The hype begins here. Christopher Nolan has finally spoken out about The Dark Knight Rises, and even though the interview (conducted with Entertainment Weekly) includes almost no new information, the internet has already exploded with excitement. Nolan clarifying that he is “super excited” about the film is promising; he seems to consider a return to the Batman universe as something cathartic after the effort expended in finally getting Inception made. “I think it would have been daunting to sit down and write an original script after Inception. I love working within the realm and rules of our Batman world. It’s kind of nice to have someplace to go that I’m super excited about,” Nolan said.
After circumventing the pressures of getting a new IP to the screen (Inception was as close to a studio risk as you can get with a director as big as Nolan after after The Dark Knight) it seems that Nolan is happy to relax into a world he has already established. The prospect of closing his story is also part of his drive, as he confirmed recently. “I must say that I’m glad – I’m very, very glad,” he continues, “To be embarking on the last chapter of our Batman saga without any sense of obligation or duty to the studio. They did very well with Inception. So I’m able to go into finishing our story in a very enthusiastic way.”
He certainly sounds up for it, which is fantastic news for fans of the series up to now. Actual details about story, villains and casting will have to wait. The film is still a way off, and obviously has not started shooting yet. The repeated confirmation that this will Nolan’s last film is hardly surprising; directors tend to avoid returning to the same universe more than three times, and Nolan will be determined to better The Dark Knight and send his iteration of Gotham’s finest out with a bang.