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The Dark Knight Rises test screening receives a standing ovation

Mar. 22, 2012by: Alex Maidy

Christopher Nolan is the ultimate tease. We have been surviving on scraps of information regarding THE DARK KNIGHT RISES for months now. It has reached the point that it is considered movie news when a small thumbnail image of the media material for the movie tie-in toys is a headline. The question that remains, however, is whether the movie is going to be as good as we all hope it will be?

THE DARK KNIGHT had its own fair share of haters, but reports from a screening held for Warner Bros. execs apparently ended with a standing ovation. MTV erroneously reported that the film was four hours long (which they have since retracted), but I am sure it likely clocks somewhere between two and a half to three hours. This is the final chapter after all.

Rumors have also begun circulating that THE DARK KNIGHT RISES will be screening at San Diego Comic Con, which takes place one week before the film opens in theaters. That would certainly be a fitting tribute to comic fans who have shown Nolan nothing but the highest praise and support through his career.

The most recently revealed plot of the film comes from a film cell that reads "When Commissioner Gordon stumbles upon a plot to destroy the city from within, Bruce Wayne gets back into action as the Batman. Waiting for him is the mysterious Selina Kyle and Bane, a lethal adversary on a crusade to tear apart Batman's legacy piece by piece."

THE DARK KNIGHT RISES open July 20th, 2012.

Extra Tidbit: Was there any doubt that it was going to be a really good movie?
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9:13AM on 03/27/2012
Not a hatter, nor a fan of Nolan's work on Batman, I must confess!
(bring the thumbs down just for NOT worshipping the guy, and thanks for your opened minds!)
I'll wait for the actual film to be sure of how I feel about it (I fear the 3rd movie curse!).
About the executives , are they the same that greenlighted the sequel for GREEN LANTERN after being impress with the first one ?
Not a hatter, nor a fan of Nolan's work on Batman, I must confess!
(bring the thumbs down just for NOT worshipping the guy, and thanks for your opened minds!)
I'll wait for the actual film to be sure of how I feel about it (I fear the 3rd movie curse!).
About the executives , are they the same that greenlighted the sequel for GREEN LANTERN after being impress with the first one ?
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12:08PM on 03/23/2012

It will be good...

Now, do a new trilogy with fincher behind the camera and John Hamm wearing a simplified version of the suit. With the current one, it always looks to me that it would take three effin' hours to put on, layer by layer
Now, do a new trilogy with fincher behind the camera and John Hamm wearing a simplified version of the suit. With the current one, it always looks to me that it would take three effin' hours to put on, layer by layer
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7:56AM on 03/23/2012
So the studio gave themselves a standing ovation?

I'm excited as hell for this movie, but this is ridiculous. I guess its good that the studio gave itself a standing ovation? But is the filmmakers patting themselves on the back really something news worthy?
So the studio gave themselves a standing ovation?

I'm excited as hell for this movie, but this is ridiculous. I guess its good that the studio gave itself a standing ovation? But is the filmmakers patting themselves on the back really something news worthy?
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12:52AM on 03/24/2012
You know, they have this ceremony called The Oscars...
You know, they have this ceremony called The Oscars...
6:32AM on 03/24/2012
Yes, I avoid watching it every year, but that relates to my comment how?
Yes, I avoid watching it every year, but that relates to my comment how?
7:52AM on 03/23/2012
I'm very certain that when the movie is finally released there will be a very long applause at the end of the movie.
I'm very certain that when the movie is finally released there will be a very long applause at the end of the movie.
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4:00AM on 03/23/2012
Let the haters hate, more room for me in line on opening weekend!!
Let the haters hate, more room for me in line on opening weekend!!
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6:37AM on 03/23/2012
Well said sir...VERY well said. :)
Well said sir...VERY well said. :)
1:56AM on 03/23/2012

Hey July 20th...Hurry the fuck up & get here already!

Christopher Nolan waits patiently as the Warner Bros. executives file into the screening room. He introduces the film and then exits the theater. Outside...a large, bald and muscular man walks over to him.

- Nolan leans in to the man -

Christopher Nolan: "When the screening is over, they have my permission to die."
Christopher Nolan waits patiently as the Warner Bros. executives file into the screening room. He introduces the film and then exits the theater. Outside...a large, bald and muscular man walks over to him.

