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THE DARK KNIGHT RISES Hides A Secret Catwoman Poster On The Internet!!

Published at: May 27, 2012, 5:15 p.m. CST

The Kidd here...

I'm as excited as the next person for THE DARK KNIGHT RISES, but it feels as if Warner Bros. has forgotten the natural enthusiasm that exists from the fact that Christopher Nolan's Batman conclusion is rapidly approaching. How else do you explain the crazy amount of posters that they've released upon the world in the last few days? Seems a bit like overkill...

Well, we have yet another one sheet, and this one has a bit of a different feel to it. In fact, the only way you would have come across this previously was by scanning the QR code sitting at the bottom of the final one sheet released last week. That'd take you to www.thedarkknightrises.com/catwomanbig.jpg where you'd find this Catwoman-centric poster...

The lipstick and kisses don't necessarily feel like anything we've gotten for TDKR thus far, but at least it's not the same recycled imagery that kept rolling out last week. I honestly don't know what to expect from Nolan's finale, and how all these characters tie in anymore... but I'm looking forward to finding out soon enough. 

 

-Billy Donnelly

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  • May 27, 2012, 5:17 p.m. CST

    Not sure I like it.

    by gotilk

    But the shoe is nice. I guess.

  • May 27, 2012, 5:17 p.m. CST

    There are not many greater joys here on AICN...

    by gotilk

    than Cockblocking Firstposters.

  • May 27, 2012, 5:19 p.m. CST

    I mean no disrespect -

    by sways

    But when you're THIS late with story.. <p> You could've used those keyboard taps to do something worthwhile like find yourself some porn.

  • May 27, 2012, 5:22 p.m. CST

    i'd let anne hathaway

    by mick vance

    tap dance on my junk in those heels if she squished her tits in my face and told me to do my impersonation of a motorboat...

  • May 27, 2012, 5:24 p.m. CST

    "It's not a plane."

    by Kevin

  • May 27, 2012, 5:24 p.m. CST

    Everyone calls Pfeifer's Catwoman "the best"...

    by Tarijeno

    ... but her character bared little resemblance to the Catwoman from the comics. In the comics she was a thief, or cat-burglar. In Batman Returns she's a repressed secretary who gets killed by Christopher Walken, and is resurrected by cats. There's no doubt that Michelle is a terrific actress, in the role, but what she's playing is Catwoman in name only.

  • May 27, 2012, 5:25 p.m. CST

    are we certain it's a boot?

    by sways

  • To say that I'm not going to see this would be a lie. To say that I'm less than excited would not.

  • May 27, 2012, 5:28 p.m. CST

    "The whole movie confused look and feel to it"

    by sways

    Nail. Head.

  • May 27, 2012, 5:29 p.m. CST

    fuck you no edit

    by sways

  • May 27, 2012, 5:33 p.m. CST

    Anne Hathaway's Tuna

    by Larry Knowles

    Tuna makes me sick. But I would eat me some of that and ask for seconds.

  • May 27, 2012, 5:35 p.m. CST

    I'm with Tylerzero

    by Crobran

    I mean, I get what point they're trying to make, but one of the things that has set these last two Batman flicks apart from the Batman movies that went before them is the sense of gritty realism. Having the high fashion looking stiletto heel crushing Batman's throwing star begins to smack of getting archetypal. It's a stereotype. It's caricature. It's "I am woman. Hear me roar!" Or "meow" in this case. I would think that a woman with the mental or other resources to be able to get to Batman wouldn't do something like this. I can hear the woman in this poster saying "There! Take THAT! Stupid little man." Then she hits the mall to catch the Macy's sale on Dolce & Gabbana. It's hard to take this poster seriously. It almost seems like some kind of parody. The last several posters have made me wonder if a new marketing company is in charge with this movie, and this one hasn't helped. They should be fired.

  • May 27, 2012, 5:36 p.m. CST

    Why this poster doesn't work

    by Crobran

    Yes, this is a repost of my above post... I get what point they're trying to make, but one of the things that has set these last two Batman flicks apart from the Batman movies that went before them is the sense of gritty realism. Having the high fashion looking stiletto heel crushing Batman's throwing star begins to smack of getting archetypal. It's a stereotype. It's caricature. It's "I am woman. Hear me roar!" Or "meow" in this case. I would think that a woman with the mental or other resources to be able to get to Batman wouldn't do something like this. I can hear the woman in this poster saying "There! Take THAT! Stupid little man." Then she hits the mall to catch the Macy's sale on Dolce & Gabbana. It's hard to take this poster seriously. It almost seems like some kind of parody. The last several posters have made me wonder if a new marketing company is in charge with this movie, and this one hasn't helped. They should be fired.

  • May 27, 2012, 5:37 p.m. CST

    merry_men

    by sways

    titles like Batman 1; Batman 2; Batman 3, you mean..? <p> what would you call the first movie of the reboot series... Maybe use letters? A; B; C...

