Christopher Nolan Promises a ‘True Conclusion’ with ‘The Dark Knight Rises’

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In just two short weeks, The Dark Knight Rises will hit theaters nationwide, bringing an end to Christopher Nolan’s critically acclaimed Batman trilogy and delivering this summer’s second epic superhero film.

While we’ve known for a while that The Dark Knight Rises will be Christopher Nolan’s final Batman film, based on a new interview, it looks like the director has something really special planned to wrap up his series.

In a conversation with the L.A. Times’ Hero Complex blog, Nolan told Geoff Boucher that his main goal for The Dark Knight Rises was to create “a unified statement, a real ending, a true conclusion.” While you can read a lot into that sentence, Boucher teased a bit of an explanation from the notoriously cryptic Nolan, writing that:

“[T]he third act of the third film delivers a series of jolting twists and jarring turns and an exclamation point climax. Nolan’s finale takes Batman and his on-screen mythology to place it has never been before.”

Boucher went on to explain how Nolan considers the trilogy in architectural terms, which should come as no surprise given the director’s obsession with structure (as seen in mind-bending film’s like Memento and Inception).

While the details can’t discussed, of course, the director enjoys broader conversation about the infrastructure. Fascinated with architecture, the filmmaker describes the rises and falls of his characters as if they elevation points of a blueprint plan.  He also presents the trilogy almost as a tale of different levels – the heights of the city, the street level and the underground of caves and sewers. ‘Dark Knight Rises’ presents a story where greed, hypocrisy and false justice bring the down the city’s bridges, stadium and the houses of government.

“We really wanted a cast of thousands, literally, and all of that for me is trying to represent the world in primarily visual and architectural terms,” Nolan said. “So the thematic idea is that the superficial positivity is being eaten away from underneath; we tried to make that quite literal.”

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You should check out the full interview for more details on the movie – including some interesting information about filming at the Cardington Sheds – but we’re going to focus on the above quotes.

Considering that the collapse of the Gotham Rogues stadium is a major set-piece featured in almost every trailer for the film, it’s quite easy to see what Nolan is talking about when he says the “superficial positivity is being eaten away at from underneath.” The question is, what is the “superficial positivity” that is in Gotham?

Is Nolan hinting that Batman’s vigilante quest for justice has somehow weakened the city rather than protected it? That he’s managed to clean up the city from crime, while ignoring the systemic issues that enabled Gotham to lapse into crime to begin with?

The idea of “false justice” is extremely intriguing. Are we talking about Batman, or how Harvey Dent has been deified by the citizens of Gotham despite his true nature? Perhaps there is also the Batman vs. Bane parallel. In a trailer, Bane says that he is Gotham’s reckoning, implying that he has come to cast judgment on the wicked city. This is the same twisted logic that Ra’s al Ghul and The League of Shadows used in Batman Begins. Perhaps that explains the possible connection between the two characters that could exist in the form of Talia al Ghul.

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Then there’s the question of finality. When Boucher writes that Nolan is going to take Batman where he’s “never been before,” what is he hinting at? Would Nolan dare kill the Caped Crusader as many fans have been speculating? If so, then Nolan’s film would be a finale in the truest sense of the word. Or would Nolan have Batman kill someone, which is even more perverse to consider?

The fact that this article is filled with questions, and that some of the possible answers make me uncomfortable, means that Christopher Nolan has done his job. I’m not just excited to see The Dark Knight Rises – I’m genuinely intrigued. What is going to happen to Batman? I don’t just want to know, I have to know, and I’m willing to bet there are millions of people out there who feel the same way.

What do you think of Nolan’s comments? What is your prediction for the “true conclusion” to the film?

The Dark Knight Rises hits theaters July 20th, 2012.

