It's difficult to think of a more anticipated film than the final chapter in Christopher Nolan's Batman saga - The Dark Knight Rises. Now that we know who the Caped Crusader will be squaring off against, fans have feverishly been seeking out answers to the next burning question - what will the movie actually be about?
As we continue to theorize how characters like Bane and Catwoman will fit into Nolan's version of Gotham City, the occasional swell of misinformation sometimes makes it hard to distinguish fact from fiction. Comments from the cast and crew have been predictably vague at this point in the project's development, but that doesn't mean it's impossible to get some sense of the direction that The Dark Knight Rises is headed in.
Gary Oldman recently sat down with MTV to discuss his new film Red Riding Hood, but took a moment to share his thoughts on how The Dark Knight Rises is shaping up. Although he has yet to see the script, Oldman insists that he is aware of what Nolan is planning - and the end result could be a sequel that's even better than The Dark Knight:
"I haven't seen the script yet. I know the story though and it's a great story. I mean, you look at The Dark Knight and you think how's he gonna top it? But I think he has."
Cinematographer Wally Pfister expressed a similar sentiment several weeks ago, but both he and Oldman have been sworn to secrecy regarding any further details. However, Oldman does reveal that's he's particularly excited about Nolan's approach to The Dark Knight Rises:
This obviously isn't any sort of confirmation that those recent rumors we heard regarding the plot of The Dark Knight Rises are true - but there's now an overwhelming amount of evidence that suggests the film will feature a fairly substantial connection to Batman Begins.
Although the specifics of the plot are still anyone's guess, I think it's interesting to receive some indication of what sort of ground The Dark Knight Rises will be covering, thematically. Nolan has made it clear that there will be a degree of finality to Bruce Wayne's story and if you're wondering how exactly he plans on achieving that - it sounds like there may be a few clues somewhere in the first film.
I thought that The Dark Knight did a great job of forcing Bruce to re-examine the ethos that he forged in Batman Begins and I'm excited to see how that evolution continues in The Dark Knight Rises.
The Dark Knight Rises opens on July 20, 2012.