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“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 Hardy
Anne Hathaway’s blunder as she went into a meeting with Nolan;
“She convinced herself that Nolan wasn’t interested in reinterpreting a character who had already been done well enough (Hathaway loves Pfiefer’s Catwoman) and was instead casting a lesser-known villainess from Batman’s rogue’s gallery named Harley Quinn. Nope. “About an hour into our meeting he said, ‘It’s Catwoman and I went ‘Oh no, I played this wrong’ says Hathaway. “I didn’t think they would revisit that character because Michelle’s performance is so iconic. But Chris just does his own thing”
“He has created an epic disaster film.”
— Anne Hathaway.
Rises is set eight years after the events of the Dark Knight. Gotham City is at peace and prospering, but Bruce Wayne is still recovering physically and emotionally from the tragic battles with the Joker and Harvey Dent. Batman, who took the fall for Harvey’s crimes so Gotham could remain inspired by the lawman’s former idealism, continues to be reviled and MIA as the story begins. While old allies Alfred and Lucius Fox and potential love interest Miranda Tate try to revive Bruce’s spirits, two new threats to Gotham force Batman to end his exile.”
“Bane’s motivation as a villain remains one of Rises’ best kept secrets-although the trailers suggest his master plan requires the razing of Gotham and the death of Bruce Wayne. Does Bane represent a specific political or philosophical complaint? The answer is…maybe. “I think the politics of the film are going to be hotly debated one way or another, as they were in the last film,” says Nolan.”
“There has never been an explicitly detailed, throughly mapped-out master plan guiding Nolan’s Batman franchise. “The approach has always been to put every damn good idea you have into each movie, so that when you’re done, you feel like there’s nothing left”, says co-screenwriter Jonathan Nolan. However, the director has always aspired to create a unified trilogy with a continuous character arc for Bruce Wayne, and one detail has been in place for years. “From a fairly early stage in the process of making the three films,’ says Christopher Nolan, ‘we knew how Bruce’s story would end.”
“And so Rises was conceived and written to bring a sense of unity-and finality-to the whole franchise. “It stands alone, yet completes a cyclical work,” says Hardy. “Think triplets instead of one child after another-the Dark Knight triplets.”
“Listening to Team Nolan talk about the film, you find yourself wondering: ‘Will Batman actually survive till the end credits?”….”We wanted to show a character who is aging, who is damaged, who may not be in his prime,” says Bale. “He has never encountered anyone with such blunt force as Bane, and this is not the best time for him to encounter him.”
Nolan says that he’s naturally drawn to Batman’s more iconic villains-as long as they can live credibly within his more realistic neo-noir treatment of Gotham…Hence Catwoman was irresistible to Nolan both because of her pop culture stature and the fact that the crafty cat burglar is Batman’s earthiest of baddies. That said Nolan’s Selina Kyle is presented as an enigma, maybe even to herself.”
“Who is Selina Kyle? She’s someone who wants you to think she can answer that question.”
“Nolan cast Hathaway because he believed the actress could handle the role’s biggest challenge; suggesting w whole history for the character that’s not in the script and never spelled out to the audience.”
“Hathaway prepared by devouring old comic books and watching movies starring Batman creator Bob Kane’s two inspirations for Catwoman, Hedy Lamarr and Jean Harlow.
[Many thanks to apw from NolanFans Forums for the article and scans!]
Christopher Nolan knows that The Dark Knight Rises, his third and final film starring Christian Bale as Batman, is one of the most eagerly anticipated films of the year. But the spoiler-averse director is reluctant to reveal too much about his work before its July 20 release. “So what can I not tell you about my film,” he says by way of the greeting during a break from editing Rises in Los Angeles.
Even so, Nolan did expand upon our first preview of Rises (which took you to the set and offered some insight into the movie’s story and themes) and shared some intel about Batman’s latest cinematic adversaries. First, there’s Bane (played by Inception alum Tom Hardy), a cunning, hulking terrorist with a menacing respirator-mask and a small army bent on sacking Gotham City. “He represents formidable physical strength, combined with absolute evil of intention,” says Nolan.
Hardy’s Bane has another defining characteristic that perhaps you’ve heard about, or perhaps have heard and didn’t understand: a curiously accented voice that’s further muffled by the rogue’s high-tech muzzle. “It’s a risk, because we could be laughed at — or it could be very fresh and exciting,” says Hardy, adding that the voice he developed was influenced by many factors, including a desire to honor the comic book character’s brains and Caribbean heritage. “The audience mustn’t be too concerned about the mumbly voice,” says Hardy. “As the film progresses, I think you’ll be able to tune to its setting.”
And then there’s Anne Hathaway as Selena Kyle, the latest incarnation of Batverse femme fatale Catwoman. Nolan’s take on the character is no campy sexpot or frazzled ghoul but a shifty cipher, calloused survivor, and world-class criminal. Says Nolan, “She has a very strong way of protecting herself and those she cares about, which implies an underlying darkness.” Hathaway says she prepared for the role by reading the comics and studying the moves of Hedy Lamarr and Jean Harlow, the two screen legends that inspired the original conception of the comic book villainess.
The actress also found herself a trainer. “I had to physically transform,” says Hathaway, calling from London, where she’s currently shooting Les Misérables with Hugh Jackman and Russell Crowe. “Chris sat me down at the beginning and said, ‘Joseph Gordon-Levitt did all of his own fighting in Inception. That one zero-gravity fight? He trained for two months.’ I basically left his office and went to the gym and just came out about five minutes ago.”
Thanks for being there, handrails. You confirmed something for us.
Some photos from Entertainment Weekly’s new The Dark Knight Rises issue.