Christopher Nolan (screenplay & story)
Jonathan Nolan (screenplay)
David S. Goyer (story)
Bob Kane (Batman characters)
Christian Bale -Bruce
Gary Oldman - Commissioner Gordon
Tom Hardy - Bane
Joseph Gordon-Levitt - Blake
Anne Hathaway - Selina
Marion Cotillard - Miranda
Morgan Freeman - Fox
Michael Caine - Alfred
Matthew Modine - Foley
Alon Aboutboul - Dr. Pavel
Ben Mendelsohn - Daggett
Burn Gorman - Stryver
Daniel Sunjata - Captain Jones
Aidan Gillen - CIA Op
Sam Kennard - Special Ops Sergeant
Aliash Tepina - Hooded Man #2
Nestor Carbonell - Mayor
Brett Cullen - Congressman
Chris Ellis - Fr. Reilly
Tyler Dean Flores - Mark
Juno Temple - Jen
Liam Neeson - Ra's Al Ghul
Cillian Murphy - Dr. Jonathan Crane / Scarecrow
Josh Pence - Young Ra's Al Ghul
'Fear is why you fail.'
Now that The Dark
Knight Rises has finally come and gone from the bigscreen
and the dust has settled, here is a gathering of a rather large
selection of TDKR trivia that only true fans are likely to appreciate.
Trivia fact - Christian Bale is the first actor to play the role of
Batman/Bruce Wayne in three Batman movies.
Nolan has stated that, due to the eight-year gap between the events of The Dark Knight
(2008) and those of The
Dark Knight Rises
(2012), "he's an older Bruce Wayne; he's
not in a great state."
In preparation for his role Bale employed a mixed martial arts
discipline called the Keysi Fighting Method, but due to Bruce's current
physical state and Bane's style, the method was modified.
Bale has stated that The
Dark Knight Rises (2012) will be the final film in which
he plays Batman, and describes the character's arc as finally
confronting the pain of loss that he has deferred for years by fighting
criminals balanced against the need to internalise that pain lest he
give into his emotions and become the killer the city already believes
him to be.
Apparently Christian Bale
would sometimes go to the Admiral Rodney pub in Wollaton,
Nottingham, while filming the exteriors to Wayne Manor at Wollaton
Hall, to enjoy some British craft ale.
Tom Hardy had originally thought that he was cast in the role of Bane
because of his performance in Bronson. However, once he arrived on set
he learned that Christopher Nolan had never actually seen Bronson and
he was becaus of his performanc in RocknRolla.
Apparently Hardy accepted the role of Bane without reading the script
and he was verbally told that he would have unprecedented access to
extensive stunt training and equipment for his preparation of the role.
Christopher Nolan has stated that Bane was chosen as the main
antagonist "to test Batman mentally as well as physically."
character has been described as "a terrorist in both thought and
action" and is "florid in his speech, with the physicality of a
"He's brutal, but also incredibly clinical in the fact that he has a
result-based and oriented fighting style. The style is heavy-handed,
heavy-footed...it's nasty. It's not about fighting, it's about
carnage!" Hardy went on to comment that he intended to portray the
character as "more menacing"
than Robert 'Jeep' Swenson's version of the character in Joel
Batman & Robin (1997) and that in order to do so, his portrayal
creating a contradiction between the voice and the body.
To prepare for his role as Bane, Tom Hardy studied various fighting
styles and gained 30 pounds (14 kg) in weight, increasing his
weight to 198 pounds (90 kg).
Hardy based Bane's voice on several influences, which include
his intellect, Caribbean heritage, and Bartley Gorman. He stated; "The
choice of the accent is actually based on a man called Bartley Gorman,
who was a bare knuckle fighter, a Romani gypsy. So I wanted to underpin
the Latin, but a Romani Latin opposed to Latino." Bartley Gorman (1944
- 2002), was an Irish Traveler who was the undefeated Bare-knuckle
boxing champion of the UK.
As Tom Hardy is 5'10", he wore 3 inch lifts in order to make
his character appear as tall or taller than his co-stars.
Hardy is the fifth actor to play Bane in a movie. The other actors
were Michael Reid MacKay who played serial killer Antonio
Batman & Robin
(1997), who is selected for the "Venom"
and is transformed into Bane, who is then played by wrestler Jeep
Swenson. Then Hector Elizondo voiced Bane in animated movie
Batman: Mystery of the Batwoman and Carlos Alazraqui also
Bane in Justice League: Doom.
