DARK KNIGHT RISES
This weekend revealed a massive amount of interview details from “The Dark Knight Rises” — but first, a new TV spot for Christopher Nolan’s trilogy wrap-up posted over at Spinoff Online.
“Everthing about Selina has to be smooth,” Hathaway told Empire about Catwoman. “Except for her eyes. I wanted to find a way of talking where it wasn’t as on the nose as a purr, but where you have to lean in a bit to hear her. So in a way you’re concentrating so hard on what she’s saying that you find yourself trapped at the moment you’re talking to her.”
Meanwhile, Nolan spoke about how The Joker’s absence would not be addressed in the upcoming film.
“We’re not addressing The Joker at all,” Nolan told Empire Magazine. “That is something I felt very strongly about in terms of my relationship with Heath and the experience I went through with him on The Dark Knight. I didn’t want to in any way try and account for a real-life tragedy. That seemed inappropriate to me. We just have a new set of characters and a continuation of Bruce Wayne’s story. Not involving The Joker.”
“I loved Catwoman’s sense of humor,” Hathway said of her character. “I love how sly she is. I love how she, to use a cat metaphor, walks the fence and you don’t know which side she’s going to come down on. She’s totally independent. And let’s face it, she’s badass.”
As the main villain of the film, Tom Hardy spoke about his feelings following Heath Ledger’s performance as The Joker. “That would be putting myself in a competition with somebody who’s clearly brilliant,” Hardy told Collider. “And it’s not a question of whose talent is greater or whose work is greater. It’s just trying to be the best that we can be, rather then trying to be better then somebody else. I’m not trying to be better than somebody else. What he did was amazing. That’s that. I’ve got a part I’ve got to play, and I want to play my part.”
Bale, meanwhile, spoke at length about the evolution of Bruce Wayne as a character under Christopher Nolan’s helm.
“To me, he has it all; it’s all in there. The thing is, he is still that child basically. The one thing that I do know, and there’s an awful lot in the graphic novels, which we’ve played with a little bit, is this whole notion of him genuinely being a playboy versus what we’ve done, which is he sort of performs that but his heart’s not really in it,” Bale told Collider. “And the eternal problem that Alfred has with watching this guy who has no life. He’s put his entire life on hold because, yeah, he still does. He’s got this fierceness in his mind and emotions that he just will not forget the pain of the parents. With most people it’s like time heals all wounds, but with him it’s like, “No, no, no. ” He doesn’t want to forget it, he wants to maintain that anger that he felt at that injustice but equally he wants to present this very vacuous soulless persona to Gotham so hopefully no one will suspect him but will just think he’s a spoiled bastard. But consequently in his most intimate moments he has Alfred, he has Rachel and there is not a whole lot there, because it’s complete arrested development. And the recognition that at some point he’s got to start living. He is seriously behind in terms of life and enjoyment of life. That’s all been sacrificed and at some point, hopefully it’s Alfred’s wish that he will start to live again. Of course this tragedy has defined him but to a degree he’s sacrificed everything that most people would consider worth living for in life and he’s going to have relearn that, embarrassingly late in life.”
Opens July 20
MEN IN BLACK 3
“Men in Black 3” opened this past weekend and if you haven’t had a chance, make sure to check out Keri Luna’s review of the film right here on CBR.
“Fun new characters and a new retro timeline inject much-needed energy into the fifteen-year old franchise, but the heart of the series has always been the relationship between J and K, and the chemistry between Smith, Jones and Brolin is seamless,” Luna says.
Furthermore, “Men in Black 3” surpassed “The Avengers” this weekend as the weekend’s top grossing film, making an estimated $70 million four-day weekend gross to “The Avengers'” estimated $47.1 million.
Over at MTV, Josh Brolin spoke about his experience with the film and what it was like to play a young version of Tommy Lee Jones.
“[The movie’s] a great concept, I think,” Brolin told MTV. “The story’s fantastic. I really loved the idea of working with Will,” he explained. “I’ve known Tommy for a long time, so to be able to [portray] Tommy is probably either the worst decision I’ve ever made or a great decision…I’ve heard he really likes it a lot, but I don’t know. I know I’ll never hear it from him, which I think is appropriate. I think with him not saying anything will keep it elusive and keep it fun.”
Now in theaters
SIN CITY: A DAME TO KILL FOR
Indiewire spoke with “Sin City” director Robert Rodriguez, who spoke about hiring “The Departed” screenwriter William Monahan to help with two original stories not found in the original Frank Miller source material. “I wanted to hire somebody really great to come in on this,” Rodriguez told Indiewire. “People have been waiting for this movie for so long, we can’t miss.”
Opens October 4, 2013
Die-hard “Judge Dredd” fans may be able to rest easy for the upcoming remake of the film, “Dredd.” “Judge Dredd” creator John Wagner via Facebook has endorsed the film, praising many, many aspects of the remake.
“I went up to London yesterday to see the completed Dredd film,” Wagner said via Facebook. “I’ve had reservations about certain aspects of it, and made them plain to the team at DNA. All but one of them – a little quibble at the beginning – have been addressed. And what a lot they’ve added. Music is on the button. SFX are excellent. Filming is impressive. I’ve not seen a modern 3-D movie before but I like it. I found myself reaching out trying to touch things that were dancing before my eyes. Karl is a great Dredd and Olivia gets Anderson completely. This is Dredd as it should be done – true to character, visceral, unrelentingly violent (but not off-puttingly so). It will open, I believe, sometime in September. No doubt you’ll let me know what you think when you’ve seen it, but this has my recommendation.”
Opens September 21
Comic Book Movie has posted an excerpt from an Empire Magazine interview with Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige, who noted that (despite the cameo at the end of “The Avengers”) Thanos will not be the main villain in “Thor 2” and that “The Avengers” is not the end of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
“It was a giant, giant marker, but it was never the finale,” Feige told Empire Magazine. “We are already well into the plan for the next phase of our little cinematic universe. … We’re going to see the other side of Asgard [in ‘Thor 2’]. It’s not all polished and golden in this film. And the events of Avengers will have affected Thor for sure. His relationship with Loki will continue to evolve, and the biggest part is Natalie and Thor returning with Jane Foster.”
Opens November 15, 2013
Here’s a cool new international trailer for “The Amazing Spider-Man” courtesy of Marvel’s Australia YouTube channel.
IRON MAN 3
According to an interview with Marvel Studios head storyboard artist and anamatic supervisor Federico D’Alessandro on Desde Hollywood, “Iron Man 3” will help audiences to further understand Tony Stark.
“I can say that Shane Black is a master storyteller and the movie is in really good hands,” D’Alessandro told Desde Hollywood. “The story delves deeper into Tony Stark’s character. By the end of the movie, audiences will have a much better understanding of what his fears are and what makes him tick. I think audiences are really going to enjoy that. There are also some really cool action scenes. It’s going to be a thrilling movie.”
Opens May 3, 2013