The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn hits theaters this week in time for family/holiday time. From film gurus Steven Speilberg and Peter Jackson, the story follows the exploits of young journalist Tintin and his dog, Snowy, in a hunt around the world for a ship and the mystery surrounding it’s last voyage. The film is based on the comics by creator Herge in the mid to late 1900’s. Speilberg and Jackson have been working to bring the story to the big screen for years. Most famous overseas, Tintin has opened to rave reviews around Europe and is now coming to the US.
Um, ok so this looks pretty damn awesome.
Tonight, I had the opportunity to go see the new Dark Knight Prologue. What this is, is an opportunity to see a 6 min clip from the film that hasn’t been aired yet. The invites went online a week ago and fans flooded the sites in order to sign up for this exclusive look.
First, the event. The guys from FanBoy HQ and I arrived at the theater at 8. The lines were already wrapped around the main hall. We ended up waiting til about 10:15 before we were sat in the Imax theater to see the footage.
The prologue opens with Commissioner Gordon (Gary Oldman) at what appears to be a eulogy for Harvey Dent (Aaron Eckhart). The scene fades away and to Scotland where we are greeted by a vehicle pulling up to an airfield to be met by a team of people trying to retrieve Dr. Leonid Pavel. They are shown 3 captives that are bound and hooded and at the mention of the name Bane are then escorted aboard the plane.
I won’t go to deep in the spoilers of the prologue but I will say this, once the plane takes off you are subject to one of the most amazing stunts I have seen in a long time.
The trailer to me gives me a light of hope. The pacing, action, and even music used is pretty much the same as it was in Dark Knight. My only complaint, and it’s not really mine but one that I can see flooding the internet with lightning speed, would be that it is hard to understand Bane due to the constrictions of his mask. What I could hear was some intelligent vernacular and a sharp accent which adds to the intelligence and influence that the character will exude in the film. The trailer ends with a flood of images showing the different characters from the film and comic as well as a quick glimpse of the Batwing. It ends with what has to be a shot of Bane in the Batcave tossing aside the broken mask of Batman.
To say I am excited would be an understatement. Many people walked out of the theater upset at the lack of comprehension coming from behind the mask of Bane. Not me. I have faith in the fact that Nolan will undoubtedly dub the voice so that it could be heard clearer before the final product comes out.
I am pretty sure there will be cam versions of the trailer all over the internet by the time I post this or you read it. Do yourself a favor. Remember how you felt when you first heard that Heath Ledger would be portraying the Joker and remind yourself how you felt when you saw the final product. Have faith in Nolan. He won’t disappoint.
Director Christopher Nolan has been out doing a smattering of press talking about the upcoming “The Dark Knight Rises” and spoke with The Los Angeles Times about why he chose to use Bane (and ultimately actor Tom Hardy in the role) for the film’s antagonist.
A big key was the different style of threat he poses to Batman. “With Bane, the physicality is the thing. With a good villain you need an archetype, you know, you need the extreme of some type of villainy. The Joker is obviously a particular archetype of diabolical, chaotic anarchy and has a devilish sense of humor. Bane, to me, is something we haven’t dealt with in the films. We wanted to do something very different in this film. He’s a primarily physical villain, he’s a classic movie monster in a way — but with a terrific brain. I think he’s a fascinating character. I think people are going to get a kick out of what we’ve done with him” says Nolan.
Nolan admits he had little knowledge of the character until David Goyer gave him background information – “I only knew him by name, I wasn’t familiar with his back story. He’s a very cool character. And getting an actor like Tom to take it on, you know you’re going to get something very special. Tom is somebody who really knows how to put character into every gesture, every aspect of his physicality in the way that great actors can. He’s a very, very physical actor. He transforms himself and it’s there in every movement.”
One big question has been why this film is set years after the events of “The Dark Knight”. Nolan says the reason behind that decision will be explained in the film – “it’s hard for me to articulate it. I think the mood at the beginning of the film will make a lot of sense. If I had to express it thematically, I think what we’re saying is that for Batman and Commissioner Gordon, there’s a big sacrifice, a big compromise, at the end of the ‘The Dark Knight’ and for that to mean something, that sacrifice has to work and Gotham has to get better in a sense. They have to achieve something for the ending of that film — and the feeling at the end of that film — to have validity. Their sacrifice has to have meaning and it takes time to establish that and to show that, and that’s the primary reason we did that. It’s a time period that is not so far ahead that we would have to do crazy makeup or anything – which I think would be distracting – but it gave them something to get their teeth into, particularly Christian Bale in terms of [portraying] this guy who has been frozen in this moment in time with nowhere to go. He really has done an incredible job figuring out how to characterize that and express that.”
Finally, Nolan also talked about the six minutes of preview footage popping up in select IMAX theaters screening “Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol” starting this Friday. Nolan says the aerial stunt sequence “was a tricky sequence to shoot but a lot of very talented people worked very hard on it. And I’m thrilled with the result. We shot it in Scotland. We braved the weather — it rains all the time there, a terrible place to do an aerial sequence, which is why no one has sort of done it before. You usually wind up in the desert or something for very practical reasons. But it really came off. We got very lucky with the weather and a lot of good planning went into it. I think it had a very unique look.”
News of a casting offer being turned down has lead to a possible character spoiler leaking out in regards to Chris Nolans highly secretive “The Dark Knight Rises”.
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!The Surrey Comet reports that eight-year-old actress Leilah De Meza was offered a role in the film but turned it down as the producers insisted the actress would have to shave all her hair off.That role? A young Talia al Ghul, the character who is the daughter of Ras al Ghul in the comics. Actress Joey King was eventually hired for the part which best guess is that she will appear in flashbacks alongside the younger version of Liam Neesons Ras character which actor Josh Pence is said to be playing.
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We’ve talked about Sony’s new handheld plenty, but we’re not a pair of slickly-produced CG commercials now, are we? If anybody’s going to give you the straight dope on the PlayStation Vita, it’s surely the good people at Sony.