Source: Hero Complex

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  1. @ian- very VERY good points. I like how you put it together, and Nolan & team are REALLY good at keeping us all in the dark, despite the footage we’ve seen- just misdirection and keeping in ONLY what they want us to see. But, you can survive a broken back in real life, just not the spine. Severing the spine is something you really can’t come back from. A broken back, depending on the circumstances can be healed. It’s all in how bad the injury is and how quickly you take care of the swelling within the first few hours. I’ve read up on some circumstances, one where a jujitsu instructor fell off a ladder and smashed his back on the corner of an oak table with a sharp point. (OW OW OW OW OW) the doctors told him he screwed up one of his lower (lumbars?) and he would NOT be walking for eight months. This cocky bastard requested to go home, and with a little help, applied cold compresses and took load of vitamin c, and some other specific supplements, and began to walk slowly, and did light to moderate excercises without upsetting the pain region too much. Within 6 weeks he walked into the doctors office, who was astounded he made such a quick physical recovery considering the extreme condition he was in. 6 months later he was training navy seals again. Also, Bruce Lee broke his back from what I’ve heard, and made a serious comeback into martial arts. So I think if they show Bane breaking him, Bruce will recover eventually, and obviously, realistically. Not like in the comics where ‘magic healed him’ -ugh. Lol

    • @ Destruct, thank you for checking out my humble theories, who knows thought right? I hear you on the back-breaking, and yes Bruce Lee DID survive and come back from that. I will say they did show those green screen “lazurus” pits a long while back with some of the bootleg pictures people took. I suppose that solution could still play into the mix, in a more spiritual sense. Like Bruce found his fear in the blue flower in the BB, I think it’s possible for some crazy monks to have some accelerated healing methods by bathing in certain pools which have rare minerals in them, hot springs, or even extra medicines put in by themselves to aid people in healing. That all can still fit in a Nolan universe if you ask me. I just truly hope we get to see the moment where the Bat gets truly broken, it will be something of movie history I’m sure.

      • @Ian: Exactly. You can theoretically format the metaphysical/supernatural elements of Batman’s rouges gallery to fit Nolan’s world. Just look how Nolan has done it already. I had ideas years back afte TDK came out in case he ever did a movie. Here’s a few from the drawing board:
        Poison Ivy: A normal human who preys on the elite who don’t serve organizations of preserving the environment. How? There was a man in real life who worked with snakes and dosed himself over the years with snake venom so if he was ever bit by accident, he would be immune. Apply that to Pamela Isley. She has used poison from dangerous paralytical plants for years on herself to build up an immunity, and synthesizes it into a simple lipstick.
        Killer Croc: Like Zsaz in Batman Begins, they made him a serial killer working for the mob. You could play with that a bit and use him as a small obstacle/villain who gets in Batman’s way. Maybe an ex boxer with brute strength for nearly killing his opponents in the ring who retired for a life of crime. There are dermatological conditions in real life that make your skin look like reptile scales. Really horrific stuff.
        Victor Fries: As a main character with his own story arc, I could only see him working for a subsidiary company under Wayne Enterprises who was involved in an experiment to save his wife’s life. A greedy affiliate under Wayne Enterprises overseeing the project decides to save money for the company by sabotaging the experiment, resulting in his wife dying and Fries being badly burnt in a chemical explosion, nearly killing him. Dermatolically, he must wear a specialized suit to keep his skin cool from furthering the damage done to his body. He methodically kills those he feels responsible for by torturing them with cold chemical methods, like nitrogen, etc. no freeze guns, please lol. You get the idea.
        Jervis Tech: Worked for the government in telecommunications and tecnóloga; much like Bruce’s “cell phones for the military” lamo. His lack of recognition for the work he has done makes him envious and angry at those who do. He targets Wayne Enterprises and uses brain washing technology through cell phones, music, etc. to tear down anybody who stands in his way. He would very much be a secondary villian ala Crane/Scarecrow in Batman Begins.
        Penguin/Cobblepot: Not much to change from the comics. No supernatural powers, he’s a trader of guns and information for himself as well as affiliate mobs in Gotham and shadows as a nightclub owner for the social elite. Think Carmine Falcone from Batman Begins.
        Edward Nashton/Nygma/Ridder: A private investigator hired by the Mayor to find out who Batman is. Obsessive compulsive and a flawless record of solving cases, he realizes the only way to unmask him is to draw him by staging eleaborate crimes and psychologically wear down Batman, throwing him off in every direction, making Batman think hes the hunter, only to realize hes being set up to be hunted. Very much a battle of wits ala Sherlock Holmes vs Professor Moriarity, significantly different than The Joker and his methods in TDK.
        Hush/Thomas Elliot. No need to change anything there except a structured screenplay probably leaving out players like superman, Lois lane and metropolis. Otherwise all the villians from his rouges gallery can be modified realistically or taken as is from Nolan’s movies in thier originality.
        And the list goes on…….lol

