Christopher Nolan is known for using as little CGI and special effects as possible in his movies. When he does need to achieve the impossible, he calls on his visual effects supervisor, Paul Franklin. Franklin has worked on many of Nolan’s movies including Batman Begins, The Dark Knight, and most recently, Inception. He’ll be back to work on The Dark Knight Rises with Nolan later this year. Screen Junkies caught up with him for an interview after his Visual Effects Society Award win last night. Franklin was asked if the recently cast Anne Hathaway would have a digital stunt double (like Halle Berry did in 2004’s Catwoman) in The Dark Knight Rises. Here’s what he had to say:
No, no, not at all. We always start something like this trying to keep it as real as possible. We would only ever resort to digital doubles for some stunt moments or things like that. We try to keep them real. That’s the way Chris likes to make a film.
The conversation then switched over to Tom Hardy, who will be playing the freakishly strong Bane. Screen Junkies asked if there would be any CGI work with Tom Hardy’s character, to bring him to life the way he’s often portrayed in the comics. Franklin wasn’t sure about that question, stating that Christopher Nolan would be the best person to answer it.
Will Bane’s appearance be enhanced with CGI the way Two-Face was in The Dark Knight, or will Tom Hardy hit the gym and portray Bane in a more realistic manner? Let me know what you think in the comments.