‘The Dark Knight Rises’ European Premiere: Cast & Crew Talk Batman’s End

Published 3 years ago by , Updated July 19th, 2013 at 12:39 pm,

The Dark Knight Rises premiere The Dark Knight Rises European Premiere: Cast & Crew Talk Batmans End

As the final installment of Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy and the sequel to the incredibly successful, Oscar-winning The Dark KnightThe Dark Knight Rises is a cinematic event like no other.

Fortunately, Screen Rant was at the film’s European premiere in London to talk to the cast and crew – including Tom Hardy and Hans Zimmer.


I made my way down to London (as per usual with this sort of event) to the BFI IMAX cinema for a screening of The Dark Knight Rises. We were ushered into the foyer, where the Batpod was on display alongside the costumes of Batman, Bane and Catwoman. We had to surrender all electronic equipment before entering the screening.

This isn’t going to be a review piece (read our Dark Knight Rises review here), but the film is stunning, powerful and visceral. The director takes the series to the next level – not only in terms of action, but also emotionally. I’ve been a Batman fan for a quarter of a century, and it’s great to see the character portrayed in this way. If you have the opportunity to see the film in IMAX, then you should do so -  some moments are truly breathtaking.

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The Batpod from ‘The Dark Knight Rises’

After the screening, I made my way to the Odeon in Leicester Square to pick up my press pass for the screening. I had a couple of hours to kill, so I pottered about London, grabbed a coffee and started writing my notes. I eventually took my position on the press line and waited – praying that the rain would hold off (it didn’t). Attending the premiere for the film was Christian Bale, Tom Hardy, Anne Hathaway, Marion Cotillard, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Morgan Freeman, composer Hans Zimmer, producer Emma Thomas, screenwriter Jonathan Nolan - and, of course, the man who resuscitated the Batman franchise, Christopher Nolan.

There was a carnival atmosphere in the air. Most of Leicester Square was filled with fans eager to catch a glimpse of the film’s stars. Some of those gathered were in costume, while others were wearing Batman-themed garments. At the center of the square stood a giant cracked Batman mask, surrounded by shooting flames. The premiere kicked off with the Tumbler doing a lap around the square, and then the stars arrived – to cheers from the crowd.

Cast and crew started arriving fast, with Tom Hardy getting loud cheers from the crowd – he worked them like a pro, too, signing autographs and taking pictures. Hardy spoke to me about what it was like to join the third film in the series, saying:

“[Christian Bale, Marion Cotillard, and Anne Hathaway are] all incredible actors, and of course Nolan’s an incredible director, so it’s a dream come true.”

He also mentioned how he prepared for the role:

“I went to the gym and I put some weight on, and I put a mask on and I got on stage and I did an accent – that was it.”

Then I had an opportunity to speak with the film’s composer, Hans Zimmer, and I asked him about the challenges he faced when composing the score for this third film in the series:

“A new villain, not getting sad that it was our last one, figuring out how not to procrastinate forever, because it was our last one. I didn’t want it to end. In one way or another Chris and I have been working together now for eight years – so it felt a little sad.”

The character of Bane brings an added dimension to this new film, so I asked Zimmer how he created a theme for the character. According to Zimmer:

“If the truth be told, I wrote the Bane thing and recorded it last year, the first of July, in London – before Chris had even started shooting. It just came out of conversations with the script really. So I just had a really insane idea and went for it and he liked it.

All right, I’ll tell you the long story: I went to Warner Bros. and asked ‘Have I earned the right yet to hire a really big orchestra and try this idea? If it goes wrong then we can chuck it away and don’t mention that I just blew half the budget.’ They said go ahead. It turned out okay, and the old chant works.”

Cillian Murphy was also on hand to discuss his small (but pivotal) role in the film as Jonathan Crane – the only villain to appear in all three of Nolan’s Batman films.

“I never die, I don’t know why not. It’s just nice to be back. It’s always nice to work with Chris and just nice to play a little part in the last two.”

Without a doubt, one of the most important behind-the-scenes creators working on Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy has been his brother, Jonathan, who co-scripted The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises. I asked him how he went about concluding the trilogy, to which he said:

“Different writers and comic book artists have always tried to imagine how this ends. I read all of those. Chris read some. But he was really proceeding from his place with living with this character for ten years now and he’s trying to imagine what is the fitting ending for our take on this character. Chris always had a sense of where we wanted to go and you get to a fundamental moment where, if it’s all working, a kind of gravity, where if you add to it, it then supports the underlying idea. I’m very happy with the ending and I certainly hope audiences are.”

The Dark Knight Rises concludes Nolan’s take on the Batman myth and the premiere event concluded with the stars taking their seats in the Odeon to watch the epic battle between Batman and Bane.

The Dark Knight Rises is currently in theaters, and I highly recommend that you check it out.

