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“The Dark Knight Rises” poster is great, but here are 5 other things we’re still waiting to see from the film

“The Dark Knight Rises” poster is great, but here are 5 other things we’re still waiting to see from the film (photo)

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We still have another year before the finale of Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy hits theaters, but this week saw the release of a new teaser poster for “The Dark Knight Rises” that hints at Gotham’s future. While there’s not a lot we can glean from the new image featuring a city filled with debris and symbol of the bat looming over it all, the arrival of the new image means more news about Nolan’s much-anticipated sequel could be on the horizon.

With that in mind, here are a few things we’re hoping to see in the near future as “The Dark Knight Rises” marketing machine shifts into a higher gear.

1. Anne Hathaway as Catwoman

We got an early peek at Tom Hardy as Bane a few months ago, but we have yet to see Nolan’s version of the feline-friendly character. Nolan has already managed to put his distinctive stamp on classic Batman villains like Joker and Scarecrow, so we’re dying to see what he’ll do with DC’s famous cat burglar.

2. Bane in Action

Thus far we’ve seen an over-the-shoulder view of Bane looking contemplative, but what about seeing some action from the man who famously “broke” Batman in the comic book world? The image released a while back indicates that Hardy certainly bulked up for the role, but there are still some questions about his character’s role in the final film and whether he’ll stay true to the source material and gain his strength from a dangerous drug.

3. New and Improved Bat-Stuff

Each of Nolan’s films so far has offered a slightly different version of Batman’s suit, as well as a host of new bat-themed vehicles and gadgetry. How has the Dark Knight’s look and arsenal evolved since we saw him last? Here’s hoping we won’t have to wait until the film’s toy line is revealed to get our answer.

4. New Characters with a Nolan Twist

There was a lot of hype surrounding the news that Nolan’s “Inception” actors Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Marion Cotillard were joining the cast of “The Dark Knight Rises” as beat cop John Blake and Wayne Enterprises board member Miranda Tate, respectively, but neither character hails from the comics world. Given that the characters are entirely new to mainstream audiences and hardcore Bat-fans alike, our first look at Nolan’s take on them is certainly going to be interesting.

5. The Return of Ra’s al Ghul

The studio confirmed that actor Josh Pence is playing a young version of Liam Neeson’s “Batman Begins” villain Ra’s al Ghul, but rumors have been circulating for a year now that Neeson could also reprise his role. In the comics world, the character had a knack for resurrection and appeared in many forms over the years, so there’s a big question mark surrounding this character heading into the next stage of promotion.

So there you have it! Sure, it’s a lot of speculation, but that’s all part of the fun at this point in the (very early) guessing game. No matter what we see, though, you can bet Nolan has a lot of surprises in store for his grand finale in the Batman universe.

What are you waiting to see from “The Dark Knight” rises? Let us know below or on Twitter or Facebook.

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New Nasty

Whips, Chains and Hand Sanitizer

Turn On The Full Season Of Neurotica At IFC's Comedy Crib

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Jenny Jaffe has a lot going on: She’s writing for Disney’s upcoming Big Hero 6: The Series, developing comedy projects with pals at Devastator Press, and she’s straddling the line between S&M and OCD as the creator and star of the sexyish new series Neurotica, which has just made its debut on IFC’s Comedy Crib. Jenny gave us some extremely intimate insight into what makes Neurotica (safely) sizzle…

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IFC: How would you describe Neurotica to a fancy network executive you met in an elevator?

Jenny: Neurotica is about a plucky Dominatrix with OCD trying to save her small-town dungeon. 

IFC: How would you describe Neurotica to a drunk friend of a friend you met in a bar?

Jenny: Neurotica is about a plucky Dominatrix with OCD trying to save her small-town dungeon. You’re great. We should get coffee sometime. I’m not just saying that. I know other people just say that sometimes but I really feel like we’re going to be friends, you know? Here, what’s your number, I’ll call you so you can have my number! 

IFC: What’s your comedy origin story?

Jenny: Since I was a kid I’ve dealt with severe OCD and anxiety. Comedy has always been one of the ways I’ve dealt with that. I honestly just want to help make people feel happy for a few minutes at a time. 

IFC: What was the genesis of Neurotica?

