Christopher Nolan Bids An Emotional Farewell To Batman; "I Like To Think That He’ll Miss Me"

Thanks to a user on the SuperHeroHype Forums, we have the following statement made by Christopher Nolan taken from The Art and Making of The Dark Knight Trilogy in which he bids farewell to the Caped Crusader. "I will miss the Batman."

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By Josh Wilding - 7/24/2012

Alfred. Gordon. Lucius. Bruce...Wayne. Names that have come to mean so much to me. Today, I’m three weeks from saying a final good-bye to these characters and their world. It’s my son’s ninth birthday. He was born as the Tumbler was being glued together in my garage from random parts of model kits. Much time, many changes. A shift from sets where some gunplay or a helicopter were extraordinary events to working days where crowds of extras, building demolitions, or mayhem thousands of feet in the air have become familiar.

People ask if we’d always planned a trilogy. This is like being asked whether you had planned on growing up, getting married, having kids. The answer is complicated. When David and I first started cracking open Bruce’s story, we flirted with what might come after, then backed away, not wanting to look too deep into the future. I didn’t want to know everything that Bruce couldn’t; I wanted to live it with him. I told David and Jonah to put everything they knew into each film as we made it. The entire cast and crew put all they had into the first film. Nothing held back. Nothing saved for next time. They built an entire city. Then Christian and Michael and Gary and Morgan and Liam and Cillian started living in it. Christian bit off a big chunk of Bruce Wayne’s life and made it utterly compelling. He took us into a pop icon’s mind and never let us notice for an instant the fanciful nature of Bruce’s methods.

I never thought we’d do a second—how many good sequels are there? Why roll those dice? But once I knew where it would take Bruce, and when I started to see glimpses of the antagonist, it became essential. We re-assembled the team and went back to Gotham. It had changed in three years. Bigger. More real. More modern. And a new force of chaos was coming to the fore. The ultimate scary clown, as brought to terrifying life by Heath. We’d held nothing back, but there were things we hadn’t been able to do the first time out—a Batsuit with a flexible neck, shooting on Imax. And things we’d chickened out on—destroying the Batmobile, burning up the villain’s blood money to show a complete disregard for conventional motivation. We took the supposed security of a sequel as license to throw caution to the wind and headed for the darkest corners of Gotham.

I never thought we’d do a third—are there any great second sequels? But I kept wondering about the end of Bruce’s journey, and once David and I discovered it, I had to see it for myself. We had come back to what we had barely dared whisper about in those first days in my garage. We had been making a trilogy. I called everyone back together for another tour of Gotham. Four years later, it was still there. It even seemed a little cleaner, a little more polished. Wayne Manor had been rebuilt. Familiar faces were back—a little older, a little wiser . . . but not all was as it seemed.

Gotham was rotting away at its foundations. A new evil bubbling up from beneath. Bruce had thought Batman was not needed anymore, but Bruce was wrong, just as I had been wrong. The Batman had to come back. I suppose he always will.

Michael, Morgan, Gary, Cillian, Liam, Heath, Christian...Bale. Names that have come to mean so much to me. My time in Gotham, looking after one of the greatest and most enduring figures in pop culture, has been the most challenging and rewarding experience a filmmaker could hope for. I will miss the Batman. I like to think that he’ll miss me, but he’s never been particularly sentimental.







Warner Bros. Pictures’ and Legendary Pictures’ "The Dark Knight Rises" is the epic conclusion to filmmaker Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy. The screenplay is written by Christopher Nolan and Jonathan Nolan, story by Christopher Nolan & David S. Goyer. The film is produced by Emma Thomas, Christopher Nolan and Charles Roven, who previously teamed on “Batman Begins” and the record-breaking blockbuster "The Dark Knight." The executive producers are Benjamin Melniker, Michael E. Uslan, Kevin De La Noy and Thomas Tull, with Jordan Goldberg serving as co-producer. The film is based upon characters appearing in comic books published by DC Comics. Batman was created by Bob Kane.


STARRING:

Christian Bale as Bruce Wayne/Batman
Michael Caine as Alfred
Gary Oldman as Commissioner Jim Gordon
Morgan Freeman as Lucius Fox
Tom Hardy as Bane
Anne Hathaway as Selina Kyle/Catwoman
Joseph Gordon-Levitt as John Blake
Marion Cotillard as Miranda Tate
Josh Pence as Ra's Al Ghul

RELEASE DATE: July 20th, 2012


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sirbonesalot - 7/24/2012, 3:46 AM
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Daneformerly - 7/24/2012, 3:48 AM
Great speech for a great trilogy
BlanketMan - 7/24/2012, 4:01 AM
As Meatloaf once sang, "Two out of three ain't bad..."
bcom77 - 7/24/2012, 4:01 AM
Take a bow Mr Nolan, you are responsible for making Batman relevant in the movie world again. You made not only great Batman films with epic scope, but just great films. I may not have thought the third one was the best but there is no doubt that this Dark Knight trilogy will go down in film history.