While doing promotional
interviews, Tom Hardy stated that the fight scenes were the most
difficult parts of the movie to shoot, not because of the physicality
of them, but because he was such a huge Batman fan growing up and he
stated "it felt like I was beating up my childhood hero". He
said that despite his worship of the character, the
yelled 'action' Hardy just started throwing punches as hard as he
Before Joseph Gordon-Levitt was cast in the role of John Blake, the
following actors were considered for the role:
Gordon-Levitt's character, Blake represent idealism that Gordon and
Bruce once held, but then lost in their battle against crime in the
city. He's portrayed as being intelligent enough to deduce Batman's
identity, and is disgusted by the cover-up of the circumstances
surrounding Harvey Dent's death and Gordon's role in it. The movie
reveals his legal name is Robin John Blake, which is reference to
Batman's sidekick in the comics.
Before Anne Hathaway won the role of Selina Kyle, the following
actresses auditioned for the role:
Jessica Biel - also screen
tested after the audition process
Keira Knightley - also screen tested after the audition
Hathaway has revealed
that during her initial audition, she thought she was
role of Harley Quinn, who is The Joker's on again-off again
girlfriend/partner-in-crime. It was only after her audition that she
found out from Christopher Nolan that he was
for the role of Selina Kyle/Catwoman.
has gone on to state that she really wanted the role of Catwoman and
that she was a complete nervous wreck after her audition. When her
agent called after her screen test, he told her he had good news and
asked if she was sitting down. From this comment, Hathaway thought she
had won the role of Catwoman and was in a frenzy from the excitement.
However, after calming her down, her agent told her that he only called
her to let her know that she'd been invited to host the Academy Awards.
On hearing this Hathaway was in shock and felt numb at the offer. It
was only shortly after that she found out from her agent that
had also been offered the role of Catwoman.
being cast in the role of Selina Kyle, there was a lot of speculation
in the press as to whether Hathaway
would portray Catwoman.
The rumors were put to rest when Hathaway confirmed in an interview
with Oprah Winfrey that her character would be portraying
Anne Hathaway had apparently
been cast as Black Cat, AKA Felicia Hardy, in the 2010 production of
Spider-Man 4, which was under Sam Raimi's direction and was
to feature the Vulture and Black Cat.
prepare for her role, Anne Hathaway apparently worked out five days a
week involving extensive martial arts, vigorous exercise, stunt
training and dancing. She has
since called it her most physically demanding role to date
and confessed that while she thought of herself as being fit
she had to redouble her efforts in the gym to keep up with the demands
of the role.
As the original inspiration for Catwoman was Hedy Lamarr, this is who
Anne Hathaway based her performance on.
a Saturday Night Live sketch, Anne Hathaway, appeared as Katie
Holmes talking on a talk show about her role in Batman Begins
Gary Oldman described his character, Commission Jim Gordon's work in
cleaning up Gotham City has left him world-weary and slightly bored and
likening Gordon to a soldier who leaps at the chance to be on the front
lines. Gordon feels guilty over his role in covering up the death of
Harvey Dent to the point where he is prepared to resign from his
position as Commissioner over it, but refrains from doing so when he
senses that Gotham is about to come under threat.
Before Marion Cotillard was cast in the role of Miranda
Tate, Naomi Watts and Rachel Weisz were considered.
Apparently Christopher Nolan
wanted Marion Cotillard so much for the role of Miranda Tate that he
modified the filming schedule to accommodate her pregnancy. Cotillard
started filming two months after giving birth to her son,
Cotillard denied speculation that she would be playing a dual role as
Miranda Tate/Talia Al Guhl, stating that her character would be a
completely original creation. However, the final cut of the
movie revealed this to a misdirection.
Child actress Joey King portrays the young Talia in flashbacks.
Chloë Grace Moretz and Jennifer Lawrence auditioned for the
role of Jen
which eventually went to Juno Temple.
is the fifth movie that Christopher Nolan has worked with the actor
Michael Caine. The other movies were Batman Begins
(2005), The Prestige
(2006), The Dark Knight
(2008) and Inception
Christopher Nolan emphasized the emotional bond between Alfred and
Bruce in this movie, stressing its importance in the previous films and
that the relationship will be strained as it never has before.
The character Barsad, Bane's right-hand-man, played by Josh Stewart, is
a sniper and heavy arms expert. In the movie he's always shown wearing
bulletproof vest which has large bullets on it and a red scarf. This is
supposed to be
a take on the Batman villain DeadShot, which is a character that
David S. Goyer had expressed interest in bringing to the big screen.
This movie reunites the following Inception
fact - Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Morgan Freeman, Cillian
Murphy and Gary Oldman have now each appeared in three Batman movies.
Only Michael Gough (played Alfred Pennyworth) and Pat Hingle
(played Commissioner James Gordon) have achieved this by appearing in
Batman, Batman Returns, Batman Forever and Batman & Robin.
It was rumored that Robin Williams would play the role of Hugo
Apparently Diego Klattenhoff
was cast for a part as a police officer but had to drop out due to
scheduling conflicts with Homeland.
According to Gary Oldman, Nolan only told the actors the
ending of the movie verbally so as to avoid any leaks.
