It has been eight years since Batman vanished into the night, turning, in that instant, from hero to fugitive. Assuming the blame for the death of D.A. Harvey Dent, the Dark Knight sacrificed everything for what he and Commissioner Gordon both hoped was the greater good. For a time the lie worked, as criminal activity in Gotham City was crushed under the weight of the anti-crime Dent Act. But everything will change with the arrival of a cunning cat burglar with a mysterious agenda. Far more dangerous, however, is the emergence of Bane, a masked terrorist whose ruthless plans for Gotham drive Bruce out of his self-imposed exile. But even if he dons the cape and cowl again, Batman may be no match for Bane.
CHRISTIAN BALE (Bruce Wayne/Batman) was born in Wales and grew up in England and the USA. He made his film debut in Steven Spielberg’s World War II epic “Empire of the Sun.”
His film work to date also includes “Henry V,” “The Portrait of a Lady,” “The Secret Agent,” “Metroland,” “Velvet Goldmine,” “All the Little Animals,” “American Psycho,” “Laurel Canyon,” “The Machinist,” “Batman Begins,” “The New World,” “The Prestige,” “Harsh Times,” “Rescue Dawn,” “3:10 to Yuma,” “I’m Not There,” “The Dark Knight,” “Public Enemies,” “The Fighter,” and “The Flowers of War.”
Audiences will next see him in Terrence Malick’s “Knight of Cups,” and he recently completed filming “Out of the Furnace.”
MICHAEL CAINE (Alfred), a two-time Academy Award® winner, has appeared in more than 100 films in a career spanning over half a century. He first played the role of Bruce Wayne’s loyal butler, Alfred, in the 2005 hit, “Batman Begins,” which also marked his first collaboration with director Christopher Nolan. He returned to the part in the 2008 blockbuster “The Dark Knight.” “The Dark Knight Rises” marks Caine’s fifth collaboration with Nolan. He has also acted under Nolan’s direction in “The Prestige,” for which he won a London Film Critics’ Circle Award for Best Supporting Actor, and 2010’s most talked-about film, “Inception.”
Caine’s upcoming films include Louis Leterrier’s thriller “Now You See Me,” with Morgan Freeman, and “Mr. Morgan’s Last Love,” based on the novel La Douceur Assassine by Françoise Dorner, in which he plays the title role under the direction of Sandra Nettelbeck.
Caine won his first Oscar®, for Best Supporting Actor, for his work in Woody Allen’s “Hannah and Her Sisters,” for which he also received Golden Globe and BAFTA Award nominations. He took home his second Best Supporting Actor Oscar® for his role in Lasse Hallström’s “The Cider House Rules,” also winning a Screen Actors Guild Award® and earning Golden Globe and BAFTA Award nominations.
He has garnered four more Oscar® nominations for Best Actor, the first coming in 1966 for the title role in “Alfie,” for which he also received a Golden Globe nomination and a New York Film Critics Award. He earned his second Oscar® nod, in addition to a Golden Globe nomination and an Evening Standard Award, for the part of Milo Tindle in 1972’s “Sleuth,” opposite Laurence Olivier. His role in “Educating Rita” brought him his third Oscar® nomination, as well as Golden Globe and BAFTA Awards. He gained his latest Oscar®, Golden Globe and BAFTA Award nominations for his work in 2002’s “The Quiet American,” for which he also won a London Film Critics’ Circle Award. In addition, Caine won Golden Globe and London Film Critics’ Circle Awards and received a BAFTA Award nomination, all for Best Supporting Actor, for “Little Voice.”
Caine was born Maurice Micklewhite in South London in 1933 and developed an interest in acting at an early age. Upon his discharge from the Queen’s Royal Regiment and Royal Fusiliers in 1953, he began pursuing his career. Taking his stage name from the title “The Caine Mutiny,” he toured Britain in a variety of plays and began appearing in British films and television shows.
In 1964, Caine landed his first major film role as Lieutenant Gonville Bromhead in “Zulu.” The following year, he starred in the hit thriller “The Ipcress File,” earning his first of 37 BAFTA Award nominations for his portrayal of secret agent Harry Palmer. However, it was his Oscar®-nominated performance in the seminal `60s film “Alfie” that catapulted Caine to international stardom. He went on to star in eleven more films during the late `60s, including “The Ipcress File” sequels, “Funeral in Berlin” and “Billion Dollar Brain”; “Gambit,” earning a Golden Globe nomination; “Hurry Sundown”; “Woman Times Seven”; “Deadfall”; “The Magus”; “The Italian Job”; and “Battle of Britain.”
Over the next two decades, Caine had diverse roles in more than 40 films, including Robert Aldrich’s “Too Late the Hero”; “X, Y and Zee,” opposite Elizabeth Taylor; John Huston’s “The Man Who Would Be King”; “Harry and Walter Go to New York”; Richard Attenborough’s “A Bridge Too Far”; the Neil Simon comedy “California Suite”; Brian De Palma’s “Dressed to Kill”; John Huston’s “Victory”; Sidney Lumet’s “Deathtrap”; Stanley Donen’s “Blame It on Rio”; John Frankenheimer’s “The Holcroft Covenant”; Neil Jordan’s “Mona Lisa”; and “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels,” for which he received a Golden Globe nomination.
Continuing to work almost non-stop, Caine has since starred in such films as “Blood and Wine,” “Quills,” “Miss Congeniality,” “Austin Powers in Goldmember,” “The Weather Man,” “Children of Men,” and “Harry Brown,” in the title role. His most recent films include “Journey 2: The Mysterious Island,” and he also lent his voice to the animated features “Cars 2” and “Gnomeo & Juliet.”
Apart from his work onscreen, Caine wrote an autobiography entitled What’s It All About?, as well as Acting on Film, a book based on a series of lectures he gave on BBC Television. His latest memoir, The Elephant to Hollywood, was published in 2010 by Henry Holt and Co. in the United States.
In the 1992 Queen’s Birthday Honours, Caine was awarded the Commander of the Order of the British Empire (C.B.E.). Eight years later, he received his knighthood.
GARY OLDMAN (Commissioner Gordon) has been a legendary presence on the screen for more than 25 years and is known to millions worldwide for his embodiment of some of cinema’s most iconic characters. In addition to Commissioner Jim Gordon, he has portrayed such wide-ranging and unforgettable roles as Harry Potter’s beloved godfather, Sirius Black; Dracula; Beethoven; Lee Harvey Oswald; Sid Vicious; and John le Carré’s ultimate spy, George Smiley, in an Oscar®-nominated performance.
Oldman is one of the highest-grossing actors at the global box office, having appeared in a number of the most successful films of all time, including the top-grossing Harry Potter franchise. He originated the part of Sirius Black in 2004’s “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban,” and reprised his role in “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire,” “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix,” and the record breaking finale, “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2.”
He first played Jim Gordon in Christopher Nolan’s 2005 hit “Batman Begins.” Oldman returned to the role of Batman’s crime-fighting ally in 2008’s billion dollar blockbuster “The Dark Knight.”
