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'Batman 3': Trailer & 'Thunderous' Applause

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Batman 3: Anne Hathaway in The Dark Knight Rises trailer.

April 30

The Dark Knight Rises trailer 3 is out. The search for the TDKR trailer 3 has been as frantic as – if not more so than – Batman's search for Bane or Bane's search for Batman. I'm not sure exactly who'll be searching for whom, but I do hope Bane's dialogue will be more intelligible once the movie is released. Still having trouble understanding him, though I did get “Your punishment must be more severe!” (Please scroll down for the TDKR trailer.)

Now, the best lines – and classiest look – in the TDKR trailer 3 belong to Anne Hathaway's Catwoman, e.g., “There's a storm coming…” and “You should be as afraid of him as I am” and “You don't owe these people anymore! You've given them everything.” Something tells me The Dark Knight Rises will belong to the supporting actors – Tom Hardy plays Bane – not to Oscar winner Christian Bale.

And if I may ask, where's Marion Cotillard in The Dark Knight Rises trailer 3?

In North America, the Dark Knight Rises trailer – along with the Amazing Spider-Man trailer – will be screened prior to The Avengers on May 4. The Dark Knight Rises opens July 20.

Co-written by Christopher Nolan and his brother Jonathan Nolan, TDKR features The Dark Knight / Batman Begins' Christian Bale, Les Misérables' Anne Hathaway, Rust & Bone's Marion Cotillard, Wettest Country's Tom Hardy, (500) Days of Summer's Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and The Quiet American's Michael Caine.

Also: Dolphin Tale's Morgan Freeman, Battleship's Josh Pence, Reuben Reuben's Tom Conti, in addition to Matthew Modine, Juno Temple, Daniel Sunjata, Nestor Carbonell, Joey King, Brett Cullen, Chris Ellis, Josh Stewart, Christopher Judge, Aidan Gillen, Adam Rodriguez, and Rob Brown.

Anne Hathaway / The Dark Knight Rises image: Warner Bros.

April 26

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Christian Bale, The Dark Knight Rises

The Dark Knight Rises will have more IMAX footage than any other Hollywood movie in history. As per a Wall Street Journal report, Christopher Nolan's third and last installment in his Batman trilogy will offer more than one hour of scenes filmed with those cumbersome IMAX cameras. For comparison's sake, The Dark Knight, the biggest 2008 blockbuster at the domestic box office, had 40 minutes of IMAX footage.

But what's the big IMAX deal? After all, movies such as Tim Burton / Johnny Depp / Mia Wasikowska's Alice in Wonderland, James Cameron / Sam Worthington's Avatar, Gary Ross / Jennifer Lawrence / Josh Hutcherson's The Hunger Games, and Bill Condon / Robert Pattinson / Kristen Stewart's The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1 were all shown on IMAX screens.

And upcoming IMAX releases include Joss Whedon / Chris Evans / Chris Hemsworth's The Avengers, Ridley Scott / Noomi Rapace / Michael Fassbender's Prometheus, and Marc Webb / Andrew Garfield / Emma Stone's The Amazing Spider-Man.

Well, “the big deal” is that, as mentioned above, a large chunk of The Dark Knight Rises was filmed with an IMAX camera. Those other movies were (or are being) converted so they can be presented on IMAX screens. Though not exactly the same, it's something akin to shooting a movie in 3D – say, Avatar, Martin Scorsese's Hugo, or Ang Lee's upcoming Life of Pi – or converting a 2D movie to 3D, e.g., Alice in Wonderland, The Avengers, or Louis Leterrier's Clash of the Titans.

Alluding to the fact that IMAX cameras are huge, heavy, and noisy, Nolan is quoted as saying in the Wall Street Journal that “there was a huge irony that we were told it would be too difficult to shoot a Hollywood movie on IMAX, when we had this gigantic camera department, grips, electric, hundreds of people working for us. These were cameras that had been to the top of Mount Everest, to the bottom of the ocean and into outer space, but people thought we couldn't make a feature film. It was absurd.”

In North America, the Dark Knight Rises trailer – along with the Amazing Spider-Man trailer – will be screened prior to The Avengers on May 4. The Dark Knight Rises opens July 20.

Co-written by Nolan and his brother Jonathan Nolan, TDKR features Terminator Salvation / Public Enemies' Christian Bale, Les Misérables / Love and Other Drugs' Anne Hathaway, La Vie en Rose / Rust & Bone's Marion Cotillard, This Means War / Wettest Country's Tom Hardy, Latter Days / Inception's Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and The Man Who Would Be King / Alfie' Michael Caine.

