BOF's 2011 RISES Coverage
Posted by: Jett
December 27, 2011
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As 2011 comes to and end, I posted a chronology of BOF's coverage of THE DARK KNIGHT RISES. All major stories and events are included. Enjoy! - "Jett"


 Officical press release announcing Tom Hardy and Anne Hathaway have been cast as Bane and Selina Kyle, respectively, in THE DARK KNIGHT RISES.

 Michael Uslan talks to BOF about the casting of Hardy and Hathaway.

 BOF Podcast on the casting of Hardy and Hathaway.


 Part 2 of the BOF Podcast discussing the casting of Hardy and Hathaway.

 "So Who Is Bane?" - A quick history of the character by BOF's Chris Clow.

 On February 10th, BOF reports (via our old friend "A.P.") that some early filming on THE DARK KNIGHT RISES will take place in New York City...

"And so it begins! They are doing a plate shot in a helicopter over New York City this week. Apparently, Chris Nolan wants to get the city with snow on the ground."

We now know why he wanted to get these shot with snow on the ground and rooftops.

 On February 11th, "A.P." provides BOF with the following info...

"There's going to be something big shot at the New York Stock Exchange, probably in October. Word has it that principal photography will start in India."

 Marion Cotillard is cast in THE DARK KNIGHT RISES as "Miranda Tate." Miranda Tate? Sure.

 Video interview with Tom Hardy discussing his preparation for the role of Bane.

 Video interview with director Chris Nolan at the 2011 Oscars.


 A possible filming locale in Pittsburgh is revealed.

 March 3rd, 2011 - "A.P." is back with some intel about Batman's new vehicle in RISES...

"One of my sources mentioned the possibility of an appearance of [an aerial Bat-Vehicle]. The more I thought about it, the more sense it made with the planned shooting locations. Could be interesting!"

And he was right, yet again!

 Video interview with Gary Oldman who says RISES brings the story back to BATMAN BEGINS.

 On March 19th, it is offically announced that Juno Temple has joined the cast as "A street-smart Gotham girl."

 BOF reports that Team Nolan was spotted in the London area scouting a mansion to be used as Wayne Manor.

 In a video interview, Gary Oldman confirms that director Chris Nolan is very anal.


 On April 5th, director Chris Nolan confirms RISES will film in Pittsburgh...

"Pittsburgh is a beautiful city," said director Chirs Nolan. "We have been able to find everything we were looking for here, and I am excited to spend the summer in Pittsburgh with our final installment of Batman."

 On April 7th, "A.P." informs BOF that Team Nolan was in New York City scouting locations.

 Josh Pence is cast as the young version of Ra's Al Ghul.

 A BOF PODCAST: "A Young Ra's Al Ghul and a Reboot Already?"

 Daniel Sunjata is cast in an unspecified role.

 On April 15th, it's reported that Nestor Carbonell is "in negotiations" join the cast of THE DARK KNIGHT RISES and reprise his role as the mayor of Gotham City.

 Warner Bros./Chris Nolan officially reveal the roles that will be played by Jospeh Gordon-Levitt and Marion Cotillard.

 Filming is about to begin in India.


 Around May 12th, BOF reports that production moves from India to the U.K., London specifically.

 On May 13th, it's revealed that Alon Aboutboul has been cast as an "Evil Scientist" in RISES and that the film has a production budget of $250 million.

 GPD SWAT vans are being used in the London shoot.

 Warner Bros. releases the first full press release for RISES.

 On May 19th, "A.P." reveals the following information about filming in New York City...

"It's going to last 12 days and I'm not totally sure of the timeline, but I think it's this Fall."

Which it was -- October specifically.

 The official site for the film -- THEDARKKNIGHTRISES.COM -- goes live with a viral campaign that ultimately reveals the first image of Tom Hardy as Bane.

 On May 20th, it is revealed that Matthew Modine, Tom Conti, and Joey King have joined the RISES cast.

 On May 24th, it is revealed that Brett Cullen and Chris Ellis have joined the RISES cast. Cullen will play a judge and Ellis a priest.

 In late May, Scotland prep begins.

 On May 28th, it is revealed that some filming will take place in the Fall in New Jersey.


 The new Wayne Manor is revealed.

 On June 10th, Morgan Freeman reveals he starts work " about three weeks in the U.K. Then we'll be in Pittsburgh and Los Angeles."

 On June 24th, it is announced that Josh Stewart has joined the cast in an undisclosed role.

 On June 28th, BOF reports that a "big stunt" will be filmed around Scotlands "A9 road."