In 2011, Oldman portrayed master spy George Smiley in the film version of John le Carré’s “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy.” In addition to an Oscar® nomination, Oldman’s performance was recognized with a BAFTA Award nomination, a British Independent Film Award nomination, and an Empire Award, all for Best Actor.
He has repeatedly been honored for his work on the screen, including the 2011 Empire Icon Award, bestowed for a lifetime of outstanding achievements; the Gotham Awards’ Career Tribute Award; and the International Star of the Year Award at the Palm Springs Film Festival.
Oldman began his acting career on the stage in 1979, and for the next few years he worked exclusively in the theatre. From 1985 through 1989, he performed at London’s Royal Court. His earliest onscreen work includes the BBC films “Meantime,” for director Mike Leigh, and “The Firm,” directed by the late Alan Clarke.
He followed with such features as “Sid & Nancy”; “Prick Up Your Ears,” directed by Stephen Frears; Tom Stoppard’s “Rosencrantz & Guildenstern are Dead”; “State of Grace”; “JFK,” for director Oliver Stone; and the title role in “Bram Stoker’s Dracula,” directed by Francis Ford Coppola. Among Oldman’s many other credits are “True Romance,” directed by Tony Scott; “Romeo is Bleeding”; the Luc Besson-directed films “The Professional” and “The Fifth Element”; “Immortal Beloved”; “Murder in the First”; “The Scarlett Letter,” directed by Roland Joffé; “Lost in Space”; Wolfgang Petersen’s “Air Force One,” as the terrorist who hijacked the plane of the President, played by Harrison Ford; and “The Book of Eli.”
In 1995, with manager/producing partner Douglas Urbanski, he formed a production company, which subsequently produced the highly acclaimed “Nil by Mouth,” marking Oldman’s directing and writing debut. The film was selected to open the main competition for the 1997 50th Anniversary of the Cannes Film Festival, where Kathy Burke won Best Actress and Oldman was nominated for a Palme d’Or. Among the film’s other honors, Oldman won the prestigious Channel 4 Director’s Prize at the Edinburgh Film Festival; an Empire Award; a BAFTA Award, shared with Urbanski, for Best Film; and a BAFTA Award for Best Original Screenplay.
In 2000, Oldman starred in the political drama “The Contender,” which he and Urbanski also produced. The film, which also starred Joan Allen, Jeff Bridges, Christian Slater and Sam Elliott, received a number of award recognitions, including two Oscar® nominations.
ANNE HATHAWAY (Selina Kyle) was honored with an Academy Award® nomination for Best Actress for her performance in Jonathan Demme’s critically acclaimed drama “Rachel Getting Married.” For her work in the film, Hathaway also earned Golden Globe, Independent Spirit Award and Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Award® nominations, and also won the National Board of Review, Chicago Film Critics Association, and Critics’ Choice Awards for Best Actress. She more recently received another Golden Globe nomination, for Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical, for her role in Edward Zwick’s “Love and Other Drugs,” opposite Jake Gyllenhaal.
Later this year, Hathaway stars as Fantine in Tom Hooper’s much-anticipated feature film adaptation of the beloved musical “Les Misérables,” opening in December.
Hathaway made an auspicious feature film debut with a starring role in Garry Marshall’s 2001 hit comedy “The Princess Diaries,” and reprised her role in “The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement.” Her early film credits also include Douglas McGrath’s screen rendition of Charles Dickens’ “Nicholas Nickleby” and the title role in “Ella Enchanted.”
In 2005, Hathaway co-starred with Jake Gyllenhaal and Heath Ledger in Ang Lee’s groundbreaking drama “Brokeback Mountain,” and was nominated with her castmates for a SAG Award® nomination for Outstanding Motion Picture Cast. The following year, she received widespread acclaim for her performance in the smash hit “The Devil Wears Prada,” opposite Meryl Streep.
Hathaway has also starred in such diverse films as Tim Burton’s “Alice in Wonderland”; “Valentine’s Day,” which reunited her with Garry Marshall; Gary Winick’s “Bride Wars”; Rodrigo Garcia’s “Passengers”; Peter Segal’s “Get Smart”; the Jane Austen biopic “Becoming Jane”; “Havoc”; and “The Other Side of Heaven.” In addition, she lent her voice to the animated hit features “Rio” and “Hoodwinked!,” and, in 2010, won an Emmy for Outstanding Voice-Over Performance for the role of Princess Penelope on an episode of “The Simpsons.”
Hathaway’s theatre credits include Shakespeare in the Park’s 2009 production of “Twelfth Night”; Lincoln Center’s Encores! presentation of “Carnival,” for which she won a 2002 Clarence Derwent Award; Andrew Lloyd Webber’s workshop of “Woman in White”; and “Forever Your Child.” She also participated in the 2005 celebration gala for Stephen Sondheim’s 75th birthday.
In January 2005, Hathaway traveled to Cambodia on behalf of the documentary “A Moment in the World,” organized by Angelina Jolie. The project placed approximately 25 participants in various locations on a specific day, each instructed to videotape their surroundings at the same specific moment in time.
Born in New York, Hathaway studied acting at the Paper Mill Playhouse in New Jersey and at the award-winning Barrow Group in New York City, where she was the first and only teen ever admitted to their intensive acting program. In 2005, she was honored for her achievements by the Barrow Group. She also studied in the musical theatre program with the Collaborative Arts Project, CAP 21, affiliated with NYU. An accomplished dancer, she studied at the Broadway Dance Center in New York City. Additionally, she performed in two concerts at Carnegie Hall as a member of the All-Eastern US High School Honors Chorus. She began her professional career on television on the series “Get Real.”
TOM HARDY (Bane) is currently in production on George Miller’s new post-apocalyptic actioner, in which he takes on the role of Mad Max, opposite Charlize Theron. He will next be seen in the crime drama “Lawless,” which premiered at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival.
Hardy previously collaborated with director Christopher Nolan in the thought-provoking 2010 thriller “Inception,” alongside an international cast led by Leonardo DiCaprio. He recently also starred in the boxing drama “Warrior,” with Nick Nolte and Joel Edgerton, and the thriller “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy,” with Gary Oldman.
Hailing from Great Britain, Hardy began his screen career when he was plucked straight from London’s Drama Centre for a role in HBO’s award-winning World War II miniseries “Band of Brothers,” executive produced by Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg. He made his feature film debut in Ridley Scott’s war drama “Black Hawk Down,” followed by the sci-fi adventure “Star Trek: Nemesis.”
In 2008, Hardy delivered a powerhouse performance in the title role of the drama “Bronson,” for which he won a British Independent Film Award, and earned nominations for a London Film Critics’ Circle Award and an Evening Standard Film Award, all in the category of Best Actor.
On television, Hardy received a BAFTA TV Award nomination for Best Actor for his performance in the HBO movie “Stuart: A Life Backwards.” He also portrayed Heathcliff in the 2009 ITV production of “Wuthering Heights.” His work on the small screen also includes the telefilms “Oliver Twist,” “A for Andromeda,” “Sweeney Todd,” “Gideon’s Daughter,” and “Colditz,” as well as the BBC miniseries “The Virgin Queen.”
