"He's always had this need, this drive, to take action because of the tragedy that befell him," Christian Bale told Total Film. "He's not in the healthiest of places, in many ways." Bale went on to say that pain is "constant throughout." "But I think it's more about him feeling the consequences of a life that's entirely directed by pain, and holding onto that pain, and just how long he can do that. It's about making the decision to continue [being Batman] in order to maybe self-destruct, or whether he can find some kind of rebirth, to be himself. There's a certain amount of reflection."
Total Film also interviewed producer Emma Thomas about her husband, Christopher Nolan's, work on the film and the overall feel of the final installment of his "Batman" triogy.
"I would say that in terms of brutality, this one exceeds the last one," Thomas said. "This is the first episode that Batman's ever physically been taken. Bane is a brute. I think what's great about this villain is that The Joker is all about mind games and messing with people, whereas Bane is about physical strength. We're giving Batman someone truly worthy of him. It's not just pure force. He's really switched on."
"We feel a tremendous challenge and responsibility to finish our story," the director told Total Film. "We have to give the audiences something they haven't seen before, but also fulfill their expectations of what they enjoyed in the first two films. That's the tricky balance. ... With a sequel there is always the challenge of trying to meet or indeed exceed expectations. And some of those are based on the size, scale and world of the film. We traveled to many different places because we wanted to give it a broader canvas."
The Total Film website has posted a new look at Tom Hardy as Bane. He looks so intense, doesn't he? The image was accompanied by a few quotes from Hardy about playing Nolan's reimagining of Bane.
"It's not as bad as you might think. You just put it on. Work out where you drool goes. That's it," Hardy said of Bane's iconic mask. "Mask work is good fun. This one wasn't painful; there was the stunt mask and there was the up-close on for the sexy glam shots."
The actor also noted the amount of effort it took to bulk up for the role. "When I started I was about 160-something pounds," he told Total Film. "When I was done I was 190. You lift weights. You eat. You lift some more weights. You don't run anywhere because if you do cardio, you drop weight. So it's really good for heart attacks!"
Finally, if you've always wanted to see the Tumbler and Bat Pod, check out the Tumbler Tour where the Tumbler and Bat Pod hit the road to a number of cities to show off the vehicles from the film.
Opens July 20
MEN IN BLACK 3
Two juicy "Men in Black 3" featurettes have hit the web. Here's one from the folks over at MTV entitled "Back in Time: The Return of Agent J."
Although it has a bit of repeat footage, here's one from the official Men in Black 3 YouTube account.
Opens May 25
Unbelievably, there's a update on the possibility of a follow-up to "X-Men: The Last Stand." Actor Shawn Ashmore, who played Iceman in the original X-Films, spoke with Examiner and revealed that he could still come back to reprise his role as Iceman.
"I am still under contract to play Iceman if they make another 'X-Men' movie but there are so many superhero films out there right now," Ashmore told Examiner. "The market is saturated with them. I would love to come back and play that character again, though. It was really unique to sort of grow up playing a character. As I was growing up and maturing, so was the character. But it was an amazing experience and I would love to do it again. I hope that we get chance to make another 'X-Men movie but I really do not know if we will. I guess we will just have to wait and see."
Not much to report here, but here are a few new international posters courtesy of Cine1.com.
Opens July 3
Entertainment Weekly has posted a full gallery of new "Prometheus" images, but the best one is easily this one:
Click through for the full gallery for more of the "Prometheus" cast.
Opens June 9
According to The Hollywood Reporter, "The Crow" producer Edward R. Pressman has optioned the rights to Archaia Entertainment's "Feeding Ground." The graphic novel created by Swifty Lang, Michael Lapinski and Chris Mangun centers around the story of an illegal immigrant trafficker who must smuggle is own family into America.
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