Apparently Aaron Eckhart,
who played Harvey Dent in The
(2008), had expressed an
interest in reprising his role for this movie. However, Christopher
Nolan had confirmed that this was not possible as Dent was
definitely dead and that his death would leave lasting repercussions
across Gotham. Only archive footage of Eckhart from The Dark Knight
appears in this movie.
Nolan confirmed the Joker
would not return in the third film, and dismissed rumors that he
considered using unused footage of Heath Ledger from The Dark Knight
(2008). Also the Joker was never mentioned throughout
the whole film
out of respect for Heath Ledger.
As some scene's were shot
in Pittsburgh, there is a cameo appearance from Luke R.
Ravenstahl, the Mayor of Pittsburgh, as the kicker for the
Gotham Rogues' opponents, the Rapid City Monument during Gotham
Stadium football scene. Ravenstahl was Washington & Jefferson
college's starting place kicker on
the football team for three years and was team captain for his senior
year. He holds the school record for most consecutive extra points.
Several members of the Pittsburgh Steelers make cameo appearances as
members of the fictional Gotham Rogues football, including former
Pittsburgh Steelers coach,
Bill Cowher playing the head coach of the Rogues and the football
of Christopher and Jonathan Nolan, Miranda Nolan appears in the scene
as one of the maids that's gossiping about Bruce Wayne at the
beginning of the movie.
Senator from Vermont, Patrick Leahy, cameos as a
Enterprises Board Member. Leahy, who's a fan of Batman, had also
previously cameoed in The
(2008) and Batman and Robin
Thomas Lennon, who had a cameo as a doctor in Memento
(2000), has a cameo also as a doctor in this movie.
agreed to a third film on the basis of finding a
worthwhile story, fearing that he would become bored halfway through
production if he discovered the film to be unnecessary.
Trivia fact - Christopher
Nolan is the first director to complete a trilogy of Batman
and the second to direct a full trilogy of films on one superhero,
after director Sam Raimi who completed the Spider-Man movies.
Nolan, confirming his involvement in The Dark Knight Rises; "The key
thing that makes the third film a great possibility for us is that we
want to finish our story, rather than infinitely blowing up the balloon
and expanding the story. Unlike the comics, these things don't go on
forever in film and viewing it as a story with an end is useful.
Viewing it as an ending, that sets you very much on the right track
about the appropriate conclusion."
Bros. president of production Jeff Robinov had hoped a third film would
be released in 2011 or 2012. Nolan wanted the story for the third
installment to keep him emotionally invested. "On a more superficial
level, I have to ask the question," he reasoned, "how many good third
movies in a franchise can people name?" Nolan stated that he never even
thought a third film was possible in the foreword for his book 'The Art
and Making of the Dark Knight Trilogy.'
December 2008, Nolan completed a rough story outline, before he
committed himself to Inception. Then later in December, Alan F. Horn
confirmed that while discussions with Nolan about a third film were
ongoing, no casting had been done, and Horn denied all such rumors.
Nolan has stated that this film's theme deals with "Pain", whereas
(2005) dealt with "Fear" and The
(2008) dealt with "Chaos".
David S. Goyer had set up the story so that at the end of The Dark
(2008), the Joker would have scarred Harvey Dent at
trial, setting up the premise for the third movie.
fall and death was used for the ending of the second movie
instead to set up the aftermath that follows in the final
Following the success of the
Joker in The Dark Knight
(2008), studio executives wished for The
Riddler to be included as the main villain as he was considered a
similar character and encouraged the casting of Leonardo DiCaprio.
However, Nolan felt that the character was too
derivative and wanted the antagonist to be strikingly different than
the previous incarnations and committed to using Bane instead, citing
the need for a character with a physical presence within the film.
was initially unfamiliar with the Bane's back-story, but
out the appeal of an archetype, labeling it as "the extreme of some
type of villainy". When comparing the choice of Bane with the Joker,
Nolan highlighted the Joker as an example of "diabolical, chaotic
anarchy and has a devilish sense of humor", juxtaposing him against
Bane, who he likened to "a classic movie monster with a terrific brain."
On February 9, 2010, that it
was announced that Nolan had "cracked" the story of a sequel to The
Dark Knight and was committed to return to the project. Shortly
afterward, it was announced David S. Goyer and Jonathan Nolan were
working on a screenplay. Goyer then left the project during
pre-production to begin work on Man of Steel. Jonathan continued
writing the script based on the story by his brother Chris and Goyer.
filmmakers cite the Batman comics 'The Dark Knight Returns'; where an
aged Batman operates in a future Gotham, 'Knightfall'; where
pushes Batman physically and mentally, causing him to burn out and 'No
Man's Land'; when Gotham descends into gangland territory and are cut
off from the rest of the US, as major influences on the story
this movie. The film's story also borrows from the 'Legacy' storyline,
which involves Bane becoming Ra's Al Ghul's successor and plotting with
the League of Shadows to destroy Gotham City.
to co-writer Jonathan Nolan, a major influence on the story was Charles
Dickens's socio-political novel "A Tale of Two Cities", which dealt
with revolution and class conflict. In homage to the novel, two
characters in the movie were named Stryver and Barsad, after two
similarly named characters from the novel. Also when Commissioner
Gordon gives his eulogy for Bruce, he uses the ending soliloquy in
regards to Batman, who like the novel's hero, Sydney Carton, sacrificed
himself to save people.
