Christopher Nolan reveals the unexpected similarities between Batman and Bane. Andrew Stanton discusses the Martian monsters of John Carter. See new set photos from The Hobbit and Game of Thrones, and get the lowdown on the new True Blood characters!
Spoilers from here on out!
Top image from The Hobbit.
The Dark Knight Rises
Christopher Nolan offers some more insight into why Bane is the perfect final foe for Batman:
He's a great sort of movie monster but with an incredible brain, and that was a side of him that hadn't been tapped before. Because the stories from the comics are very epic and very evocative - very much in the way that Bruce Wayne's origin story is epic and evocative. We were looking to really parallel that with our choice of villain. So he is a worthy adversary.
Here are some more promo photos.
CSI: Miami costar Adam Rodriguez says that, while he was indeed cast in the movie, he had to bow out of his minor role due to scheduling conflicts. [Celebuzz]
Another supposed description of the six-minute prologue has surfaced. This one is considerably less insane than the last, which if you remember took place right after the end of The Dark Knight and involved Bane randomly showing up and breaking Batman's back while calling him a loser and so forth. This prologue description says the whole thing is actually about Bane's origins, and it's supposedly meant to mirror Bruce Wayne's story in Batman Begins:
- The prologue focuses on Josh Pence as the young Ra's al Ghul and a young Bane, as well as the League of Shadows.
- Young Bane and Talia are childhood friends in much the same way Bruce and Rachel Dawes were.
- The "mad scientist" character played by Alon Aboutboul is responsible for the horrific experiments that created Bane's condition. These experiments will be in the prologue. The character is also responsible for building the mysterious bomb-like device spotted during the New York filming.
- Some villagers try to burn Ra's al Ghul and his family alive, and Ra's is only able to save Talia and Bane. His wife is lost in this fire, and Bane is so severely injured that his best hope for survival is the mad scientist's experiments.
- Bane will crawl up a well, mirror young Bruce falling down one in Batman Begins.
- It will be revealed Bane was one of the masked League members during Bruce's time spent training with them in Batman Begins. Liam Neeson will appear here in archival footage.
- Neeson does appear briefly in new footage, as a montage shows Bane repeating the same training exercises over several years, with Josh Pence turning into Liam Neeson across several cuts.
So...I guess that's a little more plausible than the first prologue description we heard, particularly if you consider that quote above from Christopher Nolan about paralleling Bruce Wayne and Bane. Still, it doesn't really sound like the sort of thing you'd expect from a prologue to a Christopher Nolan Batman movie, what with the mad scientists and villagers burning people to death. Take this one with a pretty major grain of salt, I'd say. [Comic Book Movie]
Kenneth Branagh says he would be up for working with Marvel again, saying Thor was "an excellent collaboration." I'm now having a vision of Branagh coming back to do Avengers 2 as one of his four-hour Shakespeare adaptations... you know, I probably shouldn't be quite so excited about an idea that demented. [Variety]
X-Men: First Class Sequel
This shouldn't come as too much of a surprise, but 20th Century Fox Chairman Tom Rothman has confirmed that they are moving ahead with the sequel, and they want Matthew Vaughn back to direct once the script is in place. Speaking of which...
Rise of the Planet of the Apes Sequel
Rothman had pretty much the exact same thing to say about Rise of the Planet of the Apes director Rupert Wyatt, who is also tabbed to return for the semi-surprise hit's sequel. [ComingSoon.net]
Director Andrew Stanton explains how the white apes were made more imposing for the movie, and how they fit into John Carter's journey:
They're sort of an oversized gorilla in the books, and they're kind of ubiquitous. They're littered everywhere through at least the first several novels. They were always cool, just from a visceral standpoint, [but] they don't really have a narrative function in the first book. So what we did is we made the White Apes a formidable creature that you kind of hear about throughout the movie, but you never really witness. There's a subtle sense of anticipation for what these things might be like. Then Michael Kutsche - who did a lot of the designs on [the Johnny Depp movie] Alice in Wonderland – came up with this design on his own, for just their scale. He made them nocturnal, almost like moles - they stopped using their eyes, and just had a heightened sense of smell. We just love that. We needed a scene where Carter was going have to get out of his execution sentence in order to move the story forward, and we thought what better than having to go up against this formidable creature?
How has John Carter come to find himself in this predicament?
I don't want to give any spoilers away, but basically he needs an army to solve his big problem in the third act, and the only army he knows was his previous captors. When he goes back, the game has changed, and he gets incarcerated. This is what he has to get out of. He has to get out of jail and not get killed by these apes in order to get his bigger problem solved.
Stanton also clarifies how powerful John Carter is when on Mars:
He's not Superman. He has this one Superman-like ability where he can leap farther than we can here [on Earth]. But it's like being a man on the moon. It can't be forever. He can build up momentum. This green species called Tharks, they know his one special jumping ability, so they chain him to a rock. It's entertainment. It's entertainment to watch this execution. They give him a nice long length of chain, so he can bounce around, but he can't go out of the arena. It's an interesting problem to have for that guy.
Here's a new poster. [FirstShowing.net]
Here's an interview with costar Olivia Thirlby, who plays the rookie Judge Anderson in the movie, and as such is the trainee of Karl Urban's Judge Dredd. This was recorded back at New York Comic-Con, but for whatever reason it's only just making the rounds.
And here are some set videos. [Bleeding Cool]
Finally, here are some quotes from Domnhall Gleeson, who has a small role as some sort of morally gray "technology geek":
I only did two weeks on Dredd – it's not a huge role but I feel in some way he could represent the troubled heart of that kind of world. This awful society where Dredd's a figure of hope is really interesting. So I was really proud of working on this. I love [screenwriter] Alex Garland as well. So my character is very important actually. Also I've got mad makeup and things.
And do you get to do any action?
No not action stuff. I got to be dragged around and tortured a little bit basically but that's about it.
Men in Black 3
Because apparently this movie is actually a real thing and not simply an ongoing performance art satire of Hollywood hubris and excess, here are a couple new posters showing off stars Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones, although Jones will be replaced for most of the movie by his younger 1960s self, played by Josh Brolin. [Earsucker]
Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol
Here are two sneak peeks.
And here's an interview with costar Simon Pegg, reprising his role as tech wizard Benji.
Indian filmmaker Shekhar Kapur discusses his plans for his next film, a movie about future water wars: