Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Christopher Nolan Building Mazes for DARK KNIGHT RISES Ending

If I didn't know any better, I'd swear that The Dark Knight Rises director Christopher Nolan is using his Inception character Ariadne to design a new labyrinth of secrets.

Contact Music certainly feels something is going on.  In an article posted yesterday, they claim that Nolan is trying so hard to keep the ending to the 2012 film The Dark Knight Rises a secret, he's not letting even the actors know how it actually ends.  Nolan is apparently using several methods to trick the cast, including sending out scripts with pages missing.

Co-star Gary Oldman, who returns in his role of Commissioner James Gordon in the film, believes he's the only one who's been told the specifics of the final scenes.  "Christopher doesn't want anyone to ruin it and I completely understand that," Oldman said.  "The newer people on the film go to his office to read the script.  They sent mine out, but it had to be hand-delivered directly to me and nobody else.  And the final few pages were missing.  I went along and talked to Christopher in person about the ending.  Then I locked it away in my head."

As anyone who saw Inception or The Prestige probably knows, Nolan certainly has quite the fondness for mysteries, secrets and sleight-of-hand.  Even The Dark Knight Rises' central storyline involving Bane, Catwoman and most likely Marion Cotillard as Talia al Ghul seems uncertain.  Earlier reports hinted at Batman: The Long Halloween as the film's framework, but with Bane's involvement, it seems elements of Batman: Knightfall and Batman: Venom may be included as well.  And based on the film's teaser and DC Comics suddenly reprinting the five-volume Batman: No Man's Land again after all these years, it's possible the Gotham City earthquake featured in that storyline may be woven in as well.

Mazes within secrets within puzzles within chess moves within magic.  Nolan's real name wouldn't be Edward Nigma, would it?

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