âThe Dark Knight Risesâ is a new rich-action movie with awesome cinematography, a pounding score and a muscle-bound menace that can just be Batmanâs biggest challenge.
Thatâs that Warner Bros., IMAX and director Christopher Nolan wished to show film writers at Manhattan screening at the AMC Loews Lincoln Square.
âItâs an introduction to the antagonist,â Nolan said before the screening. But, he added, âitâs really about the large-scale film formatâ â a 65mm system he used for about 50 minutes of the film that âgets me as a filmmaker to where I want to be.â
Many journalists who were present at the screening wanted to see Tom Hardy as the villainous Bane.
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.
âTell me about Bane,â one says, when the plane takes off. âWhy does he wear the mask?â âHrphmbrphmbrphle,â one of the captives replies.
âThis one speaks!â says the agent and he pulls off the mercenaryâs hood to reveal that he actually IS Bane. âWhat happens if I pull the mask off?â wonders the agent. âGrmphumphlebumph,â 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 weâve come to love about Nolanâs 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: âIâm so glad that everyone came to see our little six minutes,â he said.
âIf I had it my way, weâd do the entire picture this way. Show six minutes, then you have to come back the next week to see the next six minutesâŚ Serialize it, like Dickens used to do. And then finally put the whole thing out as a single film.â [Via NJÂ and The Hollywood Reporter]