Christopher Nolan (Briefly) Comments on ‘The Dark Knight Rises’

If you want to get Christopher Nolan to come to your party, then giving him an award and having your party in Santa Barbara are probably two good strategies to utilize. Sunday night, Nolan showed up at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival to pick up an award for Inception and ended up fielding some questions about the third film in his Batman franchise.

When asked about how he came up with the film’s title, Nolan joked, “I banged my head against the wall.” After pausing for some laughter, he went on to continue, “We’ve worked on it a long time, David Goyer and myself. We’re about 12 weeks away from shooting. We start in May.”

When asked why he finally signed on to doing a third film after some much publicized hemming and hawing, he stated simply, “It was about finishing the story.” But when questioned about whether the newly cast Anne Hathaway would actually be playing Catwoman or if she would just be appearing as her civilian alter ego Selina Kyle, Nolan just flashed a smile and refused to comment.

There are four important bits of information that fans of Nolan’s Batman films can take away from these comments. 1) Anne Hathaway may or may not don a cat suit in The Dark Knight Rises. 2) This seems to definitely be Nolan’s final go around with the franchise. 3) Shooting starts in a mere 12 weeks. 4) When Christopher Nolan makes a joke, the room laughs: period.


Weaned on the genre films of the 80s. Reared by the independent movement of the 90s. Earned a BA for writing stuff in the 00s. Reviews current releases at

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