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The Dark Knight Concept Art illuminates dark origins of Joker’s Bank Robbery Gang


While posting these rarely seen pieces of concept art from “The Dark Knight,” that were created by Rob Bliss (“Watchmen”), I realized there was a segment of Christopher Nolan’s recent Q&A session that was pertinent and that I hadn’t yet posted. To catch you up, Nolan was at the Water Reade Theater in New York’s Lincoln Center as a special guest of the Film Society, he discussed working with Heath Ledger and specifically the filming of the opening scene where we are first introduced to Batman’s nemesis. You can either watch the video below or just read the transcript, both are provided.

via THE DARK KNIGHT Concept Art Featuring Two-Face & Joker’s Bank Robbery Gang.

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12/06/2012 at 3:36 pm

Hollywood Props Auction to feature Batwing, Nolan Dark Knight and Man of Steel items

The catalog is online now for Premiere Props Hollywood Auction Extravaganza VII which will take place on September 15-16.


Auctioning off over 1000 Hollywood costumes and props including unreleased photos and wardrobe items from Elvis Presley, including his bathing suit from “Blue Hawaii;” Harry’s training broom and quaffle ball from “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone,” the WOPR computer from “Wargames,” the Delorean test car from “Back to the Future,” the Samurai sword from “Shogun,” and a trailer from “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang”. The auction will take place at Premiere Props’ headquarters in El Segundo, CA beginning at 11am PT, with a preview from 9-11am PT each day.

Of special interest to Batman fans are items from Christopher Nolan’s and Tim Burton’s Batman movies, as well as numerous items from Nolan-produced 2013 Man of Steel.

Shown are pieces from the Batwing from the 1989 Burton Batman.   Also featured are bundles of burnt bank notes from the iconic scene of Joker (Heath Ledger) burning the mountain of money in Nolan’s The Dark Knight, a sketch of Batman’s leg armor from Batman Begins, negatives from Batman Forever, and pictures of Adam West from the popular ’60s TV show.

Pieces from the upcoming Nolan project Man of Steel include a Smallville street sign, Lois Lane items, Daily Planet signage.  Superman fans will also appreciate Superman’s costume from the Lois and Clark TV show.

View the full catalog and register at

The Dark Knight Puzzle takes us Inside the Sonar Womb at Wayne R&D

With all the excitement and speculation about The Dark Knight Rises, it’s a great time to revisit its predecessor.  The movie IGN called “the most sophisticated and ambitious work of its kind” didn’t have to make an effort to promote its release on Blu-Ray, but it did.  With a beautifully rendered web version of the secret room inside Wayne Tech R&D where Batman set up the means for Lucius Fox to monitor the entire city via cell-phone generated sonar.  Remember the thrill and be Lucius for a spell to whet your appetite for the story to continue, and conclude, this summer.


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04/15/2012 at 8:26 am

TDKR’s Gary Oldman: Photo Booth Antics at the Empire Award

If there’s a downside to the avalanche of awesome that’s come from The Dark Knight Rises camp, it’s that everything and everyone involved seems to take the whole business a little too seriously.  With one striking exception:


This much-needed episode of brazen silliness provided by Gary Oldman, who plays Jim Gordon in Batman Begins, The Dark Knight, and 2012’s The Dark Knight Rises, Christopher Nolan’s third and final installment of his Batman trilogy, released from Warner Bros July 20.

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04/14/2012 at 8:46 am

The Dark Knight Rises Gary Oldman’s “Out of Character” portrait as Oscar Nominee


Oscar®-Nominated Actors Step "Out of Character" for Academy Portrait Exhibition

All the Oscar nominees for an acting Academy Award were captured by legendary Hollywood photographer Douglas Kirkland, including The Dark Knight Rises‘ own Commissioner Gordon, Gary Oldman, nominated for Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy.  While figures such as George Clooney and Brad Pitt seem very much their usual selves, others like Oldman are revealed in a truly new light in the aptly named portrait exhibition “Out of Character.”

Oscar®-Nominated Actors Step “Out of Character” for Academy Portrait Exhibition

Beverly Hills, CA — The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will present “Out of Character,” a new exhibition featuring portraits of this year’s acting nominees by photographer Douglas Kirkland. The exclusive new photos of 2011’s Oscar-nominated performers will be on display starting Saturday, February 11, in the Academy’s Grand Lobby Gallery in Beverly Hills.