This movie reunited Nolan with
many of his past collaborators, including cinematographer Wally
Pfister, production designer Nathan Crowley, editor Lee Smith, costume
designer Lindy Hemming, special effects supervisors Paul Franklin and
Chris Corbould, and composer Hans Zimmer.
December 2010, Nolan began searching for locations such as India,
Romania, and Michigan. According to the Romania Insider, Nolan was
interested in the Bucharest's historical center, Edgar Quinet Street,
Palace of the Parliament, and the Turda salt mines.
The film had an estimated budget of $250 million.
As both director,
Christoper Nolan, and cinematographer, Wally Pfister, dislike
shooting in 3-D, the movie features approx. over an hour of IMAX
and the rest of the movie was shot in a combination of 35mm
70mm, as IMAX cameras proved to be too noisy for shooting the films
had several meetings with IMAX Vice-President David Keighley to work on
the logistics of projecting films in digital IMAX venues. Chairman and
president of the IMAX Corporation Greg Foster stated that IMAX plans to
run the film in its theaters for two months, despite only being
contractually committed to run the film for two weeks.
According to producer, Emma
Thomas, they chose Pittsburgh to shoot the movie so as to emphasize
Gotham's immense size and scope. And she also stated because "they
literally shot every inch" in Chicago, where the previous two films
were shot. It was shot under the title "Magnus Rex" in Pittsburgh.
Filming was scheduled to start
in May and conclude in November 2011. Principal photography began on
May 6, 2011, in Jodhpur, India at the Mehrangarh Fort before moving to
Pittsburgh, where it operated under the working title Magnus Rex to
reduce the visibility of the production.
Filming in Pittsburgh also
took place at the Mellon Institute and Software Engineering Institute
at Carnegie Mellon University. A letter sent out to residents and
business owners detailing road closures revealed that the streets of
the city would be featured "as the start of the film". 9-1-1 operators
were told to expect an increase in calls related to gun shots and
explosions in the film's production.
In May 2011, the movie's
introducing a viral marketing campaign
similar to the one used to promote The
(2008). When the website was opened, an encrypted audio file played the
chanting "deshi basara". When the audio file was decrypted, it
gave a hashtag "#TheFireRises". For every person who commented on
Twitter with the hashtag, a pixel was removed from the webpage,
eventually revealing the first official image of Bane.
TheDarkKnightRises.com was then replaced with a dossier of an
"anonymous vigilante", which contained a photo of Batman, presenting
information on the suspect, as well as several accusations, and
depicting a warning claiming that the "suspect should be considered
armed and dangerous".
On August 21, 2011 the Pittsburgh leg of production wrapped after three
weeks, before moving on to Los Angeles and New York. The Trump Tower
replaced the Richard J. Daley Center as the location for the
headquarters of Wayne Enterprises.
November 2011, shooting shifted to Newark, New Jersey. Newark
Hall and Military Park were among the locations used for filming. Other
shooting locations include London and Glasgow, the latter of which was
used for "additional exterior filming". Principal photography concluded
on November 14, 2011.
Approximately seven months
before its release a six-minute prologue of the film was attached to
70mm IMAX prints of Mission:
Impossible – Ghost Protocol
Although critical reaction was positive some reviews found Tom Hardy’s
lines difficult to hear, so in an interview with Entertainment Weekly,
Nolan stated, "I think when people see the film, things will come into
focus. Bane is very complex and very interesting and when people see
the finished film people will be very entertained by him."
Just before Christmas of 2011, Nolan invited some of the most prominent
directors, including Edgar Wright, Michael Bay, Bryan Singer, Jon
Favreau, Eli Roth, Duncan Jones and Stephen Daldry, to Universal
CityWalk's IMAX for a private screening of the first six
minutes of The Dark Knight Rises, which had been shot on IMAX film and
edited from the original camera negative. Nolan, feeling that the use
of film stock in cinema is currently being phased out due to the
introduction of digital cinematography and projection, used this
screening to make a case for the continued use of film, which he
asserts still offers superior image quality to any digital format, and
warned the filmmakers that unless they continued to assert their choice
to use film in their productions, they may eventually lose it as an
option. He explained; "I wanted to give them a chance to see the
potential, because I think IMAX is the best film format that was ever
invented. It's the gold standard and what any other technology has to
match up to, but none have, in my opinion. The message I wanted to put
out there was that no one is taking anyone's digital cameras away. But
if we want film to continue as an option, and someone is working on a
big studio movie with the resources and the power to insist on film,
they should say so. I felt as if I didn't say anything, and then we
started to lose that option, it would be a shame. When I look at a
digitally acquired and projected image, it looks inferior against an
original negative anamorphic print or an IMAX one."
