Christopher Nolan and Christian Bale Talk TDKR: Nolan Nervous About Catwoman


The Dark Knight Rises interviews and news just keep rolling in. This time around we have a few words from director Christopher Nolan and a little more from Christian Bale about if this is really the last time he will don the cowl.

Nolan has had the ending of the film planned since day one. We’re hearing that it will leave a lump in your throat. If that means a death or just the end of an era remains to be seen. Nolan talked with Empire about how he approached the film and planned it out.

What drew me to Batman in the first place was Bruce Wayne’s story, and that he’s a real character whose story begins in childhood. He’s not a fully formed character like James Bond, so what we’re doing is following the journey of this guy from a child who goes through this horrible experience of becoming this extraordinary character. That, for me, became a three-part story. And obviously the third part becomes the ending of the guy’s story.

The Dark Knight Rises Official PosterWe know that Catwoman will play a pretty large part in the finale, but she almost didn’t make it. Christopher Nolan was nervous about including her in the Nolanverse so to say. He finally came around to it when brother and writing partner Jonathan Nolan talked him in to it.

Catwoman is a very iconic figure in the Batman pantheon. I was nervous about how she would fit into our world. But [Jonathan] was very much convinced that there would be a great way to do it and eventually turned me around. Once I got my head around the idea of looking at that character through the prism of our films, saying, ‘Who could that person be in real life?’ we figured it out. She’s a bit of a con-woman, something of a grifter. A hard-edged kind of criminal.

Jonathan Nolan said that to not include such a big player in the Batman mythos would be “sacrilegious” and that you have to have her “because she has a delicious greyness to her that helps define who Batman is. She keeps wavering on this line of, ‘Is she a good guy or a bad guy?’ Well, she’s kind of neither.

Batman himself had a few very interesting things to say about the film and if it is indeed the finale for him.

My understanding is that this is the last one. I think it’s appropriate, I think it’s going out at the right time. But…if Chris came to me with a script and said, ‘You know what? There is another story’ then I would love the challenge of making a fourth one work.

Fans have always talked about the possibility of an older Batman film, and with the recent announcement of The Dark Knight Returns coming to DVD as one of the next animated features, the question was thrown to Bale if he would like to tackle something in the vein of The Dark Knight Returns. He said “that could be an interesting one, couldn’t it? Twenty years down the track…

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Source : Empire