At 'Dark Knight' premiere, star power rises
Posted July 16, 2012
Where: AMC Loews Lincoln Square 13, New York
When: Monday night
Guest list:Christian Bale, Anne Hathaway, Morgan Freeman, Christopher Nolan, Tom Hardy, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Marion Cotillard, Gary Oldman
Their lips are sealed: The final installment of the iconic Batman trilogy opens Friday, and it's safe to say the movie will be a hit. Perhaps most notably, in a time where everything seems to be up for grabs online, plot details — save for David Letterman's possible slip-up — remain top-secret. The few things that we, having seen the film, can safely reveal are scant. Bale's Bruce Wayne/Batman is a recluse. Hathaway's Selina Kyle/Catwoman is an adroit jewel thief with her own code of ethics. Gordon-Levitt is a Gotham cop, along with Oldman's Jim Gordon, grappling with a new threat in the form of Hardy's fearsome Bane.
Mum's the word: So how, precisely, did the plot points stay under wraps? "We were threatened," Freeman says. "I'm telling you, on penalty of death would you say anything at all about this picture to anybody." What does he make of the ending? "You know. You know. It's genius," he says. For Gordon-Levitt, keeping his own counsel just made sense: "I don't want to know anything. I want the story to be told to me the way the filmmaker wants to tell it. It makes sense to me that Chris wants to keep things tight, and I'm happy to help."
Packing it in: For the cast, there's no talk of coming back for a fourth installment — yet. "So this is it. This is the final one," Oldman says. "I think it's the last one for Chris Nolan, and he may be involved in a story capacity if they make more, but I think it's the last one he's going to make as a director. And I think it's time to retire Jim Gordon. He takes charge. He wants to redeem himself." So, do his sons give him any respect at last? "It's still for Call of Duty," says Oldman, one of the voices of the game. Batman himself, meanwhile, was cool and calm on the frenzied black carpet. "There's many more stories that could be told, but it seems like the right time to finish," Bale says. "It's a surprise and luxury to have made three, so let's be happy with that."
House of Bane: Hardy, who is the brutal, relentless fighter Bane, was parched and gulped water between interviews. "I'm so hot," he says. Hardy was one of the cast members to walk away with a memento from the film. "I got the mask. They gave me that. It was built for me, and I had something to hide behind." Speaking of recognition, Bale says his life hasn't changed all that much since playing the iconic Caped Crusader. "People have been very polite. It's been good."
Girl power: The women of the film were among the last to arrive. Cotillard, gorgeous in shimmery Dior, says her character is "a good girl. She has money and wants to use her money for good things. She wants to help Bruce Wayne come back to the world." And who knew? Cotillard loves her some superhero. "I was always a big Batman fan. I was like the kid the first day," Cotillard says. "It was a dream I didn't dare to have." Hathaway, in white Prabal Gurung, had one special request for Nolan. "Ask him if I may have a pair of the gloves. That's all I want. There was one pair of rehearsal flats that I kept. I'm so boring." In reality, though, material things were the least of it for her. "I took away a huge, healthy dose of gratitude. This is the best red carpet I've ever been on."
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