Several accidents occurred during the production:
While filming at Wollaton
Hall, a tractor-trailer crashed
into the main entrance, though no one was injured.
stuntman parachutist crashed through the roof of a home in
Cairngorm Gliding Club, Feshiebridge in Scotland, and became wedged
there after a failed landing during a skydiving stunt; he was not
While filming scenes in Pittsburgh,
Hathaway's stunt double crashed into an IMAX camera when filming a
sequence that required her to ride a Batpod down a flight of stairs
during a riot. There were no injuries, but the camera was destroyed.
second accident took place in Pittsburgh when the truck carrying the
Bat went off-course and crashed into a lighting array, damaging the
model of the aircraft. Production was delayed while the model was
Christopher Nolan uses a heavy
mask motif through out the movie; Batman, Bane, and Catwoman all wear
masks, Bruce Wayne also has a collection of African tribal masks in the
room where he and John Blake first talk in Wayne manor, and Miranda
Tate hosts a masquerade party.
In the movie Selina Kyle is
never referred to as "Catwoman". Newspaper articles and police files
refer to her as "The Cat." This is in keeping with the original
incarnation of the character, who was a jewel thief, and was known only
as "The Cat" before becoming "The Catwoman." However, various official
merchandise and marketing material do refer to Selina Kyle as Catwoman
when she is in her costume.
the scene where Daggett says; "Everyone knows that Wayne's hold
up in there with eight-inch nails, peeing in a Mason jar." This is a
reference to reclusive and eccentric billionaire Howard Hughes.
the scene where Bruce visits a doctor and the doctor lists all of
the degenerative injuries to his body (lack of cartilage, scar
tissue, etc.) and in the scene when Bruce uses a mechanical
brace; both are reminiscent of comic book series Kingdom Come,
where an older Bruce Wayne requires the use of an exoskeleton to move
due to years of physical wear and tear on his body.
During the charity ball scene, Miranda says to Bruce "
have to invest to restore balance to the world." In Batman Begins
(2005), Ra's Al Ghul says that the mission of The League of Shadows is
to restore balance to the world.
the Gotham Stock Exchange hostage scene, when Bane enters the stock
exchange trading floor, he is seen wearing a backpack with the
logo 'DCS courier services.' This stands for DC Comics
building used for the exterior of the Gotham Stock Exchange
J.P. Morgan building on the corner of Broad & Wall Streets in
Manhattan. this is directly across the street from the actual NY Stock
Exchange building, which can be seen in the background in some shots.
A plan to shoot some scenes for the film during Occupy Wall street was
abandoned after a permit wasn't granted.
the bike chase scene after taking the stock exchange traders
hostage, Bane is seen wearing a red helmet with black visor as
well as a brown motorcycle jacket. This is the original costume Jason
Todd took under his Red Hood persona, which is itself a callback to The
Joker's original criminal identity.
Batman and the police are chasing after Bane after
exchange robbery, we see one of the cops tell his younger partner to
boy! You are in for a show tonight, son." This is taken from a
similar quote used in the graphic novel 'Batman: The Dark Knight
the scene where Selina Kyle is on the rooftop with Batman and
she disappears, Batman comments; "So that's what that feels
This is taken directly from the DC graphic novel "Kingdom
Come", except that Batman was with Superman.
Apparently in the scene where
Bruce visits Selina at her apartment and she says she feels sorry that
they took all his money, and then Bruce turns and replies to her, 'No,
you're not', this line as improvised by Christian Bale and kept in the
final cut. Also in the scene where Bane listens to the young boy
singing the national anthem in the football stadium and he comments,
'What a lovely, lovely voice', this line was improvised by Tom Hardy.
fight between Bane and Batman in the sewers, Bane lifts Batman above
his head and drops him across his knee. This is a direct parallel to
the first fight between Batman and Bane from the comics where Bane
broke Batman's back during the "Knightfall" story line.
