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Principal Photography Officially Begins On The Dark Knight Rises

Although filming of The Dark Knight Rises kicked off in India almost two weeks ago, today Warner Bros. officially announced the beginning of principal photography on the conclusion of director Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy.

The press release reconfirms the central cast, but doesn’t list any of the supporting actors or (of course) provide any details of the movie’s secretive plot. It does, however, reveal that Nolan will use IMAX cameras even more than he did for The Dark Knight.

Check out the official announcement below. The Dark Knight Rises opens on July 20, 2012.

Principal photography has begun on Warner Bros. Pictures’ and Legendary Pictures’ “The Dark Knight Rises,” the epic conclusion to filmmaker Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy.

Leading an all-star international cast, Oscar® winner Christian Bale (“The Fighter”) again plays the dual role of Bruce Wayne/Batman.

The film also stars Anne Hathaway, as Selina Kyle; Tom Hardy, as Bane; Oscar® winner Marion Cotillard (“La Vie en Rose”), as Miranda Tate; and Joseph Gordon-Levitt, as John Blake.

Returning to the main cast, Oscar® winner Michael Caine (“The Cider House Rules”) plays Alfred; Gary Oldman is Commissioner Gordon; and Oscar® winner Morgan Freeman (“Million Dollar Baby”) reprises the role of Lucius Fox.

In helming “The Dark Knight Rises,” Christopher Nolan is utilizing IMAX® cameras even more extensively than he did on “The Dark Knight,” which had marked the first time ever that a major feature film was partially shot with IMAX® cameras. The results were so spectacular that the director wanted to expand the use of the large-format cameras for this film.

The screenplay for “The Dark Knight Rises” is written by Christopher Nolan and Jonathan Nolan, story by Christopher Nolan & David S. Goyer. The film is being produced by Emma Thomas, Christopher Nolan and Charles Roven, who previously teamed on “Batman Begins” and the record-breaking blockbuster “The Dark Knight.” The executive producers are Benjamin Melniker, Michael E. Uslan, Kevin De La Noy and Thomas Tull, with Jordan Goldberg serving as co-producer. “The Dark Knight” is based upon characters appearing in comic books published by DC Comics. Batman was created by Bob Kane.

Behind the scenes, “The Dark Knight Rises” reunites the director with several of his longtime collaborators, all of whom worked together on the “The Dark Knight.” The creative team includes director of photography Wally Pfister, who recently won an Oscar® for his work on Nolan’s “Inception”; production designer Nathan Crowley; editor Lee Smith; and Oscar®-winning costume designer Lindy Hemming (“Topsy-Turvy”). In addition, Paul Franklin and Chris Corbould, who both won Oscars® for the effects in “Inception,” will supervise the visual and special effects, respectively. The music will be composed by Oscar® winner Hans Zimmer (“The Lion King”).

The locations for “The Dark Knight Rises” span three continents and include the American cities of Pittsburgh, New York and Los Angeles, as well as sites in India, England and Scotland.

“The Dark Knight Rises” is a presentation of Warner Bros. Pictures, in association with Legendary Pictures. Slated for release on July 20, 2012, the film will be distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.

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Comments

  • Ian

    Woo Yeah! 

  • b3shmoonwalk

     so it begins… Cannot wait to see what Nolan does with his conclusion

  • Batmanwb

    So awesome that he’s utilizing IMAX cameras again for this movie. I’m sure the cameras will only add to what should be a great movie. 

  • Tomfitz1

    I kinda wish they didn’t put so much info on the production (or behind the scenes).
    What’s wrong with going to see a film and being either awestruck, pleasantly surprised, or disillusionally disapointed and let-down. 
    With so much details, it’s hard to leave much to the imagination.

    Here’s to hoping Nolan outdoes himself with DKR. 

  • Faust

    I am really looking forward to this, its just a shame this will be it. I have loved Nolan’s take on the character. I’m also looking to seeing Hathaway as Catwoman! For me, Pfeiffer was amazing in Returns. So she has big shows to fill. But I’m sure she can pull it off.

    I actually just rewatched both Begins and DK a couple months back – and while I understand its a trilogy and they want themes to flow. I still think the one scene with Cillian Murphy (Scarecrow) in DK seemed sort or pointless and a total waste of Murphy’s talents.

  • Faust

    You could just…. I don’t know….not read the articles relating to it. Like you just did. haha…. 

  • Anonymous

     What power does one man have not to click on an article? None I say!

  • Easantgd

    There are no details on the story, so what’s the problem?