Read Christopher Nolan’s farewell to Batman here

Taken from The Art And Making Of The Dark Knight Trilogy

The Dark Knight Rises may be wowing audiences all over the globe, but for Christopher Nolan, the sensation is bittersweet, marking as it does his last involvement with Bruce Wayne and chums.

The director has provided the foreword to forthcoming book The Art And Making Of The Dark Knight Rises, and it sums up his feelings concerning his time on the franchise rather succinctly. It even had us welling up a little! You can check it out, below…

“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.”
 

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    • warnerbrown

      Jul 24th 2012, 9:27

      Bittersweet...Nolan rocks.

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    • higgins78

      Jul 24th 2012, 11:02

      All's I can say is thank you Mr.Nolan. Each film a brilliant ensamble peice, and while I can nitpick till the cows come home, I doubt I will see - least in my life time - a better "trilogy" of films, "superhero" or not...

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    • pinoyartista

      Jul 24th 2012, 12:40

      Thank you Brothers Nolan, David Goyer, and everyone involved in the greatest trilogy ever made. Here's a modest token of gratitude: http://www.wheninmanila.com/essential-dark-knight-rises.

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    • MikeyRix

      Jul 24th 2012, 14:47

      And a thankyou back to you, sir. "

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    • MikeyRix

      Jul 24th 2012, 14:50

      (whoops, that was an accident) "The Dark Knight" was the first time I properly looked beyond the surface in a film and that's grown and developed since. Superb trilogy from a superb ensemble of cast and crew alike. We (or I) salute you.

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    • Ali1748

      Jul 24th 2012, 16:03

      I am just going to throw this out there but IMO Nolan is already in the same league as Stanely Kubrick. If Nolan isn't given the next Bond movie something is very wrong with this world.

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    • matthewosuba

      Jul 24th 2012, 18:08

      I think that what Nolan has done is change the way all movies are made. It needs to be real. We need to be scared. Or to made cry. The Dark Knight films will go down in the history of film as the trilogy to be all. I'm very scared to see what becomes of Batman without the Nolan brothers. We will see a new Batman in the next 4 years? Will it make you chear? Will it make you scared of clowns with knifes? Will it make you cry when you read something as simple as ... "Wayne home for Children" ...? Let's only hope we can have these feelings again. We are going to see what DC does with next years Superman. I know in chearing for the red and blue. Are you? Good luck Nolan brothers. Good luck Batman!

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    • Hadouken76

      Jul 24th 2012, 23:40

      Green Lantern reboot.

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    • kalebnelson

      Jul 26th 2012, 8:42

      [IMG]http://i49.tinypic.com/r7ktax.jpg[/IMG]

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    • kalebnelson

      Jul 26th 2012, 8:42

      http://i49.tinypic.com/r7ktax.jpg

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    • mbembet

      Jul 31st 2012, 22:18

      Thank You Mr.Nolan and all the cast and crew for making one of the greatest trilogy of all time please produce Wonder Woman film please.....

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