Christopher Nolan’s ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ Preview: Raising Bane

Dark Knight Rises preview goes six minutes during which IMAX culminates in a stunt that Robbie Collin has never faced before.

‘The Dark Knight Rises’ is a new rich-action movie with awesome cinematography, a pounding score and a muscle-bound menace that can just be Batman’s biggest challenge.

That’s that Warner Bros., IMAX and director Christopher Nolan wished to show film writers at Manhattan screening at the AMC Loews Lincoln Square.

“It’s an introduction to the antagonist,” Nolan said before the screening. But, he added, “it’s really about the large-scale film format” – a 65mm system he used for about 50 minutes of the film that “gets me as a filmmaker to where I want to be.”

Many journalists who were present at the screening wanted to see Tom Hardy as the villainous Bane.

The Dark Knight Rises is the third film in well-known and almost-by-everybody-adored Batman trilogy. Photo: brunapadaleck/ Flickr

The action starts on a landing strip in the middle of some mountain chain, with two mercenaries being crammed into an aeroplane by some CIA agents.

“Tell me about Bane,” one says, when the plane takes off. “Why does he wear the mask?” “Hrphmbrphmbrphle,” one of the captives replies.

“This one speaks!” says the agent and he pulls off the mercenary’s hood to reveal that he actually IS Bane. “What happens if I pull the mask off?” wonders the agent. “Grmphumphlebumph,” answers Bane, threateningly.

In general, the preview is quite impressive and intriguing. IMAX Theater applauded after the video ended and soon after hit the Internet to post their first reactions to the footage.

A reporter, Borys Kit, said that the crowd was “definitely impressed” with the sequence, which was “grand in scope” and “filled with a lot of tension and dread.”

He added that some people”did point out one pickle, however: the sound. It may be early in the sound mixing process, but a lot of key dialogue, particularly that of Bane, who speaks via a mask, was unintelligible.”

However, James White, meanwhile, was one of those who left the theater having enjoyed the screening.

“A miniature thrill ride in and of itself, the prologue features some stunning camera work (clearly Nolan felt like applying some of the tricks and style he mastered on Inception).”

“And the opening sequence, which gives us our first look at Bane (Tom Hardy), comes off like a cross between a Bond movie and everything we’ve come to love about Nolan’s Bat-universe,” he wrote, adding: “The major feeling we were left with is that we want to see more, and we want to see it right now.”

SuperHeroHype’s Silas Lesnick also wrote that the preview ended with a “rapid montage of shots” that “feature a lot to excite fans.”

“Think less The Dark Knight and more Inception or, even closer, an IMAX version of a James Bond film,” he described the video.

He also commented on the sound issue: “Though the response from the crowd was overwhelmingly positive, there was much discussion about Bane’s voice. Muffled by his mask and featuring a British accent, it’s difficult to fully understand exactly what he is saying (but likely intentionally).”

Nolan spoke with reporters about the footage: “I’m so glad that everyone came to see our little six minutes,” he said.

“If I had it my way, we’d do the entire picture this way. Show six minutes, then you have to come back the next week to see the next six minutes… Serialize it, like Dickens used to do. And then finally put the whole thing out as a single film.” [Via NJ and The Hollywood Reporter]

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