Chris Nolan Says His Films Are Not Intended To Be Political

Are the sociopolitical themes in The Dark Knight Rises overtly one sided? Chris Nolan responds to a question and makes it clear that his Batman movies are not intended to be political.

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By Scooby - 7/19/2012
Studios putting out blockbusters do not want their movies to be tied to any sort of political sides because it would mean less money for them. And with blockbusters, they are trying to make as much money as possible. In this quick answer, Chris Nolan responds to a question and makes it clear that his Batman movies are not intended to be political:



On a side note, Rachel Maddow discusses Rush Limbaugh's Bane Conspiracy Theory:



I would also like to add that, in my opinion, any liberal artist would not create a work supporting conservative ideas. From the contribution records of the Nolans and Goyer it is clear that they are the typical movie industry liberals - whether they are moderate liberals or complete socialists is something they only know. And it surprises me that the word socialism is still used as a dirty word by the conservatives. I think both sides, the left and the right, have good ideas - it is a matter of working together rather than trying to find differences in ideologies for selfish egomaniacal reasons. Again, that's just my opinion.
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ManofSteel22 - 7/19/2012, 5:19 PM
jesus,does everyone get that bored that they nit pick at ''hidden meanings'' that they think is some how political,its a [frick]ing film,if I was directing my last film of my franchise the last thing that would be going through my head is,how can i make this some how political..hmm,people these days..
superotherside - 7/19/2012, 5:36 PM
This isn't Rush's theory people. Do some research.
Scooby - 7/19/2012, 5:49 PM
@superotherside it is actually Rush's theory - that TDKR intended Bane to represent Bain. What's surprising is that you're defending this crackhead - he should've followed the rule "Never do a drug named after a part of your ass."
Scooby - 7/19/2012, 6:18 PM
@blackandyellow I like your avatar



From Wikipedia:

The album's title is taken from the phrase "evil empire", which was used by former U.S. President Ronald Reagan and many conservatives in describing the former Soviet Union.[1] The cover is the altered image by Mel Ramos and features Ari Meisel as the subject.[2] The caption "EVIL EMPIRE" and letter "e" on the boy's costume were originally "c" and "CRIME BUSTER".

And you do know Rage Against the Machine is a socialist (dare I even say communist) band, right?
randomality85 - 7/19/2012, 6:32 PM
Batman isn't Pro-Republican or Pro-Democrat. He is Pro-Punch-You-In-The-Goddamn-Face-Because-He's-The-Goddamn-Batman. And Pro any tech that can be made Bat related. IT'S NOT THAT HARD PEOPLE
GodzillaKart - 7/19/2012, 6:33 PM
@Nolan: *wink*
SpideyQuad - 7/19/2012, 6:34 PM
Collider a superhero junkie gives it a whopping: C
marknjoanna - 7/19/2012, 6:35 PM
this movie will blow chunks
SpideyQuad - 7/19/2012, 6:36 PM
I'm starting to feel bad now. We could be spending Saturday talking many away from the edge.

It kind of makes me feel sad. I actually like the Batman. It's starting to look like I'll wait for the DVD
Scooby - 7/19/2012, 6:39 PM
@blackandyellow They are a great band. They actually want the people to understand the message in their music though - and they want people to listen to them for the message. Not just to sing-along, cause they like the pretty songs, but not know what they mean :) Kobain was a cool dude.

Though I agree with liberals most of the time, I think both sides have good ideas. It's about working together and not vilifying the other side. There are lunatics on both sides, and we have to acknowledge that and not defend them.
JoeMomma29 - 7/19/2012, 6:41 PM
@ SpideyQuad stop trolling everyone will be a critic of this movie or any other movie! Some will love it and some will hate plain and simple, but sounds like to me you are just trying to put doubts in people minds her!

Anyways I will tell you what is a shame both political parties will use this movie, or a song to try to sway people to their side or cause.

As far as Rush he is a idiot for even entertaining a thought like this, even if he was referring a news article.I am not a big fan of Rush but this was not he original idea, but he took it a little to far as well.
SpideyQuad - 7/19/2012, 6:45 PM
Honestly, I'm not that nefarious. I was angry at all the stuff that went down this spring, but now I really feel sorry for you guys.

Hey, but look at the bright side. Judge dread sounds good and is only 5 weeks away.
figuresmaniac - 7/19/2012, 6:50 PM
Watching this in 3 hours...
GodzillaKart - 7/19/2012, 6:51 PM
And Rush Limbaugh didn't intend to be fat.
UrbanKnight - 7/19/2012, 6:55 PM
What a retard, hard to believe someone like Rush Limbaugh wants to be listened too, before even bothering to do research.
Scooby - 7/19/2012, 6:58 PM
@blackandyellow - cool man. If you're asking me what I think politically, I think we should work together as a people. We should not put our affiliation to man made political ideas first and follow them blindly - that keeps things from happening.
daveB - 7/19/2012, 7:06 PM
The author of the article must not have lived in a socialist country. I bet some in Greece are sorry. I don't think Nolan wants this film political but he did toy with filming the lazy 99% freeloaders.
GodzillaKart - 7/19/2012, 7:07 PM
@Scooby: I give a shit about your politics! :D As an American who has seen shitty Republican ideas (and a few shitty democratic ones) put the world in the shitter, I'm happy to see someone paying attention and not being one of the right wing sheep that clog our discourse here.

Heck, I've had to escape to the fantasy of comics to escape the willfully ignorant foxnews[frick]ers that assalt all my media outlets.

It's so simple. If we could just spend the time talking about the facts.

