Christopher Nolan Talks About Concluding His Dark Knight Saga
04.28.12 by Chris
By all accounts, this summer's The Dark Knight Rises will conclude director Christopher Nolan's Batman saga that began with 2005's Batman Begins. With expectations high for Nolan's Dark Knight swan song, the director spoke with the L.A. Times's Hero Complex about how, unlike comic books, movies must end.
Without getting into specifics, the key thing that makes the third film a great possibility for us is that we want to finish our story. And in viewing it as the finishing of a story rather than infinitely blowing up the balloon and expanding the story … unlike the comics, these things don’t go on forever in film and viewing it as a story with an end is useful.
Despite being notorious for secrecy, production was plagued with leaked spy photos, giving fans a sneak peak of what they could expect to see when the movie opens July 20. Nolan reportedly increased security around the set after the leaked spy pics. Christian Bale talked about Nolan's penchant for secrecy even when it came to reading the script.
Chris likes his secrets and he keeps an air of mystery about his scripts and his plans. And I like that. He does it for a reason and it’s worked and the people who work on his projects know that this is the way we do it. I remember when I first read the script, of course it was all top secret. I went round by Chris’ house, was shut in the room with the script — not allowed to leave with it — and it hit me that this was the last one. What Chris couldn’t believe was how slow I read because I go back and re-read until I have it all in my mind. I was in there six or seven hours. It was dark when I came out. And I was smiling.
The Dark Knight Rises was written by Nolan's brother, Jonathan, from an idea conceived by Nolan and David S. Goyer. The returning cast includes Morgan Freeman as Lucius Fox, Sir Michael Caine as Alfred Pennyworth, Nestor Carbonell as the mayor of Gotham City, and Gary Oldman as Commissioner James Gordon. New additions include Joseph Gordon-Levitt as policeman John Blake, Josh Pence as the younger version of Ra's al Ghul (with Liam Neeson expected to reprise his Batman Begins role as well), Alon Aboutboul as a "mad scientist," Juno Temple as Holly Robinson, and Joey King as the young Talia al Ghul, or so the actress recent revealed in January.