Posted by Mark Bridge On December - 12 - 2011 0 Comment

We are four days away from the unveiling of The Dark Knight Rises prologue that will air seconds prior to the IMAX release of Mission Impossible: Ghost ProtocolHero Complex sat down with Christopher Nolan to speak on his experiences with the last film in the Batman trilogy.  The director lamented his final days on the production which ended in mid-November.  The production spanned across the globe, ranging from India, Scotland, the United States to Cardington, England.

“I tend not to be too emotional on the set, I find that doesn’t help me do my job, But you definitely get a little lump in your throat thinking that, ‘OK, this is going to be the last time we’re going to be doing this.’ It’s been quite a journey. Hopefully, reflecting that journey — by all of us who made the films — in the three films together will make it so they have a real span to them, some real heft.”

Nolan has always been an advocate of IMAX as opposed to Stereoscopic 3D, shooting a large portion of the film in IMAX.  He expects the film to include 45-50 minutes of IMAX footage, doubling the length of IMAX footage in 2008’s The Dark Knight.  The prologue commences with a sequence shot mostly in the air in a CIA aircraft occupied by prisoners.  The scene also reveals the mastermind of the film, Bane.  The effects were all done in camera with only a small amount of CG to spice up the scene.

“We had a lot of fun on it.  It was a tricky sequence to shoot but a lot of very talented people worked very hard on it. And I’m thrilled with the result. We shot it in Scotland. We braved the weather — it rains all the time there,  a terrible place to do an aerial sequence, which is why no one has sort of done it before. You usually wind up in the desert or something for very practical reasons. But it really came off. We got very lucky with the weather and a lot of good planning went into it. I think it had a very unique look.”

When asked why he chose Bane as the primary villain, Nolan had this to say: “I didn’t know him very well.  David Goyer got me a bunch of stuff on him and we looked into him. I only knew him by name, I wasn’t familiar with his back story. He’s a very cool character. And getting an actor like Tom to take it on, you know you’re going to get something very special. Tom is somebody who really knows how to put character into every gesture, every aspect of his physicality in the way that great actors can. He’s a very, very physical actor. He transforms himself and it’s there in every movement. He’s not afraid to look at a character from the outside as well as the inside so there’s a deep psychological branch to the character but also a very, very specific awareness of how he’s going to use his body and his appearance to express that character too. Christian is like that too, very much.”

“With Bane, the physicality is the thing,” Nolan added. “With a good villain you need an archetype, you know, you need the extreme of some type of villainy. The Joker is obviously a particular archetype of diabolical, chaotic anarchy and has a devilish sense of humor. Bane, to me, is something we haven’t dealt with in the films. We wanted to do something very different in this film. He’s a primarily physical villain, he’s a classic movie monster in a way — but with a terrific brain. I think he’s a fascinating character.  I think people are going to get a kick out of what we’ve done with him.”

It was revealed earlier that the film would take place eight years after the ending of The Dark Knight.  Nolan explained the drastic time jump between the films stating: “It will make a lot more sense to people when they see the film.  But it’s not a great mystery — it’s the jumping-off point for the film — but it’s hard for me to articulate it. I think the mood at the beginning of the film will make a lot of sense. If I had to express it thematically, I think what we’re saying is that for Batman and Commissioner Gordon, there’s a big sacrifice, a big compromise, at the end of the ‘The Dark Knight’ and for that to mean something, that sacrifice has  to work and Gotham has to get better in a sense. They have to achieve something for the ending of that film — and the feeling at the end of that film — to have validity. Their sacrifice has to have meaning and it takes time to establish that and to show that, and that’s the primary reason we did that. It’s a time period that is not so far ahead that we would have to do crazy makeup or anything — which I think would be distracting — but it gave them something to get their teeth into, particularly Christian in terms of [portraying] this guy who has been frozen in this moment in time with nowhere to go. He really has done  an incredible job figuring out how to characterize that and express that.”

In the comics Bane breaks Batman both physically and mentally leaving him crippled in the process.  Batman then appointed another to take on the mantle of the Bat.  Many speculate that the addition of Joseph Gordon-Levitts to the cast is a sign that he may put on the cowl which would signify the ‘Rises’ in the title.  Nolan has been tight lipped about the fate of Batman at the end of the film.  I guess we will find out when The Dark Knight Rises opens in theaters and IMAX on July 20th, 2012. Mark your calendars

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