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ARE THESE VIRAL VIDEOS FOR ‘THE DARK KNIGHT RISES’?

Probably not, but you never know. Christopher Nolan’s marketing team is clever, original, and very, very sneaky. The “Why So Serious?” and “I Believe in Harvey Dent” viral campaigns for the last Batman film set the standard for entertaining and effective Internet marketing (they were also a ton of fun). Aint it Cool News has the lowdown.

 

FIRST IMAGE OF TOM HARDY AS BANE REVEALED

The Dark Knight had some of the best viral marketing in movie history, and now it looks as if that mysterious stuff is going to continue with the final Christopher Nolan Batman film, The Dark Knight Rises. Warner Bros. opened the official website at thedarkknightrises.com, and if you head there, you’ll see a pixellated image of a figure. The code was cracked earlier today by some fans, and here is the image in all its glory (click image for hi-res version):

It’s our first glimpse of Tom Hardy as Bane, and it seems as if Nolan is going for a real “maniacal caged animal” look  for the character. I’m sure we’re in store for a lot more of these enigmatic images and viral tomfoolery for the next year. The Dark Knight Rises opens in June, 2012.

CHRISTOPHER NOLAN IS CAPTAIN OBVIOUS

In a recent interview, director Christopher Nolan stated that the upcoming Batman film, The Dark Knight Rises, would be his last:

“I must say that I’m glad — I’m very, very glad — to be embarking on the last chapter of our Batman saga without any sense of obligation or duty to the studio. They did very well with Inception. So I’m able to go into finishing our story in a very enthusiastic way.”

I think it was fairly obvious to anyone with half a brain that after The Dark Knight made a billion dollars for Warner Brothers, Nolan and Bale would be back for one last trip to Gotham to wrap up a trilogy, so this isn’t exactly Earth-shattering news. However, the script to this damn thing has been done for quite some time now, so it’d be nice if we could get some info on who the villain is or where the storyline is headed with basically all of Batman’s primary antagonists (Joker, Ra’s, Two-Face) out of the picture. For more on this story, hit up /Film.

CHRISTOPHER NOLAN IS CAPTAIN OBVIOUS

In a recent interview, director Christopher Nolan stated that the upcoming Batman film, The Dark Knight Rises, would be his last:

“I must say that I’m glad — I’m very, very glad — to be embarking on the last chapter of our Batman saga without any sense of obligation or duty to the studio. They did very well with Inception. So I’m able to go into finishing our story in a very enthusiastic way.”

I think it was fairly obvious to anyone with half a brain that after The Dark Knight made a billion dollars for Warner Brothers, Nolan and Bale would be back for one last trip to Gotham to wrap up a trilogy, so this isn’t exactly Earth-shattering news. However, the script to this damn thing has been done for quite some time now, so it’d be nice if we could get some info on who the villain is or where the storyline is headed with basically all of Batman’s primary antagonists (Joker, Ra’s, Two-Face) out of the picture. For more on this story, hit up /Film.

A LIVE-ACTION BATMAN TV SERIES?

Several sources are reporting today that Warner Brothers is considering launching a new live-action Batman TV show after director Christopher Nolan completes his Bat-trilogy with The Dark Knight Rises in Summer 2012. Since this information came from “an unnamed source”, chances are it’s 100% pure bullshit, but you never can tell.

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