Hardy has also starred in numerous plays in London’s West End, including “Blood” and “In Arabia We’d All Be Kings,” winning the Outstanding Newcomer Award at the 2003 Evening Standard Theatre Awards for his work in both productions. For the latter play, he was also nominated for a 2004 Olivier Award. In 2005, Hardy starred in the London premiere of Brett C. Leonard’s “Roger and Vanessa.” His later stage work includes Rufus Norris’ adaptation of “Festen,” at the Almeida; “The Modernists,” at Sheffield’s Crucible Theatre; “The Man of Mode,” for the National Theatre; and the 2010 world premiere of Leonard’s “The Long Red Road,” directed by Philip Seymour Hoffman at Chicago’s Goodman Theatre.
MARION COTILLARD (Miranda Tate) won a Best Actress Academy Award® for her performance in “La Vie en Rose,” making her the first actress to earn an Oscar® for a performance in the French language. For her captivating portrayal of legendary French chanteuse Edith Piaf in that film, Cotillard also won a BAFTA Award, a Golden Globe and a César Award, and received Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Award® and Critics’ Choice Award nominations.
“The Dark Knight Rises” marks the second collaboration for Cotillard and Christopher Nolan. She previously worked under Nolan’s direction in the 2010 hit thriller “Inception,” opposite Leonardo DiCaprio.
This fall, Cotillard will be seen in Guillaume Canet’s comedy/drama “Little White Lies;” and the drama “Rust & Bone,” which screened at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. Recently, Cotillard completed production on the as-yet-untitled drama, directed by James Gray and also starring Joaquin Phoenix and Jeremy Renner; as well as the crime drama “Blood Ties,” which reunited her with director Guillaume Canet.
Cotillard first gained attention for her work in the successful French “Taxi” film series, written by Luc Besson, for which she received a César Award nomination. She was introduced to American moviegoers with her role in Tim Burton’s 2003 fantasy drama “Big Fish,” and also starred that year in Yann Samuell’s “Love Me If You Dare.” Cotillard won her first César Award, for Best Supporting Actress, for her performance in Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s “A Very Long Engagement.” She went on to star in a number of French films, as well as Ridley Scott’s “A Good Year.”
In 2009, Cotillard starred in Michael Mann’s “Public Enemies” and Rob Marshall’s screen adaptation of the hit musical “Nine.” For her role in the latter, she received Golden Globe and Critics’ Choice Award nominations, in addition to sharing in a SAG Award® nomination for Outstanding Motion Picture Cast. Her additional film credits include Steven Soderbergh’s thriller “Contagion,” as well as Woody Allen’s acclaimed romantic comedy “Midnight in Paris,” for which she shared in a SAG Award® nomination for Outstanding Motion Picture Cast with Owen Wilson, Kathy Bates, and Rachel McAdams.
In 2010, Cotillard was named a Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters, for her contribution to the enrichment of French culture. Born in Paris, she studied drama at Conservatoire d’Art Dramatique in Orléans.
JOSEPH GORDON-LEVITT (John Blake) is one of today’s busiest actors and has also been showcasing his talents behind the camera. Following “The Dark Knight Rises,” he stars in three more films due out this year: the thriller “Premium Rush,” for writer/director David Koepp; Rian Johnson’s sci-fi thriller “Looper,” which he stars in with Emily Blunt and Bruce Willis and also executive produced; and the Steven Spielberg-directed biopic “Lincoln,” playing Robert Todd Lincoln. In addition, Gordon-Levitt is currently making his feature film directorial debut on the comedy “Don Jon’s Addiction,” which he also wrote and stars in with Scarlett Johansson and Julianne Moore.
Gordon-Levitt recently earned his second Golden Globe nomination in the category of Best Actor in a Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical for his performance in the comedy/drama “50/50,” in which he starred with Seth Rogen, Anna Kendrick and Bryce Dallas Howard. He previously garnered Golden Globe and Independent Spirit Award nominations for his work in the award-winning sleeper hit “(500) Days of Summer,” opposite Zooey Deschanel.
In 2010, Gordon-Levitt starred in Christopher Nolan’s hit thriller “Inception,” joining an international all-star cast, including Leonardo DiCaprio, Ellen Page and Tom Hardy. He also played the title role in the independent drama “Hesher,” which premiered at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival.
His broad range of film credits also include the global action hit “G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra,” for director Stephen Sommers; Spike Lee’s World War II drama “Miracle at St. Anna”; Kimberly Peirce’s controversial drama “Stop-Loss”; and the crime drama “The Lookout,” which marked Scott Frank’s directorial debut. In addition, Gordon-Levitt has received widespread praise for his performances in such independent features as John Madden’s “Killshot”; Lee Daniels’ “Shadowboxer”; Rian Johnson’s award-winning debut film, “Brick”; “Mysterious Skin,” for writer/director Gregg Araki; and “Manic,” with Don Cheadle.
Early in his career, Gordon-Levitt won a Young Artist Award for his first major role, in Robert Redford’s drama “A River Runs Through It.” He went on to co-star in “Angels in the Outfield,” “The Juror,” “Halloween H20” and “10 Things I Hate About You.”
Gordon-Levitt is also well known to television audiences for his starring role on NBC’s award-winning comedy series “3rd Rock from the Sun.” During his six seasons on the show, he won two YoungStar Awards and also shared in three Screen Actors Guild Award® nominations for Outstanding Comedy Series Cast. Following the series, Gordon-Levitt took a short break from acting to attend Columbia University.
Gordon-Levitt founded and directs an open collaborative production company called hitRECord.org comprised of an online community of thousands of artists from all over the world. Through the site, more than 40,000 participants have had the opportunity to team together to create short films, music, art or stories. The company has presented evenings of short film and live entertainment at the Sundance and South by Southwest Film Festivals; toured some of the country’s top colleges; published Tiny Book of Tiny Stories (released by Harper Collins in December 2011); and last fall released a DVD/book/CD called RECollection Volume 1.
A budding writer/director in the more traditional sense, as well, Gordon-Levitt adapted the Elmore Leonard story “Sparks” into a 24-minute short film. Marking his directorial debut, the short screened at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival.
MORGAN FREEMAN (Lucius Fox) won an Academy Award® for Best Supporting Actor for his role in Clint Eastwood’s “Million Dollar Baby,” for which he also won a Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Award® and received a Golden Globe nomination. In 2009, he reunited with Eastwood to star in the director’s true-life drama “Invictus,” on which Freeman also served as an executive producer under his Revelations Entertainment banner. For his portrayal of Nelson Mandela in the film, Freeman garnered Oscar®, Golden Globe and Critics’ Choice Award nominations, and won the National Board of Review Award for Best Actor.
Freeman has been honored with three additional Oscar® nominations, the first for his chilling performance in the 1987 drama “Street Smart,” which also brought him Los Angeles Film Critics, New York Film Critics, and National Society of Film Critics Awards, and an Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Actor, as well as his first Golden Globe Award nomination. He earned his second Oscar® nomination and won Golden Globe and National Board of Review Awards for Best Actor for the 1989 film “Driving Miss Daisy,” in which he recreated his award-winning off-Broadway role. He gained his third Oscar® nod, as well as Golden Globe and SAG Award® nominations, for his performance in Frank Darabont’s 1994 drama “The Shawshank Redemption.” Among his many other accolades, Freeman was named a Kennedy Center Honoree in 2008, and, in 2011, was honored with the 39th AFI Lifetime Achievement Award, and the Cecil B. DeMille Award at the Golden Globe Awards.