Kirkland photographed all 20 of the Best Actor, Actress, Supporting Actor and Supporting Actress nominees in the two weeks since the January 24 nominations announcement. His distinctive, large-format portraits will be on display through March 18. An online gallery of these portraits, along with behind the scenes shots, will be spotlighted at beginning today.

Following the exhibition, the portraits will become part of the Academy’s Margaret Herrick Library photograph collection.

Kirkland has been capturing iconic images of motion picture luminaries for more than five decades, revealing as well as immortalizing such legends as Elizabeth Taylor, Marilyn Monroe, Orson Welles, Audrey Hepburn and Paul Newman. Also well known as a set photographer, he has worked on more than 100 films, including “The Sound of Music,” “Out of Africa,” “Titanic” and “Moulin Rouge.” He recently traveled to Australia to serve as special set photographer on Baz Luhrmann’s “The Great Gatsby,” scheduled for release in 2012.

“Out of Character” will be open Tuesday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and weekends from noon to 6 p.m. Admission is free. The Grand Lobby Gallery is located at the Academy’s headquarters at 8949 Wilshire Boulevard in Beverly Hills.

Academy Awards® for outstanding film achievements of 2011 will be presented on Sunday, February 26, at the Kodak Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center®, and televised live by the ABC Television Network. The Oscar presentation also will be televised live in more than 225 countries worldwide.

Oldman has played James Gordon in the two previous Christopher Nolan Batman movies (Batman Begins and The Dark Knight) was well as the upcoming Dark Knight Rises, which is indicative of the actor’s ability to go from starring roles like Tinker, Tailor to supporting ones like those in the Batman and Harry Potter series.

The Dark Knight Rises’ Michael Uslan headlining at Denver Comic Con

Denver Comic Con Announces High Caliber Celebirty Guests, Artists, Exhibitors And Educational Opportunities


Michael Uslan, The Boy Who Loved Batman

It’s unusual to see “a suit” i.e. an executive producer, one of the money men, as a featured guest at a comic book convention.   If they appear, it certainly wouldn’t be anything announced in the opening paragraph of a press release.  But Michael Uslan is no ordinary producer, he is “The Boy Who Loved Batman,” and as his book by that name chronicles, he is the man who trusted that boyhood love to bring The Dark Knight to the big screen when nobody, absolutely nobody, thought there was any merit in the idea of making a movie about Batman.

Feb. 8th, 2012, Denver CO: Denver Comic Con and Literary Conference is
excited to announce a legion of celebrity guests, renowned comic book talent and international exhibitors for the Mile High City’s first full scale comic and pop culture convention. The 3 day event will kick off on Father’s Day weekend with a cast of talent that reads like the who’s who of Hollywood Heroes, Sci Fi, and Animation, including; Kristin Bauer (True Blood), Michael Uslan (Exec. Producer – The Dark Knight Rises, The Dark Knight, Batman Begins), Billy West (Futurama, Ren & Stimpy, Looney Tunes), Tom Kane (Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Wolverine and the X-Men, The Powerpuff Girls), Jasika Nicole (FRINGE, She’s Out of My League, Take the Lead), Mark Ryan (Transformers), Steven Seagle (Ben 10, Generator Rex, Ultimate Spider-Man), and Greg Weisman (Gargoyles, The Spectacular Spider-Man, Young Justice).
Exciting new comic book guests include Eisner Award winner Georges Jeanty (Buffy The Vampire Slayer), Amy Reeder (Batwoman, Madame Xanadu, Fool’s Gold), Mike Grell (Green Arrow, Green Lantern, Action Comics), Peter Gross (Unwritten, Lucifer, Book’s of Magic), Ethan Nicolle (Axe Cop, Chumble Puzz) and Golden Age artist Allen Bellman (Captain America Comics, The Human Torch, Sub-Mariner Comics) among others.

