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“The Dark Knight Rises” set photo roundup: From Batwing to Bane

“The Dark Knight Rises” set photo roundup: From Batwing to Bane (photo)

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Is it me, or is it starting to feel like we get a new, slightly fuzzy, semi-blurry photo from the set of “The Dark Knight Rises” every day now?

While the steady stream of pics have prompted a lot of discussion around the ‘net, it’s hard to believe Christopher Nolan and the Warner Bros. crew are thrilled about all of the unofficial and occasionally unflattering images finding their way online. Even so, today we have yet another spoilery shot from the Pittsburgh set of “The Dark Knight Rises,” and it could reveal one of the new weapons in Batman’s arsenal — a very big, and possibly flight-enabled weapon.

The new photo comes courtesy of Twitter user Ross Petrocelli, who snapped a photo of “The Dark Knight Rises” filming team headed into the Wabash Tunnel with a mysterious, vehicle-size object in tow. Could it be the long-rumored Batwing? Your guess is as good as mine, but it certainly looks like how I’d imagine a Nolan-verse version of Batman’s aircraft to appear.



Of course, the new photo of what may or may not be the Batwing is only the latest in a long string of big, “Dark Knight Rises” reveals to occur without studio sanction. Let’s take a look back at the timeline, shall we?

Just over a week ago, the flood of amateur coverage began with a series of photos and video from the Pittsburgh set of the film that included our first full-body look at Bane, Batman’s nemesis in the film. Played by Tom Hardy, Bane is seen battling Batman in the footage amidst a massive brawl filled with Gotham police and unknown assailants. The footage also included a shot of the Batmobile (a.k.a. Tumbler) sporting a new, desert-camouflage paint job.

Just a few days later, photos began trickling online featuring Anne Hathaway on the set. Appearing in both a fancy dress and what appears to be some portion of her Catwoman costume, Hathaway was seen in a number of unofficial photos before the studio decided to release their own, officially sanctioned pic of the actress as the feline-friendly burglar Selina Kyle.

While the focus of much of the buzz surrounding the Hathaway photos was Catwoman herself, it’s also worth noting that both the unofficial photos and the studio-delivered shot included a nice look at what appears to be Batman’s Batpod — the motorcycle-like vehicle that burst out of the Batmobile in “The Dark Knight.”

This week began with more “Dark Knight Rises” photos, with shots of the Pittsburgh Steelers as the re-dubbed “Gotham Rogues” and the crowd of extras gathered at Heinz Field making their way online.

Then, less than 24 hours ago, we got our first look at Joseph Gordon-Levitt on the set of the film, courtesy of some new video. The actor plays a character named John Blake, though little is know about him other than the fact that, according to the photo, he will carry a gas can at some point in the film.

At this rate, there’s a good chance that we’ll have enough images and amateur video from “The Dark Knight Rises” to assemble a feature-length, fan-made movie of our own well before Nolan’s final cut hits theaters.

You know what? Consider that a challenge, all of you savvy video editors out there. Let’s see what you can do.

What do you think of all the “Dark Knight Rises” set photos popping up online? Chime in below or on Facebook or Twitter.


Hacked In

Funny or Die Is Taking Over

FOD TV comes to IFC every Saturday night.

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We’ve been fans of Funny or Die since we first met The Landlord. That enduring love makes it more than logical, then, that IFC is totally cool with FOD hijacking the airwaves every Saturday night. Yes, that’s happening.

The appropriately titled FOD TV looks like something pulled from public access television in the nineties. Like lo-fi broken-antenna reception and warped VHS tapes. Equal parts WTF and UHF.

Get ready for characters including The Shirtless Painter, Long-Haired Businessmen, and Pigeon Man. They’re aptly named, but for a better sense of what’s in store, here’s a taste of ASMR with Kelly Whispers:

Watch FOD TV every Saturday night during IFC’s regularly scheduled movies.


Wicked Good

See More Evil

Stan Against Evil Season 1 is on Hulu.

