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Dark Knight Rises: Is This The End?
Possible spoilers for the third Batman

29 May 2012  |  Written by Helen O'Hara  |  Source: Exclusive

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Ever since The Dark Knight Rises was announced, fan speculation has been rife about how it would be end. Would Batman die to definitively conclude the trilogy? Well, in our huge and utterly comprehensive Batman feature in the new issue of Empire, we have a few pointers. Which may or may not be spoilers, so be warned.

First up, as is only proper, is director Christopher Nolan. "What drew me to Batman in the first place was Bruce Wayne's story, and that he's a real character whose story begins in childhood. He's not a fully formed character like James Bond, so what we're doing is following the journey of this guy from a child who goes through this horrible experience of becoming this extraordinary character. That, for me, became a three-part story. And obviously the third part becomes the ending of the guy's story."

Co-writer Jonathan (Jonah) Nolan adds, "It's the right way to end it - to blow the whole thing up!"

Which sounds like things are going to go badly for the Bat. But then again, that doesn't necessarily mean that Batman's going down (the title, in fact, would suggest the opposite). And star Christian Bale is less emphatic. "My understanding is that this is the last one. I think it's appropriate, I think it's going out at the right time. But...if Chris came to me with a script and said, 'You know what? There is another story' then I would love the challenge of making a fourth one work."

Which would indicate that you can put those Bat-memorial wreaths to one side. The Dark Knight Rises on July 20. Read everything else you could possibly want to know about the film and Nolan's Bat-trilogy in the new issue of Empire, out on Thursday.


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RE: Dark Knight Rises: Is This The End?
How about the Butch and Sundance freeze frame ending just before the cops open fire which Frank Miller originally considered for the end of k Knight Returns (Nah - he's too big! Either Bruce Wayne retires to be replaced by the Joseph Gordon Levit character. Or Levit becomes - GASP! - Robin in some form or other...) More

Posted by chris kilby at 20:28 on 11 June 2012 | Report This Post

RE: Dark Knight Rises: Is This The End?
L: kingtutiii L: Discodez L: The REAL Bozz As if DC would let Nolan kill Batman off. As if.Nolan are not the man is not all powerful. I think fans like to imagine he has ULTIMATE control over everything. He doesn't. Ultimately.. I doubt that DC have any say in where a movies stories would take their characters, otherwise they would surley have stopped Joel Schumacher and "Pitof" turning their charatcers into fucking jokes. Also comic books kill off and then re More

Posted by Discodez at 12:59 on 06 June 2012 | Report This Post

RE: Dark Knight Rises: Is This The End?
L: Discodez L: The REAL Bozz As if DC would let Nolan kill Batman off. As if.Nolan are not the man is not all powerful. I think fans like to imagine he has ULTIMATE control over everything. He doesn't. Ultimately.. I doubt that DC have any say in where a movies stories would take their characters, otherwise they would surley have stopped Joel Schumacher and "Pitof" turning their charatcers into fucking jokes. Also comic books kill off and then reincarnate characters all the More

Posted by kingtutiii at 04:57 on 04 June 2012 | Report This Post

RE: Dark Knight Rises: Is This The End?
ORIGINAL: mclane1 Banes voice in the trailer is silly, he sounds like stephen fry- its really not very menacing. its a shame people wont know its tom hardy infact hes been shafted all round, cant see his face and hes had to do a funny voice. classic ts really put a smile on my face hahaha More

Posted by waltham1979 at 09:05 on 30 May 2012 | Report This Post

RE: Dark Knight Rises: Is This The End?
L: mclane1 i think Banes voice in the trailer is silly, he sounds like stephen fry- its really not very menacing. hame people wont know its tom hardy hes been shafted all round, cant see his face and hes had to do a funny voice. classic L: waltham1979 L: OPEN YOUR EYES L: The REAL Bozz I think they have more control then you think. Attitudes were a lot different to comic book movies back in 1997. It's just such a moot point. There is ZERO chance they would kil More

Posted by OPEN YOUR EYES at 22:17 on 29 May 2012 | Report This Post

RE: Dark Knight Rises: Is This The End?
L: mclane1 i think Banes voice in the trailer is silly, he sounds like stephen fry- its really not very menacing. hame people wont know its tom hardy hes been shafted all round, cant see his face and hes had to do a funny voice. classic xcept it's now common knowledge that Hardy played Bane and his name is on all of the promotional materials. More

Posted by MonsterCat at 19:36 on 29 May 2012 | Report This Post

RE: Dark Knight Rises: Is This The End?
i think Banes voice in the trailer is silly, he sounds like stephen fry- its really not very menacing. its a shame people wont know its tom hardy infact hes been shafted all round, cant see his face and hes had to do a funny voice. classic L: waltham1979 L: OPEN YOUR EYES L: The REAL Bozz I think they have more control then you think. Attitudes were a lot different to comic book movies back in 1997. It's just such a moot point. There is ZERO chance they would kill of B More

Posted by mclane1 at 19:06 on 29 May 2012 | Report This Post

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The bat will not die if bale has said that if an idea was generated for a 4th film then he would be up for it. More

Posted by nevard271084 at 17:45 on 29 May 2012 | Report This Post

RE: Dark Knight Rises: Is This The End?
L: OPEN YOUR EYES L: The REAL Bozz I think they have more control then you think. Attitudes were a lot different to comic book movies back in 1997. It's just such a moot point. There is ZERO chance they would kill of Batman. Come on.... he Batman will die but Bruce Wayne will live is the theory im sticking to. ersonally my theory it I think it will be the opposite...Bruce dying but Batman living?! More