- Nolan leans in to the man -

Christopher Nolan: "When the screening is over, they have my permission to die."
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12:51AM on 03/23/2012
Not surprised, and happy to hear this news.
Not surprised, and happy to hear this news.
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12:14AM on 03/23/2012
If you filmed three infants finger painting with their own turds and slapped Nolan's name on the end of it, the film would enjoy the same level of ludicrously hyperbolic praise that his half-baked snoozefests do. I look forward to the franchise being handed on to someone who can craft a coherent narrative with compelling characters.
If you filmed three infants finger painting with their own turds and slapped Nolan's name on the end of it, the film would enjoy the same level of ludicrously hyperbolic praise that his half-baked snoozefests do. I look forward to the franchise being handed on to someone who can craft a coherent narrative with compelling characters.
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12:32AM on 03/23/2012
I think you can definitely be labelled as troll. You brief comment history on this site has been nothing but negativity and whining. Congrats
I think you can definitely be labelled as troll. You brief comment history on this site has been nothing but negativity and whining. Congrats
12:40AM on 03/23/2012
Solid rebuttal. Congrats.
Solid rebuttal. Congrats.
12:47AM on 03/23/2012
Be pragmatic: compare Nolan's previous Batman movies with other of the same genre. When you talk about coherence, it's like saying Tim Burton should learn a lesson in idiosyncrasy from Joel Shumacher.

Your comment about the children smearing poop is detrimental to your credibility.
Be pragmatic: compare Nolan's previous Batman movies with other of the same genre. When you talk about coherence, it's like saying Tim Burton should learn a lesson in idiosyncrasy from Joel Shumacher.

Your comment about the children smearing poop is detrimental to your credibility.
1:05AM on 03/23/2012
Which genre should I be comparing to, though? It's too dull to be a superhero film, and too nonsensical to be a crime film.
Which genre should I be comparing to, though? It's too dull to be a superhero film, and too nonsensical to be a crime film.
1:15AM on 03/23/2012
And I hardly think relativism is a solid approach to film criticism. Surely a bad film is a bad film, irrespective of what others in the genre are doing?
And I hardly think relativism is a solid approach to film criticism. Surely a bad film is a bad film, irrespective of what others in the genre are doing?
2:08AM on 03/23/2012
Well since your comment was so thoughtfully planned, and very intelligent, I'll counter argue with this.

Your a fag man /thread
Well since your comment was so thoughtfully planned, and very intelligent, I'll counter argue with this.

Your a fag man /thread
2:55AM on 03/23/2012
First: *you're

Second: Yes, yes I am. I'm glad homophobia is okay.
First: *you're

Second: Yes, yes I am. I'm glad homophobia is okay.
4:07AM on 03/23/2012
Awwwww, someone wants to be cute!
Awwwww, someone wants to be cute!
4:54AM on 03/23/2012
It's true, but you are not allowed to say stuff like that on the internet. The mindless cult of Nolan will cannibalize you for it.

Nolan fanboys = Twilight fangirls
It's true, but you are not allowed to say stuff like that on the internet. The mindless cult of Nolan will cannibalize you for it.

Nolan fanboys = Twilight fangirls
7:48AM on 03/23/2012
Regardless of how dull you thought it was, it is still a superhero movie (speaking of dull superhero movies: F4 Rise of the Shiny Thing, Catwoman, Spiderman 3, Elektra, The Spirit, Supergirl). There's no shortage of bad, campy, idiotic superhero movies...

But if you do not want to compare Nolan's work to superhero movies, then why not other Batman movies? Batman & Robin, Batman Forever... We could argue that Burton's incredibly solid pieces rival and/or are better than Nolan's, but Nolan
Regardless of how dull you thought it was, it is still a superhero movie (speaking of dull superhero movies: F4 Rise of the Shiny Thing, Catwoman, Spiderman 3, Elektra, The Spirit, Supergirl). There's no shortage of bad, campy, idiotic superhero movies...

But if you do not want to compare Nolan's work to superhero movies, then why not other Batman movies? Batman & Robin, Batman Forever... We could argue that Burton's incredibly solid pieces rival and/or are better than Nolan's, but Nolan still would be far from the worse in that subgenre.

I believe relativism is crucial to criticism: comparison and perspective are the equivalent of arguments in a thesis. Without this and logical, valid points to support our comments, all we do is reduce our critic to a nonsensical emotional outburst.

I must admit, you sound angry at Nolan, and I'm not sure I get why you'd be (the poop-smearing kid hints at that).
3:33PM on 03/23/2012
Nice troll
Nice troll
12:07AM on 03/24/2012
Not angry at Nolan - in fact I think most of his films are very admirable failures.