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  1. Someone definitely reviewed as a love affair. Wasn’t as good as the reviewer glorified it. Was ok…had a lot of political aspects to it and Bane lectured too much. Once again not enough of Batman doing his thing. But good nonetheless. Only good.

  2. it had so many great moments, but they came and went choppily in between poorly written scenes. Nolan is a better story teller than this

  3. Poorly written scenes??!!!! Wtf
    are u talking about? It was written beautifully. Banes lines were awesome and Tom hardy did a great job of projecting banes feelings with only his eyes, body language & voice. That is very hard to do! A good example is Darth vader! A bad is green goblin from spiderman! This movie delivers on so many levels and gets an A+ from me!

    • I thought Bane was the strongest part of the film. His first fight with Batman is my favorite Nolan directed sequence next to the Inception hallway scene. His “darkness” lines were pure brilliance in my mind. However, there was an abundance of melodramatic scenes that just didnt convince me. for example, Nolan(s) build up Jim Gordon’s guilt over covering up Harvey Dent’s true nature, and then he is simply chastised by John Blake. really weak scene to me. I found myself wishing they had kept the story not necessarily simpler, but more focused on Bane vs Batman. I agree totally with you on Tom Hardy. his body language and eyes are extremely powerful story tellers on their own

    • @Craig “A bad is green goblin from spiderman!”

      I actually thought Willem Defoe did a great job with the character, his voice in particular. Considering he had no visual aspect to express the character, apart from one scene where the eyes on the visor opened.

      And the scene where he’s portraying both Norman Osborne and The Green Goblin, the two personalities having a chat about the events of the day before I thought was quite effective. Defoe’s a great actor, I thought he pulled that off rather well.

      So I don’t see The Green Goblin as being bad in terms of Defoe’s portrayal, rather the realisation of the character on screen could have been done a bit better, rather than just a mask.

  4. Poorly written scenes??!!!! Wtf
    are u talking about? It was written beautifully. Banes lines were awesome and Tom hardy did a great job of projecting banes feelings with only his eyes, body language & voice. That is very hard to do! A good example is Darth vader! A bad is green goblin from spiderman!

  5. I agree with Craig. Such an amazing film for our time. Easily a 10/10. Best In the series.

    • i truly believe there was an amazing film in there somewhere, but there was also three other lackluster films thrown in with it.

    • No way was this film a 10/10. I watched the 2 previous Batman movies the same day before the final one and TDKR and not as good as the previous 2. It was a good movie, and wrapped things up nicely but didn’t have the same wow factors as the previous 2.

  6. I really do not understand all of these people claiming that this film was bloated with uninteresting side stories. Every thread of this film was nicely woven all to a very satisfying end. In fact, the more I think about this movie, the more I become amazed at just how well this trilogy ended. Every plot point that had been left dangling or was created from throughout the movies were coalesced into an ending that far and away makes this the greatest trilogy in cinema (IMO). Ultimately, The Dark Knight Rises is the best film of the three: not because of any single performance (The Dark Knight) or because it was a ground-breaking, original take on the superhero movie (Batman Begins); but because it concluded a story, which was eight years in the making, in a flawless and satisfying fashion. It was impressive in every meaning of the word, and I couldn’t be happier.

    • there were quite a few loose ends that i noticed. for example, Selina Kyle has this little girl side kick in the first act, and then she’s gone… if i missed something please point it out. i mean, why even introduce that character.. all that does is bloat the movie
      that being said, i think it did a great job of bringing all three films together. it just seems that some parts of the individual film were loose
      aside from some flaws that are hard to just brush off, the movie was sooooooo good

      • I have to agree. Juno Temple was wasted in her role.

      • She wasn’t worth fleshing out, but it was still a bone to throw to the fanboys. Think of the nerdrage that would have proliferated had they not included her. It’s more realistic that way too – not everyone involved always has a purpose.

    • I completely agree, The Dark Knight Rises is truely incredible it ended the trilogy in an EPIC!!!! way. Tom Hardy’s portrayal of Bane was amazing as well as Anne Hathaway as catwoman and Christian Bale returning in the role of Batman/Bruce Wayne. The score is another incredible part of the film Hans Zimmer captured the emotion and brings the viewer that much closer to the characters on screen. In my opinion an amazing trilogy that will soon be part of my Blu-ray library.

  7. “I went to the gym and I put some weight on, and I put a mask on and I got on stage and I did an accent – that was it.”

    I have to love that old school mindset Tom Hardy expresses here.

    • He’s also incredibly sarcastic in all press interviews which is something else I like about him.

      • Dare we call him “Hardy Har-Har” ?


  8. One thought I had was as Bane was busy releasing all the prisoners, he would have been well aware of The Joker.

    So although Nolan decided not to show him again after Ledger’s untimely death, having The Joker at large again causing more mayhem would have made sense.