  • May 27, 2012, 5:40 p.m. CST

    Tweeted this to Harry a couple days ago

    by LordAcoustic

    However, I am now following you "The Kidd"

  • May 27, 2012, 5:43 p.m. CST

    I've said it once, I'll say it again....

    by notcher

    If posters were good indicators as to whether or not a movie was good, "The Avengers" would have blown way more ass than these posters. The trailers clearly are not revealing anything on purpose. Writing off an entire movie based on a hunch based on 4 minutes of total footage is an unwise choice. I still have way more faith in Nolan than most people who have seemingly jumped off the bandwagon based on some trailers and a few posters he had nothing to do with. Not real fans in my book, and the excitement was always going to be less compared to how "The Dark Knight" exploded in hype because of Ledger's death and fine performance. I'd say be cautious of pushing aside actors like Tom Hardy and what he could bring to this next chapter. In my opinion, fuck a reboot, wait ten years and do "The Dark Knight Returns." BRING IT!!!!

  • May 27, 2012, 5:49 p.m. CST

    Now I want to see this movie!!

    by Devilman666

    Finally a poster for DKR that makes me want to see it!!! WOW!!!! What a great poster!!! I found Begins to be very boring and poorly edited.. Dark Knight was unbearably boring and stupid.. Can't wait to see Mini-Bane in action in this one!! :D

  • May 27, 2012, 5:51 p.m. CST

    Notcher's right

    by Crobran

    My expectations for what Nolan is going to bring us are much higher than what they would be based on these posters alone. Nolan's got a proven track record, Hathaway can do a fine job of acting when she wants too, same for Bale, Caine, Hardy, Freeman....We haven't heard Bane speak much, but with these latest trailers and the clearer speech, Bane's "His punishment must be more severe" is delivered with sinister perfection. I still have hopes that the movie is going to be great. Then let's do what Notcher suggested.

  • May 27, 2012, 5:51 p.m. CST

    Devil666, just curious...

    by notcher

    Is there a Batman movie you do like?

  • May 27, 2012, 5:53 p.m. CST

    Looks like a Sin City promo.

    by Jonathan

    Minus the bat stuff.

  • May 27, 2012, 6 p.m. CST

    Realism=/=Practical

    by Aquanaut

    Catwoman is an eccentric, flamboyant character. and like the other villains in this series (and Batman for that matter) THEATRICALITY is a big part of how she operates. there are plenty of real life people who do not dress for practicality, but to make a statement.

  • May 27, 2012, 6:06 p.m. CST

    the "bat plane" killed the realism

    by sunwukong86

    the tumbler i can buy, seems like something the military would make

  • I mean really, you can't really judge a movie cause of a few poster. and be smart about it, Nolan does not control who or how these posters are designed(as far as i know) so you can't just bash him for it. another thing for those who did complain about some of the Avengers posters....ummm look how freaking awesome that movie turned out so yeah to the whiners, your argument is invalid. on a somewhat related, I am excited for this movie however I'm glad this is nolan's last run at batman only because I've had enough of the whole realistic Batman and would like to see some other villains that most likely wouldn't fit in Nolan's version of batman like mr. freeze, poison ivy, or clayface

  • May 27, 2012, 6:19 p.m. CST

    Some idiots thought THE DARK KNIGHT was gonna suck...

    by GravyAkira

    The doubters will be owned in July. And the new Bat Plane looks awesome!

  • The audience will have seen three quarters of the film by the time it's released. 6 minutes of Spiderman, 4 minutes of Prometheus, wtf?

  • May 27, 2012, 6:23 p.m. CST

    Gotta say I silently groaned at the "THIS ISN'T A CAR!" line...

    by Prof. Pop-Cult

    It reminded me uncomfortably of the line from the first (or was it the second?) Burton Batflick: "It's the car? Chicks dig the car." Ugh.

  • May 27, 2012, 6:26 p.m. CST

    If THE GREY taught us anything...

    by Castor Grayson

    It's that marketing and the film can be (and are often) vastly different

  • May 27, 2012, 6:34 p.m. CST

    "Chicks dig the car" is from Schumachers abomination!

    by xbagboy

  • May 27, 2012, 6:41 p.m. CST

    i saw drive totally cold an loved it..

    by paul burnett

    If i had seen the trailer before i would have been pissed.. Drives trailer makes it look like smokey an the bandit an is trying to sell some kinda 90 mins of car chase shenanigins..

  • "Heath Ledger looks like an emo kid trying to be the Joker. I don't buy for a second he is a true nemesis of the The Dark Knight."

  • May 27, 2012, 6:43 p.m. CST

    oh an i dont usually say this,but fuck this is really old news..

    by paul burnett

    Hope chud get a kickback.

  • After the first trailer "we now have a redneck Joker. This really sucks." "bore us with stuff we already have seen in other movies. " "Over-the-top joker has been done to death..." "This guy looks like Beetlejuice after graduation from Ringling Bros. Clown College. " "HORRIBLE!!!!!!!!!! That's not the Joker!!!!!!!!!" and what happened? Dark Knight became one of the most critically adored and financially biggest films of all time and we all loved it. So, again, why take the idiots who are saying the same things about this one seriously?

  • May 27, 2012, 6:55 p.m. CST

    Sorry, Gotik

    by FailureAtTheCave

    The second you mentioned first, you became a fucking first poster yourself.

  • May 27, 2012, 7:02 p.m. CST

    Should have been a closeup of her ass

    by Logan_1973

    Can't wait to see her bent over that cycle.

  • May 27, 2012, 7:09 p.m. CST

    "The whole movie confused look and feel to it"

    by DoctorWho?

