am Gotham’s reckoning,’ the villain announces.

Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Michael Caine and Gary Oldman also make appearances in the trailer. Joseph, who plays John Blake, discusses the possibility that Bane has killed Batman at one point. The longstanding rumour has been that Bruce Wayne will perish in this final installment of Christopher Nolan’s Batman Begins franchise.

Micahel Caine can be seen saying: ‘I won’t bury you. I’ve buried enough members of the Wayne family.’

Catwoman, or Selina Kyle, appears to try to convince Batman to give up the fight for Gotham. ‘You don’t owe these people any more,’ she pleads. ‘You’ve given them everything.’
 

The Dark Knight Rises has cost a staggering $250million to make, but will not be shown in 3D, only IMAX cinemas. The film opens in cinemas in the UK and US on July 20.

The Dark Knight Rises star Tom Hardy compares The Joker to Bane
The Dark Knight Rises star Tom Hardy compares The Joker to Bane

Tom Hardy has grown and grown as an actor over the past few years and is now set to appear on the big screen in his biggest role yet, as Bane in The Dark Knight Rises. The previous Batman movie The Dark Knight, saw the caped crusader facing The Joker, so how does Tom feel that Bane is different.

Hardy explained to Entertainment Weekly, “The Joker didn’t care-he just wanted to see the world burn, and he was a master of chaos and destruction, unscrupulous and crazy. Bane is not that guy. There’s a very meticulous and calculated way about Bane. There is a huge orchestration of organization to his ambition.” 
 
Tom then went on to claim that The Dark Knight Rises is as much a standalone movie as it is the concluding part to the Christopher Nolan trilogy. He added, “It stands alone, yet completes a cyclical work. Think triplets instead of one child after another - The Dark Knight triplets.”
 
The Dark Knight Rises will mark the end of the Christopher Nolan Batman trilogy and it is expected that the Batman franchise will once again get a reboot in a few years time. The Dark Knight Rises stars Christian Bale, Tom Hardy and Anne Hathaway and is set to be released on July 20.
The Dark Knight Rises star Tom Hardy discusses Bane’s voice
The Dark Knight Rises star Tom Hardy discusses Bane’s voice

The Dark Knight Rises actor Tom Hardy, who is set to play the villain Bane in the upcoming Christopher Nolan Batman movie, has revealed how he believes that they have taken a big risk with the potential mumbling of Bane’s voice. However, Tom did admit that he believes the audience will soon be able to tune into the voice.

Hardy explained to Entertainment Weekly, “It’s a risk, because we could be laughed at - or it could be very fresh and exciting. The audience mustn’t be too concerned about the mumbly voice. As the film progresses, I think you’ll be able to tune to its setting.”
 
Concerns arose about the sound of Bane’s voice when the six minute prologue was released earlier this year. It showed scenes of Tom Hardy as Bane but due to the mask and the accent, it was rather difficult to understand what was being said.
 
The Dark Knight Rises is the third and final movie in Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy and it will also be the last time that we see Christian Bale as the Caped Crusader. As well as Tom Hardy as Bane, Batman will also be up against Catwoman, who is played by Anne Hathaway.
 
The Dark Knight Rises is released on July 20.
Bane co-creator Graham Nolan pleased with The Dark Knight Rises version
Bane co-creator Graham Nolan pleased with The Dark Knight Rises version

Graham Nolan is one of the men who was behind the creation of the Batman villain Bane and he has been discussing the portrayal of his creation in the new Batman movie The Dark Knight Rises. Graham claims that he is happy that Christopher Nolan seems to understand the character and also admitted that he was not too concerned about any of the changes to Bane.

Nolan explained, “Absolutely. Everything I’ve read about their take on Bane tells me they “get” him. We don’t know that they won’t CGI him up when the film is released. But even if they don’t, a lot of size and menace can be conveyed with camera angles and lighting.”
 
He added, “It doesn’t matter as long as they are a good actor. It’s all make believe anyway. Just because a character is one thing doesn’t mean the actor has to be. That’s why he’s called an actor. Does anyone think John Wayne was really a cowboy?”
 
Graham continued, “I don’t know what Bane’s movie background is. Maybe he was raised in Siberia or some other eastern bloc nation. Who knows? Whatever accent is used is only important in establishing where he’s from and I’m sure they took that into consideration.”
 
