The Dark Knight Rises

What is Movie News After Dark? It’s a nightly column dedicated to what’s happening. We begin this evening’s rather slim pickings with a shot from Dredd, which is one of a number of images from Dredd that hit the web over the last few days. I will say this: Lena Headey looks pretty fierce as Ma-Ma.

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Gangster Squad Reshoots

Real life tragedies affecting film releases isn’t a new phenomenon. There was a period after the terrorist attacks on 9/11 where films shot in New York City before the World Trade Center went down had to go back and edit scenes out or use digital trickery if even a glimpse of the Twin Towers appeared in a shot. And, more recently, upcoming comedy The Watch had its title changed and one of its trailers pulled after content in the ad too closely echoed the killing of Florida teen Trayvon Martin. People don’t like to be reminded of horrible things when they’re trying to go out for a night of entertainment. So, it comes as no surprise that in the wake of the theater shooting that took place during a screening of The Dark Knight Rises in Aurora, Colorado, some films are going to be making adjustments to their content and marketing efforts in order to not inappropriately echo the tragedy that took place. So far the studio that’s most immediately affected is Warner Bros. Not only did they have millions of dollars worth of violence-filled TV ads for The Dark Knight Rises pulled from the airwaves over the weekend, but they also cancelled several special screenings where the stars of the film were scheduled to make personal appearances. And another of their upcoming releases, the Ruben Fleischer-directed Gangster Squad, is making it necessary for them to make even more adjustments.

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Boiling Point

By this point you couldn’t have avoided it: something terrible happened in a movie theater in Aurora, Colorado. A masked gunman burst into a midnight showing of The Dark Knight Rises and fired into the crowd, killing twelve and wounding scores more. As this is the internet and the modern era of thinking (that is, think less, say more), the webisphere was immediately abuzz with a flourish of articles, tweets, and Facebook posts running the gamut from respectable (condolences to families) to unnecessary (political rhetoric) to stupid (generally, again, politics) and, worst of all, to fear mongering. It is not enough to report on anything these days, whether it’s box office or a tragic event. No, these things must be milked and trussed up and trotted out, clad in hyperbolic statements and paraded around to get hits. Everything must first be related to the self and then shown to the world. If people still aren’t reading, then scare them. Go too far. Don’t think, react. Well, that’s bullshit.

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Bane in Dark Knight Rises

Was there any ever doubt that The Dark Knight Rises was going to be one of the most talked about and praised films of the summer? Christopher Nolan‘s trilogy had seemingly secured positive reviews before the release date was here thanks to some zealous fans and people who can’t keep their bat-boners of expectation tucked into their utility belts of rationality. For The Dark Knight Rises to get a truly negative review it would have had to fail massively as both Batman and Nolan have earned a bit of leeway in the judgement department. Now that the film is screening in front of millions, the general consensus seems to be – it’s good! And then we hushedly whisper “but not great.” I enjoyed The Dark Knight Rises overall, but if you’re looking for a list of everything that was awesome, look elsewhere. For I come not to praise The Dark Knight Rises, but to bury it. (Yes, that’s Shakespeare in reverse.)

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Aurora, Colorado

Every weeknight, Movie News After Dark comes to you with news and notes on a variety of topics. The goal: find the best articles and most interesting items of the day. From around the web, we bring together a selection of links that hopefully enhance your enjoyment of the world of film. It’s our way of reminding you that there are great things to read and see out there, and not just from within the confines of this site. But every once in a while a news story opens itself up to a broader discussion, and MNAD takes a longer look at the reactions from our friends and neighbors in the blogosphere. We always hope that such an event will be a positive story. This one happens to be an unthinkable tragedy.