Dark Knight doesn't belong in the same category as any of the films you listed, and to bother mentioning it in the same sentence cheapens debate. A far more apt comparison exists between Dark Knight and films like Heat. It is clear Nolan was aiming at the crime genre, and the film mostly adheres to the generic conventions of films like Heat. Why bother comparing it to Fantastic Four? You might as well compare
Not angry at Nolan - in fact I think most of his films are very admirable failures.

Dark Knight doesn't belong in the same category as any of the films you listed, and to bother mentioning it in the same sentence cheapens debate. A far more apt comparison exists between Dark Knight and films like Heat. It is clear Nolan was aiming at the crime genre, and the film mostly adheres to the generic conventions of films like Heat. Why bother comparing it to Fantastic Four? You might as well compare it to Sound of Music.

Relativism is useful to an extent, but normally tedious and irrelevant. Is Dark Knight a good movie because it's better than Catwoman? Is it a bad movie because it's not quite The Godfather? No. It's a bad movie because the internal logic is flawed and it fails at the rules it sets. Is it a bad movie because it's not enough like the comics? No. The pace isn't bad because it's not as snappy as Moulin Rouge. The acting isn't boring because the characters aren't as compelling as those in Shawshank. It fails on its own terms.

I could compare it to other Batman movies. It lacks the creativity, passion, and drama of Batman Returns. It is slicker than the dated Batman. It isn't as thoroughly moronic as the Schumachers. It isn't as compelling or cohesive as Batman Begins. It is less consistent than all 5 other Batman films. Comparison is dull and doesn't give us anything meaningful to work with.
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11:30PM on 03/22/2012
What the hell is wrong with you people? Christopher Nolan has brought a much-needed and unprecedented level of legitimacy to the superhero genre. I get the feeling that not only do many of you expect failure (for some reason I cannot grasp), but that you're also hoping for it.
What the hell is wrong with you people? Christopher Nolan has brought a much-needed and unprecedented level of legitimacy to the superhero genre. I get the feeling that not only do many of you expect failure (for some reason I cannot grasp), but that you're also hoping for it.
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4:13AM on 03/23/2012
"You either die a hero, or you live long enough to see yourself become the villain." I think people just expect him to screw up somewhere, ya know? They loved Batman Begins, but they heard Ledger was cast as Joker and all assumed, 'This'll suck!!!!', but they got Dark Knight. Then Inception, and now Nolan's on such a roll, people just wanna see it tank, cuz it's gotta!!!! Right? Right? I mean.....right? No one's THAT [link]
"You either die a hero, or you live long enough to see yourself become the villain." I think people just expect him to screw up somewhere, ya know? They loved Batman Begins, but they heard Ledger was cast as Joker and all assumed, 'This'll suck!!!!', but they got Dark Knight. Then Inception, and now Nolan's on such a roll, people just wanna see it tank, cuz it's gotta!!!! Right? Right? I mean.....right? No one's THAT [link]
11:24PM on 03/22/2012

Mindf**k

Haha imagine if Nolan does the typical plot twist at the end of his movies and has Alfred get his back broken by Bane in an epic epic climactic battle instead of Bruce?? Only thing going for that would be that no one could possibly see that coming haha
Haha imagine if Nolan does the typical plot twist at the end of his movies and has Alfred get his back broken by Bane in an epic epic climactic battle instead of Bruce?? Only thing going for that would be that no one could possibly see that coming haha
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9:39PM on 03/22/2012
Still not sold-I'm sure I'll be among the fans on opening night just because I've been a fan since 1985. But I don't know something just feels half baked, like an idea for a movie that was rightfully scraped but reassembled simply due to Nolan's unwillingness to try another actor for the Joker. There was a planned trilogy, true, but this isn't the originally planned ending, don't believe the hype.
Still not sold-I'm sure I'll be among the fans on opening night just because I've been a fan since 1985. But I don't know something just feels half baked, like an idea for a movie that was rightfully scraped but reassembled simply due to Nolan's unwillingness to try another actor for the Joker. There was a planned trilogy, true, but this isn't the originally planned ending, don't believe the hype.
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10:47PM on 03/22/2012
HUH?!
HUH?!
12:33AM on 03/23/2012
WTF did I just read?? were you drunk when you typed this? Theirs not a single coherent thought at all here.
WTF did I just read?? were you drunk when you typed this? Theirs not a single coherent thought at all here.
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8:42PM on 03/22/2012
Really? Someone thought this article was really necessary? Did you think WB execs would boo their cash cow? Midget Bane and Tweaker Catwoman has done nothing for me so far as compared to TDK at this time.
Really? Someone thought this article was really necessary? Did you think WB execs would boo their cash cow? Midget Bane and Tweaker Catwoman has done nothing for me so far as compared to TDK at this time.
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9:09PM on 03/22/2012
There are, at least, 3 other "scoopy" items in this article, not just about the ovation. The plotline, the length and the fact that it might play at CC this year.
There are, at least, 3 other "scoopy" items in this article, not just about the ovation. The plotline, the length and the fact that it might play at CC this year.
1:04AM on 03/23/2012
Plus WB would boo or feel negative about the screening. They would give feedback, there would be reshoots, etc. The fact that they actually gave a standing ovation is news cause I doubt that happens often. Otherwise you'd never hear about the screening.
Plus WB would boo or feel negative about the screening. They would give feedback, there would be reshoots, etc. The fact that they actually gave a standing ovation is news cause I doubt that happens often. Otherwise you'd never hear about the screening.
2:16AM on 03/23/2012
Go support Ryan Reynolds and shitty Wolverine movies than. Nice avatar Marvel Fanboy
Go support Ryan Reynolds and shitty Wolverine movies than. Nice avatar Marvel Fanboy
8:09PM on 03/22/2012
Of course WB gave it a standing ovation... because they know this movie will rake in 100's of millions of dollars!
Of course WB gave it a standing ovation... because they know this movie will rake in 100's of millions of dollars!
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7:06PM on 03/22/2012

