The Dark Knight Rises (2012)

PG-13 | 165 mins | Adventure | 2012

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HISTORY

A title card containing the DC Comics logo precedes the film. All onscreen credits, beginning with director Christopher Nolan's, are listed at the end of the film. The end credits also include the written statement, "Filmed on location in Los Angeles, Pittsburgh, New York, Newark, London, Scotland, India, and Cardington," and a "thanks" to Carnegie Mellon University and the Mehrangarh Museum Trust, The Fort, Jodhpur. Appearing after the "thanks" is the following written statement: "This motion picture was shot and finished on film."
       A 12 Jul 2010 DV article reported that actor Michael Caine, while at a then recent premiere of Christopher Nolan's Inception (2010, see entry), leaked that production of The Dark Knight Rises would begin Apr 2011 despite the film not yet receiving an official green light from Warner Bros. Pictures. Nearly a year later, a 13 May 2011 LAT article reported that the production's planned start later that month was being threatened by a conflict between producing partners Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures. Warner's newly installed movie chief, Jeff Robinov, was reluctant to split a fifty-fifty partnership with Legendary as the two companies had on the previous Batman film, The Dark Knight (2008, see entry). The companies eventually came to an agreement, although the terms could not be determined from research materials at AMPAS library.
       A 29 Dec 2011 LAT article stated that principal photography had ended mid-Nov 2011 after a six-month shoot.
       Production notes at the AMPAS library stated that the opening aerial sequence was filmed over Scotland while many of the film's interiors – including Batman's Bat-Bunker, Bane's sewer hideout and ... More Less

A title card containing the DC Comics logo precedes the film. All onscreen credits, beginning with director Christopher Nolan's, are listed at the end of the film. The end credits also include the written statement, "Filmed on location in Los Angeles, Pittsburgh, New York, Newark, London, Scotland, India, and Cardington," and a "thanks" to Carnegie Mellon University and the Mehrangarh Museum Trust, The Fort, Jodhpur. Appearing after the "thanks" is the following written statement: "This motion picture was shot and finished on film."
       A 12 Jul 2010 DV article reported that actor Michael Caine, while at a then recent premiere of Christopher Nolan's Inception (2010, see entry), leaked that production of The Dark Knight Rises would begin Apr 2011 despite the film not yet receiving an official green light from Warner Bros. Pictures. Nearly a year later, a 13 May 2011 LAT article reported that the production's planned start later that month was being threatened by a conflict between producing partners Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures. Warner's newly installed movie chief, Jeff Robinov, was reluctant to split a fifty-fifty partnership with Legendary as the two companies had on the previous Batman film, The Dark Knight (2008, see entry). The companies eventually came to an agreement, although the terms could not be determined from research materials at AMPAS library.
       A 29 Dec 2011 LAT article stated that principal photography had ended mid-Nov 2011 after a six-month shoot.
       Production notes at the AMPAS library stated that the opening aerial sequence was filmed over Scotland while many of the film's interiors – including Batman's Bat-Bunker, Bane's sewer hideout and the underground prison to which Batman is confined – were shot in an airship hangar in Cardington, England, which was used for all three films in Nolan's Batman trilogy, according to an 8 Jul 2012 LAT article. Other locations included the exterior of Wayne Manor in Nottingham, England, and the prison exterior in Jodhpur, India. Meanwhile three U.S. cities – Pittsburgh, PA, Los Angeles, CA, and New York City – stood in for Batman's fictional hometown of Gotham City. In Pittsburgh, Heinz Field doubled as Gotham's football stadium with the city's real mayor, Luke Ravenstahl, acting as the kicker for fictional rival team the Rapid City Monuments. In Los Angeles, locations included the L.A. Convention Center, which served as Wayne Enterprises' Applied Science Division; Union Station, which provided the filming site for courtroom scenes; an unidentified building on South Spring Street, which stood in in for the trading floor of Gotham City's stock exchange; and Sony Studios in Culver City, where the Batcave was constructed entirely on Stage 30, along with a 720,000 gallon watertank used for the cave's waterfalls. New York City locations included the Wall Street area, Trump Tower and the Queensboro Bridge. Lastly, the 8 Jul 2012 LAT article noted that a scene with actors Christian Bale, Morgan Freeman, Marion Cotillard and Anne Hathaway was filmed at the Senate House on the University of London campus.
