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  Christopher Nolan bids farewell to The Dark Knight
Posted by: Mike on Jul 24th, 2012 2 Comments »

In a recent interview with Christopher Nolan, he big farewell to the franchise that’s probably made him enough money to retire. (Though I doubt he will stop making films just because he has an epic pile of cash stored away.)

Here’s what he said, courtesy of

“Alfred. Gordon. Lucius. Bruce . . . Wayne. Names that have come to mean so much to me. Today, I’m three weeks from saying a final good-bye to these characters and their world. It’s my son’s ninth birthday. He was born as the Tumbler was being glued together in my garage from random parts of model kits. Much time, many changes. A shift from sets where some gunplay or a helicopter were extraordinary events to working days where crowds of extras, building demolitions, or mayhem thousands of feet in the air have become familiar.”

“People ask if we’d always planned a trilogy. This is like being asked whether you had planned on growing up, getting married, having kids. The answer is complicated. When David and I first started cracking open Bruce’s story, we flirted with what might come after, then backed away, not wanting to look too deep into the future. I didn’t want to know everything that Bruce couldn’t; I wanted to live it with him.”

“I told David and Jonah to put everything they knew into each film as we made it. The entire cast and crew put all they had into the first film. Nothing held back. Nothing saved for next time. They built an entire city. Then Christian and Michael and Gary and Morgan and Liam and Cillian started living in it. Christian bit off a big chunk of Bruce Wayne’s life and made it utterly compelling. He took us into a pop icon’s mind and never let us notice for an instant the fanciful nature of Bruce’s methods.”

“I never thought we’d do a second – how many good sequels are there? Why roll those dice? But once I knew where it would take Bruce, and when I started to see glimpses of the antagonist, it became essential. We re-assembled the team and went back to Gotham. It had changed in three years. Bigger. More real. More modern. And a new force of chaos was coming to the fore. The ultimate scary clown, as brought to terrifying life by Heath.”

“We’d held nothing back, but there were things we hadn’t been able to do the first time out – a Batsuit with a flexible neck, shooting on Imax. And things we’d chickened out on – destroying the Batmobile, burning up the villain’s blood money to show a complete disregard for conventional motivation. We took the supposed security of a sequel as license to throw caution to the wind and headed for the darkest corners of Gotham.”

“I never thought we’d do a third – are there any great second sequels? But I kept wondering about the end of Bruce’s journey, and once David and I discovered it, I had to see it for myself. We had come back to what we had barely dared whisper about in those first days in my garage. We had been making a trilogy. I called everyone back together for another tour of Gotham. Four years later, it was still there. It even seemed a little cleaner, a little more polished. Wayne Manor had been rebuilt. Familiar faces were back—a little older, a little wiser . . . but not all was as it seemed.”

“Gotham was rotting away at its foundations. A new evil bubbling up from beneath. Bruce had thought Batman was not needed anymore, but Bruce was wrong, just as I had been wrong. The Batman had to come back. I suppose he always will.”

“Michael, Morgan, Gary, Cillian, Liam, Heath, Christian . . . Bale. Names that have come to mean so much to me. My time in Gotham, looking after one of the greatest and most enduring figures in pop culture, has been the most challenging and rewarding experience a filmmaker could hope for. I will miss the Batman. I like to think that he’ll miss me, but he’s never been particularly sentimental.”

  Bale on next Batman
Posted by: Mike on Apr 28th, 2009 Leave a Comment »

Christian Bale was recently interviewed about the upcoming Terminator movie, and of course the interviewer had to sneak in a question about the next Batman movie.

When asked if he’d do another, Bale responded

Will we do a third movie? It’s got to be the right story. You can’t make something like ‘The Dark Knight’ and then come out with something disappointing.

I would like it if people say, ‘You’ll never make a good third movie.’ I say, ‘OK, let’s make a third movie in that case, let’s prove them wrong. But that’s just me. The fact is, I have to! I’ve signed up! Chris doesn’t. So I’m in a bit of a fix if he says he doesn’t want to!

As of yet, Christopher Nolan still hasn’t signed on to direct, or write the third movie.  I have no doubt, though, that he will.

  The Dark Knight Not Returning To Big Screen
Posted by: Mike on Dec 2nd, 2008 Leave a Comment »

Update 12/3/08: I received an email from someone claiming to be an employee of Warner Brothers late last night, saying that the information provided below is inaccurate, and the plans to re-release The Dark Knight in IMAX are still in progress.  No mention of normal theaters was made.

Warner Brothers made the unofficial offical announcement today, that talks with executives at IMAX were unsuccessful, and The Dark Knight will not be returning to either IMAX or regular screens this coming January.

That news pretty much puts the squash on the thought that The Dark Knight might beat Titanic to be the highest grossing movie of all time.  Unless Warner Brothers change their mind, looks like James Cameron’s ego will get to stay intact for a little bit longer.  Until the next Batman movie, maybe?