    Really? You guys have seen "The whole movie..."?! <p> Oh wait...you must be referring to the 3 to 4 scant minutes of juxtaposed scenes we've all seen right?

  • May 27, 2012, 7:15 p.m. CST

    Cash907 - I hadn't heard that ASM and Prometheus....

    by AttackingClone

    We're only 10 min films (thus having seen three quarters of them with 4 and 6 min clips). The marketing for this movie is very strange. All the trailers seem to show catwoman in a good light, like she may not be a baddie, but this poster shows her stomping on batmans logo, indicating she's is a baddie. Just come out already. I'd rather not have any promo material released, I know I'm going to see this, getting reminded of it everyday makes it seem to take that much longer to get here.

  • May 27, 2012, 7:15 p.m. CST

    Tim Burton doing Dark Returns with Keaton

    by ZOMBRE

    or a Batman movie set in 1935. That's where to go from here.

  • May 27, 2012, 7:18 p.m. CST

    The film's big twist is...

    by You Have MY Voice

    ...this poster is actually Bane-centric, as well. Do with that what you will.

  • She was a thief and on again off again love interest of Batman. Burton's is close enough. Catwoman didn't even have a stand alone title until after Batman Returns.

  • May 27, 2012, 7:28 p.m. CST

    The lips with the bat is pretty clever...

    by KnowItAllFromCali

    Not sure it belongs with the rest of the poster. Also, I have to agree with the comment about realism. Seems like they've moved away from that considering the bat "plane."

  • May 27, 2012, 7:44 p.m. CST

    yep - "This isn't a car" dialogue

    by yubnubrocks

    didn't even being to match the tone of the rest of the trailer. Very much a stupid "one liner" while the rest of the trailer was very serious. Not sure what happened to the marketing of this movie. I'll save my opinion for the actual movie until I've seen it, but I would hope most of us could agree that the marketing for this flick is downright terrible. Nothing about the posters or trailers really makes me "want" to see this movie. Maybe they're just confident they're fan-base will go see it without much of a marketing effort? Not sure. Time will tell.

  • May 27, 2012, 7:46 p.m. CST

    sorry ...

    by yubnubrocks

    Meant to say "their" not "they're". I'm such a looser :)

  • May 27, 2012, 7:56 p.m. CST

    This is the best poster, hands down.

    by NeonFrisbee

    The razor stiletto, the kiss with the bat symbol in the middle? Too bad this isn't a hard R Batman. I mean, okay, porn, right, but porn is too obvious.

  • http://bigfootmountainguides.com/2010/03/03/how-to-make-mixed-climbing-boots/

  • Marketing on almost every single major film this year has been atrocious. Just awful, mediocre stuff. It should be like hitting the side of the barn, but for whatever reason, the people doing the work and approving it are suddenly all incompetent.

  • May 27, 2012, 8:15 p.m. CST

    Saw this,thought it was a poster for the porn parody.

    by Jobacca

    You know...because of the two red x's.

  • May 27, 2012, 8:23 p.m. CST

    Who says it's Catwoman's foot?

    by rev_skarekroe

    Maybe Bane likes to dress up...

  • ...no more trailers,tv spots etc for me.Plus if you have not liked Nolan's Batman series then why even bother with the third? Leave more tix for the rest of us who do like the series. Oh and I think like the Tumbler was a stealth bridging (?) vehicle, I believe Wayne Enterprises R&D had a military contract for a stealth "Harrier or Vertical Take Off Landing VTOL" like aircraft in development.So Lucious and Bruce made a hybrid out of the Tumbler.Cause you know,shit is going down in Gotham City.

  • May 27, 2012, 8:35 p.m. CST

    orson wells batman

    by seabiscuits

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lu5tJGfZsgc

  • May 27, 2012, 8:36 p.m. CST

    Wow, coolest poster Ive seen in a while

    by AshokForgiven

    That is one killer poster to boot!

  • May 27, 2012, 8:44 p.m. CST

    Nolan seems to have bought into the GOTea

    by PTSDPete

    What an idiot loser

  • May 27, 2012, 8:58 p.m. CST

    the cracked bat symbol and the kiss one are inspired

    by Youre_Gonna_Bust_Dixie

  • May 27, 2012, 9:14 p.m. CST

    What's to say that isn't Talia al ghul

    by Peter

    knife on boots to much for catwoman. also why not show all of her. they showed all of Bane with broken Batmask. Obviously Nolan hiding something.

  • May 27, 2012, 9:23 p.m. CST

    Re: kevred

    by SK229

    What about Prometheus? I've been avoiding the television ads and anything except those first two trailers like the plague, so I can't speak on those, but that 2.30 minute trailer might be the best I've ever seen. It gives you serious chills and suggests some majorly fucked up shit. It's got mystery in spades, especially the opening just says, "get ready to be skullfucked by greatness," with that line, "A king has his reign... and then he dies." I like that A) I don't know who is saying that and B) I don't know how it fits into what I'm seeing yet it still works. THAT is a perfectly executed trailer. Also, the musical transitions are ABSO-FUCKING-LUTELY INSANE. It's like audio-visual crack... for me, anyway, ymmv. Also, I think the poster with the head is awesome and really makes me want to know what it all means. As for TDKR, it just is suffering from having a lot to live up to. I think that first teaser was great, but the trailer just felt muddled... like by trying to withhold so much, they failed at making a truly great trailer. I do like the opening though with the plane rescue and a few other moments that speak to mystery. I think that's what makes a great trailer, finding that perfect balance between suggesting what might be in the coolest possible way without giving away too much. I've never seen being mysterious and making the audience go, "Gee, how the fuck do that and that go together?", NOT work in a trailer's favor. But this is all marketing... films must ultimately stand on their own two feet, and all the bad trailers and posters in the world mean jack shit in the face of a truly well made film.

