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BATMAN 3 Starts Official Production

Warner Bros. Pictures officially confirms start of production.

By Jarrod Sarafin     May 20, 2011
Source: Warner Bros. Pictures

Dark Knight Rises set photo caught in Jodhpur, India
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We've already had a few set photos hit the web earlier this month that revealed production for The Dark Knight Rises was kicking off at the India and London locations. Warner Bros. Pictures finally made it official for the fans by reporting in a statement that director Christopher Nolan is indeed in production on the third (and his final) installment in the Batman trilogy. Check out their announcement down below.

 Principal photography has begun on Warner Bros. Pictures' and Legendary Pictures' "The Dark Knight Rises," 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.

In helming "The Dark Knight Rises," 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 results were so spectacular that the director wanted to expand the use of the large-format cameras for this film.

The screenplay for "The Dark Knight Rises" is written by Christopher Nolan and Jonathan Nolan, story by Christopher Nolan & David S. Goyer. The film is being 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 Dark Knight" 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," will supervise the visual and special effects, respectively. The music will be composed by Oscar® winner Hans Zimmer ("The Lion King").

The locations for "The Dark Knight Rises" 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 on July 20, 2012, the film will be distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.


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iceknight52 5/20/2011 6:37:25 AM

Now here's a comic book movie that I can get pumped about. I just really wonder if lightning can strike three times? Here's looking forward to a whole year of set, costumes and character shots...oh and trailers. Love me some Batman trailers.

jedibanner 5/20/2011 6:44:34 AM

I can't wait for this also, the ONLY DC movie that is worth seeing for the next 20 years.

RedHood2010 5/20/2011 7:17:41 AM


cinemaman72 5/20/2011 7:50:00 AM

@iceknight52. Lighting will indeed strike three times my friend. Name a bad Christopher Nolan film? Momento, Insomia, Batman Begins, The Prestige, The Dark Knight, Inception....all excellent films. Nolan doesn't know how to make a bad film, and the only thing that will make me sad as I watch this next Batman film is the fact that 1) This is Nolan's last go at this iconic character, and 2) They will bring in some idiot to direct a 4th one and tarnish what this man created.

In Nolan I trust!

AtreyuPrimus 5/20/2011 8:05:36 AM

YES!!!!! So excited!!

tallman 5/20/2011 8:40:00 AM

 O.k I'm well up for this one, just askin if anyone has seen that pic of bane floatin around on twiter? real or fake I went bit mental for a few mins!

mlaforce 5/20/2011 8:50:15 AM

Nothing I can say that you guys have not already said...Impo these are the best comic book movies ever and it will be hard for anyone else to come in after Nolan has done his thing and reboot this franchise down the road, hard act to follow there...Looking forward to this more than any movie coming out here in the future...

CaptAmerica04 5/20/2011 9:07:38 AM

 Here we go!  (Great news to start off my summer vacation!)

shac2846 5/20/2011 11:38:23 AM

 The Dark Knight Rises 2012 bitches!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Wiseguy 5/20/2011 11:41:25 AM

blah blah blah booooooo

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