Dark Knight Rises, Man of Steel, The Walking Dead: July 9th Comic Reel

Mon, July 9th, 2012 at 9:04am PDT

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DARK KNIGHT RISES

The buzz surrounding "The Dark Knight Rises" has begun to reach a fever pitch with a veritable cornucopia of featurettes and interviews to check out. First up is this incredible behind-the-scenes featurette courtesy of IGN.

ABC News spoke with Christopher Nolan on the sound stage for the upcoming film.

Superhero Hype spoke to Nolan about the film's connection to Charles Dickens' "A Tale of Two Cities," where the director and his brother, Jonathan, mentioned how appropriate the comparison is.

"When Jonah showed me his first draft of his screenplay, it was 400 pages long or something," the director told Superhero Hype. "It had all this crazy stuff in it. As part of a primer when he handed it to me, he said, 'You've got to think of 'A Tale of Two Cities' which, of course, you've read.' I said, 'Absolutely.' I read the script and was a little baffled by a few things and realized that I'd never read 'A Tale of Two Cities'. It was just one of those things that I thought I had done. Then I got it, read it and absolutely loved it and got completely what he was talking about... When I did my draft on the script, it was all about 'A Tale of Two Cities.'"

"Chris and David started developing the story in 2008 right after the second film came out," Jonathan Nolan said. "Before the recession. Before Occupy Wall Street or any of that. Rather than being influenced by that, I was looking to old good books and good movies. Good literature for inspiration... What I always felt like we needed to do in a third film was, for lack of a better term, go there. All of these films have threatened to turn Gotham inside out and to collapse it on itself. None of them have actually achieved that until this film. 'A Tale of Two Cities' was, to me, one of the most harrowing portrait of a relatable, recognizable civilization that completely folded to pieces with the terrors in Paris in France in that period. It's hard to imagine that things can go that badly wrong."

Anne Hathaway spoke with MTV about her experience as Catwoman in "The Dark Knight Rises."

"The best [part of the costume]? I'm in 'Batman,'" Hathaway told MTV News. "That was the best. The worst, it doesn't matter -- I'm in 'Batman.' … This is not the sort of job where you nitpick or find things to complain about," she added. "I was as happy as I've been on anything on this one. It was, 'Count your lucky stars,' every single day."

Jake The Movie Guy has posted a massive video interview with the entire cast of the final installment of the trilogy. Lots of great stuff in this one.

Bale also spoke during a press conference covered by HitFix.com where the actor revealed a few details about the battle royale of Batman versus Bane.

"The thing I liked so much about the fight sequences with [Bane] is they're never just knock-down fight sequences," Bale said. "You learn something more about each character throughout each fight, which is the mark of a good fight. ...You learn about what Batman has had to go through from the beginning of the movie to the end in order to be able to defeat this man. And you're learning about Bane as well, and the changes that have come over him. And that's always essential in any fight. That's really what you're looking for... We've seen so many people punching each other non-stop, who cares? You're looking for 'what are the changes? What are the weaknesses? What are the strengths of each character that are going to allow them to dominate one or the other?'"

Finally, Ropes of Silicon has posted ten new stills from "The Dark Knight Rises." Click through for the full gallery and check out this shot of Catwoman below.

Opens July 20

MAN OF STEEL

The "Man of Steel" Facebook page has posted this new augmented reality banner. If you've got a smartphone, you can scan the QR code for an enhanced experience.

Opens June 14, 2013

THE WALKING DEAD

In a new episode of "Talking Dead," fans got a cool glimpse at a couple of season three tidbits, including this first look at Danai Gurira in action as Michonne:

…and this behind-the-scenes look at the prison with Steven Yeun:

Showrunner Glen Mazzara spoke with Entertainment Weekly about the third season, Michonne and David Morrissey coming on as The Governor.

"David is an incredibly talented actor with a lot of magnetism," Mazzara told EW, "and we need somebody who can serve as the foundation, the pillar, for an entire storyline, an entire world of Woodbury. David has the strength to do that. I also think that David's approach to the character was spot on. He understands that this is an interesting, complex, multilayered, dark figure, and he's very interested in playing that."