  • May 27, 2012, 9:27 p.m. CST

    I'M WAITING FOR THE POSTER FOR THE BATFANTASTICAR

    by Meadowe

    it breaks into three pieces...one for bruce, the middle for selina, and the third for chiklis.

  • May 27, 2012, 9:31 p.m. CST

    hulkman21 - Quality of movie posters

    by The StarWolf

    Four words to answer your question: Raquel Welch - fur bikini. One of the biggest selling posters of its time and after that, no0body cared if ONE MILLION B.C. was any good, they went to see it anyway.

  • May 27, 2012, 9:40 p.m. CST

    notcher^^^ ... hook ... line ... sinker!!!

    by DrMorbius

  • May 27, 2012, 9:57 p.m. CST

    Just saw TDKR commercial during NBA playoffs...

    by GravyAkira

    Some new footage was included and has me pretty pumped. "You're not Batman anymore" This movie is gonna rock!

  • May 27, 2012, 10:02 p.m. CST

    A message to "Banned, Merry Men Banned"

    by I Max U Mini

    Hmm. Just out of curiosity, how many people can name the Bond films in order? EXACTLY! We know Dr. No was first. Then they added Robert Shaw and Lotte Lenya to the cast to step it up a notch with From Russia With Love. That produced gold, which brings us to Goldfinger. A Pussy Galore classic with a bang up finale in Kentucky. You Only Live Twice saw Bond die and go to Japan. Then Connery played Hookey to give some other chap a go at the role - On Her Majesty's Secret Service was at the heart, a damn good Bond tale with George looking bored - and it dulled the senses of the mainstream audience. So Juan Sánchez Villa-Lobos Ramírez returns to the fold and ends* his Bond days in Las Vegas where Diamonds Are Forever. Hey, there's also Natalie Wood's sister and the woman who married Natalie Wood's widower. So who do they get to replace the aging Connery? A man who is even older than Connery! Oh well, Live and Let Die. I believe you understand where this is heading. Most of us are smart enough to know the chronological order of films. Let's see, where should I put Batman Begins? And to use perhaps the most over-used cliche in films since "FREEZE!" I say, "You just don't get it. Do ya?"

  • May 27, 2012, 10:25 p.m. CST

    Krypton Kid wins the "I copped out and used Pretentious" award!

    by notcher

    Seriously, The Avengers proved all of that? I loved The Avengers, but it's "The Dark Knight" of the Marvel universe, once a year passes and people re-watch it they'll see that the story has some EXTREMELY forced parts a la "The Dark Knight." Think about it and you'll see what I mean, some very "Oh fuck, that doesn't really make any sense" moments when you think about it. Not total fucking pooch screws, but forced moments, forced plot points trying to connect but really don't. The Avengers was fun, but don't put it on some pedestal of greatness like it's SO INTELLIGENT and MEANINGFUL! Nolan reinvented the comic book movie, PERIOD! Haters gonna hate, fine , fuck yourself. And again, whoever drops the word "Pretentious" doesn't know shit!!!

  • May 27, 2012, 11:14 p.m. CST

    Heels? Fucking really?

    by Steve Rogers

    Fuck you Nolan. I thought you were better than this.

  • May 27, 2012, 11:22 p.m. CST

    Maybe Catwoman is REALLY bad

    by krabklaw

    The trailers have suggested that Catwoman isn't so bad and might even be a friend to Batman, but this poster conveys something entirely different. Could it be there is a twist regarding the character? Is she even WORSE than Bane perhaps? I am intrigued by this.

  • May 27, 2012, 11:58 p.m. CST

    I like everything but the lipstick

    by Anthony Torchia

    but I used to have a dominatrix, so I'm a sucker for this kind of stuff She's still working, Mistress Marquesa, if you're in the market for some fun

  • May 27, 2012, 11:59 p.m. CST

    The Kidd

    by shane ocallaghan

    Is this clown the only person actually writing for this pathetic site now? The MIB3 interview was so antagonistic. I'd have punched him.

  • May 28, 2012, 12:32 a.m. CST

    fan boy losers...

    by sjfatty

    quit your fucking bitching...

  • The awnings break her fall before she hits the ground, thereby avoiding achieving terminal velocity. She's injured, and the cats help revive her, but she's not dead. (because that's dumb!)

  • May 28, 2012, 12:42 a.m. CST

    Bruce Wayne and Selina Kyle will start out as adversaries

    by Zardoz

    Then Batman and Catwoman figure out who each other really are and then become allies against Bane. (and Talia Al Ghul!)