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The Dark Knight Returns

As superhero movies go, few have been as highly anticipated as Christopher Nolan’s final outing as captain of the Batman franchise. The Dark Knight Rises received a level of hype and hoopla second only to the superhero Cobb salad that is Joss Whedon’s The Avengers, and now, finally, the long-awaited Friday has arrived. So once you see the movie, what happens if your eyeballs remain unquenched of their thirst for Gotham’s caped protector? With the future of the franchise uncertain, might we offer the alternative of returning to some of the printed source material from whence it came? I’m no comic book expert, that much is clear any time I speak with the true comic literati. However, Batman is the one character I’ve read in-depth and he continues to be my favorite hero. While watching The Dark Knight Rises, I became antsy to go home and read some of my favorite stories. Below is a list of Batman comics we highly recommend that you tear into should a similar inclination grip you. Be forewarned: the reason this article is titled as such is that some of these stories will spoil elements that comprise the surprises of Nolan’s film. See the movie first, then read…

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Editor’s Note: This post will be “stuck” to the homepage all weekend long. After you get back from seeing The Dark Knight Rises, no matter when you see it, come back and share in the discussion. We’re anxious to hear what you think. The critics have had their say, and you allowed it. Hell, you even let me give it a big black eye and you remained civil in our comments section. For that, I applaud you, dear readers. You’ve proven once again that the best of the Internet’s denizens choose Film School Rejects. Now it’s time for you to answer the big question about The Dark Knight Rises. Director Christopher Nolan has returned to finish off his ‘Dark Knight Trilogy’ with one massive, totally destructive film that sees Batman (Christian Bale) square off with a villain whose strength is as much of mind as it is of body. Bane (Tom Hardy) isn’t his only worry though, as a tightly-clad cat-burglar named Selina Kyle (Anne Hathaway) is also sticking thorns in the side of the Caped Crusader. What is a broken down billionaire vigilante to do? Go to war, that’s what. Now all we ask, as you pour out of your midnight screenings around the world, is that you bring your own warring words to our comments section. Jump on down there and tell us what you thought of Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises.

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Dark Knight Rises Shooting

Update 2: The police have now corrected the death toll to 12, down from 14. They’ve also identified the suspect they have in custody as 24-year-old James Holmes from Aurora and said he didn’t resist arrest. Update 1: Aurora Police Chief Daniel Oates confirms at least 14 dead. Ten died in the theater and four more died in area hospitals. At least 50 others were injured. The police found a male suspect near the theater matching the description given by witnesses in possession of a gas mask, a shotgun and at least one handgun. That male suspect is now in custody. The police currently have no evidence of a second gunman. The police are asking that anyone who saw anything contact them with that information. Original: According to 9 News in Aurora [live stream], a single gunman wearing a gas mask entered Theater #9 at Town Center Movie Theaters during a midnight screening of The Dark Knight Rises in the suburb of Denver, Colorado and began shooting into the crowd. There are also reports of a possible small explosion and smoke filling the theater and one adjacent. One witness said it happened during a shoot out scene and that several people thought it might be a promotional element to the screening until a theater representative sounded the fire alarm and used the PA system to tell everyone to evacuate. The same witness reported that the gunman was throwing tear gas into the crowd to keep them from leaving. 9 News […]

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James Bond in Skyfall

What is Movie News After Dark? It’s a nightly bit of notes regarding films, television shows and other pop culture curiosities. It’s also a victim of its circumstances, which this week includes an inundation with Batman everything. In the end, it could be worse. We begin this evening with a new image from Skyfall, which will debut its next trailer with The Dark Knight Rises in IMAX. It will be the second film of the year to truly play for the massive screen format, right behind the one Christopher Nolan is about to unleash.

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The Dark Knight Rises hits theaters this Friday, July 20. In all likelihood, you’ve had your calendars marked for some time. The story of Christopher Nolan’s Batman continues as Bruce Wayne faces his greatest test yet, in the form of Bane (Tom Hardy) and Catwoman (Anne Hathaway), as well as the socioeconomic troubles of Gotham. The fire rises, and the legend will end. But before we get to all of that, we’ve been collecting images, posters and other visual mementos from the marketing of this movie for years. The culmination of which is a little thing we like to call The Ultimate Dark Knight Rises Photo Gallery. Below the jump you’ll find every still image and poster we could find. Many of which are studio official, some of which are fan made or officially licensed third party designs. All of which will help you celebrate the end of Nolan’s Dark Knight Trilogy in style.