From a life long Batman fan, thank you very much.
AmazingFantasy - 7/24/2012, 4:05 AM
Nolanites- " NO MASTER DONT LEAVE US"

Nolan- "My fellow followers, it has been good while it lasted, though we have experienced many loses, I have bought Batman from the dead. That is the thing you shall thank me for. One day, perhaps I shall come back, until then there shall be no miseries no worries or anxieties, until then go forward in all your beliefs and prove to me that I am not mistaken in mind."

Intemperate that however you will.

MrLoki - 7/24/2012, 4:08 AM
"I never thought we’d do a third".... Seriously???

The second movie ended with a great cliffhanger, it was begging for another sequel. Yes, the event from the final few minutes of TDK also made sense in the separate story of the second movie, but it was obviously not a real ending, we all knew there's gotta be more to it. And so did he.

I don't really like his interviews... I love his movies, obviously, they are great. But I kinda hate when he's talking about them, because it all sounds fake.
ForceOfLegend - 7/24/2012, 4:12 AM
Thank you Chris for such an amazing job with these movies! From beginning to end you kept a constant quality. Even managing to out do the prior movie. Thank you for such wonderful memories with such a legendary character! The Batman will miss you! It's Schumacher he won't miss...
AmazingFantasy - 7/24/2012, 4:15 AM
Thank you Nolan from making Batman a badasss in movie-form. (He wasn't liked so much before Nolan movies, byt the GA of course)

From this:



To this:



6 days Goddamit to The Fire Rises.
SageMode - 7/24/2012, 4:17 AM
Adios Nolan, your rape session of the Batman mythos will not be missed. I must congratulate you for not returning, so that another director will helm a reboot that will possibly be more intune with the source material where the main character maintains his highly intelligent, assured, and "preemptive strike" attitude towards fighting crime intact, and where other iconic characters actually have a chance at existing for the sake of keeping the series interesting and one where all the villains in each sequel are not trying to destroy/take over Gotham.

AmazingFantasy - 7/24/2012, 4:20 AM
I swear I can stare at that GIF for hours, the brutality and awesomeness of that....

It's almost as much as this:



GAH I LOVE THAT :D


TheSensationalSpiderman - 7/24/2012, 4:24 AM
He did a great job much better than what your average director would bring to a trilogy.
ForceOfLegend - 7/24/2012, 4:25 AM
@ItBegins2005 exactly! The Dark Knight trilogy is a completed work! That has been my complaint in CBM's! They start out with on director. Then get cheap, and water the sequels down!
MarvelousMarty - 7/24/2012, 4:26 AM
Did a good job, dropped the ball a tiny bit at the end but overall well done.
AmazingFantasy - 7/24/2012, 4:27 AM
I dare you not the laugh at this:

inky - 7/24/2012, 4:30 AM
job done mr nolan now in the words of another actor /director please let us know what else you can screw up today.
apart from that i admit your trilogy batman started wel and has raised the bar for any further batman movies but now its over time to look towards sinking your teeth into doing something to top even this.
the original star wars needs a redo you could look into that or redoing a hitchcock or ford might be fun, and there is always barney to be rebooted:)
ForceOfLegend - 7/24/2012, 4:33 AM
@Inky...I can't believe you are comparing Burton, and Shumacher to Hitchcock, and Ford! Seriously WTF man?
ForceOfLegend - 7/24/2012, 4:34 AM
Also Inky...I would take a reboot of Star Wars before I took another George Lucas shitty sequel, or prequel...
TheDetectiveComicRises - 7/24/2012, 4:36 AM
Yes Christopher Nolan He will miss U & so will we thanks for a truly Awesome ride & bring Batman back the way he was & is meant to be & it is like Batman said in TDKR "anyone can be Batman" & people deserve to have their incarnation of him take care Nolan, Cast & Crew God bless U & Godspeed...
Limehead - 7/24/2012, 4:37 AM
Hahaha the title of this article is such a misquote.
Tmachaveli - 7/24/2012, 4:37 AM
Puyguy your a troll nobody wants to hear your 2nd grade rants..please take your pokeman ass back under your bridge and stay there thank you and have a nice day
ForceOfLegend - 7/24/2012, 4:42 AM
@ Tmachaveli Don't feed the trolls my friend.
LP4 - 7/24/2012, 4:42 AM
@sirbonesalot- Gtfo troll

SageMode - 7/24/2012, 4:49 AM
JUST1SUPERGUY-"It not only began Batman, it also began the entire Marvel cinematic universe that made the great Iron Man movie and for Marvel to create The Avengers and have it do as well as it did."

