The Dark Knight Rises is the movie you can’t avoid this summer and if you’re like millions of fans, you probably won’t want to, anyway. So make sure you don’t miss this new 13-minute long featurette with the cast and crew’s behind-the-scenes commentary. Watch it after the jump.
Director Christopher Nolan, actors Christian Bale (Bruce Wayne/Batman), Anne Hathaway (Selina Kyle/Catwoman), Tom Hardy (Bane), Joseph Gordon-Levitt (John Blake), Michael Caine (Alfred), Gary Oldman (Commissioner Gordon) and various producers all share their thoughts in the above featurette — which, if it does nothing else, will give you nightmares about that creepy mask over Tom Hardy’s face. And of course, it will make covet Anne Hathaway’s red lipstick and body in that skintight cat unitard.
Consider our interest piqued. Even if we can’t officially sign off on the wisdom of Christian Bale’s current facial hair.
All right guys and gals, what we have here is the new trailer for Christopher Nolan’s upcoming summer blockbuster mindfuck Inception. Starring Leonardo DiCaprio as “Leonardo DiCaprio,” Ellen Page as “that girl from Juno” and Michael Caine as “an almost inexplicably perpetually entertaining prim Englishman,” Inception tackles the age-old question of honestly I have no idea what this movie is about. Leonardo DiCaprio specializes in “subconscious security” because, OK, sure, Ellen Page is super wide-eyed, and lots of explosions explode. I’m kidding! The trailer is seriously out of control awesome and all the actors look great.
Even if Inception winds up being a disappointment — which, come on now, it’s directed by Christopher Nolan and it stars Leonardo DiCaprio in one of his trademark “GQ man, back against the wall” performances, so it won’t be — Nolan has already announced that his next and final Batman film is due out on July 20, 2012. That alone is cause for excitement. I’ll happily plunk down my $12.50 if it means Nolan will get to continue to make emotionally complex, big-budget, big-spectacle blockbusters. Inception opens nationwide on July 16.
What is it about the old opening up a can of whoop-ass on the young? For those who didn’t get enough “senior empowerment” from Clint Eastwood’s Gran Torino, now Michael Caine has stepped into the ring with what basically looks to be the rough, English equivalent. Harry Brown opened on 350 screens in the UK last weekend, and the Samuel Goldwyn Company has just picked up the film for stateside distribution. In it, Caine plays the titular hero, a former Marine out for blood after his best friend is killed by a gang of marauding neighborhood thugs. The trailer (after the jump) limns his transition from Geritol to gun play, and makes it clear that Matlock has officially left the building.
There aren’t lots of salient, big-screen precedents for violent, avenging oldies like this — too small of an audience demographic is my guess — but the thing that Caine’s grim, determined visage here reminds me of most is the old CBS television series The Equalizer, in which Edward Woodward (also an Englishman) played an urban vigilante for hire in New York City. He was essentially a one-man A-team, except he was mannered, a little bit dapper, and of course, “mature”. He actually suffered a heart attack during the series and was, for a short time, replaced by none other than Robert Mitchum! Dig on the opening sequence, depicting the frightful anomie of 80’s Gotham.
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