The new issue of Empire goes on sale this Thursday, but subscribers have already started to receive their copies. ComicBookMovie’s Josh Wilding posted some interesting comments from director Christopher Nolan:

On the decision to include Catwoman in The Dark Knight Rises

I was nervous about how she would fit into our world. But Jonah 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.

On the decision to not include The Joker in The Dark Knight Rises

We’re not addressing The Joker at all. That is something I felt very strongly about in terms of my relationship with Heath and the experience I went through with him on The Dark Knight. I didn’t want to in any way try and account for a real-life tragedy. That seemed inappropriate to me. We just have a new set of characters and a continuation of Bruce Wayne’s story. Not involving The Joker.

Head on over to ComicBookMovie at the source links below for more from Nolan on The Dark Knight Rises.

SOURCE: Empire via ComicBookMovie (1), (2)