The Dark Knight Rises is released on July 20.
Bane co-creator Chuck Dixon discusses The Dark Knight Rises plot
Bane co-creator Chuck Dixon discusses The Dark Knight Rises plot

Chuck Dixon is a legend among comic book fans and was one of the people involved in creating the Batman villain Bane. With Bane set to appear on the big screen in The Dark Knight Rises, Chuck has been discussing the difficulties that Christopher Nolan may have had portraying certain aspects of Bane onto the big screen.

Dixon explained to Comic Book Movie, “No clue. From the latest trailer it certainly looks like there’s a downfall coming for Bruce Wayne. But I’m guessing like everyone else. He’s pretty clearly drawn. Maybe his difficulty in relating to women. He was raised in an all-male world and seems flummoxed by the women he meets.” Chuck then discussed whether he had a particular actor in mind for Bane.
 
He added, “Not really. I was just hoping it would be someone who could act. Tom Hardy fits that description. He’s very talented. I haven’t heard enough of the voice. But his speaking voice in other movies has the right timbre. And he does accents well. His Philadelphia accent in Warriors sounded right to me, even though his character was supposed to be from Pittsburgh.”
 
The Dark Knight Rises is the third and final instalment of the Christopher Nolan Batman trilogy and will also see Christian Bale portraying the Caped Crusader for the third and final time. The Dark Knight Rises is set to be released on July 20.
The Dark Knight Rises actor Christopher Judge discusses the secrecy of the new Batman movie
The Dark Knight Rises actor Christopher Judge discusses the secrecy of the new Batman movie

The Dark Knight Rises actor Christopher Judge has admitted that he cannot really talk too much about the character that he plays in the new Batman movie, due to the secrecy surrounding it. However, he did admit that it was one of the most bizarre experiences of his professional career.

Judge explained, “Well I can talk more about the experience than the role, everything about it is secret. It was one of the most bizarre experiences. Not the being on set or dealing with anyone but the secrecy surrounding it, I’ve never dealt with a project of that scale. Generally [with a regular movie] you get a script, you know what you’re shooting the next day or weeks in advance or whatever, you have time to prepare.”
 
He added, “Generally [on The Dark Knight Rises], what you do when you get a call time is, the AD (assistant director) would read you your lines for the next day, because nobody got scripts. So you could kind of at least have in your mind roughly what you’re gonna be doing the next day. Then, you’d get to set and it would all change and it was like that constantly. It is incredibly freeing as an actor but also incredibly scary.”
 
Chris continued, “[Christopher Nolan] hires people that he thinks are great actors and then gives them a tremendous amount of freedom. Oh wait! I just gave myself … that sounded really egotistical. I just called myself a great actor.”
 
The Dark Knight Rises is released on July 20.
The Dark Knight Rises gets PG-13 rating
The Dark Knight Rises gets PG-13 rating

It has been confirmed that The Dark Knight Rises is set to be given a PG-13 rating, which will disappoint some fans but it is not really that much of a surprise. From the promotional material that we have seen for The Dark Knight Rises, there does seem to be a fair amount of violence.

Also, add to that the fact that The Dark Knight was also a PG-13 and it was to be expected. The Dark Knight went on to gross over $1 billion worldwide but there were concerns from a few, who claimed that the movie was a bit too violent to be a PG-13.
 
It has been claimed that the exact reason behind the PG-13 rating for The Dark Knight Rises, is because it contains “intense sequences of violence and action, some sensuality and language”. It is often the case that a movie which is rated PG-13 in the US will be rated a 12A in the UK.
 
However, that might not necessarily be the case for The Dark Knight Rises, as The Hunger Games was given a 12A rating in the UK and received many complaints about being too violent. The likelihood is that it will still be given a 12A rating, without having to make any cuts but we will just have to wait and see.
 
The Dark Knight Rises is released on July 20.
The Dark Knight Rises cinematographer Wally Pfister teases Batman plot
The Dark Knight Rises cinematographer Wally Pfister teases Batman plot

Cinematographer Wally Pfister has worked with director Christopher Nolan on a number of projects over the years and teamed up with him again for The Dark Knight Rises. It is the third and final instalment of the Christopher Nolan Batman trilogy and Wally has been discussing what he can reveal about the plot of the movie.

Pfister explained to The Cinematographer, “Not much! It’s the continuing story of Batman, beginning where it left off last time, with Batman on the run and Gotham City facing continual problems. They realise they need Batman back, but there are new villains he has to tackle.”
 