 An image from the "big stunt" that filmed in Scotland is released.

 Video interview with Tom Hardy on the film's security and director Chris Nolan.

 The first teaser poster/one sheet for the film is released.

 On July 14th, BOF reports that THE DARK KNIGHT RISES is wrapping up the UK shoot today at the "Old Royal Naval College."

 The first trailer for RISES is released.

 In a new BOF Podcast, we discuss the first trailer for RISES.

 Video interview with Tom Hardy.

 Nolan says it's going to "snow" this Summer in Pittsburgh!

 RISES production arrives in Pittsburgh.

 A Gotham cab is spotted in Pittsburgh.

 Gotham new vans spotted in Pittsburgh.

 Lots of GPD cars in Pittsburgh.

 Chris Nolan's press conference in Pittsburgh.

 The "new" Tumbler is revealed.


 News report on the filming of RISES in Pittsburgh.

 Tom Hardy talks about Bane in RISES.

 The first official image of Anne Hathaway as Catwoman is released by WB.

 Video interview with Anne Hathaway discussing her Catwoman suit in RISES.

 News report from Pittsburgh on the RISES filming taking place in the city.

 On August 10th, BOF reports that a "big action scene" will be filmed in New York City on the Queensboro Bridge.


 Pictures of the SoCal set being built outside of Los Angeles.

 Jett's talks THE DARK KNIGHT RISES with the local CBS radio station in Pittsburgh.

 Anne Hathaway talks RISES and Catwoman -- and raps too -- on CONAN.

 Anne Hathaway talks Catwoman and RISES on CHELSEA LATELY.

 Anne Hathaway talks Catwoman and RISES on THE DAILY SHOW.

 On August 21st, BOF reports that shooting in Pittsburgh has ended and production is moving to Los Angeles.

 Video interview with Tom Hardy talking about the genius of Chris Nolan.

 A few images from the Los Angeles area RISES set.

 On August 27th, a BOF'er provided the following intel from the LA set...

"Hey Jett! Filming began tonight at the Xx Xxxxxx, CA location. I know your a non-spoiler site, so I won't divulge any info. I do have some set pics I can send your way. I consider them non-spoilerish, but some of it is more of the same [I already sent you]. Anyway, just giving you the heads up. Security has been really cool about letting us watch filming (from far away, mind you), as long as we didn't take any pics or video. Of course, all of us were willing to miss out on pics so that we could see some the cool things going on. Anyway, filming will continue her through Sept 1st. I seriously doubt any major spoilers will come out of this shoot -- this is DEFINITELY not Pittsburgh and security is extremely tight."

 On August 30th, it's reported that the Henrhyd Waterfall in the Neath Valley of Wales will serve as part of The Batcave in THE DARK KNIGHT RISES.

 Tom Hardy on fanboy nonsense.


 Picture of Morgan Freeman on the Torrance, CA RISES set.

 Image of a HUGE stunt and set being prepped on location in LA.

 Video interview with Marion Cotillard talking a bit about RISES.

 Images from a night shoot in Los Angeles.

 Video interview with Nestor Carbonell talking RISES.

 On September 15th, BOF posted the following quote from Joseph Gordon-Levitt...

"I can tell you that one of the things I admire most about Mr. Nolan is that he understands that the story begins before the movie does. He's already telling the story that he's got cooked up. He's a master storyteller. Every little bit of information he lets out, he does it at the proper time. Far be it for me to preempt the rhythm of his. I love that people are excited about it. I guarantee, as an audience member, one will have the best experience if one just trusts him."

 On September 16th, BOF posted the following quote from Gary Oldman...

"I canít tell you anything about it, Iím sworn to secrecy! Itís a terrific script, itís a great storyThere was obviously a bit of pressure on Chris to make another one, but he can call the shots now, and I donít think heíd have made a third for the sake of it. He really wanted to complete whatís, I guess, the trilogy. And heís come up with something very special."

 Video interview with Tom Hardy.

 Video interview with Joseph Gordon-Levitt.

 On September 21st, it's reported that the ending sequence of THE DARK KNIGHT RISES will be very VFX-heavy. In additon, the ending is so secret that only 5 people (including Chris Nolan) even know what it is.

 Video interview with Tom Hardy saying it's not smart to piss off Christian Bale.

 On September 29th, BOF posted a blurg from Kris Tapley's interview with JGL...

