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Watch the new ‘Dark Knight Rises’ featurette

- July 9th, 2012

We’re 11 days away from The Dark Knight Rises – the third and final instalment in Christopher Nolan’s Batman series – and Warner Bros. has ramped up the hype for the new film by releasing a 13-minute featurette.

It’s short on spoilers – I’m still wondering if Cillian Murphy will reprise his role as Scarecrow – but we do get a sense of what Nolan and star Christian Bale want to accomplish with the film and the relatively unknown villain, Bane.

“Some people want to watch the world burn,” actor Tom Hardy says of the character. “Well Bane is here to pull the pin on the grenade.”

“I wanted to see Batman meet his match,” Nolan says of his unconventional pick. A lot of people, myself included, were expecting Leo DiCaprio as The Riddler.

We also get insight into Catwoman (Anne Hathaway), Miranda Tate (Marion Cotillard) and Batman’s allies: John Blake, the idealistic cop played by Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Lucius Fox (Morgan Freeman), Alfred Pennyworth (Michael Caine) and Jim Gordon (Gary Oldman).

And if the inspiration for The Dark Knight was Michael Mann’s 1995 crime drama Heat, Nolan’s muse this time round is films from the silent era.

“We really looked back to the silent era of motion pictures,” he says. “When the image was paramount.”

Stunt co-ordinator Tom Struthers also gives viewers a behind-the-scenes peek at a plane-hijacking sequence involving Bane.

Watch The Dark Knight Rises featurette and let us know what you think in the comments.

The film hits theatres on July 20.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1KXB8nyEalw&feature=player_embedded

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1 comment

  1. Rod | July 9, 2012 at 5:41 pm

    Bring it on. Can hardly wait. Will be sorry when this trilogy comes to an end.

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