  • May 28, 2012, 1:09 a.m. CST

    TDK wasn't that good and this one won't be either

    by Rupee88

    just logical

  • May 28, 2012, 2:43 a.m. CST

    "TDK wasn't that good and this one won't be either"

    by Jared Bond

    Hahahahaha... yep

  • May 28, 2012, 2:57 a.m. CST

    Take a step back folks...

    by bluesharpo

    This is Nolan's thing......his interpretation... If you're an actual comic book fan, and appreciate the material......you're aware that almost every author and artist who steps up and takes this franchise over, is going to essentially reboot it. He wanted to do a dark, tech-based, and over all more realistic trilogy of films based on our favorite dude.....who at the end of the day.....is wearing point ears and a cape....

  • Don't be bitter that WB found a guy who was able to make Batman a phenomenon on the big screen again, but meanwhile they can't seem put together a successful, watchable Superman movie to save their lives. And you're right, Avengers is a comic book come to life. The Nolan Batman films, on the other hand, are real MOVIES. It's good there's a director out there who still believes in aiming higher.

  • May 28, 2012, 3:13 a.m. CST

    This is the first TDKR poster i like

    by CuervoJones

    But i´m in BDSM.

  • May 28, 2012, 3:18 a.m. CST

    theypeedonyourfuckingrug is right.

    by bluesharpo

    Throwing out an obnoxious blanket statement about Nolan's trilogy is cliche, be it good or bad.

  • May 28, 2012, 3:19 a.m. CST

    YET AGAIN

    by mattythelionheart

    Christopher Nolan is a brilliant filmmaker, one of the best over the last 30 years. I have no doubt this movie will be absolutely spectacular. Regardless, this promotion campaign is still piss poor. ibelieveinharveydent.com? Not anymore...

  • May 28, 2012, 3:25 a.m. CST

    Promotion.

    by bluesharpo

    TDK was almost self-promoted, thanks to the buzz, and eventual death, of Heath. Promoting this film, in the wake of both TDK and The Avengers....it's tough. It seems as if they're letting the story speak for itself, and providing a few images/teasers rather than story insights......which I I think is the right idea.

  • May 28, 2012, 3:27 a.m. CST

    Hathaway's a gorgeous thing.

    by Queefer Sutherland

    I'd like to break my dick off inside Anne Hathaway. I'd eat a rope of her turds to have a go at that sweet ass.

  • May 28, 2012, 3:37 a.m. CST

    the nolan movies are good enough to watch

    by christpunchers2007

    But the magic doesnt work in repeated viewings. Tdk was only good because of the joker. All the batman scenes were laughable and the rest of the cast were weak, had zero screen prescene or interesting dialogue. Too many eye rolling moments tha took me out of the movie (ie most of dents lines). Like how the fuck would harvey dent get his burnt suit back? We all know that paramedics cut away the clothing of trauma patients so why would a burn victim like harvey have his suit intact? And how did he get the suit back? Is he a ninja now? How does a suit get half burnt like that in such perfect symmetry? Its fan service that does not fit into the semi logical world nolan was trying to portray. Heath ledger is what makes tdk good enough for me to temporarily ignore its flaws. The amazing viuals and color palette and zimmers score also helped. But it could have been much improved

  • May 28, 2012, 5:06 a.m. CST

    BOOTMAN!

    by Xenodistortion

  • Personally, I don't. Magic, and 'gods', and Hulks.... Just doesn't work for me at all. Do I think no one should make these kinds of movies, or anyone who likes them is dumb? No. Why would I? But then, I'm not an arrogant person who thinks my way is the only way.

  • May 28, 2012, 7:41 a.m. CST

    It's a poster of someone's shoe. From behind.

    by YackBacker

    This is what sells movie tickets nowadays?

  • May 28, 2012, 7:56 a.m. CST

    Who says it's supposed to be catwoman in this poster?

    by pr0g2west

    Mabey batman is a crossdresser?

  • May 28, 2012, 8:24 a.m. CST

    Not the first time for so many posters!

    by martinh65

    Warner Brothers has flooded theaters with many posters for the Batman films, starting back at Batman Returns. I was working at a theater back then, and we seemed to get a new poster every week leading up to the release date. They then sent out posters featuring each character from Batman Forever and Batman and Robin. The only time that they didn't do such a huge poster campaign was for both 'first films' in each series.

  • They are all equally unreal. Just like Batman, despite what some Nolanoids want to believe.

  • I think the studio is getting nervous because of The Avengers. I think Warners thought they had it in the bag in regards to being the highest grossing movie of the summer. Now that The Avengers seems like a hard movie to beat, they are getting nervous. It's simple, if TDKR doesn't outgross The Avengers opening weekend or isn't the top grossing film of the summer it will be regarded as a failure by the media. Thus, those people who always wait a week or two before seeing a film may change their mind on going to the theater to see TDKR. In a sence I feel for Warners becuase while The Avengers compared to TDKR will almost surely be a more fun movie experience, TDKR will probably be the better movie.

  • May 28, 2012, 9:51 a.m. CST

    I'm sure I will enjoy both equally.

    by whatevillurks

    The DC Universe has always been defined by its over the top myth elements. I'm glad Marvel has this area covered since DC doesnt feel like going with a shared universe of films. Batman the Anmated Series blended fantasy and noir nicely, hopefully the next batch of Batman movies can pull this off. Remember the episode with Poison Ivy and her "children"?