Season three premieres this fall on AMC

JUSTICE LEAGUE

The Associated Press spoke with Christopher Nolan about "The Dark Knight Rises" and asked if he has any plans for "Justice League."

"No, none at all," Nolan said. "We're finished with all we're doing with Batman. This is the end of our take on this character. … Batman will outlive us all, and our interpretation was ours. Obviously, we consider it definitive and kind of finished. The great thing about Batman is he lives on for future generations to reinterpret, and obviously, Warners will have to decide in the future what they're going to do with him. We’ve had our say on the character. ... I've got no plans to do anything more, and certainly, no involvement with any 'Justice League' project."

THE AVENGERS 2

It's not the most reliable source, but The Sun has picked up on a rumor that Scarlett Johansson is set to be paid 13 million pounds for her role in "The Avengers 2" -- but that's not really the most interesting part of the story. According to the Sun's source, "Everyone is confident she'll sign and be ready for 2013 filming." Is "The Avengers 2" starting to film next year? File this one under rumor until there's more information.

STAR TREK 2

Digital Spy picked up on an interesting tidbit from a comment Karl Urban made. The actor, who plays Dr. McCoy, said of newcomer Benedict Cumberbatch, ""He's awesome, he's a great addition, and I think his Gary Mitchell is going to be exemplary."

Cumberbatch's role has been under wraps for quite some time -- but Gary Mitchell is an interesting choice for a villain. The character Gary Mitchell served on the Enterprise as helm officer until his death. According to canon, he was close with James Kirk and plotted his life and social activities.

Opens May 17, 2013

ASSASSIN'S CREED

According to Variety, Michael Fassbender plans to star and co-produce a film adaptation of the "Assassins Creed" video game. It's unknown at this time which character Fassbender would play -- but the timing seems appropriate as Ubisoft gears up marketing for "Assassin's Creed III," which takes place in colonial America.

DREDD

Bleeding Cool reports that "Dredd" writer Alex Garland actually has a trilogy of "Judge Dredd" films planned. Garland expounded on the conditions that need to be met in order to turn "Dredd" into a larger franchise of films.

"We’ll see a sequel if the gross is above $50 million in the US," said Garland. "It’s a simple financial equation. We’re an independent movie… In terms of Dark Judges, I wrote Death into this script, but it didn’t feel right for the first film. I thought it felt right but after about 16 drafts and it really didn’t work out. I needed to have set up the city and Dredd first before taking on what is essentially a riff on the Judges. You need to know what the Judges are before you can subvert them. I wrote a second script which was about Dredd going out to the Cursed Earth. That was rejected for similar reasons. If they want to make sequels, I’ve got a story that goes from this one into the origins of Dredd and the city. Then the third one has would have a strange, existential attack from the Dark Judges."

Opens September 21

ROBOCOP

"Robocop" has set up a cool viral website for Omnicorp featuring a video of the Omnicorp technology -- including Robocop (or the RC-2000). The website seems to have a lot of restricted access points, but it does look pretty cool.

Opens August 9, 2013

THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY

Peter Jackson revealed a Comic-Con poster for "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey." Check out Gandalf in all his glory below.

Opens December 14

ARROW

Comic Book Movie has posted a transcript of The Outhousers podcast interview with Marc Guggenheim, where the "Arrow" producer spoke briefly about the show in general and the possibility of other DC hero cameos.

"This is a brand new take [on Green Arrow]. Smallville was an amazing show, it was an incredible vision of Superman and a lot of other DC superheroes including Green Arrow," Guggenheim said. "This is a different take. This is taking Green Arrow from the ground up and making him the center of a show and we have to change the tone to fit the character. [The show] will be much more grounded, more realistic because he's a more realistic superhero than Superman, he doesn't fly, he doesn't have x-ray vision, he doesn't have super powers and our show reflects that."

Meanwhile, The CW plans to distribute an "Arrow" 10-page preview comic at CCI 2012 this week that will be a part of the series' canon.

"The Oliver Queen that we're doing a show about is a little bit more tortured, a little darker and lives more in the real world," Showrunner Kresiberg told TV Guide. "To us those 10 pages are canon and [for] anyone who grabs a copy: Hold onto it and as the series progresses, you'll appreciate it more and more."

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