Hero Express: Dark Knight Station – Rumors, Easter Eggs and Tickets Already On Sale

Welcome to Dark Knight Station, the Hero Express‘s main stop for all the news on The Dark Knight Rises.We’ll keep you up to date on all the biggest bat-news coming straight from Gotham City.

Mind the gap and avoid the shadows; This stop is the Dark Knight Station for January 11th, 2012.

Rumors of a Clearer Bane Voice are False – (FilmDrunk)

In the wake of the DKR prologue, reports sprouted up claiming that Christopher Nolan was already working to clean up Bane’s muffled voice, and theaters would soon be getting the new, clearer audio versions to play for audiences. However, Collider recently went to Warner Bros. and IMAX for confirmation, and both have officially stated that no altered versions of the prologue have been sent.

In the trailer that quickly followed the 8-minute preview Bane was a lot easier to understand, with the majority of viewers issuing a pretty vocal sigh of relief. Personally, I’m still not entirely clear on what Bane is saying in the trailer but I’m not desperately worried. As I’ve mentioned earlier, this isn’t something the entire production team would have missed – dozens of people worked on Bane’s character, not to mention the time and energy spent on audio and editing. It would be impossible for this to be an oversight.

Fan Poster by DeviantArtist ~Jo7a

It’s difficult to do with a film as wildly anticipated as The Dark Knight Rises but we all have to sit back and resist judgment for now. We’re picking apart a minor piece of the puzzle that will likely be inconsequential by the time everything comes together. Have a little faith.

Unreleased Footage from The Dark Knight – (/Film)

Here’s a little change of pace: Kevin Smith, of all people, recently sent out a tweet featuring several minutes of unused and alternate footage from everyone’s favorite Batman movie. It includes some clips of Heath Ledger‘s Joker that you might not have seen before.

The few seconds of Ledger that debut here are just as striking as the footage that made it into the final film. It’s a brief reminder of how memorable the character is, and how talented an actor Ledger was. It’s the long shot of The Joker exiting the hospital that does it for me, rekindling the chilling sensation I had when I first saw The Dark Knight‘s Clown Prince of Crime.

Robin Easter Egg Debunked, But Here’s a Better One – (GammaSquad)

A lot of the time fans see what they want to see. And they take that and create an entire story around the thing they thought they saw. That’s the case with this shot of the crowd in the stadium scene of the latest trailer:

That is pretty a much spot-on replica of Robin’s logo posing as a sign for the Gotham Rogues football team. But to some, that one letter was a sign that Batman’s Boy Wonder would indeed appear in The Dark Knight Rises. Unfortunately for those Robin fans, this easter egg had nothing to do with the actual production at all. From Empire:

The day this scene was shot, there were 10,000 extras there at Heinz Field. Most of them brought their own props and costumes, so clearly one guy has been smart and, when drawing the ‘R’ for the ‘Rogues’ signs (for the Rogues are Gotham’s team), he’s drawn it in the style of a Robin logo, off his own back. So this is no more a ‘clue’ that Robin will be in the film than the presence of the Batman logo on a door during Following was a ‘clue’ that Nolan would one day make a Batman movie.

So, that ends that. But don’t go anywhere yet, here’s something much more interesting that likely slipped past even the most astute Gothamite:

I have no idea what relevance that would have to the plot, or if it actually is supposed to be the same necklace, but my mind is blown. Keep in mind that Bruce’s parents were killed in a mugging and Selina Kyle is a notorious ‘cat burglar’ herself, so there could be a possible connection. How the necklace managed to go from Joe Chill to Kyle’s jewelry drawer would be the big question. Speaking of Selina Kyle…

Hathaway on Playing Catwoman – (SplashPage)

In a new LA Times interview Anne Hathaway spoke at length about playing the infamous Femme Fatale of the Batman universe, and just like the rest of the cast, she’s got some very insightful thoughts about her character:

What’s come before doesn’t limit or even affect this new version. It doesn’t affect me because each Catwoman – and this is true in the comics as well – she is defined by the context of the Gotham City created around her. Catwoman is so influenced by Gotham and whoever is creating Gotham at the time. Michelle Pfeiffer’s Catwoman was informed by Tim Burton’s Gotham and Eartha Kitt was informed by Adam West’s Gotham. You have to live in whatever the reality of the world is and whatever Gotham is.

And on the subject of Gotham:

Gotham City is full of grace. You look at Heath’s performance as the Joker, there was a lot of madness there but there was also a grace and he had a code there. There’s a lot of belief and codes of behavior in Gotham and my character has one, too. A lot of the way she moves and interacts with people is informed by her worldview. Chris has given us all such complex, defined, sophisticated worldviews that it’s just a matter of doing your homework and getting underneath the character’s skin.

Hathaway certainly did her homework for the role, going all the way back to the original inspiration for Catwoman, Hedy Lamarr:

I know this sounds odd, but her breathing is extraordinary. She takes these long, deep, languid breaths and exhales slowly. There’s a shot of her in [the 1933 film] ‘Ecstasy’ exhaling a cigarette and I took probably five breaths during her one exhale. So I started working on my breathing a lot.

Splash Page mentions that the interview includes a tease regarding a critical scene of the movie, warning that it is a spoiler. Call it bad reporting if you must, but I won’t read the original interview to avoid the risk of having it spoiled. If you’re braver than I am, you can read about it yourself here.

Tom Hardy Caught Breaking a Back – (GeekTyrant)

A lot of people are excited about possibilities of a Batman finale involving the one villain who broke the Bat. I am one of them. The inclusion of Bane could mean any number of things, but the probability is that Batman will suffer some major loss to the villain this time around. Many die hard batfans are hoping that Bane will literally break Batman’s back as he did in the comics. Personally, I think it will be something different. This recent photo that appeared online will probably do nothing to settle the debate:

Either Batman’s had to make some cutbacks in this plunging economy, or that’s a crew member being broken up there. Geek Tyrant believes this could be another hint at a back-breaking scene making it into The Dark Knight Rises but I firmly believe this is just Tom Hardy goofing around on set.

Midnight IMAX Tickets Already on Sale – (Cinema Blend)

I’ll cut through the BS and get right to it, because this is something that probably scares you guys as much as it did me: Fandango is already selling tickets for the midnight opening show of TDKR in select locations. Cinema Blend states that New York has already been sold out, and that tickets seem to only be available in some major cities.

“Ticket Holders Only, Bro…”

It might be worth sigining up for Fandango’s FanAlert e-mail system now on the off-chance that tickets do become available near you without your knowledge. It should be loud and clear when tickets do become available in your city, but it can’t hurt to play it safe. I nearly had a heart attack when I read the news, but thankfully Toronto tickets aren’t being sold yet.

‘The Lion King Rises’ Trailer Mash-Up

And now to help you recover from your ticket sale-based anxiety attack, here’s The Lion King recut to match the audio from the Dark Knight Rises trailer, courtesy MovieMaestroTen:

That’s all for this edition of Hero Express: Dark Knight Station!

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