|...until the reboot.|
With the flurry of Avengers news and updates, very little has been said about arguably the most anticipated film of the summer. This will-be blockbuster is obviously Chris Nolan's third and final installment of his acclaimed Batman franchise, The Dark Knight Rises. While The Dark Knight was on a full out viral marketing campaign, its successor's internet presence has been remarkably quiet. There has been some chatter about the announcement that a new trailer (the third) will be attached to The Avengers, but other than that, there hasn't been a whole lot of buzz concerning The Dark Knight Rises.
|Bane breaks Frat Boys.|
Oh well. I will only have to assume that Mr. Nolan and the big wigs at Warner Bros. have something pretty sweet in store for us. Although, I do have the secret, nagging fear that The Dark Knight Rises won't really have much of a viral campaign, instead sitting back and like a frat boy saying, "What. What ya going to do? NOTHING! THAT'S RIGHT! NOTHING! 'Cause ya gonna watch my movie no matter what! SUCK IT!"
In the meantime, there is still much to be covered in The Dark Knight Rises. Just because there isn't much to talk about now, doesn't mean that there never has been. Au contraire mes amis. There is much to be covered!
For now, we will explore the vast network of characters involved in the threequel. A bit of a warning, there will be some spoilers, soooooo... Ye Be Warned.
Before we do this though... CHECK OUT THE LATEST TDKR TRAILER!!!
|WE ARE THE CHAMPIONS!!!|
Speaking of Bane, this will mark the characters second appearance in a Batman flick. However, the first one was quite forgettable, or rather, everyone is still trying to forget that whole movie... Anyway, Tom Hardy's Bane coupled with Nolan's skilled hand should equate to be a deadly force to be reckoned with.
Early views of Bane have reinforced these thoughts. Seriously, the dude is terrifying. I totally take back my skepticism when Bane and Catwoman were officially announced. It's also good to see that Hardy isn't intimidated about stepping in to a franchise that featured one of the best villainous portrayals of all time, Heath Ledger's Joker. In an interview, Hardy explains that the villains are two totally different characters, physically and philosophically:
"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 is a very meticulous and calculated way about Bane. There is a huge orchestration of organization to his ambition. He is also a physical threat to Batman. There is nothing vague about Bane. No jokes. He's a very clean, clear villain."
|Bro, you have awesome eyes.|
Not only is Bane a cunning and intuitive mad man, but he also presents a physical threat to Batman. Finally. While getting psychologically tortured by The Joker, Bats never really faced a physical challenge, as he silently beat every mindless henchman to a pulpy mess. Now, step in Bane, "Gotham's Reckoning."
|Yeah, you are.|
|Come at me Bro!|
Near the end of the second trailer, Batman is seen reeling away from an oncoming Bane. He's physically beaten up, and he has nowhere to turn. Obviously, new territory for The Dark Knight. In the prologue footage (attached to the Mission Impossible IV film, aka the only reason to see that movie...), Bane menaces hapless CIA agents with the help of his minions. Bane's plan plays out in the six minutes, and as he rappels away, he tells a human sacrifice: "The Fire Rises". Chilling indeed.
To say the least, I am extremely excited for Hardy portrayal as Bane. Even though many people have complained that they could hardly understand what Bane was saying (which have even spawned a Twitter account...), take the early whining with a grain of salt. Regardless of the muffled voice, Bane's presence on screen is ridiculously intimidating.
Bane attacks the theaters and terrorizes Batman July 20 of 2012.
Be sure to stay tuned for more posts on the characters of The Dark Knight Rises, including Catwoman, the multitude of new characters (Juno Temple, JGL, etc.), and Marion Cotillard's mysterious character... Plus, you know we're going analyze the newest trailer! (see before the jump)