       According to production notes, Nolan shot nearly half of the film using IMAX cameras, praising the format's ability to make the film a more immersive experience for audiences. Also, director of photography Wally Pfister worked with Panavision and IMAX prior to production to build new viewfinders and camera lenses so that he could film better in low light situations.
       According to the 2 Dec 2011 DV, a full eight months before the film's premiere on 20 Jul 2012, the film's opening six-minutes –shot in IMAX – was set to screen at forty-two IMAX theaters in the U.S. on 16 Dec 2011, preceding Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol (2011, see entry). Also prior to the film's theatrical release, a 4 Jul 2012 LAT brief reported that a public screening would be arranged in Williston, VT on 15 Jul since the film contained a cameo by Batman fan U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT); Leahy was set to attend along with Warner Bros. Chief Executive Barry Meyer.
       With advance ticket sales for the film's opening weekend equaling $25 million, a 19 Jul 2012 DV article reported that theater owners were scheduling special late night and early morning screenings to accommodate the film's nearly three-hour runtime.
       At an opening night screening of the film at a multiplex in Aurora, CO, twenty-four-year-old James E. Holmes entered a theater through an emergency exit and opened fire on the audience with a semiautomatic rifle, a handgun and a shotgun, killing twelve people and wounding fifty-nine, as reported by several contemporary sources, including a 21 Jul 2012 LAT article. Holmes was taken into custody by the police immediately after the shooting. It was also noted that the killer had colored his hair red and identified himself to the authorities as "The Joker," the antagonist of 2008's The Dark Knight. In the wake of the massacre, the 23 Jul 2012 DV reported that Warner Bros. cancelled the film's upcoming international premiere events in Paris, France, Mexico and Japan. Additionally, television advertisements for the film were pulled, although whether the advertisements were cancelled by Warner Bros. or the broadcast networks themselves could not be determined as of the writing of this Note.
       According to a 24 Jul 2012 DV news item, Warner Bros. would be making donations to the families of the victims. A 30 Jul 2012 Var article also noted that Warner Bros., along with all other major Hollywood studios, declined to release opening weekend box-office data on the previous Sunday morning, breaking a decades-long tradition, out of respect for the shooting victims. Eventually, Warner Bros. would report that the film grossed $160.9 million in its first weekend, the third best opening weekend for any film to date.
       The Dark Knight Rises was named one of AFI's Movies of the Year. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
12 Jul 2010
p. 6.
Daily Variety
2 Dec 2011.
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Daily Variety
19 Jul 2012
p. 1, 11.
Daily Variety
23 Jul 2012
p. 1, 13.
Daily Variety
24 Jul 2012
p. 1, 12.
Los Angeles Times
13 May 2011
Section B, p. 1.
Los Angeles Times
29 Dec 2011
Section D, p. 1.
Los Angeles Times
4 Jul 2012
Section D, p. 2.
Los Angeles Times
8 Jul 2012
Section D, p. 1.
Los Angeles Times
19 Jul 2012
p. 1.
Los Angeles Times
21 Jul 2012
Section A, p. 1.
New York Times
20 Jul 2012
p. 1.
Variety
30 Jul 2012.
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CAST
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
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PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANIES
PRODUCTION TEXT
A Film by Christopher Nolan
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Unit prod mgr
Unit prod mgr
Unit prod mgr
1st asst dir
2d asst dir
2d 2d asst dir
Addl 2d asst dir
Addl 2d asst dir
Addl 2d asst dir
Unit prod mgr, United Kingdom
Unit prod mgr (Cardington), United Kingdom