In “The Dark Knight Rises,” Freeman reprises the role he played in Christopher Nolan’s “Batman Begins” and “The Dark Knight.” Freeman has several films upcoming, including the thriller “Now You See Me,” under the direction of Louis Leterrier, and the science fiction actioner “Oblivion,” in which he stars with Tom Cruise.
Freeman’s long list of film credits also includes “Dolphin Tale”; “RED”; Rob Reiner’s “The Bucket List,” opposite Jack Nicholson; Robert Benton’s “Feast of Love”; Ben Affleck’s “Gone Baby Gone”; Lasse Hallström’s “An Unfinished Life”; the Jet Li actioner “Unleashed”; the comedy “Bruce Almighty” and its sequel, “Evan Almighty”; “The Sum of All Fears”; “Along Came a Spider”; “Nurse Betty”; “Deep Impact”; Steven Spielberg’s “Amistad”; “Kiss the Girls”; David Fincher’s “Se7en”; “Glory”; “Lean on Me”; “Harry & Son,” directed by and starring Paul Newman; and “Brubaker.” He also lent his distinctive voice to such projects as Spielberg’s “War of the Worlds” and the Oscar®-winning documentary “March of the Penguins.”
In 1993, Freeman made his directorial debut on “Bopha!” and soon after formed Revelations Entertainment. Other Revelations productions include “Levity,” “Under Suspicion,” “Mutiny,” “Along Came a Spider,” “Feast of Love,” “10 Items or Less” and “Maiden Heist.”
The Memphis-born actor began his career on the stages of New York in the early 1960s, following a stint as a mechanic in the Air Force. A decade later, he became a nationally known television personality when he created the popular character Easy Reader on the acclaimed children’s show “The Electric Company.”
Throughout the 1970s, he continued his work on stage, winning Drama Desk and Clarence Derwent Awards and receiving a Tony Award nomination for his performance in “The Mighty Gents” in 1978. In 1980, he won two Obie Awards, for his portrayal of Shakespearean anti-hero Coriolanus at the New York Shakespeare Festival and for his work in “Mother Courage and Her Children.” Freeman won another Obie in 1984 for his performance as The Messenger in the acclaimed Brooklyn Academy of Music production of Lee Breuer’s “The Gospel at Colonus” and, in 1985, won the Drama-Logue Award for the same role. In 1987, Freeman created the role of Hoke Coleburn in Alfred Uhry’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play “Driving Miss Daisy,” which brought him his fourth Obie Award. In 1990, Freeman starred as Petruchio in the New York Shakespeare Festival’s “The Taming of the Shrew,” opposite Tracey Ullman. Returning to the Broadway stage in 2008, Freeman starred with Frances McDormand and Peter Gallagher in Clifford Odett’s drama “The Country Girl,” directed by Mike Nichols.
CHRISTOPHER NOLAN (Director/Screenwriter/Producer) is an award-winning filmmaker who has been recognized for his work as a director, writer and producer.
“The Dark Knight Rises” is Nolan’s conclusion to his trilogy of films, which began in 2005 with “Batman Begins,” starring Christian Bale in the title role. Lauded by critics and audiences alike, Nolan’s film re-imagined the classic Batman movie franchise and made the iconic hero relevant to our time. In 2008, Nolan directed, co-wrote, and produced “The Dark Knight,” which went on to gross more than a billion dollars at the global box office and received worldwide critical acclaim. Nolan was nominated for a Directors Guild of America (DGA) Award, Writers Guild of America (WGA) Award and Producers Guild of America (PGA) Award. The film also received eight Academy Award® nominations.
In 2010, Nolan captivated audiences with the acclaimed sci-fi thriller “Inception,” which he directed and produced from his own original screenplay. The thought-provoking drama was a worldwide blockbuster, earning more than $800 million dollars and becoming one of the most discussed and debated films of the year. Among its many honors, “Inception” received four Academy Awards® and eight nominations, including Best Picture and Best Screenplay. Nolan was recognized by his peers with DGA and PGA Award nominations, as well as a WGA Award win for his work on the film.
Currently, Nolan is producing the much anticipated Superman movie “Man of Steel,” which is being directed by Zack Snyder and is slated for release on June 14, 2013.
Born in London, Nolan began making movies at an early age with his father’s Super-8mm camera. While studying English Literature at University College London (UCL), he shot 16mm films at UCL’s film society, where he learned the guerrilla film techniques he would later use to make his first feature, “Following.” The noir thriller was recognized at a number of international film festivals prior to its theatrical release.
Nolan’s second film was the independent feature “Memento,” which he directed from his own screenplay, based on a short story by his brother Jonathan. Starring Guy Pearce, the film brought Nolan numerous honors, including Academy Award® and Golden Globe Award nominations for Best Original Screenplay; Independent Spirit Awards for Best Director and Best Screenplay; and a DGA Award nomination. Nolan went on to direct the critically acclaimed psychological thriller, “Insomnia,” starring Oscar® winners Al Pacino, Robin Williams and Hilary Swank.
Additionally, Nolan directed, co-wrote and produced the mystery thriller “The Prestige,” starring Christian Bale and Hugh Jackman as magicians whose obsessive rivalry leads to tragedy and murder. The film received Academy Award® nominations for its outstanding period art direction and cinematography.
Nolan currently resides in Los Angeles with his wife, producer Emma Thomas, and their children. Nolan and Thomas also helm their own production company, Syncopy.
JONATHAN NOLAN (Screenplay) earned an Academy Award® nomination for Best Original Screenplay for the acclaimed noir drama “Memento,” which was based on his intriguing short story “Memento Mori” and also marked his first feature film writing credit. The Oscar® nomination was shared with his brother, Christopher Nolan, who also directed the feature. In addition, the brothers won the Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award at the 2001 Sundance Film Festival for the film, which also won a number of other screenplay honors, including an Independent Spirit Award and several critics groups’ awards.
They subsequently teamed on the screenplay for the mystery thriller “The Prestige,” about a bitter rivalry between two magicians with tragic consequences. Hugh Jackman, Christian Bale and Scarlett Johansson starred in the film, under Christopher’s direction.
Jonathan Nolan then collaborated with Christopher on the screenplay for the 2008 blockbuster “The Dark Knight,” for which they received a Writers Guild of America Award nomination. Christopher Nolan directed the film, which earned more than a billion dollars globally.
For television, Nolan created and is executive producing the hit drama series “Person of Interest,” starring Jim Caviezel and Michael Emerson. The show was recently picked up for its second season on CBS, beginning this fall.
Nolan was born in London and grew up in the Chicago area.
