There has been speculation ever since The Dark Knight Rises movie was announced that it would be the last for Christopher Nolan and Christian Bale. It seems that the rumors were true. Bale announced in a recent interview with the Philadelphia Daily Inquirer that when filming wrapped a few days ago on the recent installment it was ”the last time I’m taking that cowl off.” He further states that ”it’s all done. Everything’s finished. It’s me and Chris (Nolan) – that will be the end of that Batman era.” If you’re anything like me, you are crying a little bit inside.
While we still have The Dark Knight Rises to look forward to, and it certainly looks incredible, the fact that we will never again see the same Gotham City that Christopher Nolan created is definitely unsettling. The man re-defined Batman into an awesome ass-kicking, not to mention money-making, franchise. While I have a soft spot for the Tim Burton versions of Batman, they still do not compare to The Dark Knight. Heath Ledger’s performance as the Joker alone blows all the Burton villains out of the water. And Christian Bale is without a doubt the best of all the other mediocre Batmans.
Now that we know that this is the last of the Nolan/Bale led films, I’m sure that excitement will be high come premiere day on July 20, 2012. I was one of the many people who contributed to the 1 billion dollars that The Dark Knight made worldwide at the box office. It certainly seems like they are upping the ante with this film, with a bunch of very popular characters from the comics being re-imagined. I think I’m most excited about seeing what Nolan has done to Bane. Tom Hardy (who is playing Bane) impressed me in Inception. And from what I’ve heard Bane is going to be a bad ass.
We all remember the disaster Batman & Robin, where Bane was a big dumb idiot who wouldn’t know a awesome fight scene if it bit him in the ass. Tom Hardy talked a little bit about the new Bane and his fighting style in an Empire Magazine interview.
“He’s brutal. Brutal. He’s a big dude who’s incredibly clinical, in the
fact that he has a result-based and oriented fighting style. It’s not about
fighting. It’s about carnage. The style is heavy-handed, heavy-footed, it’s
nasty. Anything from small-joint manipulation to crushing skulls, crushing rib
cages, stamping on shins and knees and necks and collarbones and snapping heads
off and tearing his fists through chests, ripping out spinal columns. He is a
terrorist in mentality as well as brutal action.”
I don’t know about you guys, but that sounds like it is going to be something to watch. If we have to say farewell to the caped crusader, then watching him get the shit beat out of him by a deformed giant is definitely the way to do it. Because in my heart I know that if Nolan isn’t running the show, Batman is sure to revert back into the joke that other directors turned him into.
What do you guys think, will the franchise be able to continue without Christian Bale and Christopher Nolan? Will it ever be the same?