The Gotham Football Stadium scene was shot in Heinz Field in
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and more than 11,000 extras were used. The
stadium was slated for extensive
resurfacing at the time of filming. It was executive
producer Thomas Tull who gave the film crew access to use the stadium
since he's the co-owner of the Pittsburgh Steelers football
team. Explosive squibs were placed in the field to
simulate explosion points for the field to collapse.
of the Pittsburgh Steelers football team Thomas Tull, is also
CEO and president of Legendary Pictures, which is producing The Dark
The Pittsburgh Steelers' team colors are black and yellow, same as the
the nuclear bomb is shown, the design is almost identical to the
microwave emitter design that Ra's Al Ghul stole from Wayne Enterprises
and brought into the city in Batman
the scene when Bane is outside Blackgate prison and he tears Harvey
Dent's photo in half he does it vertically through the middle of
Harvey's face. This is apparently replicating his transition
Two Face at the end of The
Dr. Jonathan Crane first appears as the sentencing judge, he is seen
wearing a heavily tattered coat that looks like it has straw coming out
of the shoulders. This is a nod to his alter ego, Scarecrow.
As a bit of foreshadowing as to Miranda Tate's true nature, in
the scene after Bruce apologizes for being unable to get her
out of the city, she tells Bruce to "Do
what's necessary." Her father, Ra's Al Ghul, repeatedly
scorned Bruce for lacking "the courage to do what is necessary"
in Batman Begins
The fight scene on Gotham City Hall steps included an explosion that
cleared the steps of all the fighters still alive, although this was
not shown in the final cut. When filming the actual explosion,
apparently the heat triggered a fire alarm that went directly to the
authorities. This caused production to stop for more than 30 minutes
while the production crew cleared everything with the police and fire
marshal when they arrived.
This is the only Batman movie which shows Commissioner Jim
Gordon learning the true identity of Batman.
final chase scene and countdown to the bomb going off is shown
11 minutes. In the movie this is depicted as though in real time.
Christian Bale had stated that he would not play Batman if Robin
was going to be included in the any of the Batman movies. Christopher
Nolan had also confirmed that he would not include Robin in the trilogy
as it would undermine the dark tone
of his series. However, at the end of this movie, it is revealed that
John Blake's legal first name is Robin (played by Joseph Gordon-Levitt)
and he quits the police force and is shown to enter the Batcave by
following the instructions left to him Bruce in his
Penitentiary is a prominent feature in the Batman comics (inmates have
included Bane and Catwoman in the comics) and the prison also features
in this movie.
prison was shot in Mehrangarh Fort, Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India.
the comics, Batman visited India to learn how to control his
the comics, Bane carried an apparatus that contains a steroid that
amplifies his strength and fighting ability. However, In this movie the
apparatus he carries contains an anesthetic for his constant chronic
Bane has a
triangle shaped scar on the side of his head, most visible during the
stock exchange scene. Miranda Tate also has an identical scar on her
back, noticeable during her love scene with Bruce, thus
her membership in the League of Shadows and true identity as Talia.
spent several weeks with Christian Bale and Michael
exterior shots of Wayne Manor at Wollaton Hall, Nottingham. However, in
the end Nolan just used one shot of Bale as Batman in
on the roof and one shot of Caine at the graveside.
As Anne Hathaway's stunt double broke one of the
IMAX cameras when she crashed the Batpod into it, this makes
it the second time an IMAX camera has been destroyed on a
Christopher Nolan Batman film. A previous camera was smashed when
filming the Joker's underground truck chase in The
Dark Knight (2008).
Concept artist Tully Summers
commented on Nolan's style of cinematography; "One of the things that
makes his Batman movies so compelling is their tone of plausibility. He
will often prefer a raw, grittier design over one that is very sleek
and product design pretty. It's sort of a practical military aesthetic.
This stuff is made to work, not impress shoppers. The Dark Knight Rises
is a war film."
Emma Thomas stated this movie had a different visual aesthetic than the
first two Nolan-directed features, explaining that "it's meant to be
winter in Gotham, so that right there is going to lend a whole
different look to the film."
This is the first Batman movie
not to feature Batman driving the Batmobile. We only see him use the
Batpod and the Bat. Although we do see several variations of Tumblers,
they are all operated by Bane and his thugs, after they steal them from
Wayne Enterprises' Applied Science Division, and these have a desert
camouflage paint job.
The Tumbler name comes from its military history due to its ability to
jump and tumble.
There are three different types of customized camouflage Tumbler used
in the movie; one with a swiveling turret gun, another with a guided
missile launcher and a third with a gun.
Everything on the Batmobile/Tumbler was built from
scratch. It is not an existing vehicle that has been
remodeled or customized. It was designed by Christopher Nolan and
Production Designer, Nathan Crowley in the filmmaker's garage in Los
Angeles. The prototype was made by sticking together toy cars,
eventually combining a Hummer and a Lamborghini, the inspiration being
an ex-military vehicle.
The Tumbler has no front axel and Nolan wanted the wheels to be held
from the side, which, at first, was believed to be
impossible. However, Special Effects Supervisor Chris Corbould
and Workshop Supervisor Andy Smith did eventually find a way to make
side-mounted wheels work. It has six wheels; two in the front
and four at the back, which are monster truck tires. Three
different sets of tires with varying amounts of tread were created so
that stunt driver, George Cottle, could decide how much skid power he
required at any one time. The vehicle runs on regular unleaded fuel and
weighs two-and-a-half tons.