2d asst dir, United Kingdom
2d asst dir, United Kingdom
2d 2d asst dir, United Kingdom
3d asst dir, United Kingdom
3d asst dir, United Kingdom
PRODUCERS
Exec prod
Exec prod
Exec prod
Exec prod
Co-prod
Line prod, India
WRITERS
Scr/Story
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
Chief lighting tech
Key grip
Cam op/Steadicam
1st asst "A" cam
2d asst "A" cam
1st asst "B" cam
2d asst "B" cam
IMAX cam tech
Ultimate arm tech
Ultimate arm tech
Ultimate arm tech
Aerial dir of photog
Still photog
Key video assist/Computer video supv
24 frame playback
Asst chief lighting tech
Rigging gaffer
Rigging best boy
Best boy grip
Dolly grip
Dolly grip
Rigging key grip
Rigging best boy
2d asst "A" cam
1st asst "B" cam, United Kingdom
1st asst "B" cam, United Kingdom
2d asst "B" cam, United Kingdom
2d asst "B" cam, United Kingdom
Central loader, United Kingdom
Chief lighting tech, United Kingdom
Asst chief lighting tech, United Kingdom
Rigging gaffer, United Kingdom
Rigging best boy, United Kingdom
Key grip, United Kingdom
Best boy grip, United Kingdom
Camera cranes and dollies by
ART DIRECTORS
Prod des
Prod des
Supv art dir
Art dir
Art dir
Art dir
Art dir
Asst art dir
Stand-by art dir
Art dept coord
Graphic des
Illustrator
Illustrator
Illustrator
Interactive des
Supv art dir, United Kingdom
Art dir, United Kingdom
Art dir, United Kingdom
Art dir, United Kingdom
Art dir, United Kingdom
Stand by art dir, United Kingdom
Asst art dir, United Kingdom
Art dept coord, United Kingdom
Graphic artist, United Kingdom
Illustrator, United Kingdom
FILM EDITORS
Assoc ed
1st asst ed
1st asst ed
Asst ed
Asst ed
2d asst ed, United Kingdom
Negative cutter
SET DECORATORS
Set dec
Sec dec, Los Angeles
Leadman
Set des
Set des
On set dresser
Lead model maker
Lead model maker
Buyer
Buyer
Prop master
Asst prop master
Asst prop master
Armorer
Const coord
Const mgr
Const mgr
Const foreman
Const foreman
Const foreman
Const foreman
Const foreman
Const foreman
Lead painter
Asst set dec, United Kingdom
Buyer, United Kingdom
Prop master, United Kingdom
Asst prop master, United Kingdom
Armourer, United Kingdom
Const mgr, United Kingdom
HOD carpenter, United Kingdom
HOD plasterer, United Kingdom
HOD scenic painter, United Kingdom
HOD metal worker, United Kingdom
HOD rigger, United Kingdom
HOD stage hand, United Kingdom
HOD sculptor, United Kingdom
Const coord, United Kingdom
Const buyer, United Kingdom
Stand by painter, United Kingdom
Stand by carpenter
Stand by rigger, United Kingdom
Stand by stagehand, United Kingdom
Stand by plasterer, United Kingdom
COSTUMES
Cost des
Cost supv
Cost supv, Los Angeles
Asst cost des
Key set cost
Key cost
Key cost
Key crowd cost
Cost - Morgan Freeman
Set cost
Set cost
Set cost
Set cost
Set cost
Cost FX supv
Specialty cost
Specialty cost
Specialty cost
Specialty cost
Bat suit wrangler
Cost supv, United Kingdom
Cost supv, United Kingdom
Cost supv, United Kingdom
Cost coord, United Kingdom
Key crowd cost, United Kingdom
Set cost, United Kingdom
Set cost, United Kingdom
MUSIC
Mus/Synth programmin
Supv mus ed
Mus ed
Addl mus
Ambient mus des
Mus prod services
Tech score eng
Digital instrument des
Synth programming
Synth programming
Sequencer programming
Sequencer programming
Sequencer programming
Sequencer programming
Supv orch
Orch cond
Orch cond
Score coord
Score rec
Score mixed
Score mixed
Score mixed
Choir boy
SOUND
Sd des/Supv sd ed
Re-rec mixer
Re-rec mixer
Prod sd mixer
Boom op
Sd utility
Addl re-rec mixer
1st asst sd ed
1st asst sd ed
ADR supv
Dial ed
Sd eff ed
Sd eff ed
Sd eff ed
Addl sd des
Sd eff rec mixer
Sd eff rec mixer
Foley supv
Foley artist
Foley artist
Foley mixer
Mix tech
VISUAL EFFECTS
Visual eff supv
Spec eff supv
Visual eff prod
Spec eff coord
Spec eff
Spec eff
Spec eff
Spec eff
Spec eff
Spec eff
Spec eff
Spec eff
Spec eff
Spec eff
Spec eff
Spec eff
Spec eff
Spec eff
Spec eff
Spec eff
Spec eff
Spec eff
Spec eff
Spec eff
Spec eff
Visual eff ed
Visual eff ed
Visual eff asst ed
