With the first six minutes from The Dark Knight Rises hitting IMAX screens this weekend, fans are eager to see what Christopher Nolan has in mind next for Batman.
This first taste will only set the table for next summer’s highly anticipated release, which as we have previously reported will feature a larger time jump forward than we saw between Batman Begins and The Dark Knight. This time it will be eight years.
Nolan said part of the reason for choosing the time gap he did was to allow the actors to play with their characterizations without having to use a lot of make-up to show the passage of time. He goes on to add that the time jump will make sense thematically with the film.
“It will make a lot more sense to people when they see the film. But it’s not a great mystery – it’s the jumping-off point for the film – but it’s hard for me to articulate it,” he says. ” I think the mood at the beginning of the film will make a lot of sense. If I had to express it thematically, I think what we’re saying is that for Batman and Commissioner Gordon, there’s a big sacrifice, a big compromise, at the end of the ‘The Dark Knight’ and for that to mean something, that sacrifice has to work and Gotham has to get better in a sense. They have to achieve something for the ending of that film — and the feeling at the end of that film — to have validity. Their sacrifice has to have meaning and it takes time to establish that and to show that, and that’s the primary reason we did that.”