“The Dark Knight Rises” opens July 20, 2012 and this new featurette makes Christopher Nolan’s epic conclusion to his Batman trilogy look even better than it did before. Without a doubt “The Dark Knight Rises” will be the biggest hit of the summer, tickets went on sale as early as June 11. There are interviews with the film’s stars, Christian Bale, Anne Hathaway, Tom Hardy, Michael Caine, and Gary Oldman. And director Chris Nolan gives his take on the importance of ending the story with a battle between Good and Evil.
One of the main takeaways from this featurette is the importance of morality, hope, and fear in these characters. What drives them—a desire to do good, a desire to destroy, a personal agenda? Bruce Wayne grapples with his own morality and the decision to return as Batman and save a city that may not be worth saving.
So Batman has been MIA for eight years and Gotham is still struggling to keep the peace. Gotham City is hiding behind a façade of lies and secrets. But Commissioner Gordan (Gary Oldman) cannot hide the fact that there is a new threat to Gotham City: Bane. Bane (Tom Hardy) is a huge, destructive force that proves to be a match for Batman. Screenwriter Jonathan Nolan expands upon this battle between Bane and Batman, “It’s the true test of a hero. Confronted with their darkest fears, being taken all the way to the edge…How do they come back?”
First the featurette gives glimpses into the ensemble cast and how each character fits into the story. And then after learning about all the main characters, the featurette phases into exploring the action sequences, epic battles, and massive set pieces. Chris Nolan mentions the importance of “scope and scale” in “The Dark Knight Rises” and how he tapped into movies from the silent era that utilize the image above all else. Tom Hardy describes the film as, “A multilayered story with massive amounts of action.” And that’s what we get in the final minutes of this featurette. There are so many explosions in the final montage, but the explosions at the football field are probably the most extravagant and creative. Anticipation and expectations are set, this movie will be epic.