DAVID S. GOYER (Story) teamed with Christopher Nolan on the screenplay for the billion-dollar blockbuster “The Dark Knight,” for which they earned a Writers Guild of America Award nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay. He and Nolan first collaborated on the screenplay for “Batman Begins,” which successfully brought the iconic character back to his origins. Goyer more recently scripted the upcoming “Man of Steel,” based on a story he conceived with Nolan and slated for release on June 14, 2013.
Goyer has earned a stellar reputation for telling character-driven stories adapted from the otherworldly realms of superheroes, fantasy and the supernatural. His breakout came in 1998 when he wrote the action hit “Blade,” starring Wesley Snipes, based on the Marvel Comics vampire hunter who is, himself, half-vampire. He then wrote 2002’s “Blade II,” on which he also served as an executive producer. In 2004, he directed, wrote and produced the last of the trilogy, “Blade: Trinity.”
In 2002, Goyer made his feature film directorial debut with the drama “ZigZag,” for which he also wrote the screenplay, based on the acclaimed novel by Landon Napoleon. His other directing credits include “The Invisible,” starring Justin Chatwin and Marcia Gay Harden, and the hit supernatural thriller, “The Unborn,” based on his own original screenplay and starring Odette Yustman and Gary Oldman.
In addition to screenwriting, Goyer’s writing credits include his first novel, Heaven’s Shadow, co-written with Michael Cassutt. Written as a trilogy, the story centers around the discovery of an object of unknown origin headed toward Earth. The second novel, Heaven’s War, was just released.
He made his debut in video games with the story for the smash hit, “Call of Duty: Black Ops,” and penned the story for the upcoming “Call of Duty: Black Ops 2.” His love of comic books also led to a four-year stint actually writing one for DC Comics. He is a co-writer of The Justice Society, which was one of DC’s biggest hits.
Goyer is currently in production on his latest television series, “Da Vinci’s Demons,” on which he serves as creator, writer, director and executive producer. A co-production of Starz Entertainment and BBC Worldwide, the show will focus on the complex life of Leonardo Di Vinci.
EMMA THOMAS (Producer) is a producer who has been recognized for her work on a number of critically acclaimed films.
Thomas concludes her role as a producer on the Batman film franchise with “The Dark Knight Rises.” The feature is Christopher Nolan’s final chapter to the trilogy of films, which began in 2005 with “Batman Begins,” starring Christian Bale in the title role. In 2008, Thomas produced Nolan’s “The Dark Knight,” which shattered box-office records, grossing more than one billion dollars worldwide. Thomas was honored with her first Producers Guild of America (PGA) Award nomination for her work on the film. “The Dark Knight” went on to receive eight Academy Award® nominations and nine BAFTA Award nominations, among many others.
In 2010, Thomas received an Oscar® nomination as a producer on the widely acclaimed sci-fi thriller “Inception,” which was written and directed by Christopher Nolan. Earning more than $800 million dollars at the worldwide box office, the film garnered numerous honors, receiving four Academy Awards® and four more Oscar® nominations, as well as four Golden Globe nominations and nine BAFTA Award nominations, all including Best Picture. Thomas also received a PGA Award nomination.
Currently, Thomas is producing Zack Snyder’s much-anticipated “Man of Steel,” which brings Superman back to the big screen in June 2013.
Thomas studied at the prestigious University College London before beginning her career at Working Title Films in physical production. During her five years with the company, Thomas gained a solid foundation in film production, which later helped her segue into producing.
The turning point in Thomas’ career came when she produced the independent feature “Following.” Shot on a shoestring budget and on weekends over the course of a year, the noir thriller captured the art of guerilla filmmaking at its best. Prior to its release, the film went on to gain recognition at film festivals around the world and received international distribution.
Next, Thomas worked on the internationally acclaimed independent film “Memento,” as an associate producer. The film went on to win a number of awards, including an Independent Spirit Award, a British Independent Film Award, and several critics groups’ awards for Best Film. On the heels of this success, Thomas co-produced her first major studio release, the hit psychological thriller “Insomnia,” starring Oscar® winners Al Pacino, Robin Williams and Hilary Swank.
In 2005, Thomas produced Nolan’s “Batman Begins,” followed by the thriller “The Prestige,” starring Christian Bale and Hugh Jackman as two magicians whose jealous obsessions lead to tragedy and murder. The Christopher Nolan-directed film earned two Academy Award® nominations, for Best Art Direction and Best Cinematography.
Thomas lives in Los Angeles with husband Christopher Nolan and their children, and is currently developing additional projects under the banner of their company, Syncopy.
CHARLES ROVEN (Producer), a co-founder of Atlas Entertainment, has enjoyed success as a distinguished producer of both independent and major motion pictures in a career spanning more than 30 years. The slate of films he has produced has generated billions of dollars in revenues. In 2008, he was honored with the ShoWest Producer of the Year Award and was also named Filmmaker of the Year at the Dubai International Film Festival. Roven’s next release, “Man of Steel,” brings the iconic superhero Superman back to the big screen, under the direction of Zack Snyder. Roven is producing the film together with Christopher Nolan, Emma Thomas and Deborah Snyder. Slated to open on June 14, 2013, “Man of Steel” stars Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Michael Shannon, Kevin Costner, Lawrence Fishburne, Diane Lane, and Russell Crowe.
Roven first teamed with Christopher Nolan and Emma Thomas to produce the 2005 hit “Batman Begins,” which re-imagined the origins of the Batman legend and starred Christian Bale in the title role. Three years later, Roven reunited with Nolan and Thomas to produce the critically acclaimed “The Dark Knight,” which went on to gross more than a billion dollars at the global box office.
Roven more recently produced the dramatic thriller “The International,” starring Clive Owen and Naomi Watts, under the direction of Tom Tykwer, and Dominic Sena’s period fantasy adventure “Season of the Witch,” starring Nicolas Cage. His other recent credits include the action comedy “Get Smart,” directed by Peter Segal and teaming Steve Carell and Anne Hathaway as Maxwell Smart and Agent 99; Roger Donaldson’s crime thriller “The Bank Job”; the musical “Idlewild,” starring Outkast’s Andre Benjamin (Andre 3000) and Antwan Patton (Big Boi); and “The Brothers Grimm,” directed by Terry Gilliam and starring Matt Damon and Heath Ledger.
Roven previous producing credits encompass a broad range of films, including the worldwide box office smash “Scooby-Doo,” followed by the sequel “Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed”; the highly acclaimed post-Gulf War tale “Three Kings,” starring George Clooney; the widely praised romantic fantasy hit “City of Angels,” which earned more than $200 million at the worldwide box office; and Terry Gilliam’s “Twelve Monkeys,” starring Bruce Willis and Brad Pitt in an Oscar®-nominated and Golden Globe-winning performance.
Roven’s success has not just been limited to film production. In 1990, with partner Robert Cavallo, Roven co-founded Roven/Cavallo Entertainment (RCE), the predecessor to Atlas Entertainment. In addition to producing films, the company guided the trajectories of some of the largest names in music, including multi-Grammy-winning recording artists Green Day, Alanis Morissette, Seal, Weezer, Savage Garden, LeAnn Rimes, All American Rejects, and Paula Abdul. Roven was also a board member of Dick Clark Productions from 2002 until 2006, participating in its acquisition by Mosaic Media Group, and, in 2006, served as chairman of the committee that negotiated its sale to Red Zone Capital.