Since September 2011, the locally based Comic Book Classroom (an after school program teaching underserved children to read through comics) has gradually built an impressive roster of talent for their largest fundraiser to date – Denver Comic Con. Set to take place at the Colorado Convention Center in trendy downtown Denver, the benefit boasts a high caliber celebrity lineup coupled with education and literary opportunities spanning the five days surrounding Father’s Day weekend.

In just a few short months, CBC has amassed over 275 local volunteers for the pop culture conference, highlighting the best and brightest artists of Denver and from around the world, with an array of programming opportunities, colorful exhibitions, and the recent addition of Tokyo Japan’s own Manga University (Manga Publisher and educator). Denver Comic Con also boasts visually appealing appearances from the cosplay community (elaborately costumed capers), video gaming competitions, workshops, autograph signings, and special programming, all culminating in a fan-centric awards ceremony on the last day of the con. All of the proceeds raised from the Denver Comic Con will benefit the CBC, which is currently active in 8 Colorado area schools.

Throughout the weekend the comic convention will feature an overwhelming number of celebrity guests ranging from the red carpet to the book publishing bullpen. With a number of respected names already listed, the convention is putting its best foot forward for its first year including Kristen Bauer best known as Pam, the icy, foul-mouthed, scene-stealing vampire on HBO’s hit series, True Blood. The three day event will also feature Michael Uslan, best known for his Hollywood credits in the Batman franchise such as the The Dark Knight and the much anticipated trilogy-ending finale, The Dark Knight Rises. He is a perfect fit for the con as he is an authority on comic book history as instructor of the first accredited university courses on comic books (Indiana University 1971) as well as the first textbook on comic books (The Comic Book in America).

The Denver Comic Con will also feature a number of big guns from the animation world including star voice actors Billy West and Tom Kane. West is best known for his voice-work on Ren & Stimpy, Doug and Futurama where he originated fan favorites, Philip J. Fry (Futurama) and Stimpy (Ren and Stimpy). Tom Kane, best known as the Voice of Yoda in Star Wars The Clone Wars, has a tremendous vocal range that has led to a busy career. Every week, he records literally dozens of movie trailers, commercials, network TV promos, video games and cartoons. In addition to voicing Yoda, he has voiced lead roles in The Powerpuff Girls, Robot Chicken, Kim Possible, The Avengers, Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends, Iron Man, The Wild Thornberrys, Wolverine and the X-Men and many more. Lastly, Colorado’s own Steven T. Seagle will be returning to Denver for a spotlight appearance at the con. Seagle is a comic book and television writer known for his work as the creator of the international boys’ action series BEN-10 franchise and his numerous shows are part of regular programming on the Cartoon Network and in a forthcoming series from Marvel/Disney.

Preceding the Denver Comic Con on June-13th-15th, event producers are also hosting a one-of-a-kind literary conference featuring keynote speaker Scott McCloud and special guests, James Bucky Carter, Robert Weiner and Charles Hatfield for the inaugural Rocky Mountain Conference on Comics and Graphic Novels at the Hyatt Regency directly across from the Convention Center. Attendees will have the opportunity to discuss the academics of graphic storytelling with some of the nation’s top comic-centric literary talent and scholars.

The Denver Comic Con and Literary Conference is set to take place on Father’s Day weekend on June 13th-17th. For ticketing information, hotel discounts and for up-to-date announcements about the convention check out the official website at  and to learn more.
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I Remember Harvey Dent #TDKR

The Dark Knight Rises - Bane - Harvey Dent Remembered at

Bane (Tom Hardy) exhorts Gotham City to Remember Harvey Dent

We don’t know what Bane is saying holding up that picture, but we suspect he wouldn’t like the message on the website, formerly the “fundraising arm of the Harvey Dent campaign for District Attorney” repurposed as a memorial and launched today, February 2nd (2/2, wouldn’t Two-Face have loved it.)

The night is darkest just before the dawn. And I promise you, the dawn is coming.”  “Harvey reminded us that WE are the answer.” “Gotham is a city of Hope and Heroes.”

Harvey Dent exhorted the people of Gotham not to give in to fear, not to give in to terrorism.  Bane, we’re a humble group of bat-bloggers, but it really doesn’t seem to us that it’s the best line to take for a guy standing on a camo-tank-car surrounded by a half-dozen thugs with machine guns.