Posted by waltham1979 at 17:36 on 29 May 2012 | Report This Post

bane's voice??
Why do people keep going on about them changing bane's voice? there's no new version of the line of dialogue that appears in the first trailer, so nothing to compare it to, and as far as I know Christopher Nolan has always said they weren't changing it, unless I've missed someone saying that officially? More

Posted by conywolf at 17:34 on 29 May 2012 | Report This Post

RE: Dark Knight Rises: Is This The End?
L: The REAL Bozz I think they have more control then you think. Attitudes were a lot different to comic book movies back in 1997. It's just such a moot point. There is ZERO chance they would kill of Batman. Come on.... sp; Well you keep saying there's ZERO chance but this is a distinct story in it's own universe, and as has already been said in many places discussing Rises, there's a real possibility that Batman may well be killed off, that Bruce Wayne will fake his death, as More

Posted by Discodez at 16:53 on 29 May 2012 | Report This Post

RE: Dark Knight Rises: Is This The End?
Talking metophorically I think the clue is in the title. 'Rises' More

Posted by The REAL Bozz at 16:41 on 29 May 2012 | Report This Post

RE: Dark Knight Rises: Is This The End?
L: The REAL Bozz I think they have more control then you think. Attitudes were a lot different to comic book movies back in 1997. It's just such a moot point. There is ZERO chance they would kill of Batman. Come on.... he Batman will die but Bruce Wayne will live is the theory im sticking to. More

Posted by OPEN YOUR EYES at 16:21 on 29 May 2012 | Report This Post

RE: Dark Knight Rises: Is This The End?
I think they have more control then you think. Attitudes were a lot different to comic book movies back in 1997. It's just such a moot point. There is ZERO chance they would kill of Batman. Come on.... More

Posted by The REAL Bozz at 16:13 on 29 May 2012 | Report This Post

RE: Dark Knight Rises: Is This The End?
L: The REAL Bozz As if DC would let Nolan kill Batman off. As if.Nolan are not the man is not all powerful. I think fans like to imagine he has ULTIMATE control over everything. He doesn't. Ultimately.. I doubt that DC have any say in where a movies stories would take their characters, otherwise they would surley have stopped Joel Schumacher and "Pitof" turning their charatcers into fucking jokes. Also comic books kill off and then reincarnate characters all the time.... More

Posted by Discodez at 15:33 on 29 May 2012 | Report This Post

RE: Dark Knight Rises: Is This The End?
As if DC would let Nolan kill Batman off. As if.Nolan are not the man is not all powerful. I think fans like to imagine he has ULTIMATE control over everything. He doesn't. More

Posted by The REAL Bozz at 14:49 on 29 May 2012 | Report This Post

RE: Dark Knight Rises: Is This The End?
L: MonsterCat Holy cats Anne Hathaway is looking super foxy on that cover. ote]   She looks even better on the poster that comes with the issue. More

Posted by jcthefirst at 13:08 on 29 May 2012 | Report This Post

Doesnt have to die.
Wheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeelchair. Try batmanning out of that. More

Posted by Bluehawk at 12:34 on 29 May 2012 | Report This Post

RE: Dark Knight Rises: Is This The End?
Holy cats Anne Hathaway is looking super foxy on that cover. More

Posted by MonsterCat at 12:28 on 29 May 2012 | Report This Post

Nolanverse Forever...
I'd love the Nolan Bros. to cook up another Batman, especially if it features Philip Seymour Hoffman as Riddler! OR jump decades into the future and do The Dark Knight Returns with Jack Nicholson playing a Ledger-style Joker, and James Brolin an elderly Bats... More

Posted by veedlemonster at 12:23 on 29 May 2012 | Report This Post

Nolanverse Forever...
I'd love the Nolan Bros. to cook up another Batman, especially if it features Philip Seymour Hoffman as Riddler! OR jump decades into the future and do The Dark Knight Returns with Jack Nicholson playing a Ledger-style Joker, and James Brolin an elderly Bats... More

Posted by veedlemonster at 12:22 on 29 May 2012 | Report This Post

RE: Overrated Series
It's an opinion (although the second part is scarily true - the stuff on Avengers was reminiscent of the SW obsessives leading attacks on Serenity and LOTR). So please leave off the troll stuff till it's merited. More

Posted by elab49 at 12:21 on 29 May 2012 | Report This Post

RE: Overrated Series
L: burtbondy Too many flaws to be called great. To many crazy indoctrinated fanboys lurking everywhere ready to pounce on anybody who doesn't worship Nolan as they do. re trying too hard dude. Good trolls are subtle. More

Posted by thelas at 12:18 on 29 May 2012 | Report This Post

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L: Cyberleader Just a shame they were never able to do a crime boss/Goldfinger type Oswald Cobblepot. Joe Pesi would have been great in that role (not that it would have been a given that he would have taken the role) ree, a Carmine Falcone or Sal Maroni sort. Eric Roberts or Tom Wilkinson would be great. More

Posted by thelas at 12:18 on 29 May 2012 | Report This Post

Overrated Series
Too many flaws to be called great. To many crazy indoctrinated fanboys lurking everywhere ready to pounce on anybody who doesn't worship Nolan as they do. More

Posted by burtbondy at 12:12 on 29 May 2012 | Report This Post

Just a shame they were never able to do a crime boss/Goldfinger type Oswald Cobblepot. Joe Pesi would have been great in that role (not that it would have been a given that he would have taken the role) More

Posted by Cyberleader at 11:51 on 29 May 2012 | Report This Post

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