Visual eff asst ed
Visual eff asst ed
Visual eff coord
Visual eff coord
Visual eff asst coord
Visual eff prod asst
Visual eff prod asst
Visual eff data wrangler
Visual eff data wrangler
Visual eff dir of photog
Visual eff 1st asst cam
Visual eff key grip
Spec eff, United Kingdom
Spec eff, United Kingdom
Spec eff, United Kingdom
Spec eff, United Kingdom
Spec eff, United Kingdom
Spec eff, United Kingdom
Spec eff, United Kingdom
Spec eff, United Kingdom
Spec eff, United Kingdom
Spec eff, United Kingdom
Spec eff, United Kingdom
Spec eff, United Kingdom
Spec eff, United Kingdom
Spec eff, United Kingdom
Spec eff, United Kingdom
Spec eff, United Kingdom
Spec eff, United Kingdom
Spec eff, United Kingdom
Spec eff, United Kingdom
Spec eff, United Kingdom
Spec eff, United Kingdom
Spec eff, United Kingdom
Spec eff, United Kingdom
Spec eff, United Kingdom
Spec eff, United Kingdom
Spec eff, United Kingdom
Spec eff, United Kingdom
Spec eff, United Kingdom
Spec eff, United Kingdom
Spec eff, United Kingdom
Spec eff, United Kingdom
Spec eff, United Kingdom
Spec eff, United Kingdom
Spec eff, United Kingdom
Spec eff, United Kingdom
Spec eff, United Kingdom
Spec eff, United Kingdom
Spec eff, United Kingdom
Spec eff, United Kingdom
Spec eff, United Kingdom
Spec eff, United Kingdom
Spec eff, United Kingdom
Spec eff, United Kingdom
Spec eff, United Kingdom
Spec eff, United Kingdom
Spec eff, United Kingdom
Visual eff prod asst, United Kingdom
Visual eff prod asst, United Kingdom
Visual eff supv, Double Negative
Visual eff supv, Double Negative
Visual eff prod, Double Negative
Visual eff assoc prod, Double Negative
Visual eff assoc prod, Double Negative
CG supv, Double Negative
CG supv, Double Negative
Compositing supv, Double Negative
CG seq supv, Double Negative
CG seq supv, Double Negative
CG seq supv, Double Negative
CG seq supv, Double Negative
CG eff supv, Double Negative
Compositing seq supv, Double Negative
Compositing seq supv, Double Negative
Compositing seq supv, Double Negative
Compositing seq supv, Double Negative
Software development supv, Double Negative
Software development supv, Double Negative
Software development supv, Double Negative
Visual eff coord, Double Negative
Visual eff coord, Double Negative
Visual eff coord, Double Negative
Visual eff coord, Double Negative
Visual eff coord, Double Negative
Visual eff coord, Double Negative
CG eff artist, Double Negative
CG eff artist, Double Negative
CG eff artist, Double Negative
CG eff artist, Double Negative
CG eff artist, Double Negative
CG eff artist, Double Negative
CG eff artist, Double Negative
CG eff artist, Double Negative
CG eff artist, Double Negative
CG eff artist, Double Negative
CG eff artist, Double Negative
CG eff artist, Double Negative
CG eff artist, Double Negative
CG eff artist, Double Negative
CG eff artist, Double Negative
CG eff artist, Double Negative
CG eff artist, Double Negative
CG eff artist, Double Negative
Anim, Double Negative
Anim, Double Negative
Anim, Double Negative
Anim, Double Negative
Anim, Double Negative
Anim, Double Negative
Anim, Double Negative
Anim, Double Negative
Anim, Double Negative
CG lighting lead, Double Negative
CG lighting lead, Double Negative
CG lighting lead, Double Negative
CG lighting lead, Double Negative
CG lighting lead, Double Negative
CG lighting lead, Double Negative
CG lighting lead, Double Negative
CG lighting lead, Double Negative
CG lighting lead, Double Negative
CG lighting lead, Double Negative
CG lighting lead, Double Negative
CG lighting lead, Double Negative
CG lighting lead, Double Negative
CG lighting lead, Double Negative
CG lighting lead, Double Negative
CG lighting lead, Double Negative
CG lighting lead, Double Negative
CG lighting lead, Double Negative
CG lighting lead, Double Negative
CG lighting lead, Double Negative
CG lighting lead, Double Negative
Digital artist, Double Negative
Digital artist, Double Negative
Digital artist, Double Negative
Digital artist, Double Negative
