Some of the more interesting videos to leak from the set of The Dark Knight Rises have been the ones depicting the newest iteration of Batman’s Batwing (if, indeed, that’s what it’s called), particularly because they showcased Christopher Nolan’s continued commitment to giving us a Batman film not overly reliant on CGI.
Today we get to see videos of what will likely be the Batwing’s ultimate mission - pitting the vehicle against Bane’s Heavy Expanded Mobility Tactical Truck, or HEMTT for short. Plus, Tom Hardy talks about Christopher Nolan having full creative control on The Dark Knight Rises.
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Below, we’ve arranged the videos as they’ll (probably) occur in the film: From Batman (in the Batwing) chasing down Bane in his HEMTT, to Batman firing explosives at the HEMTT, to the same explosions occurring from the opposite angle, to the HEMTT being launched by said explosions into an opening in the road (to the lower level below).
One of the coolest things about Nolan’s last two films (Inception and The Dark Knight) was his insistence on using as little CGI and as many actual stunts as possible. “Bad editing and continuity” aside, the Batpod/Joker chase scene in the middle of TDK is successful because the stunts are downright fantastic.
There’s just something more visceral, riveting, and enjoyable about watching living, breathing human beings doing incredible, death-defying stunts as opposed to watching weightless, inconsequential action amid CGI explosions. If these videos are anything to go by (and one would presume that they are), it seems Christopher Nolan is attempting to exceed his badass stunt quota in his final Batman film.
Lastly, check out what Tom Hardy had to say to Scotsmen.com about Nolan's creative control on TDKR:
"It is a little daunting. I want to do well, but I'm with the right team. I mean, Chris Nolan is brilliant. And he has relative carte blanche with the studios at the moment, so to step into a situation with a larger-than-life character in a larger-than-life world that is fully articulated and gearing up with such a massive amount of financial and creative support, it's a fantastic opportunity."
Of course, it doesn’t come as much a surprise that Nolan basically answers to no one on the film. After two massive hits in a row, it’s only to be expected. Hopefully, more films will follow a similar, practical effects-heavy route in hopes of obtaining similar success.
What do you guys think about the videos and actual stunts versus CGI? Let us know in the comments.
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The Dark Knight Rises hits theaters July 20th, 2012.