  • May 28, 2012, 10:22 a.m. CST

    Realism?

    by kanye west

    A guy dressed as a bat. A guy dressed as a clown. A guy dressed as a scarecrow. A guy with half a face and clothes to match. A guy who drives a tumbler around but no news choppers follow him to see where hes going to hide. Then that same tumbler turns into a crazy motorcycle with machine guns. And that just covers the first 2 movies. Sounds awfully realistic to me. Just enjoy the comic book movies for the entertainment they are, none are realistic. NONE!

  • Anyone else lowering their expectations a little?

  • May 28, 2012, 10:33 a.m. CST

    Sigh

    by Castor Grayson

    It amazes me that people want to compare Avengers and Dark Knight Rises. I loved Avengers and I'm pretty sure I'm going to love TDKR

  • So awful. I will repeat this is the lamest Catwoman design, seriously beyond my worst expectations. Kitty ears and high heels? And impossible flying machines, so much for utilitarian...Might as well have the Venom drug turn Bane into a hulk and call it a day. again Arkham City>DKR

  • May 28, 2012, 10:48 a.m. CST

    this was posted in the talkbacks a while back.

    by JAMF

    sigh....

  • May 28, 2012, 11:32 a.m. CST

    Gritty realism

    by kolchak

    The problem I've had with the Nolan films is that they claim to shoot for this realism, but because of the nature of the narratives, they always fall short. <br> <br> So instead we get these middling pictures that want to be taken really seriously and scare and dramatize but also want to have characters running around in costume pulling off ridiculous stunts and destroying the city with no ramifications. <br> I like what Nolan has done overall (I don't enjoy Batman Begins), but I wish we'd embrace that these are comic book characters and gritty realism will never apply.

  • By the way you've forgotten to mention how a several ton truck manages to drive around on the roof of a building. Even cartoons have handled this subject with more realism!

  • May 28, 2012, 11:56 a.m. CST

    Ad Campaign

    by SHADOWPRIME

    Like most people here, I have seen good ad campaigns for bad movies, and vice versa. I make few assumptions about a movie based on its ad campaign. That being said, I feel middling at best about the ad campaign to this point. Just isn't generating a lot of "buzz" for me. Will I see this opening weekend? Yeah. Does the campaign dissuade me or lower my anticipation? No. But it doesn't really heighten it either. Maybe -that for me -to part of it is that the campaign doesn't sell the idea of Batman's last (maybe) heroic triumph as much as it sells "a lot of bad stuff is going to happen to Batman", coupled with a lot of recycled, reused imagery?

  • May 28, 2012, 11:59 a.m. CST

    It's a poster. Nobody notices posters.

    by hoorayforeric

    I've never in my life seen people get critical of a movie by the posters. Nobody has seen the movie. Many want to see the movie. Movie posters aren't even noticed by the majority of the public. They just there in lobby and people walk by and say..."Can't wait for that movie." Or they don't even notice the movie, at all. Listening to some you makes me realize why people like me used to pick on nerds like you. You're miserable people. You deserved to be called names. TDKR is the cool, popular people's comic movie, so deal with it.

  • May 28, 2012, 12:28 p.m. CST

    Did Nolan get a decent editor for this one?

    by Raptor Jesus

    Or is it another 35 minutes TOO LONG? With another half a movie shoehorned in where it doesn't make sense. Put me in the 'ready for a reboot' group.

  • Chris Nolan is a great director but I grew up with Burton and Keaton et al and will always have an affinity for their version of The Batman.

  • AND IT WAS EVEN MORE AWESOME.

  • May 28, 2012, 1:57 p.m. CST

    Probably the best poster I've seen for this movie

    by Jaster Mareel

    Not a mishmash of photoshop composits that don't fit in the same space. Yeah I'm surprised they don'tmake the negative space bat symbol in the lipstick mark more obvious, like a powster by itself for example, because that's a great iconic idea.

  • May 28, 2012, 1:58 p.m. CST

    That King Kong poster is a fucking trip

    by Jaster Mareel

    Why the fuck he's still holding that train while standing on top of the Empire State Building is anyone's guess, but fucking AMAZING artwork.

  • May 28, 2012, 2:08 p.m. CST

    thebigqueef

    by Queefer Sutherland

    I knew I'd like you as soon as a saw your name. Exactly. Nothing about Nolan's Batman is realistic, and much of it is unbelievable and/or impossible. The tumbler shitting out a motorcycle, for instance. Not to mention the fact that Bruce Wayne can apparently pilot some pretty complicated aircraft. Who trained him for that? The list goes on and on, but it won't mean anything to the fucking dumbass fanboys. Some people just need to shut the fuck up.

  • May 28, 2012, 2:33 p.m. CST

    Too many confuse "realistic" with "believable".