If any outrage at my post erupts, I apologize. I would love to point out your ignorance, but I am asleep.
daveB - 7/19/2012, 7:07 PM
PS, somebody actually watches PMSNBC??
brewtownpsych - 7/19/2012, 7:07 PM
@superotherside ... um, did you watch the clip? did you hear his words.

i mean conservative or not, you can't defend this fruitcake
CaptainObvious - 7/19/2012, 7:07 PM
Seeing the movie in less than 2 hours!
Scooby - 7/19/2012, 7:08 PM
@thornstockton glad to hear that there are many conservatives in comics. I know Chuck Dixon and Graham Nolan are conservatives. It looks like you have your mind made up. And I don't want to change your mind. But, in my opinion, there has not been any country where Adam Smith's capitalism has worked either - this isn't Adam's Smith's capitalism. I leave you with a quote:

"This disposition to admire, and almost to worship, the rich and powerful, and to despise or, at least, neglect persons of poor and mean conditions, though necessary both to establish and to maintain the distinction of ranks and the order of society, is, at the same time, the great and most universal cause of the corruption of our moral sentiments." Adam Smith
daveB - 7/19/2012, 7:08 PM
@godzillafart-happy to talk facts-they are on the side of conservatism.
GodzillaKart - 7/19/2012, 7:09 PM
*Yawn* I love how the conservative dip turds don't want to acknowledge that the American collapse was the first domino for Europe.

Don't worry, it's coming back around.

Scooby - 7/19/2012, 7:09 PM
@CaptainObvious . . . I gotta wait till tomorrow to see it :( Lucky bastard :P
GodzillaKart - 7/19/2012, 7:12 PM
@DaveB: You really think so? Before I waste time in a conversation with you, assure me you don't take Rush or any past or present FOX News personalities as sources.
brewtownpsych - 7/19/2012, 7:14 PM
@godzillafart ... right? and what they want is more of the same de-regulation so we can collapse all over again ... i'm all for free markets and profits and all that jazz, i mean i really believe it in deeply as a principle and a philosophy and, god damn it, as a mechanism for world peace. but for the luv of christ can we just put some reasonable regulations in place to avoid another great recession and my home and 401k don't have to lose half their eff'n value!?!
PINO - 7/19/2012, 7:14 PM
It surprises me how many liberals use capitalism as a dirty word.
Scooby - 7/19/2012, 7:15 PM
Whoever added that awesome teaser to this article - thanks!
GodzillaKart - 7/19/2012, 7:21 PM
@brewtownpsych: Yes. History is clear. Capitalism is tied to human nature and necessary for a healthy economy. But also, Lying and selfishness are also part of human nature, and deregulated free markets turn into a super-rich sociopathic monopoly game where us normal folks are ass-[frick]ed into oblivion.
GodzillaKart - 7/19/2012, 7:28 PM
@thornstockton: The only thing in your last post with a bit of truth, let alone sense, is that the exposure Rush gave TDKR is good for it. Other than that, you talk a lot of Jibber-Jabber.
RorMachine - 7/19/2012, 7:31 PM
No probs:)..just needed to make it a little longer cos it looked a bit out of place with the other articles.

As for the content, I have to laugh at all of the extreme libs/cons scrambling to decipher exactly what message they were trying to put across with TDKR.. the message is, Batman fights bad guys. It's a [frick]ing Batman movie. Yes, it is a bit deeper and more thought provoking than your average CBM, and no doubt there are political themes touched upon, but they are only there to pad out the story, they are not THE story.
GodzillaKart - 7/19/2012, 7:36 PM
@Thornstockton: Dude, the problem with Sole is that he saw it as Free-Market vs. Marxism. Neither work in the absolute (Yes, I know, neither have been given a chance yet).

But, Marxism is long dead and the more we move toward open free market the shittier the world seems to get.
CaptainAmerica31 - 7/19/2012, 7:36 PM
I'm sitting in the theater right now, o yea and Nolan just said he has no cell phone or email address. Lol hhahahaha
GodzillaKart - 7/19/2012, 7:37 PM
@Thornstockton: "Go Piss Us A Rope, MEAT!"

Hmmm. It sounds rather threatening but I can't really make heads or tails of what you mean.
JonasWepeel - 7/19/2012, 7:38 PM
@blackandyellow

That is an awesome first concert. Jealous.
Scooby - 7/19/2012, 7:39 PM
@thornstockton glad to hear that buddy - shovel, axe, hoe. Power to the people :) Are you trying to convert me to a conservative?

@Ror thanks man! I always struggle with the teaser - it's perfect! Really like your writing man, that's why you get paid the big bucks :) And thanks for putting it on Main too.

And I agree with you:

"the message is, Batman fights bad guys. It's a [frick]ing Batman movie. Yes, it is a bit deeper and more thought provoking than your average CBM, and no doubt there are political themes touched upon, but they are only there to pad out the story, they are not THE story."
Scooby - 7/19/2012, 7:51 PM
@blackandyellow - that sounds like a cool job and it sounds like you have a lot of experience in politics. What do you wanna be when you grow up?
BuckyCap - 7/19/2012, 7:53 PM
@Godzillafart - "the more we move toward open free market the shittier the world seems to get."

How could you possibly come to that conclusion if government regulation of/interference in the market has been on an INCREASING trend since the founding of the nation?
GodzillaKart - 7/19/2012, 7:58 PM
@BuckyCap: "Since the founding of the Nation"? Really?

Do you want to discuss our current situation or should I grab my musket to fend off some redcoats?

I'm all for a good political debate, but don't be a dumbass.
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