As the days continue to slowly, oh so slowly, crawl onward to the July 20, 2012 release date of Christopher Nolan’s third and final Batman film, The Dark Knight Rises, will take any news leak we can get when it comes to the hyper-anticipated new film.  Case in point: The Dark Knight Rises’ concept artist Tully Summers recently spoke out about the design of the new film, and how Nolan has crafted a movie that is not so much a comic book movie as it is “a war film.”

In a French interview with Cine Web Radio (considerately translated by Batman News), Summers discusses how Nolan impressed, essentially, a “practical military aesthetic” on the new film, to ensure both grittiness and realism (well, as much realism as a film about a man who dresses as a bat and fights a woman dressed as a cat and a terrorist who apparently likes to blow up football games can have, that is):

The difference for me was Christopher Nolan’s visual style. One of the things that makes his Batman movies so compelling is their tone of plausibility. He will often prefer a raw, grittier design over one that is very sleek and product design pretty. It’s sort of a practical military aesthetic. This stuff is made to work, not impress shoppers. The Dark Knight Rises is a war film.

Moreover, Summers asserted that the early, leaked photos of The Dark Knight Rises did not present the full picture of Christopher Nolan’s vision, and that the completed film will be far more, well, complete than those images implied:

Films like Batman are meticulously planned. Every shot is storyboarded, framed, lighted and choreographed to camera. Any photos taken that are not from the intended camera are out of context. In a sense it’s like judging Sesame Street or the Muppets from a set photo: “That’s ridiculous! There’s a whole guy hanging out that character!” Christopher Nolan is a consummate filmmaker. Consider his body of work and his first 2 Batman movies. I don’t think fans will be disappointed.

The Dark Knight Rises is a “war film”?  Ugh, is it July yet?