The Week: Most Recent Movies:The Dark Knight Rises recent posts.en-usThu, 19 Jul 2012 11:50:00 -0400http://theweek.com Recent Movies:The Dark Knight Rises from THE WEEKThu, 19 Jul 2012 11:50:00 -0400Does The Dark Knight Rises have a political agenda?<img src="" /></P><p class="p1">Incendiary radio host Rush Limbaugh recently embarrassed himself by suggesting that <em>The Dark Knight Rises</em> &mdash; the final installment in director Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy &mdash; is part of a liberal conspiracy to smear GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney. Limbaugh's proof? The name of the movie's villain, Bane, sounds identical to Romney's former private equity firm, Bain Capital. However, while Limbaugh was roundly mocked (the comic-book character Bane was created in the 1990s), he's not the only one seeing a political agenda in the movie, which is laden with themes of terrorism...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffThu, 19 Jul 2012 11:50:00 -0400The Dark Knight Rises: An epic letdown?<img src="" /></P><p>In a few short days, Batman fans will finally be able to watch <em>The Dark Knight Rises</em>, the&nbsp;obsessively anticipated final installment of director Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy. The reviews of the film, which opens Friday, aren't even supposed to be published until Wednesday, but several movie critics have jumped the gun and released their takes on the nearly three-hour movie. Most of the notices are positive, though a few critics are underwhelmed. The <em>AP</em>'s Christy Lemire, for example, gave it just two stars, in part because the movie feels like an "epic letdown" from Nolan's first two visionary...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffTue, 17 Jul 2012 10:20:00 -0400The Dark Knight Rises: Could Batman really survive a leap off a skyscraper?<img src="" /></P><p class="p1">In <em>Batman Begins</em>, the first film in director Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy, which is set to conclude with <em>The Dark Knight Rises</em> (opening July 20), Bruce Wayne amasses an arsenal of weapons and gadgets that includes a nifty cape made of "memory cloth."&nbsp;The cape stiffens into a hang glider when Batman emits an electrical current from his glove, which comes in handy when he descends on his enemies from tall buildings. But could he really survive a leap from a skyscraper? Four students from Britain's University of Leicester used science to answer the question, publishing their results &mdash...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffMon, 16 Jul 2012 13:33:00 -0400The Dark Knight Rises: The viral video roundup<img src="" /></P><p>If you just can't wait another week for&nbsp;<em>The Dark Knight Rises</em>,<em>&nbsp;</em>Christopher Nolan's epic conclusion to the Batman trilogy,&nbsp;to hit theaters, fear not &mdash; the internet provides. Fans and professionals alike have been creating video homages using bits of footage from the film to create mini works of art all their own. The mash-ups pair the trailer with everything from Disney classics to other films from Nolan's growing catalog, and they all impress in their own unique ways. Here, seven of the most creative <em>Dark Knight</em>-inspired viral videos:</p><p><strong>1. <em>The Dark Knight Rises &amp;</em><em>&nbsp;The...</em></strong></p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffFri, 13 Jul 2012 12:20:00 -0400Dissecting The Dark Knight Rises' musical score: 8 talking points<img src="" /></P><p>Eager<em></em> fans who've been devouring every scrap<em></em> of <em>The Dark Knight Rises</em> that they can get before the Christopher Nolan flick officially hits theaters July 20 have something else to feast on this week, with the film's entire musical score now available online for free. (Stream the 15-song soundtrack at <em>Empire Online</em> here.) Academy Award-winning composer Hans Zimmer, who's been known to push the envelope as far as blockbuster soundtracks go, has become Nolan's go-to on all three Batman films as well as <em>Inception</em>. What are commentators distilling from the final Batman film's moody, sonically epic score...