Jenny: I’m pretty sure it was a title-first situation. I was coming up with ideas to pitch to a production company a million years ago (this isn’t hyperbole; I am VERY old) and just wrote down “Neurotica”; then it just sort of appeared fully formed. “Neurotica? Oh it’s an over-the-top romantic comedy about a Dominatrix with OCD, of course.” And that just happened to hit the buttons of everything I’m fascinated by. 

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IFC: How would you describe Ivy?

Jenny: Ivy is everything I love in a comedy character – she’s tenacious, she’s confident, she’s sweet, she’s a big wonderful weirdo. 

IFC: How would Ivy’s clientele describe her?

Jenny:  Open-minded, caring, excellent aim. 

IFC: Why don’t more small towns have local dungeons?

Jenny: How do you know they don’t? 

IFC: What are the pros and cons of joining a chain mega dungeon?

Jenny: You can use any of their locations but you’ll always forget you have a membership and in a year you’ll be like “jeez why won’t they let me just cancel?” 

IFC: Mouths are gross! Why is that?

Jenny: If you had never seen a mouth before and I was like “it’s a wet flesh cave with sharp parts that lives in your face”, it would sound like Cronenberg-ian body horror. All body parts are horrifying. I’m kind of rooting for the singularity, I’d feel way better if I was just a consciousness in a cloud. 

See the whole season of Neurotica right now on IFC’s Comedy Crib.

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The ’90s Are Back

The '90s live again during IFC's weekend marathon.

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We know what you’re thinking: “Why on Earth would anyone want to reanimate the decade that gave us Haddaway, Los Del Rio, and Smash Mouth, not to mention Crystal Pepsi?”

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Thoughts like those are normal. After all, we tend to remember lasting psychological trauma more vividly than fleeting joy. But if you dig deep, you’ll rediscover that the ’90s gave us so much to fondly revisit. Consider the four pillars of true ’90s culture.

Boy Bands

We all pretended to hate them, but watch us come alive at a karaoke bar when “I Want It That Way” comes on. Arguably more influential than Brit Pop and Grunge put together, because hello – Justin Timberlake. He’s a legitimate cultural gem.

Man-Child Movies

Adam Sandler is just behind The Simpsons in terms of his influence on humor. Somehow his man-child schtick didn’t get old until the aughts, and his success in that arena ushered in a wave of other man-child movies from fellow ’90s comedians. RIP Chris Farley (and WTF Rob Schneider).

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Teen Angst

In horror, dramas, comedies, and everything in between: Troubled teens! Getting into trouble! Who couldn’t relate to their First World problems, plaid flannels, and lose grasp of the internet?

Mainstream Nihilism

From the Coen Bros to Fincher to Tarantino, filmmakers on the verge of explosive popularity seemed interested in one thing: mind f*cking their audiences by putting characters in situations (and plot lines) beyond anyone’s control.

Feeling better about that walk down memory lane? Good. Enjoy the revival.

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And revisit some important ’90s classics all this weekend during IFC’s ’90s Marathon. Check out the full schedule here.

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Get Physical

DVDs are the new Vinyl

Portlandia Season 7 Now Available On Disc.

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In this crazy digital age, sometimes all we really want is to reach out and touch something. Maybe that’s why so many of us are still gung-ho about owning stuff on DVD. It’s tangible. It’s real. It’s tech from a bygone era that still feels relevant, yet also kitschy and retro. It’s basically vinyl for people born after 1990.

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Inevitably we all have that friend whose love of the disc is so absolutely repellent that he makes the technology less appealing. “The resolution, man. The colors. You can’t get latitude like that on a download.” Go to hell, Tim.

Yes, Tim sucks, and you don’t want to be like Tim, but maybe he’s onto something and DVD is still the future. Here are some benefits that go beyond touch.

It’s Decor and Decorum

With DVDs and a handsome bookshelf you can show off your great taste in film and television without showing off your search history. Good for first dates, dinner parties, family reunions, etc.

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Forget Public Wifi

Warm up that optical drive. No more awkwardly streaming episodes on shady free wifi!

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Inter-not

Internet service goes down. It happens all the time. It could happen right now. Then what? Without a DVD on hand you’ll be forced to make eye contact with your friends and family. Or worse – conversation.

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Self Defense

You can’t throw a download like a ninja star. Think about it.

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If you’d like to experience the benefits DVD ownership yourself, Portlandia Season 7 is now available on DVD and Blue-Ray.