The Mad (Max) and the Furious

madmaxfuryroadLook, it’s an official photograph of The Dark Knight Rises’ erstwhile Bane, Tom Hardy, in character as Max Rockatansky in Mad Max: Fury Road!

I guess it gets pretty cold in the post-apocalyptic desert. Or maybe Max pulls that scarf up over his mouth before he speaks so that no one will understand his mumbling?

George Miller’s long-awaited next installment/reboot of the Mad Max franchise — co-starring Charlize Theron — has no release date yet. But, then again, it’s not even done shooting. Yes, still. Word is, an additional three weeks of production kicks off in Sydney on Nov. 22.

(If the photo looks a little familiar, it is; a version of this image was circulated as a copy of a copy of an autographed photo obtained by a fan a number of months back.)

Dark Knight Rises (atop police car)

I know I have been relentlessly downbeat about The Dark Knight Rises ever since the silly Bane was announced as the villain, but this time I have to say that this poster is one I can get behind 100 percent. It’s dramatic. It says something about the character and the situation he’s in without hitting you over the head. Also, y’know, there’s no Bane.

Bane is the Bane of New Poster

Here is the latest advance promo poster for The Dark Knight Rises, and… well, it almost worked…

The shame of this is, I could picture this being a really cool poster — if only the ridiculous-looking Bane wasn’t in the center of it. The gray cityscape is grim and gritty, the orange flames stand out and draw the viewer’s eye to the center of the image… where Bane waits.

This poster looks intriguing; the painting is excellent; the scene is dramatic; and then you get to the figure in the middle, with some black… stuff instead of a face. What the—?

I know fan outrage over Bane’s completely muffled and incomprehensible dialogue convinced director Christopher Nolan to change the villain’s voice to something understandable to human beings; is it too late to get Bane’s face mask changed? Or, better yet — is it too late to get a better villain?

The Dark Knight Rises: Hearing is believing!

Forget about the artsy and dramatic camera swings and zooms, Selina Kyle’s clunky dialogue (“There’s a storm coming” — really? Cliché much?) and Anne Hathaway’s shaky delivery… the real highlight of the third trailer for Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises is the revelation that Bane’s unintelligible dialogue has been rerecorded!

Thank goodness that Nolan and Bane actor Tom Hardy backed off the foolhardy the idea of leaving Bane muffled for the entire movie. They were apparently hoping for some kind of artsy effect by making the villain so ridiculously impossible to understand, but apparently they realized that audiences would not flock to the film for multiple viewings if they couldn’t understand one of the main characters. It would have been cinematic suicide. But I’m sure the damning reviews would have been hilarious.

Now, if only Nolan could digitally replace Bane with a better foe from Batman’s rogues gallery…

A Tale of Two Teasers

Let’s take a look at the teaser posters for two highly anticipated superhero movies opening this summer: The Dark Knight Rises and The Amazing Spider-Man.

In my opinion, both of these posters look great, and should accomplish the goal of getting fans psyched to see their favorites back on the big screen. One film purports to tell a story about the end of an icon, while the other promises to reveal the secrets of the beginning of a different legend. One is an original story, while the other is a remake. I am suddenly looking forward to seeing one, and gradually recoiling from the prospect of seeing the other. Which movie is which?
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