Not like I’m counting or anything….ok, maybe I am, but we’re just 22 days away from the release Christopher Nolan’s eagerly-awaited ‘The Dark Knight Rises.’ With that, Warner Bros has certainly ramped up the promotional campaign for the final installment in Nolan’s Batman saga in recent weeks. The latest piece of marketing for ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ is in the form of a response to the viral letter from Morgan Freeman’s Lucius Fox to Christian Bale’s Bruce Wayne concerning the recent history and future of Wayne Enterprises. That letter outlined the rivalries within the company that have started to come up against Bruce Wayne in the eight years since the events that took place in ‘The Dark Knight,’ to when we meet him again in ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ (you can read that letter in full here). Bruce Wayne’s response to Lucius Fox – who’s an integral part of Bruce Wayne/Batman’s inner circle alongside Michael Caine’s Alfred and Gary Oldman’s Commissioner Gordon – alludes to the Applied Sciences Division being shut down to suppress some of the suspicious members of Wayne Enterprises’ board. Check out the text for Bruce Wayne’s ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ viral letter below.

Tell the board that as of today the program is shut down. As we discussed before, there is too much at stake and the risk is too great. That is my only concern. 


While the overall plot for ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ is still shrouded in secrecy, I think it’s safe to say that that we can expect something rather special from the film judging by the subsequent installments in Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight saga (‘Batman Begins’ and ‘The Dark Knight’), the films marketing campaign, the first-rate cast and most importantly, for me, the films thrilling trailers. Based upon characters appearing in comic books published by DC Comics, ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ is set eight years after Batman took the fall for Two Face’s crimes in ‘The Dark Knight.’ The film sees the Caped Crusader resurface to protect a city that brands him an enemy as a new terrorist leader, Bane, overwhelms Gotham’s finest. ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ stars Christian Bale as Bruce Wayne/Batman, Anne Hathaway as Selina Kyle/Catwoman, Tom Hardy as Bane, Gary Oldman as Commissioner Jim Gordon, Joseph Gordon-Levitt as John Blake, Michael Caine as Alfred, Morgan Freeman as Lucius Fox, and Marion Cotillard as Miranda Tate. Juno Temple, Josh Pence, Daniel Sunjata, Nestor Carbonell, Tom Conti, Joey King, Brett Cullen, Chris Ellis, Josh Stewart, Christopher Judge, Adam Rodriguez and Rob Brown co-star. The screenplay for the film is written by Christopher Nolan and Jonathan Nolan, from a story by Nolan and David S. Goyer. ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ is unleashed in cinemas and IMAX on July 20th – I’m there! Check out the viral letter in its original form and the official synopsis and production notes for ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ below. Source: DEWGothamCity.

Warner Bros. Pictures’ and Legendary Pictures’ “The Dark Knight Rises” is the epic conclusion to filmmaker Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy. Leading an all-star international cast, Oscar® winner Christian Bale (“The Fighter”) again plays the dual role of Bruce Wayne/Batman. The film also stars Anne Hathaway, as Selina Kyle; Tom Hardy, as Bane; Oscar® winner Marion Cotillard (“La Vie en Rose”), as Miranda Tate; and Joseph Gordon-Levitt, as John Blake. Returning to the main cast, Oscar® winner Michael Caine (“The Cider House Rules”) plays Alfred; Gary Oldman is Commissioner Gordon; and Oscar® winner Morgan Freeman (“Million Dollar Baby”) reprises the role of Lucius Fox.

The screenplay is written by Christopher Nolan and Jonathan Nolan, story by Christopher Nolan & David S. Goyer. The film is produced by Emma Thomas, Christopher Nolan and Charles Roven, who previously teamed on “Batman Begins” and the record-breaking blockbuster “The Dark Knight.” The executive producers are Benjamin Melniker, Michael E. Uslan, Kevin De La Noy and Thomas Tull, with Jordan Goldberg serving as co-producer. The film is based upon characters appearing in comic books published by DC Comics. Batman was created by Bob Kane.

Behind the scenes, “The Dark Knight Rises” reunites the director with several of his longtime collaborators, all of whom worked together on the “The Dark Knight.” The creative team includes director of photography Wally Pfister, who recently won an Oscar® for his work on Nolan’s “Inception”; production designer Nathan Crowley; editor Lee Smith; and Oscar®-winning costume designer Lindy Hemming (“Topsy-Turvy”). In addition, Paul Franklin and Chris Corbould, who both won Oscars® for the effects in “Inception,” supervised the visual and special effects, respectively. The music is composed by Oscar® winner Hans Zimmer (“The Lion King”).

In helming the film, Christopher Nolan is utilizing IMAX® cameras even more extensively than he did on “The Dark Knight,” which had marked the first time ever that a major feature film was partially shot with IMAX cameras. The locations span three continents and include the American cities of Pittsburgh, New York and Los Angeles, as well as sites in India, England and Scotland.

“The Dark Knight Rises” is a presentation of Warner Bros. Pictures, in association with Legendary Pictures. Slated for release beginning July 20, 2012, the film will be distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.