The Dark Knight Rises is an upcoming superhero film directed by Christopher Nolan, who co-wrote the screenplay with his brother Jonathan Nolan and the story with David S. Goyer. Based on the DC Comics character Batman, the film is the third installment in Nolan's Batman series, and is a sequel to Batman Begins (2005) and The Dark Knight (2008).
Batman Begins and The Dark Knight feature conversations about the nature of evil, and villains sprinkled with terrorist allegory. As far as we can tell, The Dark Knight Rises is about an urban uprising symbolizing Occupy Wall Street or the Tea Party, depending on your politics.
Nolan, known on set as "the governor," said he wanted to finish his interpretation of the classic Batman story "in the biggest way possible."
"We've been working on this story for nine years," he said. "And so it's with mixed feelings that we finish this thing."
Nolan said his goal was to create a "spectacle" that makes viewers excited the moment they enter a theater.
“Without getting into specifics, the key thing that makes the third film a great possibility for us is that we want to finish our story,” the filmmaker said of the script he co-wrote with his brother Jonathan Nolan. “And in viewing it as the finishing of a story rather than infinitely blowing up the balloon and expanding the story … unlike the comics, these things don’t go on forever in film and viewing it as a story with an end is useful.”
Based on her father’s appearance in the original film, Christopher Nolan’s love for telling stories that inevitably circle back into themselves, and the casting of the beautiful Marion Cotillard, it has long been assumed that Ms. Cotillard would be playing Ms. Al Ghul — despite the fact that her character’s name has long been known to be Miranda Tate. The fan theory was that Tate would be an identity assumed by Al Ghul in a bid to get closer to Bruce Wayne.
In order to create the right sort of image for the ruthless villain Nolan revealed that they put a unique twist on Bane's military look.
'One of the influences on the script was Dickens’ A Tale of Two Cities, and with this overcoat we wanted to infuse the romanticism of the French Revolution mixed with World War II functionality,' he explained.
There is no doubt that Bane does look sinister in stills from the film, with a menacing mask covering much of Hardy's face, which Nolan reveals functions as a dispenser for anaesthetic that keeps the villain's pain from an old injury just below the threshold.
Physical bombs will go off destroying turf and creating "ditches" big enough for stuntmen to fall into. When the receiver gets to the end zone he'll turn around to discover the entire field has collapses behind him killing hundreds of people. According to the unit publicist, this shot will occur only once so there is a lot of prep work to get it right. What's most surprising is that the surviving receiver will be played by none other than Steeler legend, two time Super Bowl champion and Super Bowl XL MVP Hines Ward.
The focus appears to be on the comics storyline in which Bane (Tom Hardy), the pumped up terrorist in the freaky, tricked-out Silence of the Lambs-esque mask, snaps Batman's back and sending Gotham City into chaos. We get a few glimpses of the broken, bearded Bruce Wayne (Christian Bale) and fleeting shots of the Caped Crusader's cracked mask.
Little is still known about the exact plot for "The Dark Knight Rises" except that it takes place a number of years following the events in "The Dark Knight." Bane is a new threat to Gotham City and Bruce Wayne and Batman (Christian Bale) also find the mysterious Selina Kyle (aka Catwoman, played by Anne Hathaway) clawing her way into the game. "Rises" also features a new love interest for Wayne, Miranda Tate (although assumed to be Ra's Al Ghul's daughter Talia Al Ghul, played by Marion Cotillard) and a potential ally in Gotham City cop John Blake (Joseph Gordon-Levitt).
Everything we know of The Dark Knight Rises was provided by Nolan in a calculated effort to attain pre-release hype while still keeping us all in the dark as to how this film would actually play out. It doesn’t seem unlikely that Nolan would convinced Cotillard to blatantly lie about her character in the film, and it may even be a stipulation of her hiring.
The plot and the production have been treated like state secrets, which speaks to Nolan’s now-notorious practice of message management as well as his yearning for old-fashioned movie mystique in an over-information age. The 41-year-old filmmaker is defiantly old school — not only did Warner Bros. fail in a push to close out the franchise with a 3-D release (as “Harry Potter” did) but here in the digital summer of 2012 the Batman movie is the only major popcorn project that was shot on film stock.