Digital artist, Double Negative
Digital artist, Double Negative
Digital artist, Double Negative
Digital artist, Double Negative
Digital artist, Double Negative
Digital artist, Double Negative
Digital artist, Double Negative
Digital artist, Double Negative
Digital artist, Double Negative
Digital artist, Double Negative
Digital artist, Double Negative
Digital artist, Double Negative
Digital artist, Double Negative
Digital artist, Double Negative
Digital artist, Double Negative
Digital artist, Double Negative
Digital artist, Double Negative
Digital artist, Double Negative
Digital artist, Double Negative
Digital artist, Double Negative
Matte painter, Double Negative
Matte painter, Double Negative
Matte painter, Double Negative
Compositor, Double Negative
Compositor, Double Negative
Compositor, Double Negative
Compositor, Double Negative
Compositor, Double Negative
Compositor, Double Negative
Compositor, Double Negative
Compositor, Double Negative
Compositor, Double Negative
Compositor, Double Negative
Compositor, Double Negative
Compositor, Double Negative
Compositor, Double Negative
Compositor, Double Negative
Compositor, Double Negative
Compositor, Double Negative
Compositor, Double Negative
Compositor, Double Negative
Compositor, Double Negative
Compositor, Double Negative
Compositor, Double Negative
Compositor, Double Negative
Compositor, Double Negative
Compositor, Double Negative
Compositor, Double Negative
Compositor, Double Negative
Compositor, Double Negative
Compositor, Double Negative
Compositor, Double Negative
Compositor, Double Negative
Compositor, Double Negative
Compositor, Double Negative
Compositor, Double Negative
Compositor, Double Negative
Compositor, Double Negative
Compositor, Double Negative
Compositor, Double Negative
Compositor, Double Negative
Compositor, Double Negative
Compositor, Double Negative
Compositor, Double Negative
Compositor, Double Negative
Compositor, Double Negative
Compositor, Double Negative
Compositor, Double Negative
Compositor, Double Negative
Compositor, Double Negative
Compositor, Double Negative
Compositor, Double Negative
Compositor, Double Negative
Compositor, Double Negative
Compositor, Double Negative
Compositor, Double Negative
Compositor, Double Negative
Matchmover, Double Negative
Matchmover, Double Negative
Matchmover, Double Negative
Matchmover, Double Negative
Matchmover, Double Negative
Matchmover, Double Negative
Matchmover, Double Negative
Matchmover, Double Negative
Matchmover, Double Negative
Matchmover, Double Negative
Matchmover, Double Negative
Matchmover, Double Negative
Matchmover, Double Negative
Matchmover, Double Negative
Matchmover, Double Negative
Matchmover, Double Negative
Matchmover, Double Negative
Matchmover, Double Negative
Matchmover, Double Negative
Matchmover, Double Negative
Matchmover, Double Negative
Matchmover, Double Negative
Matchmover, Double Negative
Matchmover, Double Negative
Matchmover, Double Negative
Matchmover, Double Negative
Matchmover, Double Negative
Matchmover, Double Negative
Rotoscope artist, Double Negative
Rotoscope artist, Double Negative
Rotoscope artist, Double Negative
Rotoscope artist, Double Negative
Rotoscope artist, Double Negative
Rotoscope artist, Double Negative
Rotoscope artist, Double Negative
Rotoscope artist, Double Negative
Rotoscope artist, Double Negative
Rotoscope artist, Double Negative
Rotoscope artist, Double Negative
Rotoscope artist, Double Negative
Rotoscope artist, Double Negative
Rotoscope artist, Double Negative
Rotoscope artist, Double Negative
Rotoscope artist, Double Negative
Rotoscope artist, Double Negative
Rotoscope artist, Double Negative
Rotoscope artist, Double Negative
Rotoscope artist, Double Negative
Rotoscope artist, Double Negative
Rotoscope artist, Double Negative
Rotoscope artist, Double Negative
Rotoscope artist, Double Negative
Rotoscope artist, Double Negative
Visual eff ed, Double Negative
Visual eff ed, Double Negative
Visual eff ed, Double Negative