Also: Dolphin Tale / Invictus' Morgan Freeman, Reuben Reuben / Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence's Tom Conti, and Birdy / Full Metal Jacket's Matthew Modine, The Social Network / Battleship's Josh Pence, Lovelace / Atonement / Juno Temple, Gone / One from the Money's Daniel Sunjata, The Lost City / Killer Movie's Nestor Carbonell, Family Weekend / Battle Los Angeles' Joey King, Brett Cullen, Chris Ellis, Josh Stewart, Christopher Judge, Aidan Gillen, Adam Rodriguez, and Rob Brown.

April 25

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Tom Hardy, The Dark Knight Rises

Warner Bros.' The Dark Knight Rises got a nice plug when six minutes of footage premiered before IMAX screenings of Paramount's Tom Cruise blockbuster Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol. (One could also say that MI4 got a boost from the TDKR footage as well.)

On May 4, The Dark Knight Rises trailer 3 will premiere before screenings of Joss Whedon's The Avengers, a Marvel production to be released by Walt Disney Studios.

But Batman is a DC comics character, how could that be? Well, good business sense. That's it. And remember, as MTV.com explains, back in 2008 The Dark Knight trailer was shown before Marvel's Iron Man.

And it gets better for fanboys, fangirls, and fanseniors: the new The Amazing Spider-Man trailer will also be screened before The Avengers. The rebooted Spider-Man has been much less buzzed about than either The Avengers, which hasn't even opened but is already “considered” one of the 250 greatest movies ever on the IMDb, or The Dark Knight Rises. Directed by Marc Webb (replacing the old Spider-Man's Sam Raimi), the reboot stars Andrew Garfield in the old Tobey Maguire role.

The Dark Knight Rises officially opens July 20. Directed by Christopher Nolan and co-written by Nolan and his brother Jonathan Nolan, the third and last installment in Nolan's Batman trilogy features The Fighter / Batman Begins' Christian Bale, Rachel Getting Married / The Devil Wears Prada' Anne Hathaway, La Vie en Rose / Rust & Bone's Marion Cotillard, and This Means War / Wettest Country's Tom Hardy.

Also: Latter Days / Inception's Joseph Gordon-Levitt, The Man Who Would Be King / Alfie' Michael Caine, Dolphin Tale / Invictus' Morgan Freeman, Reuben Reuben / Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence's Tom Conti, and Birdy / Full Metal Jacket's Matthew Modine.

And finally: The Social Network / Battleship's Josh Pence, Lovelace / Atonement / Juno Temple, Gone / One from the Money's Daniel Sunjata, Nestor Carbonell, Joey King, Brett Cullen, Chris Ellis, Josh Stewart, Christopher Judge, Aidan Gillen, Adam Rodriguez, and Rob Brown.

The Avengers features The Iceman / Captain America: The First Avenger's Chris Evans as the red-white-and-blue Captain, Due Date / Sherlock Holmes' Robert Downey Jr as Iron Man, The Kids Are All Right / Shutter Island's Mark Ruffalo as the Incredible Hulk, Contagion / Shakespeare in Love's Gwyneth Paltrow as Pepper Potts, and Snow White and the Huntsman / Red Dawn's Chris Hemsworth as Thor.

Also: The Deep Blue Sea / Midnight in Paris' Tom Hiddleston as Loki, Hitchcock / We Bought a Zoo's Scarlett Johansson as the Black Widow, Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters / Ingenious' Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye, Melancholia / Mamma Mia!'s Stellan Skarsgård, Pulp Fiction's Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury, Grassroots / The Storm Awaits' Cobie Smulders as Maria Hill, Walkabout / Logan's Run's Jenny Agutter, Powers Boothe, Clark Gregg, Alexis Denisof, Jerzy Skolimowski, and the voices of Paul Bettany and Lou Ferrigno.

The Dark Knight Rises photo: Ron Phillips / Warner Bros.

April 24

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The Dark Knight Rises cover: Catwoman (Anne Hathaway), Batman (Christian Bale)

This Entertainment Weekly cover featuring The Dark Knight Rises' Batman (Christian Bale) and Catwoman (Anne Hathaway) has been floating around online for some time. We've finally posted it.

One of the most eagerly awaited 2012 releases, The Dark Knight Rises is expected to become one of the year's top grossers – if not the top grosser. Following his Batman stints in Batman Begins and The Dark Knight, Christian Bale returns as The Caped Crusader. Anne Hathaway, a Best Actress Oscar nominee for Jonathan Demme's Rachel Getting Married, shows up in this one as The Masked Saracen or some such.

Directed by Christopher Nolan, and written by Nolan and his brother Jonathan Nolan, The Dark Knight Rises also features La Vie en Rose / Inception's Marion Cotillard, This Means War / Wettest Country's Tom Hardy, Looper / Inception's Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Educating Rita / The Quiet American's Michael Caine, Driving Miss Daisy / The Shawshank Redemption's Morgan Freeman, Reuben Reuben / Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence's Tom Conti, and Pacific Heights / Full Metal Jacket's Matthew Modine.

