Christopher Nolan on The Dark Knight Rises

News Simon Brew
13 Dec 2011 - 06:25
The Dark Knight Rises

Christopher Nolan has been chatting about his final Batman movie, The Dark Knight Rises. And here's what he has to say about it...

On the week that the prologue for The Dark Knight Rises arrives in cinemas ahead of IMAX screenings of Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, director Christopher Nolan has been chatting a little about his upcoming farewell to the cinematic world of Batman.

Confirming that it’s definitely his last Batman movie, Nolan spoke at reasonable length to Hero Complex, and had some interesting things to say, too.

Firstly, he seemed relaxed about the public attention that the shoot for The Dark Knight Rises attracted, not least the number of amateur photos and videos of the production. “It’s terrific, to have people that interested in something”, he said.

Moving onto his choice of Bane as the villain of The Dark Knight Rises, Nolan revealed that initially, “I didn’t know him very well. David Goyer got me a bunch of stuff on him and we looked into him.”

He added that  “He’s a very cool character. And getting an actor like Tom [Hardy] to take it on, you know you’re going to get something very special.”

He went on to say that “With Bane, the physicality is the thing. With a good villain you need an archetype, you know, you need the extreme of some type of villainy. The Joker is obviously a particular archetype of diabolical, chaotic anarchy and has a devilish sense of humor. Bane, to me, is something we haven’t dealt with in the films. We wanted to do something very different in this film. He’s a primarily physical villain, he’s a classic movie monster in a way — but with a terrific brain. I think he’s a fascinating character.  I think people are going to get a kick out of what we’ve done with him.”

Addressing the eight year gap that’s passed between The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises, Nolan said that “It will make a lot more sense to people when they see the film. But it’s not a great mystery – it’s the jumping-off point for the film – but it’s hard for me to articulate it.”

He continued: “If I had to express it thematically, I think what we’re saying is that for Batman and Commissioner Gordon, there’s a big sacrifice, a big compromise, at the end of the The Dark Knight and for that to mean something, that sacrifice has  to work and Gotham has to get better in a sense. They have to achieve something for the ending of that film — and the feeling at the end of that film — to have validity. Their sacrifice has to have meaning and it takes time to establish that and to show that, and that’s the primary reason we did that.”

It’s an interesting interview that, as you’d expect with Christopher Nolan, doesn’t give the game away at all. And you can read it in full at Hero Complex, here.

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