“The Dark Knight Rises” written and directed by Christopher Nolan (The Dark Knight, Inception) re-visits the famous caped crusader, Batman (Christian Bale) as he resurfaces after taking the rap for Dent’s crimes in “The Dark Knight” in order to stop Bane’s (Tom Hardy) calculation plans to destroy the city.
Two of the lead actors in the film, talked about working with Chris Nolan, their alter super hero egos, and how they adjusted to their costumes while making the movie.
Bale speaks of the Batman character, “He has put his own life on hold. He’s driven by this great pain and desire for revenge and wish for purposefulness and usefulness in his life. I always viewed him as being every bit as interesting as any of the villains in any of the movies.”
Christian Bale as Bruce Wayne/Batman
While working with director Chris Nolan, Bale said, “He hasn’t changed since the first day I met him. He’s alwasy been very clear and efficient about what he wants and he gets it.”
The reason behind the Bat suit is “Bruce Wayne feels monstrous. So he creates this monster in order to channel that. With Anne, the scenes where she’s not in her costume she keeps very real. But when in costume she is wearing it and not being over dominated by it. Not going over the top without making it too cartoonish,” explained Bale.
When he realized that the end was here…when he wouldn’t wear the Bat suit again, Bale said it was “the last shot- I took a few minutes to myself to keep it on and realized that was the last time I’d have it on. These movies have meant a great deal to me”.
Anne Hathaway as Selina Kyle/Catwoman
When getting the call that she had the part, Hathaway said that her reaction was, “because Michelle Pfeiffer’s performance is so iconic you just don’t think that the opprotunity will come up again and because it did while I was the right age is just kind of mind-blowing.”
In order to prepare for all of the physical action and stunts required of her new Catwoman role, Hathaway said her training “was more time in the gym than I have ever spent in my life…Chris said he wanted me to do as many things [stunts] as I could. I wanted to do it all. I had to learn every thing in flats then slowly ramp it up [in high-heels].?”
Hathaway reminiscences about one particular vivid memory while on “The Dark Knight Rises” film set “I had a moment where I was standing with Tom (with full Bane get-up) and Christian was wearing the Bat suit and I was dressed as Catwoman and thinking – this is either going to work spectacularly or we are going to look like rejects from Hollywood Blvd.” Luckily it wasn’t the latter!