“For me, The Dark Knight Rises is specifically and definitely the end of the Batman story as I wanted to tell it, and the open-ended nature of the film is simply a very important thematic idea that we wanted to get into the movie, which is that Batman is a symbol. He can be anybody, and that was very important to us. Not every Batman fan will necessarily agree with that interpretation of the philosophy of the character, but for me it all comes back to the scene between Bruce Wayne and Alfred in the private jet in Batman Begins where the only way that I could find to make a credible characterization of a guy transforming himself into Batman is if it was a necessary symbol, and he saw himself as a catalyst for change and therefore it was a temporary process, maybe a five-year plan that would be enforced for symbolically encouraging the good of Gotham to take back their city. To me, for that mission to succeed, it has to end, so this is the ending for me, and as I say, the open-ended elements are all to do with the thematic idea that Batman was not important as a man, he’s more than that. He’s a symbol, and the symbol lives on.”
When watching TDKR yesterday, I was really struck by the constant references- both explicit and subtle- to A Tale of Two Cities. As a bit of a literary nerd, I thought perhaps this was worth a further discussion, or essay as it seems. Needless to say, spoilers for TDKR ahead, so only read on if you’ve seen the movie.
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This is just a brilliant little remix for ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ trailer using the voice over from ‘The Prestige’ trailer. It’s almost as if Christopher Nolan cut this together himself.
Anne Hathaway as Selina Kyle