  The Dark Knight Trailer Starring Kids
Posted by: Christine on Aug 13th, 2008 Leave a Comment »

We all know that The Dark Knight is not a kids’ movie. Some clever video-makers, however, decided to make it a kids’ movie – by re-filming the trailer starring actual kids.

You can check out the video at The Bat Blog. My favorite part is that Batman rides a Big Wheel.

  The Bat-Bug
Posted by: Christine on Aug 6th, 2008 Leave a Comment »

One die-hard Batman fan created his own Batmobile, based on the 1940s comic-style car. He used a black, original style, VW Bug for his base.


See a larger image and the toy Batmobile it was based on at The Bat Blog.

  Newsflash: Women Like The Dark Knight
Posted by: Christine on Jul 28th, 2008 Leave a Comment »

 title=It seems some entertainment writers are stunned that women voluntarily go to see The Dark Knight and superhero movies in general. This week’s Entertainment Weekly article titled “Knight Fever” says,

A reported 48 percent of The Dark Knight‘s audience was female, and that number probably would have been even higher had so many women not flocked to Mamma Mia!

First of all, just writing Mamma Mia! in the same sentence as The Dark Knight hurts my soul a little. Secondly, I’m willing to bet that 90% or more of that 48 percent female audience share were at The Dark Knight because they wanted to be, not because their boyfriend won the coin toss.

The Entertainment Weekly article, and others, seem to think that women went to see TDK for one of two reasons:
1. “Rubberneck curiosity” over Heath Ledger’s death.
2. Christian Bale and Heath Ledger are extremely attractive male actors.

I’ll give you point number two…indeed Bale and the late Ledger are among the hottest men in Hollywood (which feels a little creepy to say about Heath since he passed away. However, his death doesn’t change the fact that I fell in love with him in 10 Things I Hate About You and so did millions of other women my age.) I’m sure, also, that there are some people who know nothing about Batman, never saw Batman Begins (the shame!), and are only there because they’re curious about Heath Ledger’s last role.

But let’s be honest. With the price of movie tickets being what they are, how many people go to see a movie they have no interest in just out of morbid curiosity? The fact is, this film was destined to be huge. A year ago yesterday we covered the first inkling that The Dark Knight was going to have one of the most interesting and intense marketing schemes ever created. Fanboys (and girls, dammit) have been waiting since the moment Batman Begins ended to see The Joker brought to life. The sequel to the best Batman movie ever made (yes, I said it and I mean it) was never going to be a quiet little movie.

People are stunned by the records The Dark Knight has been breaking, but some of us saw this coming. The intense viral marketing had fans in a tizzy long before Heath Ledger’s death, and many of us were already vowing to see the movie multiple times before we had even seen the first trailer. It’s the faith we have in Christian Bale and Christopher Nolan (as well as the writers and the rest of the cast) after seeing the amazing job they did with Batman Begins that brought us to the theaters knowing we were about to see the best movie of the year. Despite being female, going to see TDK wasn’t about Christian Bale’s looks or Heath Ledger’s death. It was about seeing my favorite superhero, played by one of my favorite actors, and presented by one of my favorite directors.

  The Ending of The Dark Knight – Spoilers!
Posted by: Christine on Jul 23rd, 2008 Leave a Comment »

For those of you that haven’t seen The Dark Knight yet, stop reading. Get up. Go to the movies. Now.

For those of you that have seen it, continue reading for an interesting revelation about the end of the movie.

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  Christian Bale Update
Posted by: Mike on Jul 22nd, 2008 2 Comments »

In a statement released a few hours ago from his rep, they had the following to say:

“Christian Bale attended a London police station today, on a voluntary basis, in order to assist with an allegation that had been made against him to the police by his mother and sister,” the actor’s reps said in the statement. “Mr. Bale who denies the allegation, co-operated throughout, gave his account in full of the events in question, and has left the station without any charge being made against him by the police. At this time, there will be no further comment by Mr. Bale.”

With that said, someone (who allegedly knew someone there Sunday night, said the following (which confirms my assumption that Christian Bale’s family is trash:

Edna: “His mom and sister are alcoholics and drug addicts, they showed up at his hotel uninvited and highly intoxicated. they were calling him big shot and that he needs to take care of his own. His mom was yelling that he would be nothing without her and he owed her. His sister was begging for money and when he was pushing her toward the door his mother came from behind and started hitting him on his head and kicking him. He managed to push them both out the door and his mom fell, they called the police and wanted him arrested. I believe that Chirstian is the victim here not his mom or sister”
Mandy: “edna, how do you know all that?”
Edna: “My father works security at the hotel, and he said it was a mess. His mom and sister wanted the front desk worker to let them into his room to wait for him. When they were told no they started cussing and yelling.  They sat in front of his door for an hour until he finally arrived.”

I’m convinced that Christian Bale would do nothing wrong.  TMZ is reporting that the “abuse” claim was verbal, not physical, which is a relief.  I can’t say I blame him for yelling at his junkie mom for trying to extort him, but that’s just me.

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