Hero Express: Dark Knight Station – Rumors Confirmed, The Batwing & Bale Talks Batman 4

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 25th, 2012.

Batman, Bane and Catwoman Toys Revealed – (Superhero Hype)

At the U.K. Toy Fair, DC Direct unveiled a slew of action figures being added to their toy line and chief among them were prototypes of DKR Batman, Bane and Catwoman figurines in various sizes. Toy news site Idle Hands has scanned images of the toys from DC Direct’s catalog, and they offer perhaps the clearest look at the characters’ design, particularly Catwoman’s, which has been the least prevalent in Dark Knight Rises‘ marketing.

Bow to my laughable MS Paint skills

Don’t hold me to it, but it also looks as though the Batsuit’s had some changes made since The Dark Knight. I can’t say for sure because I’m judging only by memory, but I do have about 50 viewings of TDK under my belt. Then again, these are prototypes, so who knows.

SPOILER ALERT: Someone Confirms Being On Set, Casting Rumors Put to Rest – (Splash page)

There’s really no way around the spoiler in this story, so I’m not going to give the details here, on the off-chance it’s something you’d like kept a surprise. Just let it be known that someone pertaining to The Dark Knight Rises, who hasn’t yet been officially discussed, confirmed shooting for an hour and a half on set. The interview with said person comes from ShowbizSpy, who finally put to rest a rumor that has been plaguing the production for some time.

I will say that it truthfully isn’t a game-breaking reveal, so if you’re only trying to avoid the biggest spoilers you’re probably safe.

Meanwhile, in a separate story, another rumor has come to an end as well. The interviewee confirmed their role in TDKR, and while it’s probably even less of a secret than the one above, I don’t want to be responsible for ruining the experience for anyone come July 20th. Splash Page logically deduced that this reveal is likely evidence of a bigger, more hotly debated rumor. Here’s a vague quote from the actor:

I can’t give too much away because I promised Mr. Nolan I wouldn’t say anything […] There are too many secrets about the character and the movie.

Sorry for all the leading-on and tip-toeing around the subject. I know that secrets and teases can be infuriating, but I’m invested deeply enough in this movie that reading these articles to report on them is slowly killing me inside. I’m sure there are others out there like me, who’d love to hear as little as possible before the big day. If you want, hit the links to story #1 and #2 here, and read on.

The “Batwing” Gets Its Official Name – It’s Kind of Boring – (Cinema Blend)

As far as Batman tropes and conventions go, the tradition of adding the “bat-” prefix to all his gadgets is one of the lamer ones. It must have been an interesting dilemma for Christopher Nolan when he began work on Batman Begins, because as beloved and iconic as the Batmobile is, having a gritty, realistic Batman refer to it as such would be ridiculous. Of course, he found a successful solution to the problem with the Tumbler, arguably the coolest and biggest departure from the classic iterations of the vehicle, but then he managed to bring in the old etymological method for the Batpod in The Dark Knight without it feeling campy and out-of-place.

Well, trailers and promos have revealed that The Dark Knight Rises is going to feature the most outlandish form of Bat-transportation yet, in a low-flying space-ship looking thing, appropriately nicknamed the Batwing by fans.

Welcome to Earf?

However, this from image Hot Wheels’ planned remote control toy of the vehicle seem to indicate that the flying tank is going to simply be called…

The Bat? Oh.

Truthfully it doesn’t matter at all what the thing’s called, particularly because I doubt the characters are going to be referring to it by name over and over again throughout the movie, but that’s pretty unimaginative, isn’t it? It could also be simply that it doesn’t have a name, and this is Hot Wheels’ temporary placeholder. We’ll have to wait and see.

I guess the reason I care at all about this story is that this vehicle in general really makes me nervous. This is the most far-fetched thing in the entire trilogy and I’m worried it’s going to break the realism. I also can’t imagine what its purpose is, seeing as it appears to be an exclusively low-flying vehicle. Alright, I don’t want to go off on a tangent, and I’ve just remembered my “Trust in Nolan” mantra so let’s move on.

Christian Bale’s Open to a Batman 4 – (Worst Previews)

If there’s any part of DKR‘s marketing that has been pushed hardest, it’s that this will be the final chapter in Nolan’s story. It’s why I’ve been hyperventilating since 2008, and it’s probably the biggest example of Christopher Nolan’s unwavering middle finger to the Hollywood tradition of beating a prize horse until it’s dead, and continuing to beat it after it’s rotted and melted away into dirt. None of the higher-ups involved in this movie want to see the series die when it’s this much of a cash cow, but Nolan isn’t going to let that kind of pressure affect his work (He also refused to put his movie in 3D, opting instead for some of the most difficult to use, expensive and high quality camera tech available). Sorry, the story has almost nothing to do with that, but I’m kind of in love with Chris Nolan.

The point of it all is that Christian Bale recently did an interview with Empire, where he reneged on his previous statements that TDKR would unquestionably be his last Batman movie:

All I know is the likelihood that this will be the last one,” Bale explained. “Well, I wouldn’t say definitely. If Chris goes, ‘Hey, I’ve got another story I think could be interesting,’ then yeah, great, I’d go do that. I always assumed it would be three, but I could be wrong.

Before we all get excited and start sending Nolan our best Batman fan-fic for inspiration, keep in mind this doesn’t really mean anything at all. Nolan’s still on the record adamantly stating this is the end of him and Batman. I would be surprised if he turned around on that any time soon, but if nothing else it’s really nice to hear Bale’s loyalty to the director, and it implies that he enjoyed playing Batman these past 7 years.

And on that note, that’s all for this week’s Dark Knight Station!
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