Aaron Eckhart Shares His Thoughts On THE DARK KNIGHT TRILOGY's Legacy
Looking back on how he approached the role of Two-Face in The Dark Knight, Aaron Eckhart shares his thoughts on the direction that future instalments in the franchise could take and his belief that Christopher Nolan will never truly walk away from the Caped Crusader.
The future of the Batman franchise is a great topic of debate among fans, with various rumours over the past year or so receiving a mixed response. A reboot in 2016? Joseph Gordon Levitt's 'John Blake' donning the cowl in Justice League? A World's Finest movie? We just don't know, and neither does The Dark Knight's Aaron Eckhart, but the actor does share his thoughts on whether or not he believes Christopher Nolan will ever leave the DC Comics character behind. The Olympus Has Fallen star also looks back on his time working on that movie and reveals how it never really felt like a comic book adaptation. Many thanks to IGN Movies for the following quotes from Eckhart.
"I mean, look, Iron Man is so successful and the tone of Iron Man is completely different than the Nolan Batman series. They're both very successful, right? And both entertaining. You could take Batman that way. You know Chris (Nolan) has done such hard work and created this tone, and Christian (Bale) has, and Heath (Ledger) and everyone who's been in these movies. I'd hate to see it be trivialized.
Batman's kind of special because it's one of the last comic books, or only comic books, that's truly tackling, in my opinion, issues. And relevant issues. I mean when I read The Dark Knight I go, 'this is a comic book movie? This is insane.' I mean you're talking about a city that's being taken over by corrupt forces and nobody will stand up for good, for decency and humanity and nobody can walk to the streets at night. Who wants to live in that city? And do the people really have to be vigilantes to set things right? I mean serious issues and it wasn't tongue in cheek. And that's where Heath was just so amazing. You know I said to Gary (Oldman), 'You know Gary how do you act in one of these things, what's the tone of it?' And that's a conversation I had with Chris. And to see Heath just take this thing deadly serious was exciting, and I feel privileged to have been a part of that, and I would hate to lose that because everybody who comes up to me on the street all over the world, the thing that they inevitably say about The Dark Knight is that it's about something, it's serious, it resonates with them.
Look, I don't know because I'm just an actor, but I don't know that Chris would ever give up total control of this franchise. I can't see Chris ever letting go of this movie."
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