Every element of the Batpod has a designated function, nothing exists
for aesthetic purposes only. It was designed so that the rider can stay
level at all times, even when the bike is tilting. It's a self-righting
bike, meaning, it doesn't require a foot stand. It runs as fast as the
Batmobile. The tires are identical to those on the Batmobile.
The film introduces a vehicle that has been compared with the Batplane,
dubbed "the Bat". Production designer Nathan Crowley, designed the Bat
as if it were an actual military
project, emphasizing the need for it to "fit into the same family as
the Tumbler and the Batpod". He incorporated designs from military
aircraft, including the Harrier Jump Jet, Bell Boeing V-22 Osprey and
the Boeing AH-64 Apache.
Chris Corbould described the Bat's size and shape as presenting a major
challenge for filming given Christopher Nolan's emphasis on practical
effects over computer-generated imagery. In order to make the Bat
"fly", it was variously supported by wires, suspended from cranes and
helicopters, and mounted on a purpose-built vehicle with hydraulic
controls to simulate movement.
When designing the Batcave
set, Crowley and fellow production designer Kevin Kavanaugh hit upon
the idea of flooding the Batcave and having Batman's equipment, the
Batsuit and a supercomputer rise from the water.
This is only Batman film in the trilogy where Batman never
uses his grapple gun.
underground prison was designed and set at Cardington. It
consisted of a rough-hewn labyrinth of stone cells in a vast
with a 120 foot (37 m) vertical shaft leading to the surface. Exteriors
above the prison were filmed in Jodhpur, India, chosen because the
"forbidding landscape added to the desolation".
apparently consisted of 110 separate pieces, each of which had to be
replicated dozens of times over the course of the production. The base
layer was made of
a polyester mesh, utilized by the military and high-tech sports
manufacturers due to its breathability and moisture-retaining
properties; molded pieces of flexible urethane were then attached to
the mesh to form the overall body armor plating. Carbon fiberpanels
were placed inside the sections on the legs, chest and abdomen. The
cowl was sculpted from a cast of Christian Bale's face and head to
become a perfect fit for Bale. The suit remained the same as
was on The Dark Knight
(2008). 50 capes were created in total, varying in length, shape and
In all of the three Batman movies, the spiked gauntlets on Batman's
arms have proven essential in defeating the main villain during a
battle. In Batman Begins
(2005) they shatter Ra's Al Ghul's sword, in The Dark Knight
(2008) they disarm the Joker and in The Dark Knight Rises
(2012) they damage Bane's mask.
A digitally-mapped model of
Tom Hardy's face and skull was used to design and construct Bane's
mask. Costume effects supervisor Graham Churchyard created a
three-dimensional model of Tom Hardy's face and skull to design
the mask, allowing the mask to perfectly conform to the contours of
designer Lindy Hemming explained that Bane uses a mask to inhale an
analgesic gas, which, in Nolan's words, "keeps his pain just below the
threshold so he can function."
personally designed Bane's coat, which she admitted took two years to
complete. It was inspired from a Swedish army jacket and a frock coat
from the French Revolution, it was designed to make Bane look like
equal parts dictatorial and revolutionary. Hemming stated; "like an
amalgam of all sorts of bits
and pieces he cobbled together as he passed through some very remote
places." The design was difficult as Hemming struggled to find a tailor
in Los Angeles who could work with shearling.
Selina Kyle's catsuit was made from two layers with the outer layer
being polyurethane coated spandex, embossed with a hexagonal pattern.
Christopher Nolan offered
James Newton Howard to write the score with Hans Zimmer as he
done for Batman
(2005) and The
However, Howard felt that he would be like a third
to the chemistry and collaboration established between Nolan
and Zimmer during the making of Inception
Although Zimmer included several cues from the two
previous Batman movie scores, he stated that he
wanted to go in a completely different direction for Bane's theme and
the theme accompanying Selina Kyle is deliberately ambiguous. The
musical thread spanning throughout the trilogy was composed exclusively
for Bruce Wayne.
theme includes a Moroccan chant of the phrase "deshi basara", which
translates to the term "rise, rise, up, up" when combined
together. In November 2011,
Zimmer collected online audio recordings of the chant to incorporate in
the film's score. He stated; "The chant became a very complicated thing
wanted hundreds of thousands of voices, and it's not so easy to get
hundreds of thousands of voices. So, we Twittered
and we posted on the internet, for people who wanted to be part of it.
It seemed like an interesting thing. We've
created this world, over these last two movies, and somehow I think the
audience and the fans have been part of this
world. We do keep them in mind."
movie is 165 minutes which makes it the longest Batman movie
date and it is also the longest film that Christopher Nolan
Tickets for the midnight premier IMAX screenings in New York
apparently had sold out six months in advance.
