Gotham City auteur isn’t ready to reveal the villain of his 2012 film,
he did eliminate one of the big contenders: “It won’t be the Riddler,”
Nolan said in an exclusive interview.
Nolan was most eager to talk about the fact that
cameras to strike out on a different cinematic path than the
stereoscopic technology that, for better or worse, has become the
dominant conversation in the blockbuster sector.
As for the title, it shows the writer-director’s intention to keep his
characters as we have all along, and we’ll be introducing some new
ones,” Nolan said cryptically. I had an odd thought: What if Nolan
somehow brings back
even mention it is because, back during post-production on the second
film, Nolan told me that the title “The Dark Knight” was just as much
about Dent and his fall from the status of shining-knight civic
crusader. Dent was plainly dead at the end of the last film, though,
and Nolan has been intent on keeping his Gotham City film firmly rooted
in a gritty gangland realism — this isn’t a franchise that has veered
off into the supernatural or even much super-science.
Nolan plays things close to the vest — he’s one of
the few filmmakers of his generation who actually does wear a vest —
and he chuckled when I tried to get a few more details out of him. “Oh,
you know me, I don’t talk.” He began our conversation by comparing it
with a visit to the dentist’s office. Well, if so, he’s a patient who
never opens wide. I asked if he could imagine a time when
That’s when he did agree, however, to eliminate a villain candidate, namely
the green-suited Riddler, who many people assumed was the next natural
choice. That character could be taken in a lot of directions — think of
As with “Dark Knight,” the new film has a script
written by Nolan and his brother, Jonah, and it’s based on a story by
the director and
take Mr. Freeze off the list and, yes, this is like pulling teeth but
don’t think for a minute that I mind. Nolan makes sublime films, and
any secrets he wants to keep in place are done so to protect the final
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