Tech support, Double Negative
Tech support, Double Negative
Tech support, Double Negative
Tech support, Double Negative
Tech support, Double Negative
Tech support, Double Negative
Tech support, Double Negative
Tech support, Double Negative
Tech support, Double Negative
Tech support, Double Negative
Tech support, Double Negative
Tech support, Double Negative
Visual eff, New Deal Studios
Visual eff, New Deal Studios
Visual eff, New Deal Studios
Visual eff, New Deal Studios
Visual eff, New Deal Studios
Visual eff, New Deal Studios
Visual eff, New Deal Studios
Visual eff, New Deal Studios
Visual eff, New Deal Studios
Visual eff, New Deal Studios
Visual eff, New Deal Studios
Visual eff, New Deal Studios
Visual eff, New Deal Studios
Visual eff, New Deal Studios
Visual eff, New Deal Studios
Visual eff, New Deal Studios
Visual eff, New Deal Studios
Visual eff, New Deal Studios
Lidar scanning
Lidar scanning, LiDAR VFX
Lidar scanning, LiDAR VFX
Lidar scanning, LiDAR VFX
MAKEUP
Make-up dept head
Key make-up artist
Make-up artist/Prosthetics
Make-up artist to Mr. Freeman
Make-up artist
Make-up artist
Hair dept head
Key hair stylist
Hair stylist to Mr. Freeman
Hair stylist
Hair stylist
Hair stylist
PRODUCTION MISC
Casting
Pilot
Pilot
Pilot
Post prod supv
Prod controller
Aerial unit prod mgr
Prod supv
Prod supv
Prod supv
Supv loc mgr
Scr supv
IMAX consultant
Prod accountant
Prod accountant
Prod accountant
Prod accountant
Prod accountant
1st asst accountant
1st asst accountant
Asst accountant
Asst accountant
Asst accountant
Asst accountant
Prod coord, New York
Asst prod coord
Prod secy
Travel coord
Key set prod asst
Key set prod asst
Set prod asst
Set prod asst
Set prod asst
Set prod asst
Set prod asst
Set prod asst
Set prod asst
Set prod asst
Set prod asst
Set prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Asst to Mr. Nolan
Asst to Ms. Thomas
Asst to Mr. Roven
Asst to Mr. Roven
Asst to Ms. Hathaway
Asst to Ms. Cotillard
Asst to Mr. Freeman
Loc mgr
Loc mgr
Asst loc mgr
Asst loc mgr
Asst loc mgr
Asst loc mgr
Asst loc mgr
Asst loc mgr
Asst loc mgr
Post prod coord
Post prod asst
Post prod asst
Post prod asst
Transportation coord
Transportation capt
Picture car coord
Casting assoc
Casting asst
Extras casting
Extras casting
Medic
Dial coach
Craft service
Prod accountant, United Kingdom
1st asst accountant, United Kingdom
1st asst accountant, United Kingdom
Asst accountant, United Kingdom
Asst accountant, United Kingdom
Prod coord, United Kingdom
Prod coord (Cardington), United Kingdom
Asst prod coord, United Kingdom
Travel coord, United Kingdom
Prod secy, United Kingdom
Set prod asst, United Kingdom
Set prod asst, United Kingdom
Set prod asst, United Kingdom
Prod asst, United Kingdom
Prod asst, United Kingdom
Prod asst, United Kingdom
Prod asst, United Kingdom
Loc mgr, United Kingdom
Loc mgr, United Kingdom
Unit mgr, United Kingdom
Post prod asst, United Kingdom
Transport coord, United Kingdom
Picture car coord, United Kingdom
Medic, United Kingdom
Medic, United Kingdom
Dialect coach, United Kingdom
Casting assoc, United Kingdom
Casting assoc, United Kingdom
Craft service, United Kingdom
India prod services
STAND INS
Stunt coord
Stunt coord
Fight arr
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
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Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
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Stunts
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Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
COLOR PERSONNEL
Col timer
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on characters created by Bob Kane in the Batman comic books published by DC Comics.
AUTHOR
MUSIC
"Pavane Pour Une Infante Défunte," written by Maurice Ravel, performed by Minnesota Orchestra, Stanislaw Skrowaczewski, conductor, courtesy of Countdown Media.
SONGS
"The Star Spangled Banner," written by Francis Scott Key and John Stafford Smith, performed by CJ Coyne.
