Cinematographer Wally Pfister Talks about 'The Dark Knight Rises'

Plenty of IMAX talk and thoughts on Hathaway

Nolan Fans have happened on an interview with Wally Pfister, longtime cinematographer for Christopher Nolan's films including Batman Begins, The Dark Knight and Inception. Pfister discusses the highly anticipated third film in Nolan's Batman trilogy, The Dark Knight Rises.

The interview was conducted by the "Kevin and Josh Movie Show" (full audio here) and Pfister opens up on several details eager fans are likely to eat up.

On how can Nolan top The Dark Knight?

"I asked the same question. I read the script two weeks ago, and he's done it. Plain and simple -- he's done it. It's a phenomenal script. He's still in the process of cutting it back because it's a very long script right now, but it's really phenomenal. And he actually had me go back and wanted me to watch, in IMAX, Batman Begins and The Dark Knight again. When I watched those I had read the script for The Dark Knight Rises and was like, 'dude, it is a perfect trilogy.' I think that was his intent, to work of those two pictures -- and they are very different pictures. And it's funny, we all had different opinions about which picture we like better."

On Anne Hathaway as Selina Kyle (aka Catwoman)

"She's so good. She did an incredible job. She is a great, great actress... and she looked phenomenal in the wardrobe."

On the upcoming shoot

"Our goal is to shoot as much in IMAX as we can. We're going to put in on the screen, and put it on the screen big. And I really encourage everyone to see it in IMAX if they can because we're really going for it this time. In terms of the action, we are all scratching our heads right now trying to figure out how we're going to do it; how we're going to do it in the amount of time we're going to do it in. The opening scene of the movie will blow your mind."

Again, you can listen to the full interview here.

The Dark Knight Rises is slated to hit theaters on July 20, 2012 with Christian Bale returning along with Michael Caine, Gary Oldman and Morgan Freeman. Tom Hardy will play the film's lead villain Bane and Anne Hathaway, as already stated, will play Selina Kyle. Shooting is expected to take place in London and Los Angeles in May.

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  • sonofsunday

    "… and she looked phenomenal in the wardrobe."

    Ooooooo yes. (:

    • Jesse Kellestine

      My thoughts exactly, friend. My thoughts exactly.

      Also I want to really see this "opening scene"... I wonder if it'll be "The Dark Knight" route with a villain reveal, or if it'll be a Batman vs the Cops showdown chase scene....gotta dig anticipation!

      • goavs

        They might release the opening scene before even comes out like they did with The Dark Knight.

  • Dave

    Ugh, I can't wait to see this!

  • goavs

    I know Pfister pretty much has to say that its gonna b better than The Dark Knight, but what if it actually is? Oscars anyone?

  • Ian

    Obviously he's gonna gush about the film since he's working on it, but it's still very encouraging to hear him praise the script so much.

    And I wonder how scenes shot in IMAX translate to LIE-MAX, since the aspect ratios are different? Do they trim the top and bottom to fit the 1.85:1 ratio of LIE-MAX, or do they pillarbox the projection? Just a point of curiosity since I'll be seeing it in a standard theatre. And even though he's shooting a lot of it in IMAX, hopefully he keeps the standard version of the film in scope and doesn't switch to flat. I imagine he will, both for continuity with the other films visually and also because I assume the non-IMAX scenes will be shot in Panavision.

    • Matt C

      Pfister and Nolan have always shot in anamorphic Panavision, going back with "Memento". And just like with TDK, I bet Nolan and editor Lee Smith will supervise the crop lines for the IMAX scenes to fit with the 35mm 2.35:1 scenes for the regular theatrical showings. (I did think they used a different take of Alfred burning the letter for the IMAX version, though.

      But seeing the IMAX-shot scenes of TDK was revelatory, not just because of the different framing but the way they did it. Here's hoping TDKR will look even more brilliant.

  • The Jackal

    I'm just hoping that the new Batman flick can live up to The Dark Knight. I don't even care if it surpasses Nolan's previous two entries in the series just so long as it is on the same level as those films. But, yeah I kinda assumed that Nolan would try leave audiences speechless with the opening of Rises.

    While I'm not a big fan of Anne Hathaway (she's starting to become Julia Roberts pretentious) I'm optimistic that her interpretation of Cat Woman will make us all forget about Halle Berry and finally be able to respectfully lay Michelle Pfifer's wonderful turn as the villianess to rest.

    Thank you, Chris Nolan! A new Superman & Batman for 2012, halelujah!

    Thems the facts

  • Josh

    Soooooooo excited! I just read on IMDB that Joseph Gordon-Levitt is also going to be in the film.

    I can't possibly imagine a script topping the excellence of The Dark Knight... it's going to be a real shocker if this film surpasses that one.

    • Jon

      I would love to see Joseph Gordon-Levitt play a villain but I don't see Nolan going Spiderman with 3 villains in the third chapter. They could set him up as Black Mask for the fourth movie but I don't see it going to fourth movie either. I will be interested to see how this one develops.

      Brad, have you heard any official confirmation or solid lead that says that the story on Joseph Gordon-Levitt joining is accurate or is it a smoke screen?

    • sonofsunday

      It is IMPOSSIBLE for the new script/film to please everyone.

      If anything, we really need to prepare ourselves to DISLIKE it, just so we wont be dissapointed.