‘Dark Knight Rises’ Soundtrack Preview, Synopsis, & Production Notes

Published 3 years ago by , Updated August 8th, 2012 at 9:42 am,

There are but two weeks left until The Dark Knight Rises swoops into theaters, and expectations are riding high (higher?) as ever for Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy finale. Fans have good reason to be psyched for the film, just based on such factors as the latest in Bat-technologymassive runtime, and gargantuan amount of IMAX spectacle featured (plus, four years of buildup, obviously).

We’ve rounded up the latest TDKR material circulating the Interwebz, including: a compilation of preview clips from Hans Zimmer’s soundtrack (it runs just over 14 minutes total); the new official plot synopsis – and production notes, which offer insight on a variety of topics concerning the film.

Zimmer’s Dark Knight Rises score revisits certain leitmotifs featured throughout the first two installments in Nolan’s Batman trilogy, while also (at times) recalling his contributions to other films series (such as Pirates of the Caribbean). There are some intriguing unprecedented compositions teased here, though, such as the mix of strings and piano utilized in “Mind If I Cut In?” (a.k.a. Selina Kyle’s theme?).

Meanwhile, themes such as “Underground Army” partly recall Zimmer’s Inception score, but are more reminiscent of the electronic beats featured in recent films like TRON: Legacy and Drive (for this writer, anyway). There’s also the pre-established “Bane’s Chant” chorus to consider, which certainly offers its own distinct flavor.

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That’s all to say: whatever your previous feelings were about Zimmer, Dark Knight Rises isn’t likely to change them too much. Detractors will complain the composer repeats himself too much and doesn’t produce memorable melodies so much as glorified ambient material (more about creating atmosphere than telling its own story).

Zimmer’s fans, however, should enjoy the preview clips and appreciate the new elements that he’s brought to the table for Nolan’s final venture with the Caped Crusader. Feel free to discuss all that in the comments section.


The Dark Knight Rises Official Synopsis & Production Notes

Recent Dark Knight Rises trailers and TV promos have focused on selling the film as a rousing, action-packed climax to the Nolan-era Batman universe (and a fun summer blockbuster to boot). That’s a break from the third theatrical preview for the film, which painted a vague outline of the story and focused primarily on teasing the scale of the proceedings.

Those who are interested in learning more about the film in general (without being outright SPOILED for anything), check out the new official Dark Knight Rises synopsis:

It has been eight years since Batman vanished into the night, turning, in that instant, from hero to fugitive. Assuming the blame for the death of D.A. Harvey Dent, the Dark Knight sacrificed everything for what he and Commissioner Gordon both hoped was the greater good.  For a time the lie worked, as criminal activity in Gotham City was crushed under the weight of the anti-crime Dent Act. But everything will change with the arrival of a cunning cat burglar with a mysterious agenda. Far more dangerous, however, is the emergence of Bane, a masked terrorist whose ruthless plans for Gotham drive Bruce out of his self-imposed exile. But even if he dons the cape and cowl again, Batman may be no match for Bane.

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On the thematic side of things, here’s some insight from Nolan and star Christian Bale (from the official production notes for TDKR)

Christopher Nolan: “Our story picks up eight years later, when it seems that Batman and Commissioner Gordon have succeeded—the Dark Knight is no longer needed in Gotham.  In that regard, Bruce Wayne has won the battle, but he is traumatized by what happened and doesn’t know how to move on from being the figure of Batman.  ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ very much deals with the consequences of his and other characters’ actions in the previous films.”

Christian Bale: “In ‘Batman Begins,’ you see the tragedy and the pain that motivates this angry young man, who feels useless and is searching for a path—who wants to find out who he is and what he can become.  Then in ‘The Dark Knight,’ he’s discovered that path.  He is useful; he is doing what he imagines is the best thing for him to be doing in his life.  Now, we are eight years on and he has lost the one thing that gave him a purpose…until he is forced to deal with a new threat to the city and to himself.”

For much, much more insight - including, why Bane (Tom Hardy) was selected as the main villain, how Selina Kyle/Catwoman (Anne Hathaway) and Bruce Wayne (Bale) are complimentary personalities, and difficulties that came with shooting in the IMAX format (and choreographing close-quarters combat sequences) – read the full production notes for Dark Knight Rises.

The Dark Knight Rises in regular and IMAX theaters around the U.S. on July 20th, 2012.

Source: Warner Bros. [via Collider]

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  1. Well yeah Zimmer it going to repeat a few themes. Otherwise Batman’s theme wouldn’t be right if they changed it. I believe I will be picking this one up.

    • I’ll be picking up the soundtrack on the 17th when it releases.

  2. I love what I’ve heard from this score so far. “Why do we fall” sounds like it’s going to be so intense.

  3. I had a theory that Bane is actually Ra’s al Ghul. It might just be coincidental but some of the character details for Bane fits in perfectly with Ra’s. He’s wearing the anesthetic mask because of a “previous injury from his violent past” and we all know what happened to Ra’s at the end of Batman Begins. Also it was revealed to us that Bane is or was a member of the League of Shadows and he was present when Bruce was facing his final test(the one where he has to inhale the hallucinogenic blue flower) before returning to Gotham and it wasn’t specified whether he’s actually one of the ninjas, they might be referring to Ra’s for all we know. And seeing that there were pictures of a shoot in India with a massive pit-like structure, really thought Ra’s was using the Lazarus pit to heal himself and return to Gotham to finish what he started. But after going through the production notes it turns out to be just an exit from a prison :/

    Also, I’m sure this is probably nothing but in trailer 3 when Bane was saying “Your punishment must be more severe” to Bruce, it sounded a lot like Liam Neeson.

    • I completely disagree. Tom Hardy and Liam Neeson look NOTHING alike and sound NOTHING alike, for starters. Secondly, Ra’s al Ghul died from that accident, and even if he didn’t, he would have been completely crippled and I don’t think one bone in his body would be together. There’s no way in eight years he was able to get hugely buff after an being in a situation like that.

      Also, I never heard anyone say he was present during Bruce’s ascension into the League.

    • No, not possible. In one of Bane’s character descriptions (think it might have been for one of the promotional tie-in materials, pretty sure ScreenRant covered it) he was said to be so extreme that even the League of Shadows rejected him. Don’t think he can be Ra’s when Ra’s was very evidently heading up the League in Batman Begins.

  4. :D

  5. Track 14: A Nessisary Evil. Will Batman break his one rule?

  6. I LITERALLY just thought the same thing Stinker

  7. It’s interesting reading all these comments after having seen the film. Bane wasn’t Liam Neeson, but there were very close ties (I’m keeping my comment spoiler-free). The movie score was amazing, however. It’s a more balanced sounding soundtrack than the Dark Knight, in my opinion. The Joker’s tension-strings were a little too nerve-racking to listen to while working.
    I wrote a review of Zimmer’s soundtrack here, if you’re interested: