Jonathan Nolan Talks THE DARK KNIGHT RISES Ending, 'Robin' And Adapting Another DC Property

Jonathan Nolan Talks THE DARK KNIGHT RISES Ending, 'Robin' And Adapting Another DC Property

So, was what Alfred saw in the closing few minutes of The Dark Knight Rises real? Co-writer Jonathan Nolan discusses how that ending can be interpreted by audiences, addresses the addition of 'Robin' to the franchise and reveals whether he would be interested in tackling another DC Comics adaptation.

Talking to IGN Comics at the New York Comic Con, Jonathan Nolan (brother of Christopher, and co-writer of The Dark Knight Rises) has shared his thoughts on the various interpretations of the way in which the third and final Batman movie ended, comparing it to Memento. He also comments on the addition of both 'Robin' and 'Catwoman' to the franchise, before revealing whether or not he would one day consider being involved in yet another big screen adaptation of one of DC Comics' many properties. Check out the video interview below and be sure to sound off with your thoughts in the usual place!

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NerdyGeek - 10/14/2012, 2:07 AM
"Wink at the audience"....

It was a pretty big "wink".
mbembet - 10/14/2012, 2:19 AM
thank you for making one of the greatest trilogy of all time!
Kevwebsz - 10/14/2012, 2:52 AM
PLEASE let the new Batman movies be an exact copy of the Batman:arkham asylum/city world!!!!!
GUNSMITH - 10/14/2012, 2:57 AM
Kayo - 10/14/2012, 3:08 AM
i'm in for Batman Beyond movie.
datNAMEtho - 10/14/2012, 3:41 AM
LOVE the amazing trilogy!!!!!!!!! Can't wait to see TDKR on blu-ray!!!
rebellion - 10/14/2012, 4:06 AM
@Kevwebsz yep, that would be the best way to go
UltimaRex - 10/14/2012, 5:11 AM
"I'd love to take another crack at it at some point."

MOS 2?
MediaMan - 10/14/2012, 5:13 AM
What a copout - when you get to the point when your audience doesn't know what the ending of your movie is. If you don't know what your own story is, that's just poor writing. A certain amount of latitude is okay, but not to the point where you don't even know what you're saying yourself.
deanwilkins - 10/14/2012, 5:24 AM
Crap movie. Dark Knight was so much better. This one was pretentious. Dumb ending and Bane was pathetic.
jazzman - 10/14/2012, 5:28 AM

he does have a accent an American accent. he was mostly raised in America compare to his brother Chris Nolan.
RaMan - 10/14/2012, 5:29 AM

100% Agreed! that would be awesome!

sameoldthing - 10/14/2012, 5:30 AM
No more "reality based" movies using superhero characters.
Superheroes possess wild abilities & live in a strange world of outlandish events.

Batman has no powers but shares his world & battles many who do..Get as close to the comics as possible.
Avengers did & that is why it's a better franchise. WB / DC should follow that path.
Zordan - 10/14/2012, 5:31 AM
finch and reese :)
TheBatman50k - 10/14/2012, 5:35 AM
I would love to see the Nolan Brothers tackle either Daredevil OR Green Arrow. I know that would be a pipe dream but I can dream cant I?
TheBatman50k - 10/14/2012, 5:39 AM

