The Dark Knight Rises

  1. Eleven upcoming films to get excited about…

    The Dark Knight Rises - Released July 20, 2012 
    Christopher Nolan’s and Christian Bale’s last Batman film looks to be a big one to bow out on. After the genre-defining Dark Knight, Nolan has assembled a top-notch cast including Tom Hardy, Anne Hathaway, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Marion Cotillard and Matthew Modine, along with the usual suspects. Plot details are sketchy, with Hardy’s Bane the only confirmed villain (Hathaway plays Seline Kyle but this is no firm indication that she’s playing her as Catwoman) and the only known scenes being flashbacks to a young Ra’s al Ghul, played by Liam Neeson in Batman Begins and Josh Pence in TDKR. Needless to say fanboys are salivating already, a year before release, and pretty much every film fan is eager to see how Nolan leaves the franchise (I’ve got my own theories, but that’s a story for another post)

    Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes - Released August 5, 2011
    Rise… earns its place on this list mainly because I’m intrigued to see how they can make this into a good film. Yes, it stars James Franco as a scientist and Tom Felton (Draco Malfoy) as a redneck and yes, in the shots released so far, the titular apes look damn realistic, but then there’s the thing that hampers every prequel; we already know how it’ll end up thanks to Planet Of The Apes. The fact that this is meant to be the first of a series does not fill me with hope…

    Cowboys & Aliens - Released July 29, 2011
    Indiana Jones. Harrison Ford. Fighting aliens. In the old West. That premise is worth the entry fee alone

    The Inbetweeners - Released August 19, 2011
    I’ll admit, it took while for The Inbetweeners to win me over, but it’s clear now that it was one of the funniest homegrown series in a while. Whether or not that translates across to the silver screen remains to be seen, and even though its likely to just be an extended episode, it’ll still be funnier than pretty much every “comedy” chucked out by Hollywood this year.

    Fright Night - Released August 19, 2011
    A remake of an 80s classic apparently… nope, I’ve never seen the original either, but this stars Colin Farrell as a vampire, David Tennant playing a Russell Brand-ish TV host and Anton Yelchin (Star Trek) & Christopher Mintz-Plasse (McLovin in Superbad) as our suburban amateur vampire hunters). Typical vampy fare, but the cast is a good’un, so it’ll definitely be worth a watch

    Men In Black 3 - Released May 25, 2012
    If you were too young or too old for the previous two MIB films, you probably won’t be getting to hyped for this. But if, like me, you were the perfect age when MIB 1 and 2 were released, this should be getting you quite giddy. The cast list is sweet (Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones return as J & K, whilst Josh Brolin plays the young K and Jermaine Clement, yes, him off of Flight of The Conchords, plays the film’s villain, Boris) whilst a supposed time travel plot has a lot of potential. Come May 25th 2012, I doubt I’ll be the only one feeling like a kid again.

    Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Killer/World War Z/The Curse of the Buxom Strumpet - Release dates TBC
    Have you seen these titles? Do you know what they’re about? Vampires, zombies, American presidents, strumpets, Brad Pitt, apocalypse, Ian McKellen, Judi Dench, 1700s England, more zombies, more vampires. They’re like what would happen if you gave horror nerds million dollar budgets and a camera. Fun. Django Unchained It’s Tarantino, it’s a revenge film, it’s got Christoph Waltz in it again and it might star Will Smith. I dunno about you, but I’m buying my ticket now.

    The Smurfs - Released August 19, 2011
    Just to see how awful it is.

  2. Potential “The Dark Knight Rises” spoiler ahoy!

    The ever-wonderful Den Of Geek has stumbled upon a nugget of information which makes Christopher Nolan’s upcoming trilogy closer even more intriguing. If you’re trying to avoid spoilers for TDKR, I suggest averting your eyes right about now.

    Still here? Right-o. Because it looks as if Liam Neeson is appearing in Christopher Nolan’s final Batman adventure. There’s been no confirmation of this, of course, but Neeson was spotted on the London set of The Dark Knight Rises, seemingly reprising the role of Ra’s Al Ghul from Batman Begins. We know that Josh Pence is playing a younger version of the same character in the new film, but it’s unclear how big Neeson’s involvement is in this. According to Hitfix, he filmed on Monday, and was in New York for Tuesday. So, it might just be a small cameo.

    The anticipation level just went up a couple of notches.


    The official TDKR site has unveiled the first poster for the upcoming trilogy closer (and Christopher Nolan’s final Bat-film). Nolan sure does like his skyscrapers. If you weren’t excited before, you should be now.

    The first trailer for the blockbuster is expected to appear before the latest & last Harry Potter film. The film rolls into theatres on the 20th of July 2012, and starring franchise regulars Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Gary Oldman, Morgan Freeman, as well as Tom Hardy (as Bane), Anne Hathaway (Catwoman), Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and Marion Cotillard.



    Fancy a leaked low-res copy of the Dark Knight Rises teaser trailer? Course you do!

    The excitement… the anticipation… Summer 2012 can’t come soon enough.

  5. Even MORE Dark Knight Rises news/spoilers

    Rounding off a day of film news on Hitsville, here’s some juicy news for Batfans…

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    After leaking on the net, when some clever sod filmed it before the new Harry Potter, a high quality version of the teaser for The Dark Knight Rises, Christopher Nolan and Christian Bale's final Bat-film. It looks even mouth-watering in high quality. The next year is going to be a long one until TDKR hits cinema screens on July 20th 2012.


    This photo alone doesn’t reveal too much about what’s going down on the set of Nolan’s Bat-trilogy closer, other than Bane has a rather fetching taste in coats. However trawling through the rest of the leaked on-set photos shows Bane and Batman in a fist fight, three Tumblers/Batmobiles and the beginnings of a prison riot. Curiously, Bane is also seen ripping up a photo of a certain Harvey Dent. Very intriguing.


    Expect a hell of a lot of increasingly innocuous and banal Dark Knight Rises news and pictures on here for the next year until the film is released. The spotting of Marion Cotillard and JGL on the TDKR set leaves Anne Hathaway (Selina Kyle/Catwoman) as the final major new cast member yet to appear at the Pittsburgh shoot. Cotillard will be be playing Miranda Tate, a Wayne Enterprises board member eager to help a still-grieving Bruce resume his father’s philanthropic endeavors for Gotham (although rumours are abound that this is a cover for Talia Al Ghul, the daughter of Liam Neeson’s character in Batman Begins) whilst Gordon-Levitt will be playing John Blake, a Gotham City beat cop assigned to special duty under the command of Commissioner Gordon (Gary Oldman). How the two fit into the increasing twisted tale tht is Christopher Nolan’s Bat-trilogy remains to be soon…


    Yep, it’s another TDKR post. This time it’s our first glimpse at the new Catwoman in all her bike-riding glory. The doubters are already tearing it to pieces, as they did with the leaked images of Tom Hardy as Bane earlier in the week (apparently he’s too short?), and while yes, Anne Hathaway does seem an odd choice for Catwoman, in Nolan we trust right?