BENJAMIN MELNIKER (Executive Producer) has had a longstanding relationship with DC Comics. Together with his producing partner, Michael E. Uslan, he has been a part of all of the Batman film and direct-to-DVD projects, including serving as an executive producer on Christopher Nolan’s hit features “The Dark Knight” and “Batman Begins.”
Earlier, Melniker served as an executive producer on the Tim Burton-directed movies “Batman,” starring Michael Keaton and Jack Nicholson, and “Batman Returns,” starring Keaton, Michelle Pfieffer and Danny DeVito. He subsequently executive produced Joel Schumacher’s “Batman Forever,” starring Val Kilmer, Jim Carrey and Tommy Lee Jones, and “Batman & Robin,” starring George Clooney and Arnold Schwarzenegger. He also produced the animated “Batman: Mask of Phantasm” and the Annie Award-winning “Batman Beyond: Return of The Joker,” and more recently served as executive producer on such titles as “Batman: Year One,” “Superman/Batman: Apocalypse,” “Batman: Under the Red Hood,” Superman/Batman: Public Enemies,” and “Batman: Gotham Knight.”
In addition, Melniker was a producer on Francis Lawrence’s thriller “Constantine,” based on the DC Comics/Vertigo Hellblazer graphic novels and starring Keanu Reeves; an executive producer on Frank Miller’s action thriller “The Spirit,” based on the comic book by Will Eisner, and starring Samuel L. Jackson, Scarlett Johansson and Eva Mendes; an executive producer on “Catwoman”; and an associate producer on “National Treasure.”
Melniker began his film career at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and worked with the esteemed studio for 30 years: he was General Counsel and Executive Vice President of the company, a member of its Board of Directors and its Executive Committee, and Chairman of its Film Selection Committee. During his tenure at MGM, he was also involved with some of the most memorable films ever made, including “Ben-Hur,” starring Charlton Heston; David Lean’s “Dr. Zhivago”; Stanley Kubrick’s “2001: A Space Odyssey”; and the musical “Gigi,” directed by Vincente Minnelli.
In 1975, Melniker executive produced his first film, the action drama “Mitchell,” followed by the 1976 thriller “Shoot,” starring Cliff Robertson and Ernest Borgnine. He was then a producer on Wes Craven’s “Swamp Thing” and its sequel, “The Return of Swamp Thing.”
Melniker has also achieved success in the world of television, with credits including the children’s series “Where on Earth is Carmen Sandiego?,” for which he won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Animated Children’s Program; “Harmful Intent,” based on the book by Robin Cook; the series “Fish Police,” “Swamp Thing” and “Dinosaucers”; and the acclaimed PBS miniseries “Three Sovereigns for Sarah,” based on the true story of the Salem Witch Trials.
MICHAEL E. USLAN (Executive Producer) has enjoyed a long association with DC Comics. Together with his longtime producing partner, Benjamin Melniker, Uslan has been involved in all of the films in the Batman franchise, as well as other film and direct-to-DVD projects based on DC Comics titles. His new memoir is The Boy Who Loved Batman, published in hardcover by Chronicle Books.
He was previously an executive producer on Christopher Nolan’s hits “The Dark Knight” and “Batman Begins.” Prior to that, he served as an executive producer on Tim Burton’s “Batman” and “Batman Returns,” starring Michael Keaton, as well as the subsequent Batman and Batman-related movies. In addition, Uslan produced the thriller “Constantine,” starring Keanu Reeves under the direction of Francis Lawrence, and “The Spirit,” based on the comic book by Will Eisner.
His other credits as an executive producer include the animated video titles “The Dark Knight Returns, Part 1 and Part 2,” “Batman: Year One,” “Superman/Batman: Apocalypse,” “Batman: Under the Red Hood,” Superman/Batman: Public Enemies,” “Batman: Gotham Knight,” “Batman: Sub-Zero,” “Batman: Mystery of The Batwoman,” “The Batman vs. Dracula,” “Batman: Mask of The Phantasm,” and “Batman Beyond: Return of The Joker,” for which he won an Annie Award. Additionally, he was an associate producer on the blockbuster “National Treasure.”
Also a successful television producer, Uslan won an Emmy Award for the popular children’s series “Where on Earth is Carmen Sandiego?” which he executive produced. His additional television producing work includes “Harmful Intent,” based on Robin Cook’s novel, and the acclaimed PBS miniseries “Three Sovereigns for Sarah,” based on the true story of the Salem Witch Trials.
A renowned authority on comic book mythology and history, Uslan, at Indiana University, taught the world’s first accredited college course on comic books, also writing the accompanying textbook, The Comic Book in America. It was not long before he received a job offer from DC Comics, where he fulfilled his dream to write Batman comic books, Detective Comics, and, more recently, the hardback graphic novel Batman: Detective #27 and Batman: Black & White. He turned the entire comic book world on its head in 2010 when he wrote the historic Archie Marries, in which, after 70 years, Archie finally chose between Betty and Veronica.
Uslan has since written for a number of comic titles, as well as dozens of books that chronicle the history of comics, including America At War – A History of War Comics, Mysteries in Space – A History of Science Fiction Comics, and The Pow! Zap! Wham! Comic Book Trivia Quiz Book. His additional writing credits include the internationally syndicated newspaper comic strip Terry and the Pirates; a comic book project with Stan Lee, titled Just Imagine; and Dick Clark’s The First 25 Years of Rock and Roll. His upcoming film producing projects include “Doc Savage”; “Madame Carr,” based on the book Land of a Thousand Hills; and “The Boy Who Loved Batman,” based on his newly published memoir.
Uslan was recently presented with CINE’s motion picture industry Trailblazer Award by Senator Patrick Leahy, himself an avid Batman and comic book fan and collector. Known for his lectures and motivational speaking, Uslan has spoken at West Point, The Smithsonian Institution, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and The United Nations. His commencement address at his alma mater, Indiana University, was named by USA Today as one of the top ten graduation speeches of all time.
KEVIN DE LA NOY (Executive Producer) previously collaborated with Christopher Nolan as executive producer on the worldwide blockbuster “The Dark Knight.”
His more recent producing credits include “Clash of the Titans” and its sequel, “Wrath of the Titans,” both starring Sam Worthington; and the crime drama “Public Enemies,” starring Johnny Depp. In 2006, he served as an executive producer on the drama “Blood Diamond,” starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Jennifer Connelly and Djimon Hounsou, under the direction of Edward Zwick. He had earlier collaborated with Zwick as the unit production manager on “The Last Samurai.” De La Noy also co-produced on Richard Donner’s sci-fi thriller “Timeline,” and was an associate producer on Steven Spielberg’s award-winning World War II drama “Saving Private Ryan.”
In addition, he held the post of the unit production manager on such hits as “Ali,” “Titanic,” “Braveheart,” “Mission: Impossible” and “Mission: Impossible II.” His film work also includes serving as the production supervisor on “The Power of One” and as the location manager on such films as “The Ghost and the Darkness,” “Black Beauty,” “The Secret Garden” and “1492: Conquest of Paradise.” He has also worked as an assistant director on a wide range of features.
