Christopher Nolan looks back at The Dark Knight Rises ending

News Simon Brew 29 Nov 2012 - 06:32
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Christopher Nolan shares his thoughts on the ending of The Dark Knight Rises. Spoilers within...

Warning: this story contains spoilers for The Dark Knight Rises

Arriving on DVD and Blu-ray next week is the final part in Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight trilogy, The Dark Knight Rises. It's probably fair to say that the film is the most divisive of the trilogy, and that while reactions to the movie were positive, there appeared - from where we were sitting - to be a bigger proportion of those less convinced than there had been with Nolan's previous two Batman movies.

That notwithstanding, Nolan has given an interesting interview to Film Comment, where he's looked back at the series of films. And he's addressed the ending of the last final.

In it, he confirms once again that The Dark Knight Rises is "definitely the end of the Batman story as I wanted to tell it", adding that "the open-ended nature of the film is simply a very important thematic idea that we wanted to get into the movie, which is that Batman is a symbol". Thus, you're not supposed to take the scene with Joseph Gordon-Levitt at the end as the jumping off point for the next big screen Batman (no matter what rumours are coming out of Warner Bros for its Justice League movie).

"Not every Batman fan will necessarily agree with that interpretation of the philosophy of the character", said Nolan, "but for me it all comes back to the scene between Bruce Wayne and Alfred in the private jet in Batman Begins, where the only way that I could find to make a credible characterisation of a guy transforming himself into Batman is if it was as a necessary symbol, and he saw himself as a catalyst for change and therefore it was a temporary process, maybe a five-year plan that would be enforced for symbolically encouraging the good of Gotham to take back their city ... To me, for that mission to succeed, it has to end, so this is the ending for me".

It's a fascinating chat at Film Comment, and worth reading in full. You can do that here.

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