Catwoman, Dark Knight Rises. (Photo Credit: Warner Bros. / Used with Permission)
Warner Brothers and director Christopher Nolan have been cautious about revealing too much about "The Dark Knight Rises." In fact, not much was known about the film a month ago before Warner Brothers started its intense marketing campaign.
But it is possible that their biggest secret may have gotten out much sooner than hoped for.
"Late Show" host David Letterman stated during an interview with Ann Hathaway that he had seen the film and that Batman dies at the end. Hathaway gave him an odd stare for a moment before the two broke into laughter. Letterman retracted his statement and told his audience to calm down. To this, Hathaway told him that he may have incited a great deal of wrath, but not just the wrath of studio and crew members.
In fact, according to the Huffington Post fans on twitter erupted with derisive comments toward Letterman's announcement.
Hathaway made it clear almost immediately that she had no part in Letterman's comment.
The ending has been a popular point of contention as Nolan has stated that this will be his last time directing an installment of the hugely popular franchise. Many publications, such as Cinemablend, even theorized about the possibility of killing off Batman to facilitate Warner Brothers' ability to continue the franchise with a different actor taking over the mantle of the Dark Knight.
Writer David Goyer recently commented on the ending and stated that seeing it come to fruition got a "complete lump" in his throat. The internet then went wild with speculation over what this "lump" could mean. Was it due to a tragic finale? Was it simply the excitement of seeing the vision realized? Nolan shot back in an interview with MTV that people were simply reading too much into the comments and maintained his stringent policy of revealing little.
But all that secrecy as well as the joy and excitement that comes with rumors and speculation may have just met its end with Letterman's statement. Now most of that speculation will likely revolve on whether he was truthful or not.
Watch his statement below:
"The Dark Knight Rises" opens in one week on July 20 and stars Christian Bale as Batman/Bruce Wayne, with Michael Caine, Gary Oldman and Morgan Freeman in supporting roles. Joining the cast are Anne Hathaway as Catwoman, Tom Hardy as Bane, Marion Cottillard as Miranda Tate and Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Gotham cop John Blake. The film takes place eight years after those of "The Dark Knight", with Batman emerging from retirement to face a new threat on Gotham.
As for the reviews, on Friday July 6, Warner Bros. reportedly had its first screening of the upcoming and highly anticipated "The Dark Knight Rises" movie in a private event where the press and critics were invited.
The reviews are all terrific, meaning maybe Warner Bros. only invited good friends and acquaintances. But also, it could mean that Christopher Nolan may have rendered another memorable and epic flick, leaving other super-hero movies in the dust. Luckily, only one week remains before people can finally get to test what the critics say.
Here they are:
Tom McAuliffe @TomMcAuliffe - Just finished the screening of Dark Knight Rises...so much awesome...can't wait to see it again. And again. 9 out of 10 for me. I'd put Amazing Spider-Man at a 7.5 and Avengers at an 8.5.
Brian Limond - "Just back from a special preview screening of The Dark Knight Rises. Very good. It's everything and more. You're gonna LOVE IT!"
Marco Gennuso @marcogennuso - Vince just saw Dark Knight Rises at a press screening & says: "Wow. Quite speechless at the moment....TDKR was everything I wanted it to be"
Zach Pincus - "The Dark Knight Rises is not only easily the best Batman movie yet, but now one of my favorite movies I've ever seen. It was unbelievable!"
Lauren Heistand - "The Dark Knight Rises has just finished screening for the press and critics, receiving a STANDING OVATION!!!"
READ FULL REVIEW FOR THE DARK KNIGHT RISES HERE.