Gary Oldman Chats About Finality in Nolan's 'The Dark Knight Rises'
It's definitely a week to get hyped up for The Dark Knight Rises, as we've got even more quotes to throw your way on top of everything from Empire. A short interview clip from MTV (via AICN) with actor Gary Oldman, who plays Jim Gordon in Christopher Nolan's Batman series, has hit the web featuring Oldman trying to explain how it ends, without actually say anything at all. When he's asked about if Nolan will end TDKR with an exclamation point saying "no more!", Oldman at first takes a huge pause to try and think of how to carefully answer. What he says, though, is nonetheless very interesting to hear, and exciting as well.
Poor Oldman, he's going to get drilled by every journalist about The Dark Knight Rises until next July, and he can't say a thing to anyone. As for what he can and does say, it's similar to what we've heard before, about this truly being Nolan's Batman trilogy (not anything more) and the end of this saga. Oldman mentions: "I will say this… I can't say… There is a conclusion, I mean, he does… he touches on the first [movie] and he weaves it in, and it… it resolves. It's—a trilogy. It's just great… the story, is terrific. It's just epic." I'm sure he'd love to tell us all about it, but we'll have to wait until next July. Oldman also mentions one more thing that I found very interesting. He starts saying that even Nolan wondered "how the how do I top" the Joker?
"So, I think he's… instead of going for The Riddler, instead of going for Penguin and all that kind of… he's gone a slightly different way with the story. And I think he's got enough smarts and enough class… I know this much about Chris Nolan - he wouldn't make a third [just] for the sake of it."
I love hearing that line, almost give me chills just think about that kind of epic potential following The Dark Knight, which is one of my all-time favorites. Can it really be better than that movie, without Joker (or The Riddler), but with Catwoman, and with Bane, too? Only time will tell, but if all these quotes about it being that good hold true, then I think it might be. Last year, Nolan himself confirmed that this would indeed be "the last chapter of our Batman saga." We just heard this week that the story takes place eight years after The Dark Knight ended, and will pick up with the badass new villain Bane, played by Tom Hardy, taking on Gotham and Batman in a "brutal" way. If you want to see the full Gary Oldman segment, it's embedded here.
Thanks again to MTV for posting this. Although it doesn't reveal much at all, I still love seeing Oldman talk about it, especially this early on. Warner Bros has Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight Rises, starring Christian Bale and Anne Hathaway, scheduled to hit theaters (in IMAX) on July 20th, 2012 next summer.