THOMAS TULL (Executive Producer) is Chairman and CEO of Legendary Pictures and has achieved great success in the co-production and co-financing of event movies. Since its inception in 2004, Legendary Pictures, a division of leading media company Legendary Entertainment with film, television and comics divisions, has teamed with Warner Bros. Pictures on such theatrical hits as Zack Snyder’s “300,” and “Watchmen,” as well as Christopher Nolan’s “Batman Begins” and the award-winning phenomenon “The Dark Knight,” which earned in excess of one billion dollars worldwide.
More recently, this highly successful partnership produced such films as Ben Affleck’s “The Town”; Christopher Nolan’s award-winning blockbuster “Inception”; the worldwide hit “Clash of the Titans” and its sequel, “Wrath of the Titans”; and Todd Phillips’ “The Hangover” and “The Hangover Part II,” which are the highest-grossing R-rated comedies of all time.
Legendary’s upcoming films slated for release in 2013 include “The Hangover Part III”; Guillermo del Toro’s “Pacific Rim”; Bryan Singer’s “Jack the Giant Killer”; Zack Snyder’s “Man of Steel”; “Seventh Son,” starring Jeff Bridges; the Jackie Robinson biopic “42”; and a new chapter in the “300” saga. Legendary is also developing a number of film projects in-house, including “Godzilla” and “Gravel,” to name only a few.
Before forming Legendary, Tull was President of The Convex Group, a media and entertainment holding company headquartered in Atlanta, on whose Board of Directors he also served. Tull is also a member of the Board of Trustees of the American Film Institute (AFI) and the Board of Directors of Hamilton College, his alma mater, and Carnegie Mellon University. He serves on the board of the San Diego Zoo and is a minority partner in the six-time Super Bowl champion Pittsburgh Steelers.
WALLY PFISTER (Director of Photography) won an Academy Award® for Best Cinematography for his work on Christopher Nolan’s hit action thriller “Inception.” For that film, he also received a BAFTA Award nomination, won several critics groups’ awards, and was recognized by his peers with an American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) Award. He previously earned Oscar® nominations for his collaborations with Nolan on “Batman Begins,” the period thriller “The Prestige,” and the record-breaking 2008 blockbuster “The Dark Knight,” for which he also received a BAFTA Award nomination.
Earlier, Pfister had earned an Independent Spirit Award nomination for his work on Nolan’s compelling drama “Memento,” which marked their first collaboration. He also lensed the director’s 2002 thriller “Insomnia.”
His additional credits as a director of photography include Bennett Miller’s baseball drama “Moneyball”; “The Italian Job,” directed by F. Gary Gray; and the independent features “Laurel Canyon” and “Scotland, PA.”
Following a number of years directing television commercials, Pfister is set to make his feature film directorial debut with an as-yet-untitled drama, on which Christopher Nolan will serve as executive producer.
NATHAN CROWLEY (Production Designer) earned Academy Award® nominations for his design work on the period drama “The Prestige” and the blockbuster “The Dark Knight,” for which he also received a BAFTA Award nomination. He previously received a BAFTA Award nomination for “Batman Begins.” In addition, Crowley garnered an Art Directors Guild (ADG) Award for “The Dark Knight,” as well as nominations for “Batman Begins” and “The Prestige.” He first teamed with Nolan on the director’s crime thriller “Insomnia,” starring Al Pacino, Robin Williams and Hilary Swank.
Crowley received another ADG Award nomination for his design work on Michael Mann’s “Public Enemies.” His additional film credits include the sci-fi adventure “John Carter”; the romantic drama “The Lake House”; the biopic “Veronica Guerin,” directed by Joel Schumacher; the war drama “Behind Enemy Lines”; and Barry Levinson’s Ireland-set comedy “An Everlasting Piece.”
He previously served as an art director on such films as “Mission: Impossible II,” directed by John Woo; Richard Donner’s “Assassins”; Alan J. Pakula’s “The Devil’s Own”; and “Braveheart,” directed by and starring Mel Gibson.
In addition to his film work, Crowley was the production designer on the BBC television series “The Ambassador.”
KEVIN KAVANAUGH (Production Designer) previously collaborated with production designer Nathan Crowley as an art director on the Christopher Nolan-directed films “The Dark Knight,” for which they won an Art Directors Guild Award, and “The Prestige.” He also teamed with Crowley on the romantic drama “The Lake House.”
He made his debut as a production designer on Drew Barrymore’s feature film directorial debut, “Whip It,” and then served as the production designer on “Going the Distance,” in which she also starred. He more recently designed the comedy “Casa de mi Padre,” starring Will Ferrell.
Kavanaugh graduated from San Francisco State University, where he first became interested in film design while working part-time at American Zoetrope studios during the making of “The Godfather: Part III” and “Bram Stoker’s Dracula.” Francis Ford Coppola’s production designer on those films, Tom Sanders, offered Kavanaugh his first art department job on the film “Maverick,” marking the beginning of a long collaboration, during which he rose from art department coordinator to assistant art director on “Saving Private Ryan,” and to art director on the films “Mission: Impossible II,” “We Were Soldiers” and “Eagle Eye.” His subsequent credits as an art director include “Transformers,” “Mission: Impossible III,” “Must Love Dogs,” “8 Mile,” “Clockstoppers” and “The Fast and the Furious.”
LEE SMITH (Editor) earned Academy Award®, BAFTA Award and Eddie Award nominations for his work on Christopher Nolan’s “The Dark Knight,” and, more recently, a BAFTA Award nomination for his work on Nolan’s “Inception.” He and Nolan also collaborated on “Batman Begins” and “The Prestige.”
Smith has also enjoyed a long association with director Peter Weir, earning an Academy Award® nomination for his editing work on Weir’s “Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World,” for which he also received an Eddie Award nomination. Smith most recently reunited with Weir for the fact-based drama “The Way Back.” Smith had earlier served as editor and sound designer on Weir’s “The Truman Show,” “Fearless” and “Green Card”; an additional editor on “Dead Poets Society”; and an associate editor and sound designer on “The Year of Living Dangerously,” which began their collaboration.
Hailing from Australia, Smith won an Australian Film Institute (AFI) Award for Best Editing on Gregor Jordan’s “Two Hands,” on which he was also the sound designer. As a sound designer, he also won an AFI Award and earned a BAFTA Award nomination for his work on Jane Campion’s “The Piano,” and won an AFI Award for Phillip Noyce’s “Dead Calm.”
Smith’s credits as an editor also include “X-Men: First Class,” “The Rage in Placid Lake,” “Black and White,” “Buffalo Soldiers,” “Risk,” “Joey,” “RoboCop 2,” “Communion” and “Howling III.”
HANS ZIMMER (Composer) is one of the film industry’s most influential composers, whose career spans three decades and encompasses well over 100 films. Zimmer earned his ninth Academy Award® nomination, for his score for Christopher Nolan’s 2010 blockbuster “Inception,” which also brought him Golden Globe and BAFTA Award nominations.