        • Def dig the ideas on Riddler, Poison Ivy, but especially Mr. Freeze. That would be awesome to see Wayne Tech fight back against Batman, although I suppose Bane does that in TDKR, but it would sweet to see his own gadgets used against him. Better get those thermal underwear ready Bats!

  2. lol its fun to watch all of you give your opinions on the new movie. i doubt batman dies… maybe bruce fakes batmans death so he is free of the cape? idk if that is likely but its something different since almost all of you think either batman dies or batman kills….. plus you cant kill batman he is a symbol (like bruce stated in the first movie)

  3. I believe Batman/Bruce is going to die or his identity will be revealed. For starters, I love Batman, I’m a fanatic, so I’m not posting this to piss people off, but if the triolgy is ending then Batman is going to die, there will be no more Batman, but Bruce may still live. Do you know what I’m saying. I went into a store today and picked up a Batman shirt, it said “The lengend ends” with the Batman mask on the ground and a man walking away. Whether than man was Bane or Bruce, I don’t know. But if it was Bane, Batman/Bruce dies. If it was Bruce, only Batman dies, and Bruce lives on. I don’t think Bruce will reveal himself only because, again, there isn’t going to be another movie. I just though of something actually, maybe Bruce does reveal himself and they have to send him to prison for being a vigilante. Hmm, but in all seriousness, I just have a feeling he is going to die, and they will leave his identity alone. I hope he doesn’t die, I really do, cause I don’t want Batman ruined for me, for I literally have everything.

    • @ Hailey

      Batman is one of my favorite heroes aswell & after reading your comment does make sense. If Nolan was to have Bruce Wayne/Batman killed onscreen for the first time ever, it would be somthing. It would be a sad & possibly a great ending to his trilogy because i could imagine if somthing like that to happen, it be Batman giving his life to save Gotham by any means whether it’s citizens hate him or like him again. We’ve seen Bruce tempted to give up the cape & cowl in previous films so that wouldn’t be anything new. July 20th can’t come fast enough.

  4. I don‘t think Batman/Bruce Wayne dies at the end of this one because Christian Bale has mentioned that he would consider making another Batman movie even though Christopher Nolan has said this is his final DK movie. If Christian Bale says he‘d reprise his role again then I doubt that he‘s getting killed off in The Dark Knight Rises.

  5. I don‘t think Batman/Bruce Wayne dies at the end of this one because Christian Bale has mentioned that he would consider making another Batman movie even though Christopher Nolan has said this is his final DK movie. If Christian Bale says he‘d reprise his role again then I doubt that he‘s getting killed off in DKR.

  6. I don‘t think Batman dies at the end of this one because Christian Bale has mentioned that he would consider making another Batman movie even though Christopher Nolan has said this is his final DK movie. If Christian Bale says he‘d reprise his role again then I doubt that he‘s getting killed off in DKR.

  7. I could see Bruce Wayne beginning the process of training a replacment after relaizeing Batman will always be needed…a new Batman, not necessarily Robin