Also: Juno Temple, Josh Pence, Daniel Sunjata, Nestor Carbonell, Joey King, Brett Cullen, Chris Ellis, Josh Stewart, Christopher Judge, Aidan Gillen, Adam Rodriguez, and Rob Brown.

The Dark Knight Rises opens July 20.

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Christian Bale, The Dark Knight Rises

The Dark Knight Rises was a hit at CinemaCon on Tuesday. According to TheWrap's Brent Lang, TDKR director / co-writer Christopher Nolan “spliced together a nearly wordless series of shots that showed the caped crusader (Christian Bale) duking it out with Bane (Tom Hardy), tangling with a very sultry Catwoman (Anne Hathaway) and once again being called on to save Gotham City from the brink of anarchy.”

Lang adds that “the applause that greeted the footage was thunderous, so much so that Warner Bros. might think about using it as a trailer.”

EW.com offers a few more details about the Dark Knight Rises footage, including the following:

The clips began with an extended scene of Bane … and his crew hijacking a plane in an innovative way. Then it cuts to a series of shots showing Christian Bale as an aging – and perhaps ailing – Batman. (This film is set eight years after 2008's The Dark Knight.)

Bale has sunken eyes; he looks pale and haggard, and uses a cane. …

An explosion seals off downtown Gotham, allowing an army of infiltrators – or maybe just the dispossessed – to lay waste to the privileged class of the city while police, and even Batman, are helpless to stop it. Unlike many popcorn blockbusters, TDKR is unafraid of civilian casualties of the villain's plot.

Baz Luhrmann / Leonardo DiCaprio / Carey Mulligan's The Great Gatsby, Peter Jackson / Martin Freeman / Ian McKellen's The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, and Adam Shankman / Tom Cruise's Rock of Ages were the other previews of upcoming Warner Bros. screened at CinemaCon.

Co-written by Jonathan Nolan, in addition to Bale, Hathaway, and Hardy, The Dark Knight Rises features La Vie en Rose / Rust & Bone's Marion Cotillard, This Means War / Wettest Country's Tom Hardy, 50/50 / Inception's Joseph Gordon-Levitt, The Man Who Would Be King / Hannah and Her Sisters' Michael Caine, Street Smart / Million Dollar Baby's Morgan Freeman, Reuben Reuben / Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence's Tom Conti, and Birdy / Full Metal Jacket's Matthew Modine.

Also: Battleship's Josh Pence, Juno Temple, Daniel Sunjata, Nestor Carbonell, Joey King, Brett Cullen, Chris Ellis, Josh Stewart, Christopher Judge, Aidan Gillen, Adam Rodriguez, and Rob Brown.

The Dark Knight Rises opens July 20.

April 8

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Tom Hardy, The Dark Knight Rises

The Dark Knight Rises has been rated PG-13 “for intense sequences of violence and action, some sensuality and language,” according to various online reports. Now, that Christopher Nolan's upcoming Batman movie will get a PG-13 rating is totally expected, but at this point in time the only PG-13-rated The Dark Knight Rises listed on the Motion Picture Association of America's website is The Dark Knight Rises' Prologue. That's it.

The Dark Knight Rises opens July 20. A few weeks ago, Nolan reportedly screened a rough cut of the film to Warner Bros. executives. No word on whether or not the film is actually ready to be rated. The purported source for this news is a “Warner Bros. exhibitor's” site.

So, either the MPAA will release an official rating to The Dark Knight Rises on Monday, or … this is another “Gary Ross is out of The Hunger Games' sequel Catching Fire” even though Ross apparently remains a player.

Written by Nolan and his brother Jonathan Nolan, The Dark Knight Rises stars Batman Begins / The Dark Knight's Christian Bale, Les Misérables / Love and Other Drugs' Anne Hathaway, La Vie en Rose / Inception's Marion Cotillard, This Means War / Wettest Country's Tom Hardy, Looper / Premium Rush's Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Sleuth / Alfie' Michael Caine, Driving Miss Daisy / The Shawshank Redemption's Morgan Freeman, Reuben Reuben / Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence's Tom Conti, and Pacific Heights / Full Metal Jacket's Matthew Modine.

Also: Juno Temple, Josh Pence, Daniel Sunjata, Nestor Carbonell, Joey King, Brett Cullen, Chris Ellis, Josh Stewart, Christopher Judge, Aidan Gillen, Adam Rodriguez, and Rob Brown.

Tom Hardy / The Dark Knight Rises photo: Ron Phillips / Warner Bros.

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  1. Chast

    Can you report on Rock of Ages and Tom Cruise's character Jaxx please?