Last night, three members of the NNAR team went to see Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol. Why, you ask? Because it was preceded by the first six minutes of The Dark Knight Rises! The third (and final) Batman installment will be released in the summer of 2012, a full four years after The Dark Knight, but we just couldn’t wait.
The first six minutes introduces Bane, a powerful masked villain who clearly has few qualms about crushing his enemies into oblivion, and hints at the epic scale of this film. Check out the video of our thoughts after the jump.
After years of rumors and speculation, the supporting cast/villains of the third Nolan Batman film, The Dark Knight Rises, were announced recently. Anne Hathaway will play Selina Kyle/Catwoman and Tom Hardy will play Bane. I’m not crazy about Hathaway, but Catwoman is an obvious choice for the tone of these movies, and I’ve learned better than to doubt Nolan’s casting choices. That said, while Hardy was one of the best parts of the incredible Inception, I have my reservations about Bane. Bane’s “power” stems from his use/abuse of the super steroid “Venom” which (in many depictions of the character) causes him to instantly grow to several times his usual size. Think the Hulk’s transformation, and you’re on the right track. Unless Nolan and company diverge significantly from traditional depictions of the character, I think Bane will have a hard time fitting into the “realistic” tone that has been carefully constructed over the previous two films. Here’s hoping I’m wrong.
What do you guys think?