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


New Shots Of Batman, Bane and Batpod From The Dark Knight Rises Set

Some of you may see these images as possible plot spoilers, so be wary.

New photos from the set of the hugely anticipated The Dark Knight Rises have hit the net. A few images have been revealed, featuring an image of Batman (Christian Bale) alongside Bane (Tom Hardy). Check out the image of the two brawling with each other on-set:

Here’s an image of the Batpod for the upcoming Batman finale in Christopher Nolan’s trilogy:

Here is another image, of the caped crusader on-set, in full costume:

Pretty exciting stuff, huh? Here is a small video of an apparent explosion in a prison riot on the set, too:

Here is another recent image, depicting a battle between Batman and Bane. As you can see, there are police officers and prisoners fighting amidst them, so it may be a scene which is part of a huge prison break caused by Bane:

Exciting stuff indeed. Keep an eye out on the latest Batman news. The Dark Knight Rises is set to hit cinema screens on 20th July, 2o12.

By Manpreet Singh

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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

2000: Memento

Cover of "Memento"

Cover of Memento

Memento, is another brilliant movie from a brilliant director, Christopher Nolan (Inception, The Dark Knight), along with help from his brother, Jonathan Nolan. Memento, focuses on the character, Leonard Shelby (Guy Pearce), who has short-term memory loss due to an incident in his life, therefore failing to produce new memories (anterograde amnesia). Through the use of notes written down and tattooed on his body,  he goes through his day-to-day life, in search of the person who raped and murdered his wife.

Another well-thought and cleverly directed piece of film from Nolan, this movie occurs in different segments, with the first scene of the movie being the last scene of the story; and from here, it works its way backwards to the beginning of the story, piecing together the events that lead up to its preceding part of the story. And all the while through this, there are numerous scenes shown in black and white, which are in fact in chronological order, showing events soon after Leonard’s injury, as opposed to the rest of the movie. As you keep watching, you soon realise that the coloured scenes and the black & white scenes alternate, and soon enough clash half-way through the movie, bringing both storylines together as one. An incredibly clever way of depicting a story, which I imagine must have been quite difficult to correctly put together.

The first scene of the movie (the last scene of the story) shows Leonard having killed Teddy Gammell (Joe Pantoliano). As the story goes on, it shows Leonard acquainting with a woman, Natalie (Carrie-Anne Moss). All the time, Leonard uses the application of taking photographs of the people whom he meets, leaving little notes with these photos, within the 2-3 minute timeframe that he has before the new memory disappears from his knowledge of existence.

As the movie goes on, the events continue to unfold, and as we get closer and closer to the first scene of the story (the final scene of the movie) we learn what is actually going on. For those of you who have scene the movie, you will know that at the end, it turns out that Leonard had in fact found the killer of his wife, whom he had killed over a year ago; and all the mean while, it was in fact he who killed his wife, with an insulin overdose (which he confused with the story of a made up patient with whom he believed he was involved with, who suffered from a unique and severe case of anterograde amnesia, Sammy Jankis). Leonard had somewhat created another reality to ignore this fact, and due to his amnesia, forgets the true events and everyday, beginning the same cycle, looking for the ‘killer of his wife’. Although, there are numerous suggestions for the ending as to why he leads the life he does every day of his life. It would seem that he realises this at the end, but as a result of his condition, fails to remember it.

Memento is perhaps one of the most complexly made movies I have ever seen; and for that, I love it. It requires you to stay alert throughout, having to think about what is going on. As one scene finishes, you see its preceding scene, which overlaps with the scene you have just watched, allowing you to realise the scenes are linked, concurrently, somewhat resembling the memory of an amnesiac, being confusing and having memories missing, thus making little sense. This is another movie that really makes you think once you’ve watched it, with it questioning reality and what you believe to be real.

It allows us to live the life of someone experiencing anterograde amnesia, but with an amazing twist to their life, which in effect, really makes you think about the weirdly wonderful, yet sometimes unfortunate, way in which the human mind works, whilst at the same time leaving the audience thinking about what is real and what isn’t. The story also leaves a lot of areas open for debate. This movie very much concerns the idea of creating another life, to deny the facts of a true life that was lived to be able to cope with living. And although similar to other movies, this movie manages to do this in a very unique and intriguing manner, which I loved. With great performances and a brilliantly designed storyline, it’s just another classic from Christopher Nolan.

By Manpreet Singh

The Lizard Revealed as Villain In ‘The Amazing Spider-Man’

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The Lizard, a superhuman reptile and also one of Spiderman’s biggest foes, also known as his alter-ego, Dr. Curt Connors, has been revealed as a villain in the upcoming Spidey reboot, The Amazing Spider-Man. Curt Connors will be portrayed by Rhys Ifans (Deathly Hallows Pt. 1, Notting Hill), who, as it goes in the comics, managed to give himself superhuman powers through exposure to forms of mutagenic chemicals, thus excelling his powers to a superhuman level, rivalling Spiderman’s superhuman powers acquired through radioactive exposure. It’s such a shame that we just die in real life if exposed to severe radioactive materials..

According to sources, The Lizard,in the upcoming movie, stands at around 7 feet tall, with green, scaly skin, a long tail, as well as a long pink tongue. He pretty much looks how he’s supposed to look then; although, apparently his face appears to be flat rather than having the extended snout (gone for the Voldemort look there I see). Andrew Garfield will be portraying Peter Parker/Spider-Man in this reboot, directed by Marc Webb. Check out the trailer if you haven’t already:

The reboot appears to have a darker, more serious tone to it, so it will be interesting to see how it plays out. I’ve kind of got the feeling they’ll take a similar root that Christopher Nolan has taken with Batman, in terms of making the franchise darker, more serious, and hopefully for this Spidey reboot, much more awesome. Although, I did quite enjoy the Sam Raimi trilogy. The Amazing Spider-Man is set to hit cinema screens on the 3rd July, 2012.

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

The Dark Knight Rises: Teaser Poster Unveiled

Finally, an official teaser poster for the hugely anticipated The Dark Knight Rises, hits the internet. The image, below, shows a mass of skyscrapers, which appear to be crumbling, of course, producing an outline of Batman’s Bat logo. The skyscrapers most likely, must be from the home city of Batman/Bruce Wayne, Gotham City. The fact that the skyscrapers are crumbling to pieces could indicate many things. Perhaps it’s showing the destruction and chaos happening in Gotham city, and in the middle, is Batman, who will finally restore peace to the corrupt city. Or maybe the skyscrapers are being built up again, as opposed to being broken down, symbolising the rising of The Dark Knight. Or maybe it’s just an awesome image that’s supposed to get us excited for the movie, which it has done.

A short teaser trailer is rumoured to be appearing before the showing of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2, which is supposed to last around 1 minute and 33 seconds. Whether it is supposed to show any of the characters or not, no one knows. However, if the rumours are true, all I know is that you’ll want to make sure that you get to your showing of Deathly Hallows Part 2 well in advance so that you can catch the trailers. Although characters may not be shown in the trailer, the only official image to be released of a character from the upcoming movie, is of Bane (Tom Hardy), check it out if you haven’t already:

Here is the poster from a slightly different angle:

The Dark Knight Rises, directed by Christopher Nolan, who, coincidentally (or not), used skyscrapers in a damaged environment for his teaser poster of huge blockbuster, Inception, is set to hit cinema screens on the 20th July, 2012.

By Manpreet Singh