DETAILS
Release Date:
2012
Premiere Information:
Los Angeles and New York openings: 20 July 2012
Production Date:
mid May--mid November 2011 in California, Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, England, Scotland, and India
Physical Properties:
Sound
Dolby® Digital in selected theatres; Datasat Digital Sound; SDDS Sony Dynamic Digital Sound
Color
Color by Technicolor®
Lenses/Prints
Camera & lenses by Panavision® and IMAX®; Prints by Technicolor®
Duration(in mins):
165
MPAA Rating:
PG-13
Country:
United States
Language:
English
PCA No:
47572
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

At a remote airstrip, a CIA agent greets a team of mercenaries who present him with four prisoners, Dr. Pavel and a trio of hooded men who are said to be associates of a man named Bane. After the prisoners are taken up in a small military airplane, one of the hooded men reveals himself as Bane, a muscular man who wears a tight-fitting metal mask around his mouth that distorts his voice. Another airplane appears higher in the sky from which armed men descend and attach the two planes together by cables in mid-air. The wings of the military plane are torn off and the rear fuselage is blown away so that Bane can safely escape with Dr. Pavel as the wrecked military aircraft crashes to the ground. At Wayne Manor, Gotham City's politicians and elite businessmen celebrate Harvey Dent Day, dedicated to the life of the popular D.A. who was killed eight years before, allegedly by Batman. Since Dent's death, Batman has not been seen and Bruce Wayne has lived as a recluse in his home. Bruce Wayne's butler, Alfred J. Pennyworth, first instructs an eager maid to take a tray of food to a sealed portion of the estate, then informs visiting guest Miranda Tate that Bruce does not receive visitors. After the maid drops off the food, an unshaven Bruce notices that she is wearing his mother's pearl necklace, which she has stolen from a seemingly impenetrable safe. The maid easily pushes Bruce over and dives out the second story window, hitching a ride with a congressman. Bruce then discovers that the maid also lifted his fingerprints from the safe. Later that night, on the ... +


At a remote airstrip, a CIA agent greets a team of mercenaries who present him with four prisoners, Dr. Pavel and a trio of hooded men who are said to be associates of a man named Bane. After the prisoners are taken up in a small military airplane, one of the hooded men reveals himself as Bane, a muscular man who wears a tight-fitting metal mask around his mouth that distorts his voice. Another airplane appears higher in the sky from which armed men descend and attach the two planes together by cables in mid-air. The wings of the military plane are torn off and the rear fuselage is blown away so that Bane can safely escape with Dr. Pavel as the wrecked military aircraft crashes to the ground. At Wayne Manor, Gotham City's politicians and elite businessmen celebrate Harvey Dent Day, dedicated to the life of the popular D.A. who was killed eight years before, allegedly by Batman. Since Dent's death, Batman has not been seen and Bruce Wayne has lived as a recluse in his home. Bruce Wayne's butler, Alfred J. Pennyworth, first instructs an eager maid to take a tray of food to a sealed portion of the estate, then informs visiting guest Miranda Tate that Bruce does not receive visitors. After the maid drops off the food, an unshaven Bruce notices that she is wearing his mother's pearl necklace, which she has stolen from a seemingly impenetrable safe. The maid easily pushes Bruce over and dives out the second story window, hitching a ride with a congressman. Bruce then discovers that the maid also lifted his fingerprints from the safe. Later that night, on the police department rooftop, Officer Robin Blake informs Commissioner Jim Gordon that the congressman never made it home after the party. The next morning, Alfred finds Bruce in the Batcave tracking down the maid's real identity: Selina Kyle, a noted cat burglar. Selina later arrives at a seedy bar downtown accompanied by the now totally disoriented congressman. During a transaction to sell Bruce's fingerprints to a man named Philip Stryver, she tricks the buyer into using the congressman's cell phone, alerting the police to his location. A SWAT team swarms into the bar and Selina escapes by pretending to be a helpless bar patron. Gordon follows Stryver and his henchmen who have escaped into the sewer system. An underground explosion injures Gordon and the henchmen drag him through the tunnels to Bane's secret hideout. Gordon escapes by throwing himself down a waterfall where he is washed out into the river and rescued by Blake. The next day, Blake visits Bruce to tell him that he knows the reclusive billionaire used to be Batman and that Gordon needs his help to fight Bane. Wearing a ski mask, Bruce visits Gordon in the hospital where the police commissioner asks him to become Batman again. Next, Bruce attends a masked charity ball hosted by Miranda, who complains that Wayne Enterprises has failed to completely build a highly advanced fusion reactor that she and the company invested heavily in. On the dance floor, Bruce waltzes with Selina who warns him that "a storm" is coming that will severely hurt all of the city's elite. The next day, Lucius Fox informs Bruce that Wayne Enterprises is nearly bankrupt over the abandoned fusion reactor project. Lucius also shows Bruce an experimental