Jonathan Nolan Talks Leaked 'Dark Knight Rises' Set Photos

Due to the high volume of revelatory photos that have leaked from the set of The Dark Knight Rises, there has recently been a bit of backlash toward the film, especially with regard to newly-introduced characters like Bane and Catwoman.

Recently, Jonathan Nolan - co-creator of the new CBS show Person of Interestand co-writer of The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises – talked about all the leaked photos, as well as the vast scale of action set pieces Christopher Nolan is producing.

Courtesy of IGN Movies, on the topic of the many, many, many leaked photos from TDKR, Jonathan Nolan said:

"It was great because we were working [on Person of Interest]. So that was the only way I was able to get down to set was to watch it on YouTube!"

Well, that’s a relief. It's been interesting to see how fans have reacted to the set photos thus far. There’s a large swath who are genuinely irritated that the Internet is being inundated with so many spoilers – as if we human beings are incapable of avoiding articles with the headline “Set Photos From ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ Are Very Revealing.”

There’s another somewhat separate swath of fans who think that Catwoman’s look, Bane’s look, Bane’s goofy voice, and so forth, have been underwhelming when compared to what we’ve seen from previous Christopher Nolan Batman films (never mind the fact that those were finished products).

On that topic, Jonathan Nolan said:

" I think the goal with those movies is just to make something so… You know, Chris loves to shoot on these IMAX cameras, these massive cameras. As soon as you release something in the theaters, like a trailer, people go in and they record it with their iPhone or a camera, and they put it online. But when we first released that IMAX prologue for 'The Dark Knight,' the image was so big that no one could record the whole thing with their camera. So you have one YouTube video of the top half of it and another YouTube video of the bottom half. I think the goal with those movies and the thing that Chris is doing and just kicking ass with is making a movie so big that you couldn't possibly fit all of it. Even in tiny little pieces, you still wouldn't get a sense of the scale of it. I saw a little bit the other day, and the scale is just vast."

The point being, it’s easy to judge something out of context, but it means very little with regard to the overall (motion) picture. After all, had you seen set photos of Steven Spielberg’s Jaws from back in the day, you’d probably assume that movie was going to be a train-wreck (like everybody else on the film assumed). Which isn’t to say that The Dark Knight Rises will be of the same quality as Jaws, but rather – it's possible?

How are you feeling about TDKR, Screen Ranters? Have you been underwhelmed by what we’ve seen so far or are you taking a “wait-and-see” approach?


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Person of Interest airs Thursdays @8PM on CBS. The Dark Knight Rises hits theaters July 20, 2012.

Source: IGN Movies

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