Aaron Eckhart: Battle: LA Has Same ‘Real Feel’ as The Dark Knight

Published 4 years ago by , Updated February 25th, 2011 at 1:40 am,

Aaron Eckhart in Battle Los Angeles movie clip Aaron Eckhart: Battle: LA Has Same Real Feel as The Dark Knight

Battle: Los Angeles opens early next month, and yesterday we were given some early insight into what to expect from this latest version of an alien-invasion tale from the film’s star Aaron Eckhart, at the Los Angeles press junket.

Eckhart stressed that it was vitally important to both he, and director Jonathan Liebesman, to infuse the film with a sense of realism saying that, “The goal was: this is a war movie, a documentary style war movie – with aliens in it.”

The actor went on to make a comparison to director Chris Nolan’s approach to the Batman franchise, and The Dark Knight in particular. He takes note of how the film utilizes intimate physical locations as a backdrop, rather than falling back on extensive CGI destruction of more archetypal vistas (like the Hollywood sign) to tell the story. He feels that the local feel helps to ground the film in the real world:

“It’s the same thing with The Dark Knight, you know Chris (Nolan) uses green screen, but the movie doesn’t rely on green screen, so you always get that feeling from Chris that this movie is real, and that’s why it adds that depth and texture. I think that it’s the same thing with this film.”

Jonathan Liebesman agrees that the raw, stripped down, filmmaking techniques help to heighten the stakes for both the actors – as well as the audience. It is a style that the director found extremely effective for this film and one he plans to utilize, to varying degrees, in his future projects.

“I learned a lot from doing it, it’s great because it gives the actors freedom. Again, it helped me elevate what was on the page. It’s a style I am going to take forward into my next movie (Wrath Of The Titans, the sequel to last years Clash Of The Titans) but definitely tweak, because the next thing will require different things. I mean this is embedded footage with a Platoon, that’s the vibe of this movie.”

As a mythological tale, Wrath of The Titans, will likely require a scope and majesty that would have been inappropriate for Battle: Los Angeles. Read more on Liebesman’s plans for Wrath of The Titans, including how he plans to adjust his shooting techniques for a scheduled 3D post-conversion, HERE.

As for Battle: Los Angeles, look for an article on the “real” battle Los Angeles (a UFO siting on the coast of Santa Monica at the onset of WWII) early tomorrow – as well as continuing coverage of the film in the weeks to come.

In the interim, take a look at the most recent poster for Battle: LA below. The image gives the viewer a sense of how this film works as a hybrid war/alien-invasion movie.

Battle LA Poster 2 Aaron Eckhart: Battle: LA Has Same Real Feel as The Dark Knight

Battle: Los Angeles opens in theaters on March 11th.

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  1. Gears Of War

    • Except the Locust from Gears of War came from underground, not from other planets.

      • Of course. i was just stating that the feel of the movie so far looks like a gears of war movie if it were made.

        • Agreed.

      • without the big ass shoulders and blood lol

        • and hands XD their hands are HUGE 😛

    • More like Resistance crossed with a little of Gears of War

    • Its more like Resistace:Fall of man

  2. The film does look like the next Call of Duty game.
    I’ll prob see this, just to see local areas get destroyed. Since I live in LA I’d love to see a few areas (Santa Monica, Staples Center, 405 fwy, USC) get destroyed.

    It won’t be because of Eckharts amazing acting skills…

  3. This is gonna mean shakey-cam isn’t it?

    • maybe lol

  4. Eckhart is an amazing actor. I mean Thank You For Smoking anyone?!

    But they really can’t go wrong with aliens, war and Eckhart can they? I sure do hope this movie is awesome.

  5. One interesting note…to me anyway…this movie, set in Los Angeles…was filmed in Baton Rouge, Louisiana! Go figure huh.

  6. Ok the film looks pretty good and I want to see it. I also am a big fan of Eckhart he is a fantastic actor Thank you for smoking, TDK and Rabbit Hole all prove that.

    However, I almost peed my self laughing at the title of the article. Using realism in an Alien Invasion movie. Just sounds funny to me. I’m glad their using the approach anything else just seems campy a little, but just the terms Alien Invasion and realism are such a clash, but it looks to be good.

  7. I’m tired of people claiming The Dark Knight as any sort of reference point for their films quality/”feel”. It’s quickly getting old, and feels like a cry for attention. Show us what you got and WE’LL make the comparisons.

  8. cant wait to see this one of my most anticipated of the year

  9. Oh I can’t wait for this movie! It’s one of the ones I have been anticipating since it was announced.

  10. when everyone watches this film, just remember this. AARON ECKHART should have been CAPTAIN AMERICA…..

  11. :)

  12. Call Of Duty, World United,,,


    Perfect title for a Call of Duty game against an Alien Invasion,,,