flying machine that was being developed for the defense department that he calls "the Bat." Back at the Batcave, Alfred tells Bruce the complete personal history of Bane, which includes his being trained by Bruce's former mentor, Ra's Al Ghul. Although Bane was once a member of Ghul's League of Shadows, he was excommunicated from the group. Later, Bane and his henchmen break into the Gotham City Stock Exchange where they initiate a series of illicit stock transfers. When the police cut off all outside communications from the Exchange, Bane transmits the transfers to a mobile device and he and his men escape on motorcycles. As the police pursue the crooks, Batman arrives on the scene on his own motorcycle. However, the police lose interest in Bane – who easily gets away – and chase Batman, who is still wanted for the murder of Harvey Dent. Batman retrieves the mobile device from a henchman, then ducks into a dark alley and flies away in the Bat. At the Batcave, Batman analyzes the mobile device and discovers that Bane's stock transfers were executed using Bruce's fingerprints. Alfred chides Bruce for interfering with police business and abruptly quits his job as butler so that he doesn't have to watch when Bruce is likely to be killed by Bane. When Bruce learns he's about to lose control of Wayne Enterprises because of the stock transfers, he convinces Miranda, who sits on the Board of Directors, to take control of the company and destroy the reactor, which, Bruce has learned from Dr. Pavel, can be turned into a nuclear bomb. Now in control of Wayne Enterprises, Miranda meets Bruce at Wayne Manor and the two become intimate. Afterward, as Batman, he gets Selina to lead him to Bane's sewer hideout. Bane reveals he knows Batman's secret identity and the two adversaries engage in an extended fistfight. Despite Batman's superior gadgets and training, Bane beats the superhero with brute strength and breaks the dark knight's back over his knee. The villain then takes the injured Bruce to an underground prison deep in a foreign country. Bane reveals his plan to destroy Gotham City, then come back and kill Bruce. After Bane leaves, Bruce watches as another prisoner dies attempting to escape by scaling the deep pit's circular walls. Back in Gotham, Gordon orders the police into the city sewers to rescue Miranda and Lucius, who have both been kidnapped by Bane. Underground, Bane forces Miranda to turn on the fusion reactor, then has Dr. Pavel turn the machine into a four megaton nuclear bomb. As the police close in on Bane's sewer hideout, Blake discovers that Bane's henchmen have been pouring concrete laced with explosives all over the city. Bane then detonates the explosives, which seals the sewer and traps all the police underground. All but one of the bridges leading out of the city are destroyed, as is the city's football stadium, while most of the residents are there watching a game. Bane announces to the spectators that he is in possession of a nuclear bomb that he will detonate if anybody tries to leave or enter the city. Having taken control of Gotham, Bane releases hundreds of criminals from Blackgate Prison who overrun the streets, taking over the apartments of the richest residents. Bruce watches these events unfold on a television in the prison while a prisoner helps heal his broken back. After a painful treatment, Bruce is finally able to stand again, so he attempts an escape up the steep prison walls, which he fails, but survives. Meanwhile, Gordon and Blake try to locate the nuclear bomb that is in a truck being driven randomly around the city. Bruce continues building up his strength for another escape attempt. On his third try, he is finally able to make the arduous climb out. He makes his way back to Gotham and enlists Selina's aid in defeating Bane. When Gordon finally finds the truck that is carrying the bomb, he is captured by Bane's men and sentenced to death. Before Gordon is killed, however, Batman rescues him as well as the police officers who have been trapped underground for the past month. The next morning, the freed officers fight Bane's army of mercenaries on the city streets. As Batman joins the melee and fights Bane in a rematch, Gordon attempts to re-track the bomb. Although Batman defeats Bane this time, Miranda reveals herself as Talia, the daughter of Ra's Al Ghul. She stabs Batman through his costume and presses the trigger that will set off the bomb. However, just in time, Gordon attaches one of Lucius' power-dampening devices to the bomb so that it cannot receive the trigger's signal. Regardless, the bomb is set to automatically detonate in eleven minutes. Miranda leaves to find the bomb just as Selina shows up, shooting Bane with the guns on Batman's motorcycle. Miranda manages to board the bomb truck, but Batman is right behind her in his flying Bat, which he uses to crash the truck. Miranda is killed in the crash and Batman hooks his Bat to the bomb, flying it far out to sea. When the bomb finally detonates over the ocean, it is assumed that Batman has died in the explosion. Gordon, Alfred, Blake and Lucius hold a small funeral service for Bruce just outside Wayne Manor. When Alfred takes a trip to Florence, Italy, he sees Bruce and Selina eating together in a café. The two men nod at each other, but say nothing. Sometime later, Blake returns to Wayne Manor and discovers the Batcave hidden beneath the mansion. +

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