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Aural Fixation - Large

With temperatures on the rise and Comic-Con officially over, there is one place comic book fans can still find solace in the middle of these hot summer months – your local movie theaters. Christopher Nolan is poised to complete his epic Batman trilogy with the highly anticipated The Dark Knight Rises, set to hit theaters this weekend. Not only will Christian Bale be returning as Gotham’s caped crusader, he will once again be joined by his trusty butler, Alfred (Michael Caine), his business manager/tech wizard, Lucius Fox (Morgan Freeman), and Batman champion, Commission Gordon (Gary Oldman) – to name a few. And in true Nolan fashion, some other faces familiar to the director’s work will help round out this final battle with Inception alums Tom Hardy taking on the villain role as Bane and Joseph Gordon-Levitt as hopeful police officer, John Blake. But Nolan’s affinity for working with those he has before does not stop at the cast. Batman Begins and The Dark Knight composer Hans Zimmer (whose score for Inception was one of the most memorable of 2010) returns to finish out the trilogy as well. While most of us will have to wait until this Friday (or for you late-nighters, Thursday at midnight) to see the conclusion of this heroic tale, Zimmer’s score (now available) takes us there now.

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The Dark Knight Rises

It’s about escalation. Christopher Nolan has not been shy about what to expect from the final chapter in his Batman series. The Dark Knight Rises is about something bigger and meaner in every sense possible. For his main character, the caped crusader we’ve known through countless years and iterations, it’s about facing the escalation he created when he became Gotham’s symbol. But for the filmmaker behind him, equally adored in the halls of pop culture for his contemporary epics, it’s about creating something so big that no one will dare forget it. On a scale that is off the charts, putting emphatic punctuation on the end of his dissertation on the rise and fall of a hero. And he’s done it. But at what cost?

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Christopher Nolan

Born in July of 1970, Christopher Nolan was always sort of made for Summer. As an adult, that promise has been fulfilled with blockbuster spectacles in the hot months, but it all started when he was a child. It was then that he picked up the drug that became an obsession for the rest of his life: a Super 8 camera. The result of those early ambitions and the study of storytelling in college led him to create shorts, build a feature in Memento that drew acclaim, and to embark on a studio career that has blended intelligence with popular culture. He’s invaded our dreams, altered a genre and made magic. So here’s a bit of free film school (for fans and filmmakers alike) from a man who is waiting for a train…

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What is Movie News After Dark? It’s a nightly column dedicated to movie news and notes that is beginning to think that they Comic-Con hangover is in full-effect. It’s all Dark Knight out there. We begin this evening with a shot of Ben Wishaw in Skyfall as gadgetmaster Q, a photo that’s been out for a bit but somehow we missed covering it. It’s a very youthful take on Q, but one that will benefit from Wishaw’s chops, as seen in films like Layer Cake.

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Over Under - Large

Ever since names like Spielberg and Lucas brought us the first summer blockbusters back in the 70s, film fans have slowly morphed into film fanatics. And perhaps the pinnacle of this phenomenon is the cult of personality that has developed around Christopher Nolan since he gave us his wildly successful interpretation of the Batman universe, The Dark Knight. Whether it was because of Heath Ledger’s electric performance as the Joker, Nolan’s realist approach to the material, or the sheer scope of the action, something about this Batman movie captured the attention and adoration of hordes of fans in a way that no other adaptation of the character’s story has before; and Batman has been one of the most popular fictional characters in our shared culture for at least half a century now. But one thing about The Dark Knight that I don’t hear mentioned all that much anymore is that it wasn’t Nolan’s first go-around with the character. Everything that was paid off in that film was set up, three years earlier, in the director’s first attempt at tackling a superhero story, Batman Begins. Not only was this movie successful enough at the box office to spawn a very well funded sequel, but it’s the film that’s actually responsible for bringing us Nolan’s grounded and relatable vision of the character. This was the film that revitalized a property whose big screen potential had been tarnished, and it gets treated like it doesn’t even exist when fans gush over their love […]

