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New Image Of Bane On-Set from ‘The Dark Knight Rises’

A new image of ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ villain, Bane has hit the net! The big man, who isn’t too keen on Batman, is being played by Tom Hardy (Inception, Bronson), and new images of him on-set and in his costume in Pittsburgh have been released. Check out the one I thought to be the best glimpse, below:

So, what do you reckon? Intimidating or what? You wouldn’t wanna cross this guy in a dark alley. Tom Hardy, who became especially popular after his portrayal of the character Eames in Christopher Nolan’s 2010 hit Inception, has reportedly gained 30lbs in weight in order to play the venom-filled beast who is apparently set to deal big damage to the Dark Knight in the upcoming third and final Batman installment from Christopher Nolan (who just turned 41 yesterday, if you didn’t know). Shooting is currently taking place in Pittsburgh, with numerous images and videos being caught, including this video of a few Tumblers getting ready for action:

Looks awesome, don’t you think? There appears to be three Tumblers, each with a slight difference to them. Has Bane managed to get his hands on them? Or is Batman just calling on ol’ pal Commissioner Gordon (Gary Oldman) to get behind the wheel again? Or is there a totally different explanation?

Numerous others have been seen on set, too, including Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Blake and Marion Cotillard as Wayne Enterprise Board Member and possible love interest to Bruce Wayne, Miranda Tate. Much more will be heading our way soon, so keep an eye out for constant updates.

The Dark Knight Rises is set to hit cinema screens on 20th July, 2012…less than a year away!

By Manpreet Singh

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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


The Official The Dark Knight Rises Trailer – Watch Now

A few days ago we supplied our fans with a fuzzy, bad quality teaser trailer that was leaked all over the net after the high quality trailer was banned all across the net. Finally, the trailer has been officially released for all of us Batman fans and so we’ve decided to show you the trailer in top quality.

The trailer begins, with the Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures logos, before footage of Batman in Batman Begins is displayed, with a voice-over from the main villain in Begins, Ra’s Al Ghul (Liam Neeson), mentioning ‘what Bruce must become’. The trailer continues, showing a caption, “Every Hero Has A Journey”, and then, “Every Journey Has An End”.

The trailer then sees Commissioner Gordon (Gary Oldman), who appears to be laying in a hospital bed, seeming a bit run down, with him talking to Bruce Wayne (Christian Bale), stating they are, “in this together”. Gordon then begs for Batman to return, before the trailer moves forward to a scene of Bane (Tom Hardy), before the camera scales a large building, moving up to the sky, showing the image we all know, the Bat logo. (see image, top right)

Well, here is the trailer for all of you to see:

The Dark Knight Rises is set to hit cinema screens in the UK and US on the 20th July, 2o12.

By Daniel Hart & Manpreet Singh


The Dark Knight Rises Teaser Trailer Leaked Online (UPDATED)

The teaser trailer for the upcoming movie, The Dark Knight Rises, has been leaked on to the internet. The movie, which although isn’t due for release until July 20th of next year, already has a trailer lasting 1 minute and 33 seconds long. If you do not wish to know what the trailer features, do not read the rest of this post. The teaser begins, with the Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures logos, before footage of Batman in Batman Begins is displayed, with a voice-over from the main villain in Begins, Ra’s Al Ghul (Liam Neeson), mentioning ‘what Bruce must become’. The trailer continues, showing a caption, “Every Hero Has A Journey”, and then, “Every Journey Has An End”.

The trailer then sees Commissioner Gordon (Gary Oldman), who appears to be laying in a hospital bed, seeming a bit run down, with him talking to Bruce Wayne (Christian Bale), stating they are, “in this together”. Gordon then begs for Batman to return, before the trailer moves forward to a scene of Bane (Tom Hardy), before the camera scales a large building, moving up to the sky, showing the image we all know, the Bat logo (see image, top right).

The trailer has been taken down all across the internet, but may still be up in a few places, if you do decide to watch the recorded version. However, if you enjoy highly anticipated movies in all their full, high-quality beauty, like me, you can wait until Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 hits the cinema screens on Friday, and just wait until then. Or, alternatively, you could just watch it now, and then watch it in all its beautiful high-quality glory at the cinemas too.

Since this post we have got rid of the teaser trailer in low quality, since it’s release of the official Dark Knight Rises Trailer. Click on the link below to check out our new post that shows the official trailer:

The Official Dark Knight Rises Trailer

By Manpreet Singh


The Dark Knight Rises Update: New Wayne Manor found in Nottingham

Wollaton Hall, South Front

A 16th Century Elizabethan Mansion, Wollaton Hall in Nottingham, will be transformed into Wayne Manor for the upcoming Bat-flick, The Dark Knight Rises. The mansion, which will be closed from the 10th June – 6th July for filming, is currently the Natural History Museum for Nottingham, Industrial Museum, as well as the Yard Gallery. They exterior of this mansion is currently being transformed into a resort and golf course, so the original Wayne Manor exterior, in Mentmore Towers, Buckinghamshire, used in Batman Begins, cannot be used for this reason.

So, this will be the new home for Bruce Wayne and Alfred Pennyworth. For those of you who, for some stupid reason, have not seen Batman Begins, the movie sees the original Wayne Manor being burned to the ground by villain, Ra’s al Ghul. The new mansion itself appears quite dazzling, and seems to be very suitable for the new Wayne Manor. The Dark Knight Rises, is set to hit the big screens on 20th July, 2012.

By Manpreet Singh


1992: Batman Returns

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

Cover via Amazon

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