It's no secret that Christopher Nolan's THE DARK KNIGHT RISES is one of the most anticipated movies of all time. People just cannot wait to see this shit! The internet is full of speculation regarding the characters, the story and just what we can expect from this movie in general. There has been a lot of dodgy theories and misinformation making its way around the internet and today I hope to put a stop to that as I happened to receive a copy of the script. I can't say how I got it, but it is in my possession. I'm freaking out a little bit as I want to show it to people, but at the same time I don't want to get myself into any trouble. So I thought I would scan in the pages for a few key scenes from the movie that will give folks a better idea of how Nolan is handling the characters in his Batman Universe.
One of the things that is causing the most curiosity amongst Batman fans is how will "Catwoman" fit into the current vibe of the film series. Will the name "Catwoman" be uttered at all in the movie? Or will there just be a character named Selina Kyle who wears black? ...In the below script excerpt you can read what happens when Bruce Wayne and Selina Kyle first meet:
As you can see Nolan is keeping things fairly toned down... it's not being blurted out that she is Catwoman, but at the same time, through the use of some VERY clever dialogue there are some very subtle references being made that us die-hards will pick up on right away! And this is why Nolan is the master!
Once they leave this is the scene that follows (please note that the dialogue is quiet X-Rated, so make sure no children catch a glimpse over your shoulder when you are reading):
One of the other big talking points for the movie is the character BANE. It's a risky move for Nolan to introduce that character as a villian rather than one of the classics... Those who have been following the production of the film from day one will know that originally Nolan wanted Joker again, but due to Heath Ledgers partying habbits it made things difficult. He toyed with the idea of getting a new guy in to become Joker and Joseph Gordon-Levitt was screentested for the role, but he decided against it in the end. Then he considered some other characters... There was talks of Philip Seymour Hoffman playing the Penguinn, but that didn't happen. And then for a long time it looked like David Cross was locked in as Riddler, but due to scheduling conflicts Cross had to turn down the role in the end. And this saw Nolan deciding upon Bane!
For a lot of people Bane is a character they don't know much about, but for us die-hards we know this is going to be something special! How is Bane introduced? Well, early in the movie we see the character soon-to-be-known-as BANE orchestrating a carefully planned terrorist attack on an old folks home. In this movie Bane has a big problem with old people... we find out via flashback scenes that he hates old people because his parents were killed when he was a child (mirroring the bat!) and he was forced to live with his grandma who was very mean to him, making him want to rid the world of old people!
After the attack, Batman and Commissioner Gordon meet up to discuss what they are going to do about this new guy who is terrorizing Gotham, which also doubles as the scene where Batman and Bane first face-off:
As you can see, Nolan knows exactly what he is doing and it looks like it's shaping up to be a top film!