Even the best of directors like Kubrick didnt completely know what their own films were about and in fact often times more then often critics or audience members would interpret films differently than the directors themselves. Good movies should do that. I mean look at Straw Dogs by Sam Peckinpah that movie has had a million different interpretations.
RedSkull667 - 10/14/2012, 6:16 AM
Nolan should not touch any other comic book property...he already screwed enough of Batman
Ha1frican - 10/14/2012, 6:39 AM
The ending ruined the whole film for me....
DukeAcureds - 10/14/2012, 6:51 AM
What's the ambiguity of Memento?
I say do a sequel with JGL as Batman and several orphans from the orphanage joining him as Nightwing, Red Hood, Red Robin and The Spoiler with eventually all of the ophans that are old enough becoming Sons of the Batman, Dark Knight Returns style. We could even have Batwoman, Batgirl and The Huntress in there, somewhere too.
Nolan has set things up perfectly for a modern Batman series, based on the comics that we know and love. That's never really been done. Lets not go back to the beginning again and live in the shadow of Batman Begins. We could even do a Batman Incorporated movie, with this franchise.
John Blake as a Batman Beyond type Vs. The Mutants and such? Yes sir.
DukeAcureds - 10/14/2012, 6:52 AM
We'll never have a chance like this again, for a modern version of Batman.
Keldor - 10/14/2012, 6:56 AM
Thank You For the Greatest Trilogy of all time. (you know, Except for Lord of the Rings, Toy Story, The Original Star Wars, The Evil Dead, Back to the Future, Indiana Jones, The Man with No Name, The Bourne Series, The Godfather, Alien, Die Hard, Spiderman, The Naked Gun, Mad Max, ... of the Dead series, The Ageism/Dream Trilogy (Time Bandits, Brazil, The Adventures of Baron Munchausen)....
MJPETTY7 - 10/14/2012, 7:17 AM
There's no ambiguity, this is not Inception, it's Batman. He lived, he went off with Selina, Blake became the next Batman, the auto-pilot was fixed. It's as simple as that.
MJPETTY7 - 10/14/2012, 7:17 AM
Also, Batman Beyond or Batman: Arkham City movies? YES!!!!!
thewonderer - 10/14/2012, 7:43 AM
People are so ungrateful.

Superheroes were a freaking joke in film before Nolans Batman came along.

As for the Arkham movie requests, it may be more accurate (if Joker dying is even accurate?), but it sure as hell won't be a better film.

Theres no drama, tension, in Arkham. Its just Batman kicking everyones ass. What you want Taken with Batman?

And I agree there is no ambiguity in the ending, Johnathan Nolan is simply stating if people think there is, let them keep talking about it.

Also Johnathan Nolan is NOT his brother (i.e. he's clearly more comic oriented than Chris) SO STOP characterizing him as such.

Nolans Batman is realism and is far above anything Marvels made. Man of Steel will be realism and that looks incredible too. So be quiet
Durango95 - 10/14/2012, 8:03 AM
Shut the [frick] up.Nobody would make a shit idea like that into a Batman film. [frick]tard.
Logan5 - 10/14/2012, 8:09 AM
Superman paved the way and yes it's a little dated(it came out in'78), but still has moments the contemporaries still cannot touch. X-men showed us the group team aspect could be handled back in '00. Nolan brought new audiences with his films and enabled people that did not take comic book movies seriously.., well seriously. Watch more Saturday morning cartoon network if you must, but seriously, the films are done with. You no longer need to campaign against them.., it's gonna' be okay. :P


Yeah we need more films like Batman and Robin, Batman Forever, the Fantastic Four, Daredevil and things like that to make the looming bubble burst.


Already stated in this short thread. She said "one" of the best. Nice try though. :P

@the wonderer


The Iron Man('08) feel and vibe is what Marvel/Disney need to recapture and bring back to their films. It's one of my favourite adaptations and yet I could tear it apart if needed; 95% of all films are flawed. Fans today do not realize how fortunate they truly are when it comes to these comic book movie's.

CoolantTech - 10/14/2012, 8:09 AM
I just couldn't believe Nolan would go out on such a cliche-ish note! (That is- Batman Carrying the bomb off into the sunset, oh and the underwhelming Robin sequence) Other than that the movie was excellent.
ThePowerCosmic - 10/14/2012, 8:12 AM
@ TheWonderer

You are entitled to your opinion of course, but Marvel's franchise is light years better, and way more groundbreaking. Making a good Batman film is no where comparable to making a good superhero team film. You know why? Because nobody ever had the balls to try it before. And not only was Avengers dominated most other films and trounced all other CBM's.

