Dark Knight Rises, Item 47, Booster Gold: July 24th Comic Reel

Tue, July 24th, 2012 at 9:07am PDT

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Steve Sunu, Staff Writer/Reviews Editor

DARK KNIGHT RISES

The Hollywood Reporter has posted a report saying Warner Bros. is making a donation to charities supporting victims of the shooting in Aurora, Colorado during a midnight screening of "The Dark Knight Rises." While the studio has not disclosed the actual amount of the donation, sources describe the sum as "substantial." Warner Bros. is the first of Hollywood organizations to contribute a donation.

A member of the SuperHeroHype forums has transcribed a massive chunk of Christopher Nolan's forward from "The Art and Making of The Dark Knight Trilogy" book and the takeaway is pretty revealing. Check out the section below where Nolan describes his thoughts on "Batman Begins" turning into a trilogy.

"People ask if we’d always planned a trilogy. This is like being asked whether you had planned on growing up, getting married, having kids. The answer is complicated. When David and I first started cracking open Bruce’s story, we flirted with what might come after, then backed away, not wanting to look too deep into the future. I didn’t want to know everything that Bruce couldn’t; I wanted to live it with him. I told David and Jonah to put everything they knew into each film as we made it. The entire cast and crew put all they had into the first film. Nothing held back. Nothing saved for next time. They built an entire city. Then Christian and Michael and Gary and Morgan and Liam and Cillian started living in it. Christian bit off a big chunk of Bruce Wayne’s life and made it utterly compelling. He took us into a pop icon’s mind and never let us notice for an instant the fanciful nature of Bruce’s methods.

"I never thought we’d do a second -- how many good sequels are there? Why roll those dice? But once I knew where it would take Bruce, and when I started to see glimpses of the antagonist, it became essential. We re-assembled the team and went back to Gotham. It had changed in three years. Bigger. More real. More modern. And a new force of chaos was coming to the fore. The ultimate scary clown, as brought to terrifying life by Heath. We’d held nothing back, but there were things we hadn’t been able to do the first time out -- a Batsuit with a flexible neck, shooting on Imax. And things we’d chickened out on -- destroying the Batmobile, burning up the villain’s blood money to show a complete disregard for conventional motivation. We took the supposed security of a sequel as license to throw caution to the wind and headed for the darkest corners of Gotham.

"I never thought we’d do a third -- are there any great second sequels? But I kept wondering about the end of Bruce’s journey, and once David and I discovered it, I had to see it for myself. We had come back to what we had barely dared whisper about in those first days in my garage. We had been making a trilogy. I called everyone back together for another tour of Gotham. Four years later, it was still there. It even seemed a little cleaner, a little more polished. Wayne Manor had been rebuilt. Familiar faces were back -- a little older, a little wiser . . . but not all was as it seemed. Gotham was rotting away at its foundations. A new evil bubbling up from beneath. Bruce had thought Batman was not needed anymore, but Bruce was wrong, just as I had been wrong. The Batman had to come back. I suppose he always will."

Finally, MTV spoke with Anne Hathaway about her first time reading the script for "The Dark Knight Rises."

"I was in a room by myself reading a script. I think there was a guard outside," Hathaway told MTV. "A part of me was trying to stay professional, like, 'This is going to be your one chance to read it for many, many months, so really take it in.' And a part of me was like, 'Holy shit! This is so cool! Oh my God! I am the envy of so many million people right now.' I just could not believe my luck, so I had those two things going: keeping it cool and, pardon the pun, batshit crazy."

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ITEM 47

It seems odd to continue giving the newest Marvel One-Shot its own entry, but it really is the most ambitious one yet. The short included on "The Avengers" Blu-ray clocks in at 12 minutes and stars both Lizzy Caplan and Jesse Bradford, who spoke with The Hollywood Reporter about their preparation and the elaborate backstory for the short during Comic-Con International in San Diego 2012.

"I think it becomes more important when it’s such a short piece, because you want to know where you’re coming from," Caplan told THR. "I mean, you don’t have the luxury of an entire script where you can connect those dots on your own. So I found it helpful."

"Yeah, me too. It grounds the whole thing," added Bradford. "I’m not an actor who requires back story, but if it’s there, or you’re inspired to do it, or if it’s there for you. And you’re right, that it’s just on a short [Laughs], it’s even more important."

Releases with "The Avengers" Blu-ray on September 25

THE WALKING DEAD

The Hollywood Reporter has posted an interview with "The Walking Dead" showrunner Glen Mazzara and stars Andrew Lincoln and Sarah Waynes Callies where Callies definitively states her opinion that Lori should die.

"[Former Walking Dead showrunner] Frank Darabont and I actually -- before he was tragically and unfairly removed from the show -- we used to argue about it," Callies told THR. "I argued that it was necessary to kill Lori and I feel very strongly that for all of the other deviations we may have from the comic book, killing Lori does something to Rick that is vital for the story and can't be done any other way. … I've said from the beginning, not only am I OK with Lori dying but I think she has to. I've played this character with an eye toward an end."

Season three premieres this fall on AMC

THE WOLVERINE

"The Wolverine" star Hugh Jackman spoke with The Sydney Morning Herald briefly about his desire to return playing Wolverine for the sixth time (if you count his cameo in "X-Men: First Class").

"I still love the character," he said. "I had no choice at the time [when offered the part for 'X-Men'] -- I was going to take anything that came along -- but I happen to have walked into probably the most interesting and complex of the superhero characters."

Opens July 26, 2013

TOTAL RECALL

Before getting to one of the weirdest reports associated with the "Total Recall" remake, here's a featurette from the film's official YouTube page about the movie's floating cars.

Now for the weird part: Kaitlyn Leeb, who plays the three-breasted Seductive Woman in "Total Recall" got asked at CCI if she had cosmetic surgery to add another breast for the film. Spoiler alert: she didn't. In fact, none of the breasts her character sports are real.

"There were a bunch of people at Comic Con asking if I had surgery for the third one," Leeb told the Calgary Herald. "Others thought that the two on the side were real. I guess that’s the one thing that bothers me the most is that they think I’m out there prancing around Comic Con with my breasts out. They really are not mine. I’m more covered than I am at a day-to-day basis."

Opens August 3

THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY

Peter Jackson did a CCI 2012 video blog!

Opens December 14

BOOSTER GOLD

According to MTV, the "Booster Gold" television adaptation over at SyFy will have a script turned in by next month.

“Yes! I’m actually turning that [script] in next month,” series writer Andrew Kreisberg told KSiteTV. “It was very cool; I got to meet Dan Jurgens last night, who created the character and the comic book, who I had never met before. So I spent a lot of time explaining to him what a fan I was, so he didn’t think I was some random gun for hire who was going to ruin his baby.”

Kreisberg is also currently writing and producing "Arrow," the adaptation of "Green Arrow" at the CW.

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