Cine Web Radio interviewed The Dark Knight Rises concept artist Tully Summers about his experience working on the movie. The interview is in French, but I’ve got a translated version below thanks to Comic Book Movie.
Summers did concept art for Men in Black III and was asked about going from that, to a more realistic movie like The Dark Knight Rises:
The difference for me was Christopher Nolan’s visual style. One of the things that makes his Batman movies so compelling is their tone of plausibility. He will often prefer a raw, grittier design over one that is very sleek and product design pretty. It’s sort of a practical military aesthetic. This stuff is made to work, not impress shoppers. The Dark Knight Rises is a war film.
Summers worked on concept art for Catwoman and Bane, and was asked about all the fan photos that were posted online last summer:
Films like Batman are meticulously planned. Every shot is storyboarded, framed, lighted and choreographed to camera. Any photos taken that are not from the intended camera are out of context. In a sense it’s like judging Sesame Street or the Muppets from a set photo: “That’s ridiculous! There’s a whole guy hanging out that character!” Christopher Nolan is a consummate filmmaker. Consider his body of work and his first 2 Batman movies. I don’t think fans will be disappointed.
We’ve seen evidence of a possible “war” between Gotham inmates and the police in The Dark Knight Rises trailer #2. Just how much havoc will Bane bring to Gotham City? We’ll find out this summer!