MARK MY WORDS!!!

When the number are in and Warner Brass are jerking each other off in a pool full of money surrounded by midgets dressed up as Batman. They will make an offer to Mr. Noland that he will not be able to refuse to do a fourth Batman. Much like paramount did with Michael Bay and the transformer franchise. Noland, Bale and the rest of the cast and crew will be back when the god of money reins a hell storm of CA$H on Warner Brothers!!! My gut tells me Warner fat cats are already putting a plan
When the number are in and Warner Brass are jerking each other off in a pool full of money surrounded by midgets dressed up as Batman. They will make an offer to Mr. Noland that he will not be able to refuse to do a fourth Batman. Much like paramount did with Michael Bay and the transformer franchise. Noland, Bale and the rest of the cast and crew will be back when the god of money reins a hell storm of CA$H on Warner Brothers!!! My gut tells me Warner fat cats are already putting a plan togather to make a 4th with Noland and company happen.
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7:32PM on 03/22/2012
How dare you compare Michael Bay to Christopher Nolan!
How dare you compare Michael Bay to Christopher Nolan!
7:35PM on 03/22/2012
LOl because that's hollywood. for you
LOl because that's hollywood. for you
7:51PM on 03/22/2012
How could there be a fourth film when Bruce Wayne dies at the end ?
How could there be a fourth film when Bruce Wayne dies at the end ?
7:56PM on 03/22/2012
He didn't compare Michael Bay to Christopher Nolan, he compared him to Christopher Noland big difference
He didn't compare Michael Bay to Christopher Nolan, he compared him to Christopher Noland big difference
8:28PM on 03/22/2012
Nolan has this thing that Bay lacks. Its called 'integrity.'
Nolan has this thing that Bay lacks. Its called 'integrity.'
7:05PM on 03/22/2012
I saw Uwe Boll's Postal at a film festival and it also got a standing ovation. Just sayin...
I saw Uwe Boll's Postal at a film festival and it also got a standing ovation. Just sayin...
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7:35PM on 03/22/2012
LMFAO
LMFAO
1:06AM on 03/23/2012
Thats because it was over.
Thats because it was over.
6:49PM on 03/22/2012
Extra tidbit: Yes I still have my doubts about this movie.
A year ago I never thought I could say this but nothing I have seen so far from this movie has sold me on it, quite the opposite actually.
Extra tidbit: Yes I still have my doubts about this movie.
A year ago I never thought I could say this but nothing I have seen so far from this movie has sold me on it, quite the opposite actually.
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7:16PM on 03/22/2012
You're basing this on the extensive footage you've seen . . . or maybe from all the plot details that have been released. No, my guess is it has something to do with what other people have been saying, after seeing a very small fraction of an unfinished film. With all this evidence, including set photos, I can see why your opinion was changed. Who would blame you?
You're basing this on the extensive footage you've seen . . . or maybe from all the plot details that have been released. No, my guess is it has something to do with what other people have been saying, after seeing a very small fraction of an unfinished film. With all this evidence, including set photos, I can see why your opinion was changed. Who would blame you?
1:45AM on 03/23/2012
Based on the trailer, what I saw before Mission Impossible, not diggin' Bane at all, and even less Catwoman (not only characters I do not especially like, but played by actors I like even less) And then the cherry on top of things I am not feeling for this movie, Ra's Al Ghul and daughter.
And after seeing great trailers for movies like The Avengers and Prometheus and the Hobbit production diaries I find myself way more excited for these movies than I am for Batman.
Heck, and this is not to
Based on the trailer, what I saw before Mission Impossible, not diggin' Bane at all, and even less Catwoman (not only characters I do not especially like, but played by actors I like even less) And then the cherry on top of things I am not feeling for this movie, Ra's Al Ghul and daughter.
And after seeing great trailers for movies like The Avengers and Prometheus and the Hobbit production diaries I find myself way more excited for these movies than I am for Batman.
Heck, and this is not to piss you off (as I know Nolan fanboys are a susceptible bunch) I'd even say The Cabin In The Woods and Piranha 3dd seem more fun.
Sorry if I'm not sold on your movie!
2:19AM on 03/23/2012
You just lost all credibility by your comment by even mentioning shit ass movies like Piranha 3dd, and fucking Cabin in the Woods. Wow man, those movies will be utter shit, go have fun loser.
You just lost all credibility by your comment by even mentioning shit ass movies like Piranha 3dd, and fucking Cabin in the Woods. Wow man, those movies will be utter shit, go have fun loser.
6:47PM on 03/22/2012
"reports from a screening held for Warner Bros. execs apparently ended with a standing ovation"...
And who thinks that WB execs would "boo" the movie...I don't know, to me that news is to be taken with a grain of salt.
"reports from a screening held for Warner Bros. execs apparently ended with a standing ovation"...
And who thinks that WB execs would "boo" the movie...I don't know, to me that news is to be taken with a grain of salt.
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10:17PM on 03/22/2012
Well I seriously doubt a movie with these financial stakes would have studio execs who would hold back criticisms
Well I seriously doubt a movie with these financial stakes would have studio execs who would hold back criticisms
6:44PM on 03/22/2012

