Christopher Nolan and company have really been spoiling us for the last month or so. Before, we had to rely on cell phone set footage and (usually fake) leaked plot details. Now, from everything we've seen, I feel like this movie is getting released next week. The previous advertisement efforts hyped me up, but I have to be honest and admit that this trailer is huge a swoop in the other direction. In fact, I didn't think it was possible for something to kill my excitement for this movie the way the new trailer does.
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Note: It's a little difficult to discuss a six-minute scene without getting specific in some way, so those who want to go into either the prologue or the full movie completely in the dark should probably skip this.
I think I can sum up my basic impressions of the prologue by saying this: My immediate reaction to it was to seriously consider whether it was worth it to spend nearly $20 on another IMAX ticket just to watch it again. It overshadowed Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol, and as you'll see in my review, I loved Mission Impossible.
Christopher Nolan dropped a juicy bombshell during an interview with Empire Magazine that many of us may not have known about The Dark Knight Rises: the film takes place eight years after The Dark Knight. I think my brain just exploded! Does this mean Gotham City citizens are over the tragic death of Harvey Dent and Batman is no longer in hiding from the law?
Nolan explained why there's a time jump a little more in a recent interview with Hero Complex. Here's what he had to say.
It's a weekend for cool superhero movie posters. We've been given the epic (though unintentionally funny) Amazing Spider-Man poster that we wrote about earlier, but now at darkknightrises.com you can see another kick ass poster that hints at what we might be in store. And what it hints at is very, very awesome. The comic-literate ones among us know Bane as the man who broke Batman's spine. While that might not be something we see directly, we know that Christopher Nolan chose Bane for a reason.
So the viral marketing begins with "Operation Early Bird" (to which Get The Big Picture's David Hoffman covered, click here to read) and the twitter handle "fire rises". It's no surprise that promoting the heck out of the IMAX Prologue (which will premiere in front of Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol next week) will make the internet buzz with praise/scrutiny by comic book fans. Until then, read up on what director Christopher Nolan has to say about the last installment The Dark Knight Rises.