Holy costumes, Batman! Anne Hathway‘s Catwoman and Christian Bale‘s Batman from the upcoming The Dark Knight Rises grace the cover of the latest issue of Entertainment Weekly. The highly anticipated conclusion of Christopher Nolan‘s Batman trilogy highlights the magazine’s “Summer Movie Preview.”
Check out the full cover below:
EW also revealed some quotes from the film’s director and actors, in order to give us more of a taste of what’s to come. Regarding the villains of his film, Christopher Nolan reveals a bit about how he interpreted their characters:
[About Bane] “He represents formidable physical strength, combined with absolute evil of intention.”
[About Catwoman] “She has a very strong way of protecting herself and those she cares about, which implies an underlying darkness.”
Tom Hardy, the actor portraying Bane, talked about the controversial and criticized muffled voice of his character:
“It’s a risk, because we could be laughed at – or it could be very fresh and exciting,” says Hardy, adding that the voice he developed was influenced by many factors, including a desire to honor the comic book character’s brains and Caribbean heritage. “The audience mustn’t be too concerned about the mumbly voice,” says Hardy. “As the film progresses, I think you’ll be able to tune to its setting.”
The cover girl herself got some words in as Anne Hathaway spoke about the director’s demands on getting prepared for the Catwoman role.
“I had to physically transform. Chris sat me down at the beginning and said, ‘Joseph Gordon-Levitt did all of his own fighting in Inception. That one zero-gravity fight? He trained for two months.’ I basically left his office and went to the gym and just came out about five minutes ago.”
Christian Bale also has a chance to pipe in on the challenge that Bane is going to pose.
Listening to Team Nolan talk about the film, you find yourself wondering: ‘Will Batman actually survive till the end credits?”….”We wanted to show a character who is aging, who is damaged, who may not be in his prime,” says Bale. “He has never encountered anyone with such blunt force as Bane, and this is not the best time for him to encounter him.”
Lastly, there’s a new synopsis provided by EW that gives us some insight into the plot.
“Rises is set eight years after the events of the Dark Knight. Gotham City is at peace and prospering, but Bruce Wayne is still recovering physically and emotionally from the tragic battles with the Joker and Harvey Dent. Batman, who took the fall for Harvey’s crimes so Gotham could remain inspired by the lawman’s former idealism, continues to be reviled and MIA as the story begins. While old allies Alfred and Lucius Fox and potential love interest Miranda Tate try to revive Bruce’s spirits, two new threats to Gotham force Batman to end his exile.”
It’s great to get some further insight on the thought-process and dedication the cast and crew underwent to make sure The Dark Knight Rises will be as much of a success as the previous two Batman movies. As always, not a whole lot was revealed but when it comes to a film like this, I’ll take what I can get.
In addition to all of the above information, we also have some awesome new photos for you to check out below.
Source: Comic Book Movie