Ummmmm, what?
MrReese - 7/24/2012, 4:51 AM
Grif calling some1 as successful as Nolan a loser really made me [frick]ing LMAO!!!! XD

Thank U Nolan 4 Thee Best CBM Trilogy!!!! It was most certainly 1 bad ass ride.
FireKnightRises - 7/24/2012, 4:55 AM
BELIEVE ME NOLAN, HE WILL MISS YOU

skot888 - 7/24/2012, 4:58 AM
@Puyguy
<--- Huge DC fan, and I hated TDKR, we didn't have an artist we had someone that slapped our faces with a crappy, whiny, Take his ball and go home version of one of our greatest characters. Say what you will about Marvel movies, but at least Marvel steps in to make sure the Heart of the Characters are still intact.. wish DC would have done that for TDKR.
ralfinader - 7/24/2012, 5:01 AM
Bring on the reboot! So ready to see Batman mythos represented better on the big screen. Nolan made an interesting version with his Batman, but bring on the Killer Crocs, Clayfaces, and a Batman that never quits and cannot be replaced by some beat cop.
gaikinger - 7/24/2012, 5:04 AM
I loved how for that one moment Linus Roache made that brief bot poignant appearance as Thomas Wayne...chills. I always liked the casting of him as Batman's dad as he brought the understated yet powerful performance in the first film and when he came back...wow. All 3 of these films were actually very different from each other and are so repeat viewing friendly, i cant wait til it comes out on bluray so i can have it at the ready.
gaikinger - 7/24/2012, 5:10 AM
I hate to add fuel to the fire but its just astonishing to hear the rants of people who claim they disliked the movie. I loved the Avengers as much as the next guy but to slam Nolan's take on Batman just comes off so....dumb right? their are other ajgectives but dumb really nails it.
Nubase - 7/24/2012, 5:12 AM
batman will miss nolan, as in christian bale who played batman will miss nolan.

There will not be a reboot for at least 4-5 years, wb & dc will now put their total focus on man of steel, that will be the next trilogy.

WB & DC are in no hurry to churn out a movie every year like marvel.

l expect the third superman movie to set up the JL movie and the JL movie itself will establish the other chracters and be made in the same way as the Watchmen.
SageMode - 7/24/2012, 5:13 AM
Hopefully the next Batman films series gets modeled and influenced by this.....

ralfinader - 7/24/2012, 5:14 AM
"Eat your hearts out Marvelites, you will never get a director like Nolan"

You mean Marvel will never get a director that thinks he is above the source material and needs to change it to suit himself? Hope your troll-hard ass is right, PuyGuy.
FrankieDedo - 7/24/2012, 5:17 AM
wow...you're so humble! you think that the CHARACTER will miss YOU?
marvel directors aren't wannabe intellectual directors, but they're sure humble and competent in their work (and source material)
Nolan is just a douche, a director of a cbm that says that "the source material is irrelevant" is just a fish out of water, and i say this just because i want to say it kind.
He's too much arrogant IMO and want to brainwash you making you believing that your looking at a cannes festival movie, but you're just staring at a pretentious and arrogant movie (like inception).
LP4 - 7/24/2012, 5:19 AM
@Sagemode- Obviously u haven't studied up on ur marvel history. Superguy is mentioning Iron Man because Jon Favreu HIMSELF credited Nolan's Batman Begins as the inspiration. Also other marvel directors have credited Nolan as inspiring their films.

So since you seem to hate Nolan so much, why did u watch his films anyway? Kinda hypicritical. And i'm guessing u should avoid "Man of Steel" since Nolan served as producer/godfather of that project. Go enjoy crud and in ur own words, we Superman fans will "enjoy a gem"
Mrcool210 - 7/24/2012, 5:21 AM
no nolan, batman wont miss you, you gave him throat cancer
LP4 - 7/24/2012, 5:22 AM
LMAO @ all the haters in this article. I bet all those hypocrites saw all of Nolan's bat-films
Mrcool210 - 7/24/2012, 5:26 AM
@gaikinger not everyone will love nolans movies, just cause they don't share your opinion doesnt make them dumb
Mrcool210 - 7/24/2012, 5:29 AM
btw in case any of you couldnt guess my first post was a joke, nolan you did a good job, not a great one, but a good one, lets hope we get a more comic book batman soon, or even batman beyond (now that would kick ass)
AmazingFantasy - 7/24/2012, 5:31 AM
I do believe he is arrogant and a little bit "up him self" at times, most of the time anyway. He makes good Bat-Films that may not please the fanboy in me but heck there GOOD.
AmazingFantasy - 7/24/2012, 5:32 AM
Yeah, lets see a new take on Batman. A comic book style one, like 52 or Hush. Noir or Beyond would kick ass, something NEW for Batman.

But of course, Nolanites would kick the living shit out of that to no end.
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