He previously collaborated with Nolan on “Batman Begins” and the record-breaking hit “The Dark Knight,” earning a BAFTA Award nomination for his score for the latter. He is currently composing the score for the upcoming “Man of Steel,” directed by Zack Snyder and slated to open in June 2013.
Zimmer’s most recent credits include the animated hit “Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted,” Guy Ritchie’s “Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows,” and Rob Marshall’s “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides.”
In 1994, Zimmer won both an Oscar® and a Golden Globe Award for his score for the animated smash hit “The Lion King,” which spawned a hugely successful soundtrack album.
Zimmer has also garnered six Oscar® nominations for his previous scores, including for such films as “Gladiator,” “The Thin Red Line,” and “Rain Man.” In addition, he won a Golden Globe Award and earned Grammy and BAFTA Award nominations for “Gladiator,” and has also received seven more Golden Globe nominations, for his composing work on such films as “Frost/Nixon” and “The Prince of Egypt.”
In 2003, ASCAP presented the composer with the prestigious Henry Mancini Award for Lifetime Achievement, recognizing his extraordinary body of work. In 2010, he was named the Composer of the Year at the Hollywood Film Festival and also received his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
LINDY HEMMING (Costume Designer) won an Academy Award® for her Gilbert & Sullivan-era costume designs for “Topsy-Turvy,” directed by Mike Leigh. She has also been Leigh’s costume designer of choice on the films “Meantime,” “Naked,” “Life is Sweet” and “High Hopes.”
Hemming previously collaborated with Christopher Nolan on the worldwide blockbusters “Batman Begins” and “The Dark Knight,” earning a BAFTA Award nomination for the latter.
She also served as the costume designer on several James Bond films, beginning in 1995 with “GoldenEye,” directed by Martin Campbell, and continuing with Roger Spottiswoode’s “Tomorrow Never Dies,” Michael Apted’s “The World is Not Enough,” Lee Tamahori’s “Die Another Day,” and Campbell’s “Casino Royale.” Hemming earlier received a BAFTA Award nomination for her work on Mike Newell’s hit “Four Weddings and a Funeral.”
Hemming’s wide range of film credits also include “Clash of the Titans”; Campbell’s “Edge of Darkness”; “Lara Croft: Tomb Raider” and its sequel, “Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life”; “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets,” directed by Chris Columbus; Sally Potter’s “The Man Who Cried”; “The Trench,” starring Daniel Craig; Mark Herman’s “Little Voice” and “Blame It on the Bellboy”; “The Brave,” directed by and starring Johnny Depp; Bob Rafelson’s “Blood & Wine”; Peter Chelsom’s “Funny Bones” and “Hear My Song”; Stephen Gyllenhaal’s “Waterland”; Peter Medak’s “The Krays”; Jon Amiel’s “Queen of Hearts”; Stephen Frears’ “My Beautiful Laundrette”; David Hare’s “Wetherby”; Richard Eyre’s “Laughterhouse”; and Bill Forsyth’s “Comfort & Joy.”
Hemming was nominated for a BAFTA TV Award for her work on the telefilm “Porterhouse Blue.” Her television credits also include the longform projects “Running Late,” “Dancing Queen” and “All Things Bright and Beautiful.”
Prior to designing costumes for the screen, Hemming was a costume designer in the theatre. She worked with the Royal Shakespeare Company and the National Theatre of Great Britain, and on many productions in London’s West End.
CHRIS CORBOULD (Special Effects Supervisor) won an Academy Award® and a BAFTA Award for Best Achievement in Visual Effects for his work as the special effects supervisor on Christopher Nolan’s “Inception.” He previously earned Academy Award® and BAFTA Award nominations for the effects in Nolan’s “The Dark Knight,” and a BAFTA Award nomination for Nolan’s “Batman Begins.” Corbould also gained a BAFTA Award nomination for his work on “Quantum of Solace,” which marked his twelfth James Bond film. Following completion of “The Dark Knight Rises,” he served as the special effects supervisor and splinter unit director on the next Bond film, “Skyfall,” due out this November.
He began working on Bond films as a technician on “The Spy Who Loved Me” and worked his way up through the ranks. He has served as the special effects supervisor on all of the Bond films since “Goldeneye,” for which Corbould received his first BAFTA Award nomination. He also received a BAFTA Award nomination for the effects in “Casino Royale,” which became the most successful film in the history of the franchise.
His other film credits as special effects supervisor include “John Carter”; “X-Men: First Class”; Stephen Sommers’ “The Mummy,” which also brought him a BAFTA Award nomination; “102 Dalmations”; and “Lara Croft: Tomb Raider” and its sequel, “The Cradle of Life.”
PAUL FRANKLIN (Visual Effects Supervisor) won both Oscar® and BAFTA Awards for Best Achievement in Visual Effects as the visual effects supervisor on Christopher Nolan’s “Inception.” He previously garnered both Oscar® and BAFTA Award nominations for Best Achievement in Visual Effects as the visual effects supervisor on Nolan’s blockbuster “The Dark Knight,” and earlier received a BAFTA Award nomination for his visual effects work on “Batman Begins.”
He has also served as a visual effects supervisor on two Harry Potter films: “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix” and “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.”
Franklin graduated from Oxford University, where he studied Fine Art, specializing in sculpture and experimenting with film and video. The graphics and effects he created for a series of short films caught the attention of the London visual effects community, leading to work in television advertising and feature films.
In 1998, Franklin joined with a group of equally experienced visual effects artists to form Double Negative Visual Effects. Starting with an initial core team of ten, the company has grown to be one of the world’s leading visual effects studios, employing more than a thousand people worldwide.
TOM STRUTHERS (Stunt Coordinator) first worked with director Christopher Nolan as an assistant stunt coordinator on “Batman Begins.” He then served as a stunt coordinator on Nolan’s “The Dark Knight,” under Paul Jennings, followed by “Inception,” on which he was the sole stunt coordinator.
Struthers began his career as a stuntman, working on such major productions as “Troy,” the “Lara Croft” films, “The Island,” “Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines,” “Vertical Limit,” “The Mummy,” “Saving Private Ryan,” “Titanic” and “Braveheart.”
He progressed to stunt supervisor on Chris Weitz’s “The Golden Compass” and Edward Zwick’s “Blood Diamond,” and to assistant stunt coordinator on Steven Spielberg’s “Munich.”
Since becoming a stunt coordinator, Struthers has held that post on such films as “John Carter”; “X-Men: First Class”; Dominic Sena’s thriller “Season of the Witch,” on which he was also the second unit director; and McG’s “Terminator Salvation.”
"Speaking on behalf of the cast and crew of The Dark Knight Rises, I would like to express our profound sorrow at the senseless tragedy that has befallen the entire Aurora community. I would not presume to know anything about the victims of the shooting but that they were there last night to watch a movie. I believe movies are one of the great American art forms and the shared experience of watching a story unfold on screen is an important and joyful pastime. The movie theatre is my home, and the idea that someone would violate that innocent and hopeful place in such an unbearably savage way is devastating to me. Nothing any of us can say could ever adequately express our feelings for the innocent victims of this appalling crime, but our thoughts are with them and their families."-Christopher Nolan