4HRS

Please be true. That'll be hugely epic 4HRS in IMAX :) goddddddddddddd
Please be true. That'll be hugely epic 4HRS in IMAX :) goddddddddddddd
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6:08PM on 03/22/2012

That sounds positive

but I'll restrain my enthusiasm for when the news comes from Comic-Con. I suspect this will be a winner, though.
but I'll restrain my enthusiasm for when the news comes from Comic-Con. I suspect this will be a winner, though.
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6:05PM on 03/22/2012
I wonder if the allegorical Occupados in the film will be using human feces as their primary weapon like the Occupados in real life do.
I wonder if the allegorical Occupados in the film will be using human feces as their primary weapon like the Occupados in real life do.
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6:00PM on 03/22/2012
(Bouncing off the walls with excitement)
(Bouncing off the walls with excitement)
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5:45PM on 03/22/2012

extra tidbit

yes. i cringed when all these characters were announced....2, maybe 3 villains?
yes. i cringed when all these characters were announced....2, maybe 3 villains?
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7:28PM on 03/22/2012
There were three villains in Batman Begins and two in The Dark Knight. I don't see the concern. Christopher Nolan has proven that he knows how to balance multiple villains. He manages to weave them together effectively in both films. In this one, it appears Selina Kyle and Bane will be working together in some way. Both Nolans have proven they know how to write a story with multiple villains.
There were three villains in Batman Begins and two in The Dark Knight. I don't see the concern. Christopher Nolan has proven that he knows how to balance multiple villains. He manages to weave them together effectively in both films. In this one, it appears Selina Kyle and Bane will be working together in some way. Both Nolans have proven they know how to write a story with multiple villains.
5:29PM on 03/22/2012
Of course the Warner execs applauded! If they can't convince themselves they've got the best film ever, how can they expect to convince the rest of the world? (not that they need to in this case, it's a sure-fire hit whatever happens).
Of course the Warner execs applauded! If they can't convince themselves they've got the best film ever, how can they expect to convince the rest of the world? (not that they need to in this case, it's a sure-fire hit whatever happens).
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6:41PM on 03/22/2012
I dunno, these are the same guys that profusely apologized to the AMC Cinema brass at SXSW when they screened "Sucker Punch" for them.
I dunno, these are the same guys that profusely apologized to the AMC Cinema brass at SXSW when they screened "Sucker Punch" for them.
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