Jonathan Nolan Talks About the Ending of 'The Dark Knight Rises'
It's been early three months since the conclusion to Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy hit theaters, but there's still plenty of buzz on the internet about The Dark Knight Rises. After all, the home video release arrives on December 4th, along with a set of all three films featuring Christian Bale as Batman. Now someone else besides the director has taken a couple minutes to talk about the ending of the trilogy. Be aware, if you haven't watched The Dark Knight Rises, there are spoilers abound from this point on in this quick interview featuring writer Jonathan Nolan talking about the conclusion to the Dark Knight legend.
Here's the video of Jonathan Nolan talking about The Dark Knight Rises from IGN:
It's clear he doesn't want to dig into too many definitive details and would rather the audience make up their minds about the film itself. The director mentions how he and Christopher Nolan disagree about their interpretation of the ending of Memento. The same can maybe be said when it comes to determining whether or not Alfred actually saw Bruce Wayne at the end of the film, or if that's just the happy ending he envisions because he's now free of the baggage that is the cape and cowl of Batman. Nolan doesn't want to shut down any of the fan speculation and simply says:
"I've long maintained that if you get to that place where people are passionate about it, and arguing about what the end of your film means, that's great. And who am I to put my opinion into the mix?"
As for whether or not Joseph Gordon-Levitt goes on to become Robin or merely takes the place of Batman, it seems like that's something Nolan would like to leave up to the fans as well. However, he might be leaning towards a lack of Robin in the literal sense as he calls that inclusion of the name more of a wink than anything. Personally, I think it's more likely that Gordon-Levitt's character simply becomes a different version of Batman, or maybe even Nightwing. Either way, it's a fun ambiguous ending that only the Nolan brothers could deliver with so much satisfaction. What do you think?