DARK KNIGHT RISES to the occasion, anticipation exceeds expectation

Bat boys and girls the wait is finally over.  The last installment of the Batman adventure is upon us and the DARK KNIGHT RISES brings the story of the masked hero full circle in an absorbing, intense, sexy and satisfying conclusion.  Sworn to secrecy –agreeing to hold all comments to the very last bat second– finally we can divulge our intelligence.  OK, enough of the “bat cave speak.”  Cast members from one of this year’s most anticipated sequels discussed the film and what it means to be a part of bat history.  OK, that last one was too hard to resist.

You know the story well; you’ve fallen in love with the film’s principal cast.  Read what some of them had to say about the DARK KNIGHT RISES, from Warner Bros. Pictures —

Q. You began this journey as the character Batman in 2005.  When you see yourself in the costume today, what are your reflections?

Christian Bale: Initially, I inherited the costume previously worn by Val Kilmer and it didn’t fit very well.  At first, I couldn’t breathe and I kept thinking how tight the costume fit, it was squeezing my head and I thought I would have a panic attack.  Then I tried to relax by breathing deeply and after about 20 minutes or so I just stood there by myself and thought if  I would talk very quietly, calmly…maybe I could get through it.  And, in the same way that ‘Bruce Wayne’ approves the suit, we approved the suit for ourselves, it became fun at that point; the panic attack aspect was lost because I was able to rip it off myself if I started seeing stars and couldn’t breathe. Very soon thereafter I realized this is it, I’m not going to be taking this cowl off again so with that realization and the pride of what we had set out to do, it was a very important moment for me. It’s been a very important character; I’ve played the character three times and the movies themselves have changed my life and changed my career so I appreciate that.

Q.  Your role as Catwoman is quite physically demanding, particularly wearing a tight costume and very high heels.  Would you describe this job as pain and pleasure?

Anne Hathaway: Well, when I got the part, the director called me into his office and said, ‘OK, there’s going to be a lot of fighting.   I am reading between the lines here and I just went to the gym and came out fully wrecked, it was a complete transformation. I’ve never done anything like that, it wasn’t just about looking a certain way, I had to learn to fight, I had to become strong enough to be able to fight for many days at a time.  I felt very lucky.  I feel that in a situation like this one and from what other actresses have gone through, there is a sort of mandate that comes to you that encourages you to deal with how you have to look.  The way I was treated on this movie was learn how to do what you need to do and however you look, that’s the way the character would look.  I just felt –as a woman– very protected in that way. Regarding working in those heels, its just part of being a woman and you just figure it out. Devil Wears Prada was good training for that. I ran up and down the streets of Manhattan so I just ran up and down Gotham City.

Q: Did either of you have second thoughts or play hard to get when the request was made of you to be in this film franchise?

Michael Caine: I was at home one Sunday morning about nine years ago and there was a knock at the door.  Chris (Nolan) was standing there and I recognized him from his work on previous films.  He had a script in his hand and I thought, ‘Oh, this is going to be a lovely little thriller we’re going to do.’  He came in and we talked.  I asked the name of his film and he said, “Batman Begins.”  I said, you mean Batman?  He said, “Yeah.”  Here I was thinking he was going to do some great big movie (tongue-in-cheek).  I thought, I’m too old to play Batman, I wonder who he wants me to be. I knew it wasn’t Catwoman (laughter).  He then said the butler. He gave me the script and I said I’ll give you a ring tomorrow. Chris is very secretive, and he said, “No, I want you to read this script now because I’m taking it away with me.” He didn’t want me to keep it so I read it and I said, ‘yes, I’ll do it.’  I was stunned by the writing because there was a relationship between Batman and the butler.  They were real people and they were written like a drama.  I said, yes, and I’ve never regretted saying that for one moment.

Morgan Freeman: He (Chris Nolan) didn’t show up at my door with a script. It was delivered but playing hard to get…absolutely not. It was really thrilling reading the script. I always wonder how people come up with my name for characters like this one.  It’s wonderful and I am very happy with it.


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