Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Buzz Picking Up for 'Dark Knight'

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Buzz Picking Up for 'Dark Knight'

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But of course. Entertainment Weekly chose a picture of Christian Bale -- in full Batman garb -- for its 2012 preview issue on newsstands now.

It suggests, rightly, that "The Dark Knight Rises" might be the most anticipated movie of the year. Pittsburghers certainly think so.

"I can tell you the truth because I'm done with it: I felt immense pressure," the actor tells EW about the conclusion of director Christopher Nolan's trilogy. "And I think it's a good pressure because you owe it to the films -- and the people's expectations -- to make great work."

Mr. Bale recounts his final day in the suit, coincidentally his last day of shooting. "I was in New York, on top of a downtown skyscraper. The day began with Morgan Freeman and then ended with Anne Hathaway. I got to say goodbye from within the bat cowl."

Only a few people witnessed the historic shedding of Batman's uncomfortable armor. "I said, 'Hold on a sec. Let me take a moment. This is it. I'm never going to have this claustrophobia again!' So I had to pause. I had to."

As rumored, the magazine confirms the return of the Batcave and timeline, with "The Dark Knight Rises" taking place eight years after the previous installment.

Mr. Nolan tells EW that Batman and Jim Gordon (Gary Oldman) "hatch a conspiracy to cover up the sins of Gotham City's so-called 'white knight,' the late Harvey Dent, a.k.a. Two-Face (Aaron Eckhart)."

Long before Occupy Wall Street surfaced, Mr. Nolan wanted to film on Wall Street because it represents American wealth and capitalism.

He told the publication, "In trying to tell a story of a self- made hero who is a multibillionaire, it raises certain issues that I do think are important in the world today, about the use and abuse of what is Bruce Wayne's only superpower: extraordinary wealth."

The Jan. 20 magazine promises much more on the making of the film, including photos.

In other "Dark Knight Rises" news, some of the midnight IMAX screenings of the July 20 release are already sold out in cities such as Los Angeles, New York and San Francisco, thanks to Fandango. If you go to Fandango and try to locate a Pittsburgh showing, however, you will not find tickets just yet.

You can register for an email alert for when "The Dark Knight Rises: The IMAX Experience" tickets are available in the Pittsburgh area. When "The Dark Knight" opened at 12:01 a.m. July 18, 2008, many of those early shows were sold out in advance.

'Semper Fi' to screen

Pittsburgh Filmmakers will complete its triple play -- showing three of the 15 documentaries short-listed for the Oscar -- with the opening of "Semper Fi: Always Faithful" at the Harris Theater, Downtown.

The movie, which will play Monday through Thursday, focuses on Master Sgt. Jerry Ensminger, a member of the Marine Corps for nearly 25 years. …

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