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffWed, 11 Jul 2012 18:49:00 -0400The 13-minute Dark Knight Rises featurette: 5 talking points<img src="" /></P><p>With<em> The Dark Knight Rises &mdash;</em>&nbsp;Christopher Nolan's final installment in his Batman trilogy &mdash; hitting screens in less than two weeks (July 20), Warner Bros. is offering fans a buzzy new 13-minute behind-the-scenes featurette. In addition to previously unseen footage, the segment features interviews with the cast and crew, including <em>Dark Knight</em> veterans Christian Bale (Bruce Wayne/Batman), Michael Caine (Alfred), and Gary Oldman (Commissioner Gordon), as well as newcomers like Anne Hathaway (Selena Kyle/Catwoman), Tom Hardy (Bane), and Joseph Gordon-Levitt (police officer John Blake...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffMon, 09 Jul 2012 14:58:00 -0400The Dark Knight Rises: Is a midnight screening ticket really worth $150?<img src="" /></P><p class="p1">Tickets for midnight screenings of Christopher Nolan's hoopla-generating Batman flick <em>The Dark Knight Rises</em>, which hits theaters July 20, went on sale last week, and unsurprisingly, the coveted passes sold out quickly at many locations. But late-to-the-game fans of the Caped Crusader aren't completely out of luck: A handful of opportunistic scalpers are hocking extra passes on websites like eBay and Craigslist, with the top price hovering around the $150 mark. (Tickets to the "Dark Knight Trilogy" marathon, which will screen all three of Nolan's Batman films successively, are even more expensive...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffTue, 19 Jun 2012 10:55:00 -0400The Dark Knight Rises' awesomely complex viral marketing campaign<img src="" /></P><p class="p1">A new trailer for the surefire summer blockbuster <em>The Dark Knight Rises</em> was released Monday night &mdash; and Batman's superfans worked hard to get it. (Watch the video below.) As part of a buzz-driving marketing campaign for the final installment in Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy, Warner Brothers announced the trailer on the film's website, telling fans that to see it, they had to help the Gotham City Police Department locate Batman by tracking down hundreds of pieces of graffiti from around the world. For every piece of graffiti that a fan found and tagged on social media, Warner Brothers...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffTue, 01 May 2012 13:45:00 -0400The Dark Knight Rises' PG-13 rating: 4 talking points<img src="" /></P><p>Every little detail about this summer's maniacally anticipated Batman sequel,&nbsp;<em>The Dark Knight Rises,</em>&nbsp;seems to inspire astounding levels of analysis.&nbsp;That was the case when the teaser poster was released, the film trailer premiered, the first six minutes of the film was screened, and now, when the film's PG-13 rating was announced.&nbsp;Although many movie junkies suspected that the final installment of Christopher Nolan's trilogy would be branded R,&nbsp;the MPAA decided that the film&nbsp;will be rated PG-13 for its "intense sequences of violence and action, some sensuality, and...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffTue, 10 Apr 2012 13:15:00 -0400The 'incredibly impressive' Dark Knight Rises trailer: 5 talking points<img src="" /></P><p>It's been an embarrassment of riches for fans eager for the summer 2012 release of <em>The Dark Knight Rises</em>. Earlier this month, a&nbsp;teaser poster for the film, the final installment in director Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy, was released. Then the film's first six minutes began screening before IMAX showings of<em> Mission: Impossible &mdash; Ghost Protocol</em>. Now, the film's official trailer has hit the web (watch it below), offering glimpses of Anne Hathaway's Catwoman in action, echoes of Occupy Wall Street in Gotham City, and hints of the massive destruction that new villain Bane (played by...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/kevin-fallon" ><span class="byline">Kevin Fallon</span></a>Tue, 20 Dec 2011 12:23:00 -0500The first six minutes of Dark Knight Rises: 4 talking points<img src="" /></P><p>The <em>Dark Knight Rises</em> publicity machine has hit full throttle, and the film doesn't even reach theaters until July 2012. A newly released poster for the final installment of Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy generated impressive buzz earlier this week. And now Warner Brothers has screened the first six minutes of <em>The Dark Knight Rises</em> for critics in New York, the same prologue that will play before IMAX showings of <em>Mission: Impossible &mdash; Ghost Protocol</em> beginning this Friday. Critics were forbidden to divulge specific plot points, but that hasn't stopped them from giddily teasing some of the...