    by TheyPeedOnYourFuckingRug

    The BatNolan films most certainly are not realistic, in the sense that anyone seriously believes that the events of these movies would ever actually happen. But they are BELIEVABLE, in that Nolan does as much as he can to put Batman into a real-world milieu, to say that this guy and his tech and his antagonists could at least theoretically exist in the real world. And I love that. My favorite Batman stories were always the pure detective stories. No supervillains, no teamups with superheroes, just a guy in a suit matching his wits and resources against the very worst the real world has to offer. Nolan taps into that, tries to make the character as relevant and grounded as possible. Very little of what we see in Avengers could plausibly exist; it's pure fantasy. And that's fine, if that's what you're looking for. I had the same problem with Avengers that I've always had with superheroes: most of the characters are basically invincible, and how much of a sense of suspense and danger can be built up around protagonists who can't be killed? I loved Mark Ruffalo's Bruce Banner, he was my favorite character in the movie; but after he told the tale of how he couldn't even kill himself by putting a gun in his mouth, that "the other guy" appeared instantaneously and spit the bullet back out, well, that was that. Thor is basically Superman. I enjoyed Iron Man, here and in his own movies; he's the character most analogous to Batman. But as someone else pointed out, you're putting him up alongside giant mutants and demigods. The action in the climax of Avengers was great fun, but with the exception of Iron Man's trip through the wormhole, there was never a sense of genuine danger because it had already been established that the heroes were, for all practical purposes, invincible. In TDKR, by contrast, there's a lot of speculation and rumor that Batman could actually die. And given Nolan's proclivity for dramatic twists and WB's willingness to give him a whole lot of leeway in his handling of the character (they'll just be rebooting Batman all over again for the next movie anyway), there will be real suspense during TDKR as to the outcome of events. If you're happy with fantasy and want a pure "comic book movie", great; Avengers delivers what you're looking for. Nolan's Dark Knight trilogy is much more in line with what I always looked for in comics as a kid. I'm going to savor TDKR because it's not likely the character will ever be handled this well in film again.

  • May 28, 2012, 2:42 p.m. CST

    Where has that *asspickle* gene_eric ...

    by DrMorbius

    scuttled off to? And why have his postings on this thread, mysteriously vanished?

  • May 28, 2012, 2:43 p.m. CST

    does this site ever update??

    by paul burnett

  • May 28, 2012, 2:56 p.m. CST

    wrath_of_fett

    by DrMorbius

    The 76 KONG (Jessica Lange), to the best of my knowledge, had KONG straddling the World Trade Center Towers.

  • May 28, 2012, 3:10 p.m. CST

    theypeedonyourfuckingrug

    by Queefer Sutherland

    Sorry guy. I don't find them at all believable either. I enjoy them very much, but they are neither realistic nor believable. Don't go telling me I have the terms confused. I loved the Avengers and I've loved Nolan's Batman so far. But I don't find either of them at all convincingly real. As far as I'm concerned, they're both science fiction/fantasy films. If this offends you, I suggest you go fuck yourself. Even if it doesn't offend you, go fuck yourself, because I don't appreciate your condescending tone and air of superiority. You're just as giant of a fucktard as anybody else here. I'm the superior one.

  • May 28, 2012, 4:05 p.m. CST

    It's Batgirl..

    by Axl Z

    That's the twist, Alicia Silverstone is back

  • May 28, 2012, 4:09 p.m. CST

    Everyone can bitch and moan as much as they'd like

    by Tonweezy

    But they're still going to fucking see it. Just be happy that this isn't a Summer dominated by Michael Bay. Remember people, we have a 'Superman' movie directed by Zack (Frat boy, "Suckerpunch") Snyder. Let us enjoy this until Warner ruins Batman again.

  • May 28, 2012, 4:10 p.m. CST

    That's nice, queefer.

    by TheyPeedOnYourFuckingRug

    And I'm not offended at all, because unlike angry nerds who can't articulate an argument beyond "go fuck yourself", I don't resent people for liking what they like. But thanks for reinforcing for me that Avengers is for children of all ages.

  • It set up "modern Cap" nicely in this regard. "They told me we won, they didnt say how much we lost." "We've made some mistakes along the way". Lets not compare it to vapid stuff like Bayformers. In the end this all kids stuff. Yes, even nolanverse batman.

  • May 28, 2012, 4:26 p.m. CST

    Only here the idiots reign.

    by Castor Grayson

    Everywhere else I look people are so excited for this movie... only here do the people who have literally nothing better to do than bash something they haven't even seen yet.

  • May 28, 2012, 4:40 p.m. CST

    theypeedonyourfuckingrug

    by Queefer Sutherland

    You don't get it, do you? It's possible to like the Avengers AND Nolan's Batman. They both serve different purposes and represent different milieus. My reactions may indeed be childish, but it is only because your "logic" is childish. Claiming that Nolan's Batmans are "believable" is ludicous. Like I said, I enjoy them hugely, but they are not any more believable within their settings than Avengers. That's like saying a man running one hundred miles an hour is more believable than a man who can run 50 miles an hour. Neither is believable. But I suspend my disbelief so that I may enjoy BOTH films. Is that so hard to understand? If so, go fuck yourself.

  • May 28, 2012, 4:42 p.m. CST

    dioxholsters_protocol

    by Queefer Sutherland

    You need to get theypeedonyourfuckingrug's dick out of your mouth.

  • May 28, 2012, 4:55 p.m. CST

    No indication this is her "work" footwear

    by Jeremy Jar Binks

    Maybe she has tactical boots for actual jobs, and this is her formal wear. We know that she encounters Wayne at a dance, and she's tricked out in cocktail dress, etc. I doubt she would wear stilettos for a break-in. Also, as someone said above, maybe it's Talia. Regardless, Nolan definitely has the geeks guessing... He's either playing his cards close to hide something or just doesn't give a fuck about Batman anymore.