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Okay, so you missed the entire first season of Stan Against Evil. There’s no shame in that, per se. But here’s the thing: Season 2 is just around the corner and you don’t want to lag behind. After all, Season 1 had some critical character development, not to mention countless plot twists, and a breathless finale cliffhanger that’s been begging for resolution since last fall. It also had this:


The good news is that you can catch up right now on Hulu. Phew. But if you aren’t streaming yet, here’s a basic primer…

Willards Mill Is Evil

Stan spent his whole career as sheriff oblivious to the fact that his town has a nasty curse. Mostly because his recently-deceased wife was secretly killing demons and keeping Stan alive.

Demons Really Want To Kill Stan

The curse on Willards Mill stipulates that damned souls must hunt and kill each and every town sheriff, or “constable.” Oh, and these demons are shockingly creative.


They Also Want To Kill Evie

Why? Because Evie’s a sheriff too, and the curse on Willard’s Mill doesn’t have a “one at a time” clause. Bummer, Evie.

Stan and Evie Must Work Together

Beating the curse will take two, baby, but that’s easier said than done because Stan doesn’t always seem to give a damn. Damn!


Beware of Goats

It goes without saying for anyone who’s seen the show: If you know that ancient evil wants to kill you, be wary of anything that has cloven feet.


Season 2 Is Lurking

Scary new things are slouching towards Willards Mill. An impending darkness descending on Stan, Evie and their cohort – eviler evil, more demony demons, and whatnot. And if Stan wants to survive, he’ll have to get even Stanlier.

Stan Against Evil Season 1 is now streaming right now on Hulu.



Reminders that the ’90s were a thing

"The Place We Live" is available for a Jessie Spano-level binge on Comedy Crib.

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Unless you stopped paying attention to the world at large in 1989, you are of course aware that the ’90s are having their pop cultural second coming. Nobody is more acutely aware of this than Dara Katz and Betsy Kenney, two comedians who met doing improv comedy and have just made their Comedy Crib debut with the hilarious ’90s TV throwback series, The Place We Live.

IFC: How would you describe “The Place We Live” to a fancy network executive you just met in an elevator?

Dara: It’s everything you loved–or loved to hate—from Melrose Place and 90210 but condensed to five minutes, funny (on purpose) and totally absurd.

IFC: How would you describe “The Place We Live” to a drunk friend of a friend you met in a bar?

Betsy: “Hey Todd, why don’t you have a sip of water. Also, I think you’ll love The Place We Live because everyone has issues…just like you, Todd.”


IFC: When you were living through the ’90s, did you think it was television’s golden age or the pop culture apocalypse?

Betsy: I wasn’t sure I knew what it was, I just knew I loved it!

Dara: Same. Was just happy that my parents let me watch. But looking back, the ’90s honored The Teen. And for that, it’s the golden age of pop culture. 

IFC: Which ’90s shows did you mine for the series, and why?

Betsy: Melrose and 90210 for the most part. If you watch an episode of either of those shows you’ll see they’re a comedic gold mine. In one single episode, they cover serious crimes, drug problems, sex and working in a law firm and/or gallery, all while being young, hot and skinny.

Dara: And almost any series we were watching in the ’90s, Full House, Saved By the Bell, My So Called Life has very similar themes, archetypes and really stupid-intense drama. We took from a lot of places. 


IFC: How would you describe each of the show’s characters in terms of their ’90s TV stereotype?

Dara: Autumn (Sunita Mani) is the femme fatale. Robin (Dara Katz) is the book worm (because she wears glasses). Candace (Betsy Kenney) is Corey’s twin and gives great advice and has really great hair. Corey (Casey Jost) is the boy next door/popular guy. Candace and Corey’s parents decided to live in a car so the gang can live in their house. 
Lee (Jonathan Braylock) is the jock.

IFC: Why do you think the world is ready for this series?

Dara: Because everyone’s feeling major ’90s nostalgia right now, and this is that, on steroids while also being a totally new, silly thing.

Delight in the whole season of The Place We Live right now on IFC’s Comedy Crib. It’ll take you back in all the right ways.