Another reason why Marvel's Franchise is revolutionary is that it is a continuous universe. It won't have to be rebooted, it won't lose continuity and it will always be growing, and it will go on for a very long time, Not just a trilogy. Nobody has done anything like that before. Several directors could make a good Batman film...nobody could pull off a Cinematic Universe like Marvel. I guarantee DC can't do it.

When Tim Burton made Batman in 89' the buzz for that film being the ultimate comic movie was much bigger than the buzz for the Nolan series. People claimed nobody would make a better CBM. Now that movie is laughable to the younger generation, and eventually so will the fate of the Nolan series. Marvel's universe will go down in history as starting a new genre of superhero films and for building a universe.

You can hate all you want Wonderer, but you can't deny Marvel is doing something far greater than DC, WB or Nolan for comic book film fans. However I know you will deny it.
DarkGrifter - 10/14/2012, 8:14 AM
"As for the Arkham movie requests, it may be more accurate (if Joker dying is even accurate?), but it sure as hell won't be a better film."

You can't possibly know that. Arkham Asylum and City are GAMES. Therefore they will be lacking in drama and tension compared to the Dark Knight trilogy. There is no reason why a Batman movie based on these games (should they happen) couldn't achieve the same level of drama and intensity as Nolan did.
TheAntiGrif - 10/14/2012, 8:15 AM
Why is Chris English and Johnathan American. Its pretty weird cuz i really see no resemblance now that i think about it. Is he maybe adopted?
thewonderer - 10/14/2012, 8:19 AM
I can say with 100% certainty too that Iron Man 08 wouldn't be of its quality without Batman Begins
Lockjaw - 10/14/2012, 8:24 AM
Continue with batman beyond & dark knight returns instead of a reboot & throw in a worlds finest as well = $$$ WB won't though cos they're stoopid
Lockjaw - 10/14/2012, 8:28 AM
Man of steel
batman beyond
man of steel 2
worlds finest
dark knight returns
man of steel 3
Lockjaw - 10/14/2012, 8:30 AM
Throw in WW , flash and green lantern 2.0 and boom Jla
thewonderer - 10/14/2012, 8:31 AM

So what you're saying is you want the movie to be like Arkham but not be like Arkham? The Arkham games form around his continuity not explained. I don't want a Batman reboot to be an origin story, but I don't want it to be in this completely out of nowhere timespan either. Im not sure how you can add drama and tension to Arkham without destroying its core principles.
DukeAcureds - 10/14/2012, 8:34 AM
Durango95@ Nobody would make a film based on the way the comics have been for the past 30 years?Sadly, you're probably right.
Logan5 - 10/14/2012, 8:50 AM
I thought Sandy Collera's Dead End, despite it's crazy but awesome twist, was a great version of Batman on film. Maybe something a little more like that, or Alex Ross's work fused with a more modern aesthetic. Kind of similar to the Arkham games, but not that far into cartoonsville. One of these day's we have to have the black and grey or dark blue and grey Batman.., I'm sure they will give us that.
MediaMan - 10/14/2012, 8:55 AM

Sorry, we'll have to agree to disagree. If you don't understand your own story, you can't really tell it well, or the way it should be told. As I said, there is some latitude for interpretation... but the fundamental concept should be in place in the storyteller's mind. IMHO, anyway.
MediaMan - 10/14/2012, 9:01 AM

Superheroes were a joke before Nolan? Are you kidding? Spider- Man 2 is an absolute classic. And it didn't have anything like the GARGANTUAN plot holes in the Nolan's Bat-films.

And the whole "Nolan realism" stuff is wayyyyy overblown. There's not a city in world history that operated the way Gotham supposedly did. And nothing like the silliness in TDKR would ever happen in reality. You can forget some preposterous group like The League of Shadows causing world depressions over the centuries either.

He put a veneer of realism on it, but that's all.
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