The Dark Knight Rises is an upcoming superhero film directed by Christopher Nolan and written by Nolan and his brother Jonathan. Based on the DC Comics character Batman, the film will be the third installment in Nolan’s Batman film series, and is a sequel to Batman Begins (2005) and The Dark Knight (2008). It stars Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Gary Oldman, and Morgan Freeman as Batman/Bruce Wayne, Alfred Pennyworth, James Gordon, and Lucius Fox, respectively. The film will take place eight years after the events of The Dark Knight and will introduce the characters of Selina Kyle and Bane—portrayed by Anne Hathaway and Tom Hardy—two villains from the Batman mythology.
Nolan was initially hesitant about returning to the series for a third time, but agreed to come back after developing a story with his brother and David S. Goyer that he felt would conclude the series on a satisfactory note. Filming has taken place across the world, including locations in India, London, Glasgow, Los Angeles, New York, Newark, and Pittsburgh. Nolan is utilizing IMAX cameras for more of the filming to optimize the quality of the picture. As with The Dark Knight, viral marketing campaigns began early during production to help promote the upcoming film. The Dark Knight Rises is scheduled for release in the United Kingdom, United States, and Canada on July 20, 2012, by Warner Bros.
Directed by Christopher Nolan Produced by Christopher Nolan Emma Thomas Charles Roven Screenplay by Christopher Nolan Jonathan Nolan Story by David S. Goyer Christopher Nolan Based on Characters by Bob Kane Bill Finger Starring Christian Bale Michael Caine Gary Oldman Anne Hathaway Tom Hardy Marion Cotillard Joseph Gordon-Levitt Morgan Freeman Music by Hans Zimmer Cinematography Wally Pfister Editing by Lee Smith Studio Legendary Pictures Syncopy Films DC Comics Distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures Release date(s) July 20, 2012 (2012-07-20) Country United States Language English Budget $250 million