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New Dark Knight Rises Toys revealed and ready for preorder from Mattel, it’s John Blake and Alfred Figures

the-dark-knight-rises-merchandise-action-figuresWe at Gotham Trending are old enough to remember Robert Wuhl on a talk show promoting the Tim Burton Batman in 1989.  Talking about his cut of the merchandise, any action figures that depicted the image of his character Alexander Knox he said “Oh yeah, I’m sure every kid is going to want The Reporter Doll.”  Times may have changed.  IGN is reporting the newest action figures announced by Mattel and available for pre-order.

Mattel has just revealed two more The Dark Knight Rises action figures from their Movie Masters toy line. Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s Gotham City cop John Blake and Michael Caine’s Alfred Pennyworth will be joining the company’s Batman, Bane and Catwoman figures.

– Mattel

The toys are now available for pre-order at

via Mattel Reveals TDKR’s John Blake & Alfred Figures – Comics News at IGN.

The Dark Knight Rises is Christopher Nolan’s third and final installment of his Batman trilogy, starring Christian Bale (Batman/Bruce Wayne), Anne Hathaway (Selina Kyle/Catwoman), Tom Hardy (Bane), Gary Oldman, Michael Caine, Morgan Freeman, and other Nolan alums Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Marion Cotillard, to be released by Warner Bros. July 2012

My Favorite Scrooge « Chris Dee’s Cat-Tales Blog

Michael Caine (Alfred Pennyworth in The Dark Knight Rises) is an amazingly classic Ebenezer Scrooge despite playing opposite muppets

No wonder Nolan cast him to play an Alfred who was unique to his storyverse but absolutely true to the essence of the character.

via My Favorite Scrooge « Chris Dee’s Cat-Tales Blog.

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12/25/2011 at 7:26 am

Batman Humor: Alfred DLC in Arkham City

After all the hype, the anti-climax of Arkham City’s release is palpable.  One of the recurring complaints is characterization on Alfred Pennyworth, known as a fatherly partner and confidant to Bruce in every movie incarnation as well as comic books, reduced to snark a la Deus Ex’s Francis Pritchard, and displaying flippant disregard whether Bruce lives or dies.

It’s sad that this piece of Batman humor from Dorkly has actually captured the essence of the character better than the game which is trying to be serious:

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Arkham City DOA (Oh yeah, Nightwing now)

Major games are often compared to Hollywood movies now, and savvy game-watchers took one look at the pre-release hype for Arkham City, the pressure to pre-order and the saturation bombing of ads on ESPN and Spike that opening weekend and said “This is a turkey.” It was the behavior of a studio that knows negative word of mouth will kill the thing as soon as real people not swayed by fanboy hype see what all the fuss is about.

Arkahm City should be thanking those complaining about the Catwoman Bait and Switch, they're the only ones talking.Rocksteady should be thanking the people complaining about the sexism and the Catwoman bait-and-switch, because they’re practically the only ones talking.  There are a few reviews on various blogs.  Shockingly few.   On par with reviews of an Indy comic book.

“That’s what the hardcore fans do when they’ve bought into  hype and been disappointed,” said one insider at metacritic.  “They don’t admit it. They don’t write bad reviews. They just go quiet.”

Serious gamers have called the movie-making elements dated: the camera work, lighting and action are at least a generation behind other top-tier offerings like Uncharted 3 and Deus Ex: Human Revolution.

“They seem to be relying entirely on it being Batman to make up the difference,” said a GameStop clerk.

And Batman fans were, on the whole, disgusted with everything from character re-designs to characterization on everyone from Alfred to Oswald Cobblepot.  Paul Dini’s story is rooted in a ludicrously dark “Gotham is Hell” environ that played in comics in his glory days back in the 1990s, but has long since worn out its welcome.  Dini himself became a red flag to comic readers in recent years when his stewardship of the Batman titles drove away even hardcore fans.  Many point to his mishandling of Batman and related characters at the very time when The Dark Knight and its rival boosted popularity to unprecedented heights as pivotal in the corporate restructuring which recently manifested in the DC Reboot and “The New 52.”

What politicos call “The Base” is always there to provide numbers and positive quotes, but the swift disappearance of the Arkham City TV ad says it all.  Unlike Dini’s old masters at DC Comics, corporations will not throw good money after bad to let this guy save face.

Rocksteady doesn’t have that luxury of cutting bait.  Having built their name on Arkham Asylum, they’re still begging us to keep our eye on the ball on their left hand.  They’ve released a new Nightwing DLC, which spurred a lot of “Arkham fanboys like dick” jokes on the forums, but did nothing to spur new interest in the game.  Even positive reviews from that base who are so determined to be pleased have called it “a ripoff.”

