Dark Knight Rises Shows Off Prologue

Wednesday night the six minute prologue that will show before Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol was shown to a select audience at the the IMAX theater in Universal City.  Christopher Nolan himself introduced what, just like he did with previous Dark Knight movie, turns out to be the movie’s opening scene and introduction to its villain.  In this case it is Bane, played by Tom Hardy.

The overwhelming message is that what was shown was kick-ass and amazing.  The main part involves Bane, an airplane and what brutality he’s willing to go through to accomplish an objective.  There was a common concern that the voice of Bane was unintelligible.  Bane wears a crazy mask, that actually sustains his life, but in the prologue the mask, along with his British accent rendered much of what he said too hard to understand.  While most of the critics worried about this fact, or wondered if it was simply something that still had to be worked out in editing I think it’s something else.

I think Nolan will leave this flaw in tact for the movie.  I think the difficulty of understanding Bane verbally will make his character even more interesting, driving a need to watch scenes over again and again and movie go-er’s all discussing what they think they heard or what he meant when the movie was over.

There is currently a viral promotion taking place at Operation EarlyBird where select IMAX theaters are showing the prologue again.

You can read a whole selection of what critics who were in attendance thought below.

July 2012 just cannot get here fast enough








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Meet Bane. One Bad M-F’er

Dark Knight Rises will be here on July 20, 2012.  Empire has a new interview with director Christopher Nolan and two covers that reveal not only a cool new Bat-Gadget, but also a good look at the main villian, Bane.

If you’ve read the comics, you know that Bane will be a different and violent opponent for Wayne, but in a different way than what was The Joker.  Bane is all about brute force and I have no doubt that if you consider how well Nolan captured the “dark” version of The Joker for the last movie, then it’s safe to assume we are in for a terribly sadistic movie version of Bane.  Bane is played by Tom Hardy (Inception), but most recently played a MMA fighter in “Warrior” which will come in handy for the fight scenes of the new Dark Knight, as Nolan describes,

“He’s brutal. Brutal. He’s a big dude who’s incredibly clinical, in the fact that he has a result-based and oriented fighting style. It’s not about fighting. It’s about carnage. The style is heavy-handed, heavy-footed, it’s nasty. Anything from small-joint manipulation to crushing skulls, crushing rib cages, stamping on shins and knees and necks and collarbones and snapping heads off and tearing his fists through chests, ripping out spinal columns. He is a terrorist in mentality as well as brutal action.”

Very good news is that in the same way the Nolan released a mind blowing, longish, sneak peek at Dark Knight that got everyone excited about Heath Ledger’s Joker, the upcoming Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol is said to have a similar 6-7 introduction to Bane and look at what the 3rd installment promises.

Can. Not. Wait.




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