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Culture Warrior

Part of the appeal of Christopher Nolan’s Batman films is that the basic conceit informing their aesthetic seems so natural. Batman is one of few major superheroes that isn’t actually a super-hero. Batman mythology, then, lends itself to a degree of plausibility more than, say, Superman or Spider-Man, so why not manifest a vision of Batman that embraces this particular aspect that distinguishes this character from most superhero mythologies? But realism has not been a characteristic that unifies Batman’s many representations in the moving image. Through the eyes of Tim Burton and Joel Schumacher, the Batman of tentpole studio filmmaking has occupied either a world of gothic architecture and shadowy noir, or one of schizophrenic camp. From 1989 to 1997, Batman was interpreted by visionary directors with potent aesthetic approaches, but approaches that did not necessarily aim to root the character within a landscape of exhaustive Nolanesque plausibility.

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What is Movie News After Dark? It’s a weeknightly column of various odds and ends from the world of film and television. Did you miss it? How did its cousin Comic-Con News After Dark do as a substitute? Not too well, it hopes. We begin tonight with a remnant of Comic-Con, which ended just over 24 hours ago but will live on in our hearts at least until the last of the articles is written. So sometime in September, just before Fantastic Fest. The above image comes from Jen Yamato at Movieline, who explains How to Bring Your Next-Level Cosplay Game to Comic-Con. It has something to do with cross-dressing, which is apparently what all the kids are doing these days.

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Boiling Point

The long awaited climax to director Chris Nolan’s Batman trilogy, The Dark Knight Rises, is finally coming to theaters this week. While we’ll all have answers soon enough, the question on everyone’s minds during the advertising campaign has been “Does Batman die?”. It’s not so insane a question as it once was. I mean, the hero dying in the film? An icon falling? Certainly comic books have done this (and gone back on it almost immediately…) and movies have a long history of “killing” villains only to bring them back. But this is Batman! You can’t kill Batman! Yet, the advertising and the general darkness of the films lead a lot of credence to the idea that the legend might actually end. In the trailer, Selina Kyle says that Batman has given Gotham everything, to which he morbidly responds “Not everything.” Will Batman die? I don’t know. But I know he shouldn’t, and here’s why.

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The Dark Knight Rises

The weight on Christopher Nolan’s shoulders coming into The Dark Knight Rises was roughly equivalent to a skyscraper with an elephant on top. He knocked The Dark Knight out of the park (and out of the city limits), so the anticipation and expectations for the follow-up seemed so high that it was difficult to imagine anyone leaping over the bar. But this is Nolan – a director who should get his own Wheaties box. Audiences still have a while to wait before passing judgment, but early reviews are in, and the consensus is that the film demolishes those high expectations along with Gotham. Here’s a quick recap of what critics are saying so far:

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Batman Gets the Call

With The Dark Knight Rises hitting theaters this week, it’s important for us to be excited. Also important is our sense of history and context. We can’t move forward with the great cinematic presence of the Caped Crusader without first looking back and enjoying what has come before. So we’re taking a walk through the modern cinematic history of Batman, from Tim Burton’s creation in 1989 to Christopher Nolan’s trilogy to find the five Scenes We Love most from The Dark Knight on screen. In the era of Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight Trilogy, it’s easy to be dismissive of the four-part saga initiated by Tim Burton in 1989. And while the latter half of that series earned such dismissal, there were two really fun Batman films that came along and delighted 7-year olds like yours truly. There’s no one scene that is quite so evocative of Tim Burton’s theatrics as Batman getting the call for help at the beginning of Batman Returns. The Penguin’s crazy clown circus has laid siege upon Gotham’s streets and it’s up to Bruce Wayne, who sits alone in his manor, deep in thought, just waiting for the time when he can suit up. And suit up, he does. No matter how many great Batmans have come since and how many will come along in the future, this is my first Batman. Michael Keaton. And he was pretty badass.

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