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The Dark Knight Rises: Is The Batwing Back?

We seem to be getting updates on Batman almost everyday now, and having just come back from my holiday yesterday, I have returned, as I guessed I would, to more big updates, including an image of the Nolan-esque Catwoman (Anne Hathaway) on set. However, as sexy as a woman in a leather cat outfit is, I’m pretty sure there has been a lot more uproar on the leak of some new videos and images showing another vehicle from Christopher Nolan’s upcoming Bat-finale, The Dark Knight Rises.

The most recent business online is that this peculiar vehicle may in fact be the Caped Crusader’s method of air transport – The Batwing. For those of you who remember Batman Forever, the Batwing was briefly used in the movie, before being taken down by Two-Face and The Riddler. However, although it had a pretty cool looking Batwing and was a better movie than Batman & Robin, Batman Forever isn’t even a tiny drop of water trailing down the side of the full glass of water that is Batman Begins and The Dark Knight; and other than Forever and the Batwing from Batman (1989), there aren’t really any huge versions of the Batwing to compare against, other than that portrayed in the comics. So perhaps The Dark Knight Rises will be the one to truly show off the amazing technology that Batman really packs…not that it needs to be any more amazing (I mean, a Batmobile…with a built-in motorbike?!) Check out a video of what may be the Batwing, being transported to the Wabash Tunnel in Pittsburgh:

I would say this is exciting stuff, but it would appear that this movie slowly seems to be getting ruined by the day, and with the possibility of some big spoilers having already been revealed, I really hope nothing else too major spills itself on to the internet before this release. However, I’m sure there are still plenty of big secrets under wraps which will remain there, and not to mention, it is The Dark Knight Rises, so how can you not be excited?!

The Dark Knight Rises is expected to hit cinema screens on the 20th July, 2012, so book a day off.

By Manpreet Singh


Michael Caine, You Still Haven’t Given Up On Batman. Never!

Michael Caine, who starred as Alfred PennyworthBruce Wayne‘s butler and Batman‘s third leg, as we all know, is reprising his role as good old trustworthy Alfred the butler, in Christopher Nolan‘s upcoming apparent Bat-finale, The Dark Knight Rises. However, despite the fact Nolan says this will be his last Batman movie, thus concluding his outstanding trilogy (lets face it, Rises is going to be amazing), Caine has told us that he isn’t necessarily ready to break ties with his old pal Bruce Wayne/Batman.

Caine, now 78, although still more than capable of displaying a great performance in movies, has recently been speaking out about what the future will hold for the Batman franchise once Nolan finishes his final installment. He stated, “I think it will be the last Batman that Chris Nolan will make. I never say the last time for me for anything”. If Caine were to stay on for the role of Alfred, this wouldn’t be the first time an actor has stayed on for the role after the director and actor portraying Bruce/Batman have changed; Michael Cough, who has now passed away, on the 17th March of this year, played the role of Alfred Pennyworth for both Tim Burton (Batman, Batman Returns) and Joel Schumacher (Batman Forever, Batman & Robin), starring alongside three different actors playing the role of Bruce/Batman: Michael Keaton, Val Kilmer and George Clooney.

Although I still remain somewhat skeptical about the idea of another Batman movie without Nolan or Christian Bale, one thing I would definitely be happy to see remaining in the franchise is Michael Caine. Right from the start of Batman Begins (2005), Caine displayed a brilliant performance as Alfred the butler, managing to be highly comical in almost anything he utters, yet also managing to remain a strong point for Bruce Wayne, trying his best to keep him on his feet and picking him up should he feel lost (“Why do we fall, Sir? So that we can learn to pick ourselves up“). In my opinion, Michael Caine has mastered the role of Alfred, and more or less stands in as a father-figure for Bruce, but also as a life-line. It may be daunting to think about another Batman flick without Nolan, but we can rest assured that Caine will still be there to offer another sterling performance. 

Michael Caine has also revealed this week, that shooting for TDKR has passed its halfway point, having finished filming in the UK, now moving on to the US. This is brilliant news for us huge Batman fans, with it being exactly a year today until the completed masterpiece-in-the-works is to hit the big screens.

For all you Batman Begins fans, here’s a small clip from the movie, which I found to be one of the best scenes of the movie, and I’m sure many of you Begins fans will agree:

The Dark Knight Rises hits cinema screens on the 20th July, 2012. Stay tuned for the latest Bat-news.

By Manpreet Singh


1992: Batman Returns

Cover of "Batman Returns (Two-Disc Specia...

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In 1992, director, Tim Burton, directed Batman Returns. Michael Keaton reprises his role as Batman, also playing Bruce Wayne, this time, battling the crazily eccentric Penguin (Danny DeVito). However, the Catwoman (Michelle Pfeiffer) also decides to join in, stirring things up between Batman and the Penguin, whilst trying to achieve her own goals.

The movie sees Batman trying to clear his name of a negative image from the population of Gotham City, due to the Penguin, and business man, Max Shreck (Christopher Walken) trying to give the image of Batman being a bad person. Whilst trying to overcome this problem, and bring down Penguin and Shreck, Batman must also decide what is to become of Catwoman, who, as seductive as she may be, causes havoc for Batman. The movie ends with Penguin dying, whilst attempting to kill Batman, and Catwoman/Selina Kyle electrocuting Shreck, who tried to kill her, before making a quick escape, although the movie ends showing the audience that Catwoman still roams the city of Gotham.

Although this one, like all of the older Batman movies, was quite comically driven, in terms of its humourous aspect, costume design and so on, Tim Burton still managed to do a good job of it, and the Batmobile, as usual, was awesome, with the driving action sequences being great and thoroughly enjoyable. As mentioned, although comically driven, this movie is still quite dark in many aspects, in comparison to the rest of the Pre-Nolan Batman flicks, which is definitely a good thing for the Batman movies. It’s also one of the Batman movies which doesn’t feature the character of Robin, which can only be a positive aspect…

Batman Returns is definitely one of the better movies of the old set of Batman movies, and a thoroughly enjoyable and developed one, in terms of the characters and storyline, so watch it – it’s Bat-tastic.

By Manpreet Singh