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45 Behind-The-Scenes Photos Of 'The Dark Knight Rises' Reveals Punishing Fight Scene Choreography

by Kevin Jagernauth
November 21, 2012 12:42 PM
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Christopher Nolan's "The Dark Knight Rises" subverted the usual superhero movie expectations, providing an experience rooted in character that still played into the grand myth of Batman. One of the many ways in which Nolan and co. turned things on their head was featuring the grand battle between Batman the villain Bane in the first third of the movie. And then having him lose. While they square off again later in the movie, this is in many ways the piece de resistance and it's not a surprise that getting it right took some work.

A plethora of behind-the-scenes photos and images from that underground, water-soaked battle have landed online, giving fans a pretty great look at the process to create the scene. Certainly, Christian Bale and Tom Hardy were put through the paces for a scene that both establishes Bane as a truly ferocious fighter, and puts a final stamp on Bruce Wayne's decline (before he rises again). It's definitely worth a cup of coffee and quick flip through.

"The Dark Knight Rises" arrives on Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and Digital Download from December 3rd in the U.K. and December 4th in the U.S. [Flicks And Bits]

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  • SFlare | November 22, 2012 2:39 PMReply

    Nolan definately picked up the ball and ran with it on this one. Better than the Dark Knight.

  • Maria | November 21, 2012 10:48 PMReply

    It is common knowledge that Nolan doesn't have a second unit on his films so I say continue the circle-jerk! It is hilarious how annoyed people get when someone praises him in anyway.

  • Jon | November 21, 2012 4:12 PMReply

    It's amazing how Nolan is so involved in his films. He doesn't have a second unit -- he's right in there in the action, soaking wet, getting dirty. Love it. That's why his films--whether you love 'em or hate 'em--are 100 percent his own.

  • Kate | November 22, 2012 1:31 AM

    He does not use a second unit. Get over it and move on.

  • yer | November 21, 2012 5:05 PM

    Please stop this Nolan circlejerk. He most definitely does have a second unit (what huge Hollywood blockbuster spanning multiple location shooting doesn't?), but obviously not in a scene as important as this one. And this applies to most directors. It's not really something that warrants the hyperbolic last sentences of yours.

  • Pete | November 21, 2012 4:10 PMReply

    Nolan definitely dropped the ball on this one. But it's still head and shoulders above any other non-Nolan comic book movie ever made.

  • Roger | November 21, 2012 9:02 PM

    Yeah I forgot saying anything remotely positive about Nolan on the internet= circlejerk. The Nolan hate is getting real old people.

  • tristan eldritch | November 21, 2012 2:40 PMReply

    "One of the many ways in which Nolan and co. turned things on their head was featuring the grand battle between Batman the villain Bane in the first third of the movie. And then having him lose". Never before in the history of cinema or story-telling has the hero fought the villain a first time and lost, before subsequently defeating him in the climatic battle. Man, you guys are really trying hard to find good things to say about that dumb effing movie.

  • Chris138 | November 21, 2012 9:05 PM

    You may be right that the hero loses the first time and wins later, but I can't think of any other comic book movie where the hero gets his ass handed to him as bad as Batman does in this scene.

  • Christian | November 21, 2012 2:20 PMReply

    Thanks for posting this article. These images are so cool!

  • Kevin | November 21, 2012 1:10 PMReply


  • John | November 21, 2012 12:56 PMReply

    Posting behind-the-scenes stills from a mediocre blockbuster this summer and a deleted scene from a Marvel film that came out over a year ago.

    Great day on The Playlist.

  • Wash | November 21, 2012 2:15 PM

    Ahhh! Why does this movie news website keep posting movie news? And why do I keep clicking the links if I don't care?

  • jIHADIST | November 21, 2012 2:08 PM

    I too have irrevocably changed my opionion thanks to John. Death to Chris Nolan!

  • My Name | November 21, 2012 1:02 PM

    I use to think this movie was pretty good but now that you said it was mediocre that is what I think now.

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