Bruce Wayne in The Dark Knight Rises

What is Movie News After Dark? … um, it’s about movies. And it takes place after the sun goes down.

We begin this evening with another new image from The Dark Knight Rises, one of several that worked their way onto the web today thanks to Entertainment Weekly. Unlike all the previously interesting shots from the film, this one does not involve Bane. It’s Bruce Wayne (Christian Bale) standing in front of the bat-suit. I love that bat-suit.

Over at, one of my favorite non-FSR columns is Monika Bartyzel’s Girls on Film. One day I will still her and her column away from them. I doubt they’d mind, right? Anyway, this week’s topic is 5 Awe-Inspiring Women Perfect for Cinema, And Who Should Play Them. Bring on that Virginia Hall movie!

“I’ve started to outline the sequel to McMullen. The twentieth anniversary will be in 2015, so my goal is to shoot it at the end of next year to have it ready in time. When I saw Clerks II that’s the first time that I got the notion and thought that it was very smart of him to do that. Then the movie turned out great so I was like, why not?” That’s Ed Burns taking sequel hints from Kevin Smith. That might not be the best of ideas, no matter how much we loved The Brothers McMullen.

This French poster for Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance looks cool. The movie it’s hocking, however, does not.

Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance French Poster

Rob Payne over at Pajiba spells it all out in his latest title: Five Ways Star Trek and Star Wars Are Better Than Each Other. The response to this will undoubtedly disrupt the fabric of the time-space continuum.

io9 has a well-researched exploration of fan campaigns throughout history that actually saved sci-fi and fantasy TV shows. And they’re counting Firefly, which works for me.

With The Lone Ranger back in the works, 24 and Rubicon star James Badge Dale is back in the running to play Armie Hammer’s older brother.

In Contention has a fascinating interview with Kenneth Lonergan about Margaret, a film that is still being considered an awards season sleeper. As in, everyone slept through the part where they were supposed to see it.

Mike Bracken at wants to know if John Carter is shaping up to be the first major flop of 2012. With no press screening the movie yet and Disney’s marketing department getting ready for a big push, it’s hard to say. My guess is that Friday Night Lights fans alone will deliver at least a modest box office take.

We close tonight by going from a movie directed by former Pixar director Andrew Stanton to a movie directed by Pixar director Andrew Stanton. On September 13, Pixar and Disney (but mostly Disney) will re-release Finding Nemo with a retrofit 3D presentation. And here’s the trailer to prove it:

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