UPDATE: More Details & A Video Review of THE DARK KNIGHT RISES Six Minute Prologue

IGN has a posted a new spoiler filled description of the prologue. Also, Collider has posted a video blog review of the Batman prologue that was filmed with Peter from /Film and Alex from FirstShowing.

WARNING! The IGN Description is posted below the Collider Video review because the IGN review is filled with lots of spoilers while the later is actually spoiler free for the most part.

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The rave reviews for the prologue keep on coming in, but the hiccup is still Bane's voice. When I asked Variety's Josh Dickey what he thought of the voice he said, "Yes, the Bane voice was indecipherable. That will be fixed by the time it hits theaters, I assure you. The accent is freakish."

Some of the reports came in that the accent was of a Russian sound, while others said it most certainly was a British accent. When I asked Josh Dickey if he clarify this issue, he responded, "Something like it. Like ... classic superhero cartoon mad genius villain sing-songy British."

Video Courtesy of Collider

Producer Emma Thomas told me that The Dark Knight Rises will have a lot more IMAX footage than The Dark Knight. While it’s still too early to tell the exact number, she thinks it could be between 40-50 minutes. Again, let me stress that number could change.

Christopher Nolan image Batman The Dark KnightI also asked Thomas about all the images and video that leaked from the set while they were filming on the streets around the world. She told me that while a number of pictures have been shot from the set, there is “an awful lot people have not seen.” She explained that a good deal of the sequences were filmed on soundstages, for which no set photos or leaks have emerged.

Regarding next summer’s Comic-Con (which takes place before The Dark Knight Rises opens), I mentioned that fans have been waiting for many years for the Nolan’s to visit San Diego and show some footage. She took my words under advisement, but wouldn’t say either way if they will be there next summer.

The montage of footage after the opening six minutes showed new looks at Batman, Bane, Catwoman, Joseph Gordon Levitt, and some awesome new weapons and vehicles.

While Bane was a mighty presence on screen, the same cannot be said for his voice, which I struggled to understand at certain points in the film. It remains to be seen if this was the final version of his voice or if it’s still a work in progress. I asked producer Charles Roven about the voice and he wouldn’t say if it’s the final mix or still a work in progress.

Next Friday the first full trailer for The Dark Knight Rises will be released on the same day the IMAX prologue hits theaters. However, don’t look for it online, as the Nolan’s like people to see their trailers for the first time in theaters, so I’d wager it will be officially released the following week on Yahoo or Apple. - Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub


IGN -The CIA is making a deal with local militia to turn Dr. Pavel over to them. Needless to say, Bane throws a wrench into the CIA's machine.

The CIA picks up their prisoner, Dr. Pavel, from some local militia who also offer the spies a bonus: Three prisoners with ties to the notorious masked mercenary known as "Bane." As the CIA's black ops flight soars over the countryside, we soon realize the CIA agent (played by The Wire and Game of Thrones' Aidan Gillen) is not as in control as he believes.

One of the masked prisoners is in fact Bane. The CIA are, in fact, his prisoner. The CIA agents learn the hard way not to mess with Bane in a mid-air action sequence.

Uses a set-piece that nods to the CIA "Skyhook" extraction maneuver Batman borrowed for his Hong Kong mission in the last film.

Hardy's Bane voice sounded distinct and cool.

There was brief new footage of Anne Hathaway as Catwoman and Selina Kyle, Christian Bale as Batman, Joseph Gordon-Levitt's John Blake, the new Bat-aerial assault vehicle, massive brawling on the streets of wintry Gotham, and, of course, Hardy as Bane. The final awesome shot of Bane will send a chill up the spine of every Bat-fan!

The Dark Knight Rises hits theaters July 20th 2012 and stars Christian Bale as Bruce Wayne/Batman, Michael Caine as Alfred Pennyworth, Garly Oldman as Jim Gordon, Tom Hardy as Bane, Anne Hathaway as Selina Kyle, Joseph Gordon-Levitt as John Blake and Marion Cotillard as Miranda Tate.

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