Christopher Nolan talks ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ ending, working with Heath Ledger (video)

Christopher Nolan has been making the rounds over the past couple of weeks to show off his work and promote The Dark Knight Rises’ Blu-ray release. Nolan spoke with The Playlist recently, and talked about The Dark Knight Rises’ ending — which upset some hardcore Batman fans who feel like Bruce Wayne should never quit being Batman:

The ending is controversial to many, but in retrospect, there are myriad threads planted throughout that reinforce the idea that Bruce Wayne is looking to get out of the game as soon as he can. This isn’t a long term plan and he’s been planning to quit all along.

Very much. I mean everything in the trilogy comes back to the scene of the jet in “Batman Begins” between Bruce and Alfred. It’s a short scene and it’s simple, but it’s got a couple of little nods to this idea. It flies by, but it’s crucial to the trilogy because not all Batman fans agree with this. This is my interpretation of the character.

This is David [Goyer] and my take on it, and Christian [Bale] as well having his input. We said, “Okay, when you look at how you make the incredible extraordinary actions of an individual, who’s going to reinvent themselves in a theatrical persona in order to right the wrongs of the world and exorcise demons”….

The only way to me that made sense was in a more realistic tone, and taking on the idea of symbolism. The take on the idea that [Bruce Wayne] would see himself as a symbol who would motivate the good of Gotham to actually start working on their own, so he would be a catalyst for change, and tip the scales. And that’s always going to be a temporary process. To me it only made sense if you were looking at going okay, “I’m going to do this until the point where it’s not needed. So we followed it through very much into “The Dark Knight.”

I mentioned that Nolan talked a lot about working with Heath Ledger in The Dark Knight, and now you can watch Nolan talk about him directly. Check out the video above, and one more longer video which I’ve included after the break.

You can check out The Playlist’s great two part interview at the source links below.

Thanks David, for the heads up!

SOURCE: The Playlist (1), (2)

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