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Post-RISES Mailbag #1
Posted by: Jett
July 25, 2012

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What was that stupid question that female reporter asked Chris Nolan?

Well, she asked him and question and before he could answer it, she asked Joseph Gordon-Levitt if Warner Bros. had him under contract for “Robin” sequels. I’ve been around Mr. Nolan several times -- even spoken with him one on one at length -- and I’ve NEVER seen him get angry…until that question.

Is THE DARK KNIGHT RISES REALLY the last Batman film?

No, it’s not the last Batman film, but it’s the last film set in the “Nolanverse.” Thus, there will be no sequels with JGL’s Batman/Robin/Nightwing or prequels featuring Anne Hathaway’s Catwoman. Period.

After seeing THE DARK KNIGHT RISES, how do you rank Nolan’s Batman films now?

1) BATMAN BEGINS
2) THE DARK KNIGHT RISES
3) THE DARK KNIGHT.

With that said, BEGINS was and will probably always mean the most to me personally, TDK is probably the best “film” of the bunch, and RISES had the most emotional impact on me. Hell, I love ‘em all!

Do you think THE DARK KNIGHT RISES will get any Oscar nominations?

I truly believe it’ll get a “Best Picture” nomination and Chris Nolan will get a “Best Director” nod. Christian Bale deserves a “Best Actor” nomination -- it’s his best work out of the 3 films -- though I don’t know if he’ll get one. Has Zimmer should flat-out win for “Best Music” -- or whatever it’s called -- because his score was superb. And all those guys who were nominated and won for INCEPTION -- Wally Pfister, Chris Corbould, and company -- should be nominated and probably will win.

Will Chris Nolan be a producer on the Batman reboot?

Nope. Even though Jeff Robinov said he (and Emma Thomas) would produce the reboot, it’s now clear to me that it ain’t going to happen. Chris was adamant at the press junket that this is IT for him and Batman on film in any capacity.

What’s with the RISES backlash by fans and the negative reviews by reviewers?

Well for one thing, you can’t please everyone. Film is art and art is subjective. If someone doesn’t like the film, that’s their prerogative. Honestly, I couldn’t care less -- I loved it and that’s all that matters to me. BUT…

When it comes to fans, each one has their own idea of what Batman “IS” in their heads. When a Batman film, comic book, animated series, etc. doesn’t match the vision in their head, then they’re very likely not to like that particular interpretation of Batman. Hey, it’s happened to me. I hate BATMAN RETURNS and I’m not a big fan of a lot of Grant Morrison’s Batman stuff.

Is there anything you didn’t like about THE DARK KNIGHT RISES?

Hmm. Good question. Not really to be honest. If I HAD to pick something, I was particularly blown away by Marion Cotillard’s performance. She wasn’t bad at all and my opinion of her performance has nothing to do with the way she was written in the script or how Miranda/Talia was depicted in the film. It’s a petty nitpick and nothing more.

Were you happy with the ending?

Yep. I’m glad he gave Bruce -- and Selina for that matter -- a happy ending.

Was Ra’s real or a figment of Bruce’s imagination in RISES?

Liam Neeson’s cameo as Ra’s Al Ghul was nothing more than a hallucination in the mind of the injured Bruce Wayne.

So John Blake is the new Batman?

If you want him to be. Or he could adopt his own identity like "Robin" or "Nightwing." Or maybe he NEVER suits up like Bruce did and helps in other ways. That's what's great about the ending of RISES and it's classic Chris Nolan.

What was the coolest thing you got to do while covering RISES?

The coolest thing I got to do is private and personal and shall remain that way. :)

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