'Dark Knight Rises': Christopher Nolan Talks Production, Timeline, & Bane

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Post-production on The Dark Knight Rises has only just begun, but co-writer/director Christopher Nolan has been taking a "break" from the editing process of late to show off semi-complete footage of the film's prologue to the press and answer journalists' questions concerning his decision to feature Bane as the movie's primary antagonist (though, rumors persist that another famous villain will also make an appearance in the Batman movie trilogy finale).

Today, we have some additional ruminations and "answers" from the filmmaker - touching on subjects such as his feelings about Dark Knight Rises being his (by all accounts) final Caped Crusader flick, when the film takes place, and even more insight into how Bane ended up being chosen as the Dark Knight's ultimate foe.

Here is what Nolan told Hero Complex, with regards to his feelings about the completion of principal photography on The Dark Knight Rises:

“I tend not to be too emotional on the set, I find that doesn’t help me do my job. But you definitely get a little lump in your throat thinking that, ‘OK, this is going to be the last time we’re going to be doing this.’ It’s been quite a journey. Hopefully, reflecting that journey — by all of us who made the films — in the three films together will make it so they have a real span to them, some real heft.”

On the topic of "Bat-mania" and how obsessed many fans are with every artistic and thematic aspect of The Dark Knight Rises (see: the overabundance of fan-shot videos and pics of the production):

“It’s terrific, to have people that interested in something. It reminds you that it is a real honor to work on something that means so much to people. I’d love to be able to claim that I invented the whole thing and that’s why they’re interested. I did not. I’ve been given a very precious thing to do my best with, to look after and not to let people down. There’s a certain amount of fear that comes with it and intimidation but it’s also a great privilege. [As for the fans], they want it to be great, they want to go enjoy it and they’re fascinated by it. You know, there’s always controversy regarding things that people will disagree with but hopefully they appreciate the effort of trying to make something good.”

With regards to the decision to select Bane as Batman's central nemesis in The Dark Knight Rises:

“I didn’t know [the Bane character] very well. [Co-writer] David Goyer got me a bunch of stuff on him and we looked into him. I only knew him by name, I wasn’t familiar with his back story. 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. Tom is somebody who really knows how to put character into every gesture, every aspect of his physicality in the way that great actors can...

"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 [Batman] 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.”

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Lastly, Nolan had the following insight to offer, with regards to why The Dark Knight Rises takes place several years after the events of The Dark Knight:

“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. I think the mood at the beginning of the film will make a lot of sense.

"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 a time period that is not so far ahead that we would have to do crazy makeup or anything — which I think would be distracting — but it gave [the cast] something to get their teeth into, particularly Christian [Bale] in terms of [portraying] this guy [Bruce Wayne] who has been frozen in this moment in time with nowhere to go. He really has done an incredible job figuring out how to characterize that and express that.”


The Dark Knight Rises arrives in regular and IMAX theaters around the U.S. on July 20th, 2012. Be sure to check back soon on Screen Rant, for the unveiling of the first official full-length trailer for the film.

Source: LA Times

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