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffWed, 14 Dec 2011 16:03:00 -0500Anne Hathaway's full Catwoman costume: 5 talking points<img src="" /></P><p>When the first official photo of Anne Hathaway in costume as Catwoman in Christopher Nolan's upcoming Batman film, <em>The Dark Knight Rises</em>, was released in August, fans and critics were almost universally&nbsp;disappointed. The outfit &mdash; most of which was obscured by a giant motorcycle &mdash; hardly looked like Catwoman at all, with Hathaway merely wearing a slinky black leather body suit and goggles. When word of the lukewarm reception reached Hathaway, she told <em>MTV News</em>, "If you don't like the photo, you only see about a tenth of what that suit can do." Well, now the full costume has been...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffTue, 27 Sep 2011 12:10:00 -0400The Dark Knight Rises: Anne Hathaway's 'slinky' Catwoman suit<img src="" /></P><p><strong>The image:</strong> "Hello, kitty." Sneak peeks of Christopher Nolan's <em>The Dark Knight Rises</em>, the director's follow-up to the 2008 Batman film <em>The Dark Knight</em>, have been slowly leaking from the film's closely shrouded set. Following an ambiguous teaser poster and underwhelming trailer earlier this summer, the first photo of Anne Hathaway in action as Selina Kyle, aka Catwoman, has been released. (See below.) While the picture is frustratingly dominated by what appears to be Batman's motorbike, it's possible to glimpse a portion of her "slinky" leather bodysuit, accessorized with a pair of high-tech goggles...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffFri, 05 Aug 2011 16:35:00 -0400The 'underwhelming' Dark Knight Rises trailer<img src="" /></P><p><strong>The video: </strong><em>The Dark Knight Rises</em> may still be a year away, but fans and critics have been given yet another preview of Christopher Nolan's eagerly anticipated Batman sequel. A teaser for the movie debuted before the midnight screenings of <em>Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2</em> last week, but for those who valued their sleep too much to brave the late-night shows, Warner Brothers officially released the clip online Tuesday. (Watch the video below.) Disappointingly, the trailer doesn't reveal much. It begins with recycled footage from 2008's <em>The Dark Knight,</em> intercut with a hospitalized, wheezing...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffTue, 19 Jul 2011 12:59:00 -0400Analyzing the mysterious Dark Knight Rises poster: 6 takeaways<img src="" /></P><p>When is a poster not just a poster? When it's the fan-unhinging first promotional image for <em>The Dark Knight Rises</em>, the highly anticipated sequel to the critically acclaimed&nbsp;<em>The Dark Knight</em>. The newly released poster shows the iconic bat symbol outlined by rubble falling from disintegrating skyscrapers &mdash; with no glimpse of Batman or his foils. (See the image at right and below.) The commentariat is already hard at work, obsessing over every square-inch of the poster for clues to the much-guarded follow up to Christopher Nolan's 2008 hit. What conclusions have they drawn? Here, six theories...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffWed, 13 Jul 2011 15:12:00 -0400Anne Hathaway: Sexy enough to play Catwoman?<img src="" /></P><p>Director Christopher Nolan has announced that Anne Hathaway, the toothsome star of <em>The Devil Wears Prada</em> and <em>Rachel Getting Married</em> will play Selina Kyle &mdash; a.k.a Catwoman &mdash; in <em>The Dark Knight Rises</em>, the latest instalment in the Batman series. The actress will follow in the adroit, flirty footsteps of former Catwomen Halle Berry, Michelle Pfeiffer, and Eartha Kitt, but some commentators aren't convinced that she's sufficiently "predatory" to fill the iconic catsuit:<br /><br /><strong>Hathaway is no femme fatale: </strong>Am I the only one who has trouble thinking of this "wide-eyed, sweet-faced girl" as a "fetishy...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffFri, 21 Jan 2011 15:56:00 -0500