  • May 28, 2012, 5 p.m. CST

    dioxholsters_protocol

    by Queefer Sutherland

    A comic book setting, dumbass. It's a combination of science fiction AND fantasy, as all superhero comic books are. I'm sorry if my being able to suspend disbelief of physics and science to enjoy the movie offends you. But I have to do the same thing with Nolan's Batman. We also have to do the same thing with the Lord of the Rings films, Avatar, etc., etc., I don't understand you fucking idiots who demand I chose between the two films. It's like asking a sports fan to like either basketball or football, and telling them they can't like both. Fucking stupid Nazis. I can't believe how ignorant you assholes are being.

  • That's what we've been seeing so much of lately. The "one-size fits all" idea that because Avengers made so much money, it's changed the game to the point that all future movies based on comic books have to be exactly like this. That supposes that all comic books are inherently the same, which is a pretty limiting attitude to take toward a medium which is supposed to offer so much creative freedom. I see the Avengers pretty much the same way I do Superman -- fun, watchable characters who by their nature are dramatically limited, because they're so powerful as to be walking (flying) deus ex machinas. A "pure comic book" take on a franchise like this is about the only way to go, because a Nolan approach to characters like Thor and Hulk would be ridiculous. They already tried the "comic book movie" approach with Batman, and it resulted in the Schumacher movies that crashed the franchise and necessitated a reboot into something more serious. I've seen suggestions for a "happy medium" Batman film that would straddle some middle ground between Nolan-level seriousness and the comic-book excesses of Schumacher, but in my opinion we already got that with the Burton movies, flawed as they were. You're right, Batman Begins truly did elevate the standards for a comic book film. Until then movies based on comic books, no matter how true they attempted to be to the source material, were almost universal in carrying a sort of apologetic "hey, this is only a comic book, you don't need to take this too seriously" undertone. Nolan told us, hey, why COULDN'T a comic book adaptation be treated seriously? Why couldn't you approach a Batman movie as if you were making a "legit" dramatic film? Batman is almost a unique character in comic books, in his adaptability toward these ends. You can do so much more with him than with superpowered characters. It would be a shame to dumb him back down into just another series of comic book movies.

  • May 28, 2012, 5:09 p.m. CST

    Didn't she wear those in...

    by Mickey The Idiot

    The Devil Wears Prada? Somebody let Joel Schumacher back on the set.

  • May 28, 2012, 5:11 p.m. CST

    It is impossible to do Avengers like Batman

    by Queefer Sutherland

    Batman has no super powers. It's easy to approach him in different ways. To stay true to the spirit of Avengers comics, you have little choice but to do it the way it was done. It doesn't threaten Batman or Nolan's version of the story, and only little minds would find it threatening. Jesus Christ, there's room for Avengers AND Batman. At least in my life and mind. I'm sorry you guys are too stupid to get it.

  • Salute.

  • May 28, 2012, 5:15 p.m. CST

    Oh and queefer, you're agreeing with me, dummy.

    by TheyPeedOnYourFuckingRug

    Glad we're on the same page finally, and sorry you let random posts on the internet piss you off so much.

  • May 28, 2012, 5:18 p.m. CST

    Theories:

    by mintoncard

    Some TDKR marketing theories: Perhaps there actually IS a viral marketing campaign. Maybe they buried it so deep no one has been able to find it yet .... OR the viral campaign begins AFTER the film is released (pushing repeat viewings). Or the TDKR campaign is minimalist to maintain plot secrecy. I have a feeling this Catwoman is not only a thief, but a con-artist. So I'm sure Nolan has some double-crosses and plot twists up his sleeve. Remember, if the film is as exceptional as we all want it to be, "word of mouth" will outpace any "advertising".

  • May 28, 2012, 8:01 p.m. CST

    Twin Towers, that's what I meant

    by Jaster Mareel

    Guess I got a crossed wire in my brain somewhere.

  • May 29, 2012, 12:09 a.m. CST

    I usually give the mods a break but...

    by oisin5199

    this paragraph makes absolutely no sense: I'm as excited as the next person for THE DARK KNIGHT RISES, but it feels as if Warner Bros. has forgotten the natural enthusiasm that exists from the fact that Christopher Nolan's Batman conclusion is rapidly approaching. How else do you explain the crazy amount of posters that they've released upon the world in the last few days? Seems a bit like overkill... Are you trying to say that WB shouldn't be promoting one of their top tentpoles of the year?! and the sequel to their biggest moneymaker ever? That they've somehow forgotten the 'natural enthusiasm'? Huh? I'm sorry, but I've found most of the posts from The Kidd to be similarly nonsensical, usually to create artificial drama. I'm all for new blood, but I'm just not crazy about this one.

  • May 29, 2012, 6:47 a.m. CST

    How can you not like this poster?

    by FlyingToupee

    It's sexy, edgy and ambigious-everything that defines Catwoman. People are complaining about this movie because they have already made up their minds about it. This poster is one of the best from any major production in the last couple of years. Only PROMETHEUS has better posters than this.

  • May 29, 2012, 1:36 p.m. CST

    Why pit Avengers against Any other Batman movie?

    by Smarty_Feldman

    I'm in Comic Fan Jizz Heaven that I got both in my lifetime. Yay for me.

  • May 30, 2012, 6:43 a.m. CST

    oisin5199

    by ben

    Yeah... The Kidd's a bummer. Grammatical errors are always popping off.