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Inside Wayne Manor | Treasure Hunt on Osterley Mansion’s cinematic double life

The location shooting at Wollaton Hall in Nottingham drew more scrutiny, as the stately home was being used as the exterior of Bruce Wayne’s ancestral home Wayne Manor in the third and final Christopher Nolan Batman movie The Dark Knight Rises.  Interiors were shot at Osterly Park, and while we know Christian Bale (Bruce Wayne/Batman) and Anne Hathaway (Selina Kyle/Catwoman) were involved, and we assume Michael Caine as Wayne’s butler Alfred Pennyworth was on hand, the set was more hidden than any other location shooting that has gone on, so much so that one of the rooms used is not even known.

Fortunately, while we can’t know details of the script, the mansion at Osterly Park has a cinematic history which blogger Little Augury has recently explored, allowing us a peak at the breathtaking interiors designed by Robert Adam, the most famous Neoclassic architect and designer.


The Entrance Hall at Osterley ©NTPL/Dennis Gilbert

Prolific blogger Little Augury recently posted about the 1960 Stanley Donen film The Grass Is Greener, starring Cary Grant, Deborah Kerr, Robert Mitchum and Jean Simmons. Osterley Park, on the western outskirts of London, was used for some of the exterior shots.

Some of the interiors at Osterley, designed by Robert Adam in the 1760s and 1770s, were also used as inspiration for the sets (as was, apparently, the Long Gallery at nearby Syon House, also by Adam).

The Dark Knight Rises Wayne Manor Interiors Grand Stiar Osterly Park

A view through the Corinthian columns on the piano nobile of the Great Stair designed by Robert Adam at Osterley Park, Middlesex

The story revolves around the Earl and Countess of Rhyall (Grant and Kerr), who have been forced by straightened circumstances to open their stately home to the public. The Countess is flattered by the attentions of an American oil tycoon (Mitchum), and in revenge the Earl invites his former girlfriend, an American heiress (Simmons). Cue a romantic comedy that has over time become a minor classic.

via Osterley’s cinematic double life « Treasure Hunt.

See related:
The Dark Knight Rises on location: Wayne Manor at Wollaton Hall
The Dark Knight Rises Production Updates: Photos and Video from Wollaton Hall/Wayne Manor
Bruce Wayne’s latest hot ride: The Lamborghini Aventador
The Dark Knight Rises on location: Wayne Manor at Wollaton Hall

Profile: Michael Caine is Alfred Pennyworth in The Dark Knight Rises

Michael Caine is Alfred Pennyworth in The Dark Knight Rises

Michael Caine is Alfred Pennyworth in The Dark Knight Rises


Date of Birth
14 March 1933, Rotherhithe, London, England, UK

Birth Name
Maurice Joseph Micklewhite

Born Maurice Micklewhite in London, Michael Caine was the son of a fish-market porter and a charlady. He left school at 15 and took a series of working-class jobs before joining the British army and serving in Korea during the Korean War, where he saw combat. Upon his return to England he gravitated toward the theater and got a job as an assistant stage manager. He adopted the name of Caine on the advice of his agent, taking it from a marquee that advertised The Caine Mutiny (1954). In the years that followed he worked in more than 100 television dramas, with repertory companies throughout England and eventually in the stage hit, “The Long and the Short and the Tall.” Zulu (1964), the 1964 epic retelling of a historic 19th-century battle in South Africa between British soldiers and Zulu warriors, brought Caine to international attention. Instead of being typecast as a low-ranking Cockney soldier, he played a snobbish, aristocratic officer. Although “Zulu” was a major success, it was the role of Harry Palmer in The Ipcress File (1965) and the title role in Alfie (1966) that made Caine a star of the first magnitude. He epitomized the new breed of actor in mid-’60s England, the working-class bloke with glasses and a down-home accent. However, after initially starring in some excellent films, particularly in the 1960s, including Gambit (1966), Funeral in Berlin (1966), Play Dirty (1969), Battle of Britain (1969), Too Late the Hero (1970), The Last Valley (1971) and especially Get Carter (1971), he seemed to take on roles in below-average films, simply for the money he could by then command. There were some gems amongst the dross, however. He gave a magnificent performance opposite Sean Connery in The Man Who Would Be King (1975) and turned in a solid one as a German colonel in The Eagle Has Landed (1976). Educating Rita (1983) and Hannah and Her Sisters (1986) (for which he won his first Oscar) were highlights of the 1980s, while more recently Little Voice (1998), The Cider House Rules (1999) (his second Oscar) and Last Orders (2001) have been widely acclaimed. See full bio »


Official Website

IMDB Filmography

Wikipedia entry

Inside the Actors Studio

Note: Michael Caine claims to be one of only four individuals who know the ending of The Dark Knight Rises.  He has also been instrumental in planting hints among the twitterverse that may or may not be accurate, but are certainly designed to be misinterpreted as outrageous “spoilers.”

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