“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.


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…


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. 


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.


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?”


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).



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.


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


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.


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.


Forget Public Wifi

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



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.


Self Defense

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


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