Dark Knight Rises is the end of an era
The Dark Knight Rises, which just wrapped and hits theaters on July 20, 2012, is truly the end of an era.
The film will be last Batman with Christopher Nolan at the helm, and the final movie in which Christian Bale plays the famed cape crusader. This is definitely unfortunate for Batfans like myself, because, IMHO, Nolan saved Batman from the clutches of uber-hack Joel Schumacher, and like Coppola with Godfather II, also delivered a sequel that blew his first Batman out the door.
Obviously every ride has to end at some point, but will there be tears for the end of Batman like fans cried at the end of the Harry Potter franchise?
As Nolan recently confessed to the L.A. Times, he was indeed saddened as the Dark Knight Rises shoot came to an end.
Nolan told writer Goeff Boucher he tries not to get emotional when shooting a film, "But you definitely get a little lump in your throat thinking that, 'OK, this is going to be the last time we're going to be doing this.' It's been quite a journey... It was quite touching, I must say."
The Dark Knight Rises was a six month shoot that took everyone from L.A., Philadelphia, India, Scotland, and England. The Nolan Batman franchise has already pulled in $1.4 billion worldwide, and the money's sure to pile up even higher with Rises next summer.
As for all the mania surrounding the film, Nolan said, "It reminds you that is is a real honor to work on something that means so much to people. I've been given a very precious thing to do my best with, to look after, and not let people down."
As reported previously on TG and the L.A. Times, there's definitely big pressure that comes with all this, and Nolan continued, "There's a certain amount of fear that comes with it and intimidation but it's also a great privilege. [The fans] want it to be great..."
And for those who don't want to hear another word about 3D, Nolan told the Times he feels IMAX, not 3D, is what can deliver great cinema spectacle, and as you recall the IMAX scenes in the previous Batman were incredible.
Funny enough, Batman coming to an end reminds me of another franchise that stopped and was quickly resurrected again: Friday the 13th.
As Peter Bracke recalled in his book Crystal Lake Memories, with the fourth Friday in the series, which was dubbed The Final Chapter, Paramount and many others involved in the films really wanted this to be the end of Jason.
Tom Savini, who did the make-up effects for the first film, even brought back his machete from Dawn of the Dead to finish off Jason for good.
Then once Jason was finally done off, there was a strange sadness on the set, much like Nolan felt at the end of production on Dark Knight Rises.
"It was a very emotional scene to watch because we all that that was the end," says producer Frank Mancuso Jr. "We couldn't believe it was over."
I'm sure many of us will feel the same with the end of the Dark Knight.