    • you are right, but the Joker would have been in arkham asylum so he never did get released.

  9. Golden opportunity for a Simpsons take on Batman, Rainier Wolfcastle could be (Mc)Bane.


    • Bartman movie?

      That could work.

      • That could work, The Simpson’s is due for another movie so why not Bartman.

  10. I’ve heard some people say that the score was at times a bit intrusive during the film but much like with TDK and Inception I thought it was amazing.
    And as much as u loved the score I really loved the moments when it went silent. Especially during Batman & Banes 1st fight.
    Most directors and composers would have the most bombastic moments of the score during that scene but the fact that they chose to go silent was brilliant IMO.
    And that’s why that 1st fight is my favorite moment in the film. And judging bye the reactions of the rest of the audience I might say it was there’s to. People were stunned. You could feel it in the air. It was one if the most unique experiences I’ve ever had in a theater.
    Bravo Mr. Nolan and Mr. Zimmer!!!

    • The first encounter between Batman and Bane was my favorite scene of the three films. There were a lot of components that made it great, the dialogue for example, but it was the symbolism that made the scene so effective. To watch the only thing that stood between Gotham and its destruction, this icon of justice, not only get overwhelmed but absolutely embarrassed, bullied at the hands of Bane, was brutal to watch.

      Even though he had been out of the game for eight years, Batman had such an air of confidence to him (like when Selina mentioned how these were no ordinary mercenaries and Batman brushed them off like they were nothing because he was, well, Batman)that when he finally saw Bane, it was merely a matter of taking care of business. It reminded me of watching Michael Jordan, the greatest to ever play the game, not only miss a breakaway dunk in the all-star game, but get his butt handed to him. It’s just something I never thought I would see. Be it ego or hubris, whatever you want to call it, Batman simply did not expect to lose. And then Bane took it to him. He struggled to land punches. Even those that landed had little to no effect. His tactics were mocked and with each punch, his desperation became more evident as he tried to deliver a knockout blow. He had simply met his match and to watch him realize that, to watch Bane crack him literally and physically, toying with him like he was nothing, was surreal.

      • Very well-said. Batman returned to Gotham with reckless abandon, dismissing Bane and his mercenaries as if they were merely common criminals. His response to Alfred’s warning that Bane is not someone to be trifled with? “Have I ever trifled with criminals?” You’re very write in saying that Bruce was confident, even arrogant, marching haphazdardly into Bane’s trap. Even after he found himself betrayed, trapped, and surrounded, he still seemed to have the air of a man who couldn’t lose. And lose he did.

        Nolan was smart to drop the soundtrack put and let the sickening thuds and cracks of the scene sink into the viewer. Batman tried every tactic at his disposal, only to have Bane shrug them off as if they were toys and games. A lot of people have and will say that Bane was reduced to a second-tier villain or henchman by the plot twist. I hold this scene up as an example of Bane’s unique and solitary villainy. No one else could have broken Batman and crippled Gotham like Bane. Talia knew this and that’s why she relied on him to plan and execute his portion of the plot.

  11. Wait is this a spoiler section? If its not ill only say this…JGL was who we thought he would b all along!

  12. The film was great up to the 1st Bane vs. Batman fight in the sewers, but I thought Bane was way too focused on bringing down the city and I didn’t care for it.
    I don’t see any of the emotional hub-ub from Bane’s ‘reveal’ at the end, I found that destroyed him as a character. He was perfect up until that point; destructive, brutal, efficient and very clever, but the ending tried to humanize him and pretty much turned him into a misguided puppy dog.
    The ending was way too cheesy, literally a “Ride-into-the-sunset” and John Blake’s real name was an incredibly cheesy nod to the point where I expected an exaggerated wink at the camera once he said it.(We had a good Killer Croc reference, why did this one have to be so obvious?)
    Once again Batman’s mouth breathing and lame voice detract from the movie and Alfred left five minutes in and came back for the last five to ruin the emotional bond he and Bruce had.

    The film was passable. Up to the sewer fight was good, the fight itself had me fanboy-ing all over the place and those 5 minutes were probably the shining part of the entire film. If that had been the ending battle with Bane cornered and defeated I would’ve been okay with it, but once that scene passed the movie tumbled downhill quick and ending with a such a ‘bleeh’ that Mass Effect 3′s writers blushed.

    • I diagree. I think the end was a considerably classy and dignified was for this batman story to end.

  13. Ok, I guess I would have to say this was a great movie, not as good as The Avengers, but close. What bugs me the most is Batman is a skinny guy in a bat suit, Bain is a short physically unimpressive guy and neither one can fight!Selina Kyle was the only one that seemed to have any training, Batman and Bain mostly just stood there and punched each other in the head! These guys are supposed to be two of the most highly trained fighters in the world and they look like mid level MMA fighters!