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Comic Prologue To 'The Dark Knight Rises' Arrives Via Mobile App; Matthew Modine Says Foley's Fate Was A Surprise

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by Benjamin Wright
August 23, 2012 3:01 PM
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One of the pleasant surprises in Christopher Nolan’s comic book opus “The Dark Knight Rises” was the return to the big screen for actor Matthew Modine, someone who certainly hasn’t been out of the public consciousness, but hasn’t exactly scaled the heights of films like “Short Cuts,” “Full Metal Jacket,” and “Vision Quest” – all movies that secured him a comfortable spot on the A-list in the late ‘80s and early ‘90s.

Speaking with Comic Book Movie recently, Modine opened up about the fate of his character, Foley, a Gotham Police Officer who didn’t initially stand behind Commissioner Gordon’s plot to takedown Bane or John Blake’s attempt to resurrect Batman, but later had a change of heart – **SPOILER** albeit one that comes before the siege on Gotham claims his life. In the film a quick cut leads us to believe that Modine’s character has passed, but according to leaked set photos and video, Modine was supposed to meet his end under the wheels of Talia al Ghul’s camouflage tumbler.

When asked if he was surprised to see Foley’s death, Modine replied, “Yes. But edited movies are always a surprise. I'm hoping that the reason for this edit, which by the way was an incredible stunt and powerfully shot, is that, if there is a subsequent Batman film, Foley may not actually be dead. He found something out about himself in the streets of Gotham and he could be a worthy new Police Commissioner of the city we love.” We think Modine is being a little playful with the fanboy set, it seems pretty obvious there won’t be any further adventures, at least for Nolan’s interpretation of Batman. But it's interesting that Nolan gave him a less flashy death than one that would've involved bring crushed by a tumbler.

Anyways, Modine was out and about promoting the release of his new iPad application “Matthew Modine’s ‘Full Metal Jacket’ Diary,” which chronicles his time spent on the Stanley Kubrick-controlled set of the war film – but Modine isn’t the only one in on the application game. DC Comics has announced (via DigitalSpy) that “The Dark Knight Rises: Prologue” app will feature a fleshing out of sorts of the third film with a motion comic by writer Joshua Williamson and artist Jorge Jimenez that will detail the events that occured before 'Rises.' There will also be “The Batman: Origins” app that will allow users to discover the original comic book introductions of the characters inhabiting Nolan’s trilogy.

You can check out some of the artwork from the prologue right here.

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  • SIlrian | August 23, 2012 6:12 PMReply

    Foley's death is one of the (few/most) cheesiest scenes in the film. Honestly, it screams MPAA approval. I think blatantly driving over Foley was clearly the intention before hand and *you know who* doesn't actually say Foley's explicitly when ordering to kill "them all". So I think we're looking at one of those odd random "you can't do this in a PG-13 movie" interventions... In any case, someone on the editing floor wanted a less violent death for Foley. I think it's too bad, I was looking forward to that scene and instead the new scene is just so bad, to zoom in like that "Hey kids, look at this tragic victim of this epic showdown." Ugh. Oh well. TDKR had more of those odd things. (Some prologue re-dub lines for example.)

  • Zack | August 23, 2012 3:21 PMReply

    I know exactly how you feel, MModz. I walked out of the theater going "Oh, SHIT, man, I can't believe they killed Foley! How can you do a Batman movie where you kill FOLEY?!" A passerby was so pissed off that I ruined the movie for him like that that he beat me into unconsciousness. I woke up with such severe brain damage that Blake was my favorite character.

  • rodie | August 23, 2012 3:11 PMReply

    Nolan probably didn't want to give Foley a more detailed death than Bane. That would have been weird.

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