He added, “What I can say is that Chris has gathered a lovely family ensemble cast – with Christian Bale as Batman/Bruce Wayne again, Gary Oldman back as Commissioner Gordon, Morgan Freeman as Lucius Fox, and Michael Caine as Alfred. He has also reunited Tom Hardy, Marion Cotillard and Joseph Gordon-Levitt who we worked with on Inception.”
 
Wally added, “Chris came to me with the project, said it was the third and concluding part of a trilogy. He wanted there to be a bridge between The Dark Knight and this one. Batman movies have always been dark. So we’re covering some ground from the previous films, but there’s something new in this one. Chris also wanted to ‘up’ action. We’re shooting segments on IMAX again, and this will really elevate the visual aspect of the film.”
 
The Dark Knight Rises is released on July 20.
The Dark Knight Rises cinematographer Wally Pfister teases Batman plot
The Dark Knight Rises cinematographer Wally Pfister teases Batman plot
Cinematographer Wally Pfister has worked with director Christopher Nolan on a number of projects over the years and teamed up with him again for The Dark Knight Rises. It is the third and final instalment of the Christopher Nolan Batman trilogy and Wally has been discussing what he can reveal about the plot of the movie.
 
Pfister explained to The Cinematographer, “Not much! It’s the continuing story of Batman, beginning where it left off last time, with Batman on the run and Gotham City facing continual problems. They realise they need Batman back, but there are new villains he has to tackle.”
 
He added, “What I can say is that Chris has gathered a lovely family ensemble cast – with Christian Bale as Batman/Bruce Wayne again, Gary Oldman back as Commissioner Gordon, Morgan Freeman as Lucius Fox, and Michael Caine as Alfred. He has also reunited Tom Hardy, Marion Cotillard and Joseph Gordon-Levitt who we worked with on Inception.”
 
Wally added, “Chris came to me with the project, said it was the third and concluding part of a trilogy. He wanted there to be a bridge between The Dark Knight and this one. Batman movies have always been dark. So we’re covering some ground from the previous films, but there’s something new in this one. Chris also wanted to ‘up’ action. We’re shooting segments on IMAX again, and this will really elevate the visual aspect of the film.”
 
The Dark Knight Rises is released on July 20.
Who should play Batman after The Dark Knight Rises?
Who should play Batman after The Dark Knight Rises?

The Dark Knight Rises will mark the end of the Christopher Nolan Batman trilogy and well also see Christian Bale stepping down as the caped crusader. It has already been confirmed that the Batman franchise will once again get a reboot, so who should play Batman?

Well there are a few key points to take into consideration when trying to cast Batman for the big screen. As fans of Batman will know, Bruce Wayne is a tall, attractive gentleman who has a perfect jaw line and also looks very good in a suit.
 
Add to that the fact that he also has to have a rather muscular physique and you have already managed to rule out a number of Hollywood’s leading men. So who does that really leave? Well one name that we have heard mentioned is Ryan Gosling, who could easily portray the suave, rich, playboy and also has the frame of a man who can take care of himself in a punch up.
 
Then there is Robert Pattinson, who many would be quick to dismiss. However, Robert is a very capable actor and with the right script and the right director, he could well make a good Bruce Wayne and in turn a good Batman. Robert Pattinson as Batman would also draw in the Twilight crowd, giving Batman a new fan base. He would have to bulk up a bit though.
 
Who do you think should play Batman when the franchise gets a reboot after The Dark Knight Rises?
Anne Hathaway not on crash diet
Anne Hathaway not on crash diet

It was reported last month that actress Anne Hathaway was on a crash diet in a bid to lose 16 pounds in 20 days for her role in Les Misérables. However a representative of Anne Hathaway has dismissed the rumours, claiming that she is only losing a few pounds and it is not as extreme as it has been made out to be.

The rep explained, “She is losing weight for the part, but not that much. Just enough for her to look more frail, as she is playing a dying prostitute. She is consuming more than 500 calories. [The tabloids] are making something of nothing, as usual.”
 
Anne Hathaway is part of an all star cast for Les Misérables, which includes Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe and Amanda Seyfried. Les Misérables is being brought to the big screen by director Tom Hopper, who won an Oscar for his previous movie The King’s Speech.
 
Les Misérables is set to be released in the US on December 14, 2012 before being released in the UK on January 11, 2013. Anne Hathaway can next be seen as Catwoman in The Dark Knight Rises, which is released on July 20.