"It's cool that people are excited about the movie. I'm excited about the movie. And I would be really excited if I weren't in it. I get why people are interested. But sometimes it can be a little weird because we try really hard to get the details right and make a great experience for the audience. And then when other shots that aren't, like, how we want to present them, or shots that we wouldn't want to be presented to the audience sort of get out there, it can be a little, 'Oh well.' The truth is I feel like audience members will probably enjoy the movie a lot more if they avoid those types of spoilers."

 On September 30th, BOF posted the following blurb from screenwriter Jonathan Nolan...

"You know, Chris loves to shoot on these IMAX cameras, these massive cameras. As soon as you release something in the theaters, like a trailer, people go in and they record it with their iPhone or a camera, and they put it online. But when we first released that IMAX prologue for THE DARK KNIGHT, the image was so big that no one could record the whole thing with their camera. So you have one YouTube video of the top half of it and another YouTube video of the bottom half. I think the goal with those movies and the thing that Chris is doing and just kicking ass with is making a movie so big that you couldnít possibly fit all of it. Even in tiny little pieces, you still wouldnít get a sense of the scale of it. I saw a little bit the other day, and the scale is just vast."


 On October 3rd, it's reported that Italian actor Massi Furlan has joined the cast in an unspecified role.

 Video interview with Juno Temple.

 On October 15th, it's reported that Rob Brown has joined the cast in an unspecified role.

 Jonathan Nolan says that the end of the trilogy is bittersweet.

 On October 28th, it's reported that Trump Tower in New York will be used as "Wayne Enterprises."


 Hans Zimmer wants you to be part of the RISES soundtrack!

 On November 12th, "A.P." tells BOF that the "Big Bridge Scene" in NYC will be filmed on that day.

 On November 13th, it's reported that the RISES PROLOGUE will be rated PG-13.

 On November 15th, BOF reports filming on THE DARK KNIGHT RISES has come to an end.

 Liam Neeson says that he's eager to see RISES.

 On November 17th, Mathew Modine explains why the "OWS" protests were not used in RISES...

"The wisdom of Christopher Nolan and his incredible team was that, while it seemed like a good idea to give [the protestors] an opportunity for work, to give them money, it would send a terrible message. At the end of the day, we're making a movie. What's happening down there is more important than that. To co-opt what's happening there and around the country...we didn't want to trivialize it. It was more important to respect what they're doing than to do anything that could potentially trivialize the political situation downtown."

 New images of Bane and Batman are revealed in EMPIRE MAGAZINE.

 Christian Bale talks about the end of his run as the cinematic Batman.

 Christopher Nolan talks about the trilogy coming to a close and the end of filming.

 Chris Nolan reveals the basic plot of the RISES PROLOGUE.

 Video interview with Gary Oldman on RISES ending the trilogy.

 On November 25th, BOF posted the following quote from director Chris Nolan on the choice of Bane as the film's villain...

"With Bane, we are looking to give Batman a physical challenge that he hasnít had before. With our choice of villain and with our choice of story weíre testing Batman both physically as well as mentally. Also, in terms of finishing our story and increasing its scope, we were trying to craft an epic, so the physicality of the film became very important. Baneís a very different kind of villain than Batman has faced before in our films. Heís a great sort of movie monster, but with an incredible brain, and that was a side of him that hadnít been tapped before."

 Christian Bale says RISES is the end of an era.

 Video interview with Gary Oldman discussing filming in IMAX.


 Video interview with Gary Oldman revealing his RISES parting gift.

 Another video interview with Gary Oldman saying RISES is epic.

 Gary Oldman discusses "The Harvey Dent Act." The Harvey Dent Act?

 A new viral campaign begins. "Operation Early Bird."

 BOF/Jett attends the world premiere of THE DARK KNIGHT RISES PROLOGUE out in Los Angeles!

 The 2nd poster/one sheet for RISES is released.

 On December 12th, BOF posted the following quote from Chris Nolan...

"It was pretty emotional as we would finish these characters and say goodbye to Alfred for the last time and say goodbye to Commissioner Gordon and eventually, with Christian, fairly close to the end, saying goodbye to was a big deal. And with these newer characters too, finishing with Anne and all these guys. It was quite touching, I must say."

 BOF/Jett gets a map and shirt from Bane!

 BOF PODCAST: "PROLOGUE, Trailer #2, and What's Coming in 2012!"

 Trailer #2 for THE DARK KNIGHT RISES is released.

 Michael Uslan exclusively talks to BOF about the new trailer and PROLOGUE.

 Images of Bane and Batman officially released.

 Downloads of RISES trailer #2 break records.

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