This is only the second movie about Batman that
doesn't include the word "Batman" in the title.
This is the only Batman feature film where the Bat-signal
On January 2012, six months
prior to the film's release, tickets for midnight IMAX showings in New
York, San Francisco, and Los Angeles went on sale and sold out
immediately. Purchased tickets surfaced for sale online for over $100,
compared with their original price of $17.50.
the American International Toy Fair, Mattel unveiled figures for
Batman, Bane, and Catwoman, and Batman's flying vehicle, The Bat. The
Mattel figures will also be released in the "Movie Masters" line,
featuring more highly detailed and articulated presentation, and
Quiktek versions that feature interchangeable accessories. Lego will
release building sets and mini-figures based on the film and
incorporating other DC Comic characters. Additionally, Funko is
releasing a series of plush toys, Mezco Toyz are releasing vinyl
figures, and Hornby are releasing the Batman Tumbler car. Other
partners include Jakks Pacific who are creating novelty and large-scale
figures and plush toys, and PPW Toys, who are creating a Batman themed
Mr. Potato Head. Various clothing items including shoes, t-shirts, hats
and wallets are also being produced.
Bros. partnered with Mountain Dew to do a cross-promotion that included
a special paint scheme on the #88 Chevrolet Impala owned by Hendrick
Motorsports and driven by Dale Earnhardt, Jr. in the NASCAR Sprint Cup
Series. On June 17, 2012, the car won the 2012 Quicken Loans 400 at
Michigan International Speedway.
July 4, 2012, the studio signed a deal with Formula One team Lotus F1
to have the film's logos appear on the Lotus E20s driven by Kimi
Räikkönen and Romain Grosjean at the 2012 British Grand Prix. Räikkönen
and Grosjean went on to finish the race in fifth and sixth place
respectively Warner Bros. had previously followed a similar promotion
at the 2008 British Grand Prix, when the now-defunct Toyota F1 carried
a livery to promote The
On July 20, 2012 during a midnight screening for the film at
Century 16 cinema in Aurora,
Colorado James Holmes entered the theater with automatic weapons and
opened fire. He killed twelve people and injured more than fifty-eight.
He was arrested outside the theater and charged with 24 counts of
murder and 116 counts of attempted murder. At the time of his arrest,
Holmes allegedly identified himself as the Joker to police. After the
cast and crew members, including Christopher Nolan, Christian Bale,
Anne Hathaway and Gary Oldman released statements expressing their
sorrow over the attack. Christian Bale made a personal visit
to the survivors and the memorial in Aurora. The premiers and publicity
appearances for the movie in Paris, Mexico, and Japan were canceled,
and they suspended the marketing campaign for the film in
released the following statement the day after the shooting;
would not presume to know anything about the victims of the shooting
but that they were there last night to watch a movie. I believe movies
are one of the great American art forms and the shared experience of
watching a story unfold on screen is an important and joyful pastime.
The movie is my home, and the idea that someone would violate
that innocent and hopeful place in such an unbearably savage way is
devastating to me. Nothing any of us can say could ever adequately
express our feelings for the innocent victims of this appalling crime,
but our thoughts are with them and their families."
Warner Bros. also went on to state that it was deeply saddened
by the shooting and decided
to release opening weekend grosses until the following Monday out of
consideration for the victims. The trailer for another Warner
Bros., Gangster Squad, which was included in the screening of The Dark
Knight Rises, was removed as
it contained a scene which shows gangsters shooting submachine guns at
moviegoers through the screen of Grauman's Chinese Theater, similar to
the shooting in Aurora.
On July 24, 2012, the
novelization of the movie
, written by
award-winning author Greg Cox and
published by Titan Books, was released alongside the movie.
After the movie was released an article in Variety reported Chuck
Dixon, the co-creator of the Bane character, as saying that Bane is
"far more akin to an Occupy Wall Street type if you're looking to cast
him politically." Nolan has denied the film criticizes the Occupy
movement and insists that none of his Batman films are intended to be
political. He stated; "I've had as many conversations with people who
have seen the film the other way round. We throw a lot of things
against the wall to see if it sticks. We put a lot of interesting
questions in the air, but that's simply a backdrop for the story. What
we're really trying to do is show the cracks of society, show the
conflicts that somebody would try to wedge open. We're going to get
wildly different interpretations of what the film is supporting and not
supporting, but it's not doing any of those things. It's just telling a
story. If you're saying, 'Have you made a film that's supposed to be
criticizing the Occupy Wall Street movement?' Well, obviously, that's
Take a look at some of behind the scenes featurette here:
Interview with director Christopher Nolan:
Interview with Christian Bale:
Interview with Anne Hathaway:
Interview with Gary Oldman and Joseph Gordon-Levitt:
Interview with Morgan Freeman and Michael Caine:
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