Jonathan Nolan talks The Dark Knight Rises

And cool new Bane artwork arrives

The Dark Knight Rises is just weeks away from hitting our screens, and script-writer Jonathan Nolan has taken time out to quash suggestions that with the introduction of a raft of new characters, the film will be overpopulated.

As well as Bane and Catwoman, the film will also bring John Blake (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) and Miranda Tate (Marion Cotillard) into the fold, but Nolan is convinced the new additions will only enrich the saga's existing array of talent.

"Oh, I don't believe in any of that shit," said Nolan, when asked whether it could be a case of too many cooks. "Everybody is always looking for excuses as to why something worked and why something didn't work. Even The Dark Knighthas three villains in it, or six, depending on how you're counting them."

"It's just a question of whether you can pull it off," he continues. "That's what it comes down to. I think a narrative is only as cluttered as you let it be. There are as many good films with half a dozen villains as there are bad ones, and I think that is a sort of facile thing to seize on as an explanation for, 'This is why this worked, and this is why this didn't work'."

So basically, we shouldn't be worried that the Nolan brothers have served up a successor to Spider-Man 3. The Dark Knight Rises opens in the UK on 20 July 2012, and if you want to go to the premiere, there's still time to enter our Tumbler design competition here. In the meantime, you can check out a cool new piece of Bane artwork, with the big man's head painted on a Gotham manhole cover. Take a look, below...

[Click on the poster to see it in hi-res]

Are you worried The Dark Knight Rises won't live up to the hype? Share your concerns, below!


    • Kingkane

      Jul 5th 2012, 11:06

      Review please? I know there is still nearly 2 weeks to go but I cannot wait much longer or I will have to go back and watch Batman and Robin and hold up the box art for Bronson every now and again pretending its the new film!

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    • EddieFelson

      Jul 5th 2012, 11:10

      Well said Mr Nolan (even if I think having Harvey 2 face come in and then kill him quick was a little strange, but it worked for the movie) people should just wait watch the movie and then decide Bane is the best villain in history (my thoughts only of course)

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    • RaveyDaveyGravy

      Jul 5th 2012, 11:58

      But The Dark Knight did have 1 too many villains and suffered because of it. The Joker was all that was needed, that two face bloke was just a bit too much.

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    • TwoBobRuss

      Jul 5th 2012, 13:25

      Okay TF, I think we have established now that you dont like Spiderman 3. Can we just move on?

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    • EddieFelson

      Jul 5th 2012, 14:26

      I didnt mind Spiderman 3, not great, not bad, just a popcorn movie and I agree TF need to move on!

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    • EddieFelson

      Jul 5th 2012, 14:30

      The problem is RaveyDaveyGravy take two face away and Batman cant be blamed for his murder and forced in to exile.

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    • Ali1748

      Jul 5th 2012, 15:11

      It's so weird how Jonathan Nolan has an American accent and swears like a sailor, he's completely different from Christopher. The Dark Knight wouldn't have worked without Harvey Dent's downfall into Two Face, it was pivatol to the arc.

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    • gwales

      Jul 5th 2012, 15:54

      @TwoBobRuss surely it's the most obvious point of comparison as a superhero movie with too many villains?

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    • Murphy0806

      Jul 5th 2012, 16:23


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