Warner Bros. issues press release, ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ production officially begins

The Dark Knight Rises kicked off production earlier this month in India and is currently underway in London. Today, Warner Bros. issued an official press release with a few more details about The Dark Knight Rises’ production:

Production Begins on “The Dark Knight Rises”

Filming will take place on three continents, with an all-star cast working under the direction of Christopher Nolan

BURBANK, CA, May 19, 2011 – Principal photography has begun on Warner Bros. Pictures’ and Legendary Pictures’ “The Dark Knight Rises,” the epic conclusion to filmmaker Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy.

Leading an all-star international cast, Oscar® winner Christian Bale (“The Fighter”) again plays the dual role of Bruce Wayne/Batman.

The film also stars Anne Hathaway, as Selina Kyle; Tom Hardy, as Bane; Oscar® winner Marion Cotillard (“La Vie en Rose”), as Miranda Tate; and Joseph Gordon-Levitt, as John Blake.

Returning to the main cast, Oscar® winner Michael Caine (“The Cider House Rules”) plays Alfred; Gary Oldman is Commissioner Gordon; and Oscar® winner Morgan Freeman (“Million Dollar Baby”) reprises the role of Lucius Fox.

In helming “The Dark Knight Rises,” Christopher Nolan is utilizing IMAX® cameras even more extensively than he did on “The Dark Knight,” which had marked the first time ever that a major feature film was partially shot with IMAX® cameras. The results were so spectacular that the director wanted to expand the use of the large-format cameras for this film.

The screenplay for “The Dark Knight Rises” is written by Christopher Nolan and Jonathan Nolan, story by Christopher Nolan & David S. Goyer. The film is being produced by Emma Thomas, Christopher Nolan and Charles Roven, who previously teamed on “Batman Begins” and the record-breaking blockbuster “The Dark Knight.” The executive producers are Benjamin Melniker, Michael E. Uslan, Kevin De La Noy and Thomas Tull, with Jordan Goldberg serving as co-producer. “The Dark Knight” is based upon characters appearing in comic books published by DC Comics. Batman was created by Bob Kane.

Behind the scenes, “The Dark Knight Rises” reunites the director with several of his longtime collaborators, all of whom worked together on the “The Dark Knight.” The creative team includes director of photography Wally Pfister, who recently won an Oscar® for his work on Nolan’s “Inception”; production designer Nathan Crowley; editor Lee Smith; and Oscar®-winning costume designer Lindy Hemming (“Topsy-Turvy”). In addition, Paul Franklin and Chris Corbould, who both won Oscars® for the effects in “Inception,” will supervise the visual and special effects, respectively. The music will be composed by Oscar® winner Hans Zimmer (“The Lion King”).

The locations for “The Dark Knight Rises” span three continents and include the American cities of Pittsburgh, New York and Los Angeles, as well as sites in India, England and Scotland.

“The Dark Knight Rises” is a presentation of Warner Bros. Pictures, in association with Legendary Pictures. Slated for release on July 20, 2012, the film will be distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.

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  •  No James Newton Howard collab this time for Zimmer?

    • I noticed that… Anyone know if James Newton Howard was mentioned in TDK’s press release?

      • Anonymous

         I’m trying to find it but I do remember it mentioning JNH. I hope he is back in some capacity.

      • Zimmer’s style was much more prominent in both the BB and TDK scores..JNH was a second fiddle. I have a feeling we won’t hear JNH this time round.

      • I had read this article a while back, but now that I look at it again, they mention JNH only when they’re talking about Batman Begins and TDK, not TDKR.


      • Antrozous

         I believe is off this time. As long as they keep using is past compositions I can live with that. Don´t forget that most of Bruce Wayne´s music bits is from James Newton Howard…

  • Kyle Gass

     Nothing on Robin Williams or Hugo Strage for that matter! =-/

  • Anonymous

     Super excited now!! It’s official. TDKR is upon us!!

  • Anonymous

     i hope the movie destroys avatar from the top spot

    •  seriously! that would be epic

    • Yllscin

      I totally hope the same. Though I’m a little sad that this is the last movie in the series. I will miss Christopher’s incredible direction and stories and especially Bale’s Bruce Wayne/Batman.. :'(

  • Lennox

    The cast still seems like it’s incomplete and smaller
    compared to the first two films. It feels like it’s missing more recognisables
    actors and key characters.

    I hope the climactic fight between Christian Bale and Tom Hardy will knock everyone on their ass and be so amazing and action-packed, audiences all over the world will be left breathless.

  • Johanna Börjeson

    Let me tell you, this will be an Anne Hathaway you’ve never seen, and she’s
    going to knock everyone’s socks off in The Dark Knight Rises! You are going to
    be so killed by her performance. I can’t tell you how good she is going to be
    as a strong, empowered, sexy Catwoman. Oh, she is going to be so good in this.
    It’s unbelievable the performance she is going to give. It’s amazing. Hahah..
    freakin’ fantastic, can’t wait! Man! I feel like a woman!

    • Antrozous

       Of course you can´t tell us and you know why? Because there´s no performance yet! Unless you came from the future and have seen something we don´t you better take your anti-excitement pills…

  • Whitney

    would, like, die to be in The Dark Knight Rises. Being around all those hot
    guys. That would be my biggest dream in life! I want to be a villainess! I
    would be one that was probably nice – no, I kind of want to be evil! I don’t
    know what I’d want to be – just a villainess. I didn’t read the comic books,
    but my little brothers are obsessed with Batman.

  • Shakira

    Woooo! Christopher Nolan is the undisputed best and greatest director in the world! The Dark Knight Rises will be the biggest movie ever! Watch out Avatar!

  • Anonymous

    The amount of talent in this film is incredible!

    Can’t wait for the viral marketing to get picked up again, though it will be hard to capture the level of TDK’s anticipation, it was one of a kind. No harm in trying though…

  • Anonymous

    Shout out for David S Goyer , he has provided great input into Nolans Opus ! 

  • Just a random guy

    Thumbs up if you think this movie will poduce another oscar-winning performance

    • Anonymous

      As much as I would hope so, I can’t see the Academy giving an award to these types of roles, however good (especially twice in a row, Heath was a one in a million exception) though I hope I’m wrong, maybe Hardy will completely blow us away.

      That said, I’m hoping Nolan & co. continue to get nominated…

  • F9

    I’m guessing a website will launching soon.  Just a few days ago if you went to http://www.thedarkknightrises.com/, there was just a parked domain page.  Now there’s an Apache 403 error. 

  • angelgr89

    Where is Scare Crow? I want to see an Arkham Asylum style mind eff!

    • Antrozous

      You have to understand that the press release only covered principal cast and principal crew. Many other actors will participate in the film and if Cillian Murphy is to return it will be as an special appearance or something…

  • Carlaenorth

    Christian Bale is Divine…..  

    • Natraylock

      Mmmm, that’ll be an interesting biopic. 

  • Anonymous

    I lost count how many times they said Oscar in that press release. I think it was 8. You don’t round up talent like this for just any summer movie.

  • Anonymous

    I lost count how many times they said Oscar in that press release. I think it was 8. You don’t round up talent like this for just any summer movie.

  • That’s what I talkin about… the shit begins for real now!

  • Ben Sherwood

    Why the hell ain’t robin in the new movie !!!???

  • Im just wanna sayif this the movie , where the fuck is robin?

  • wher the fuck is robin?