Executive producers David S. Goyer (L) and Marc Guggenheim answer questions about the show "Flash Forward" during the Disney and ABC Television Group panels at the Television Critics Association summer press tour in Pasadena, California August 8, 2009. REUTERS/Phil McCarten (UNITED STATES ENTERTAINMENT) (Photo : Executive producers David S. G)
As the hype for the "Dark Knight Rises" increases, so does the hysteria.
After screen David Goyer released a statement regarding the film's ending, pandemonium ensued as fans and even reporters began speculating on the significance of his comments in relation to the plot.
According to Gather.com Goyer stated the following, "The final scene of 'The Dark Knight Rises' is exactly the scene we talked about. It remained completely unchanged. We both knew in our hearts that we were onto something special. I have to tell you, having finally seen everything strung together a little while ago and seeing that scene, I got a complete lump in my throat."
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Fans immediately began speculating that the "lump in my throat" meant that Batman would meet his demise by the end of the final installment in Christopher Nolan's epic trilogy. In fact, the idea of Batman's death has long been rumored since Nolan chose to include Bane, most famous for breaking Batman's back in comic books, was announced as the film's main villain. Cinemablend even rolled out an article stating that the death of Bruce Wayne would not only enable Batman to live on in another character, but would also enable Warner Brothers to reboot the franchise without worrying about fans clamoring for a Nolan directed follow-up to the series.
In light of the comments aroused by Goyer's statement, the director himself related the issue in an interview with MTV and said, ""I think, really, people are reading too much into David's quote, actually. If you read the context of it, he's very diplomatically talking about just fulfilling the promise of what we had initially talked about in terms of having a complete story, and ending the story."
Nolan has already stated that this ends his journey directing Batman and that he will not be involved in any future installments of the Caped Crusader. He has also denied any interest in the "Justic League" film that Warner Brothers is planning after the massive success of "The Avengers" this summer.
"The Dark Knight Rises" opens in one week on July 20 and stars Christian Bale as Batman/Bruce Wayne, with Michael Caine, Gary Oldman and Morgan Freeman in supporting roles. Joining the cast are Anne Hathaway as Catwoman, Tom Hardy as Bane, Marion Cottillard as Miranda Tate and Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Gotham cop John Blake. The film takes place eight years after those of "The Dark Knight", with Batman emerging from retirement to face a new threat on Gotham.
Watch Nolan's comments on MTV below:
As for the reviews, on Friday July 6, Warner Bros. reportedly had its first screening of the upcoming and highly anticipated "The Dark Knight Rises" movie in a private event where the press and critics were invited.
The reviews are all terrific, meaning maybe Warner Bros. only invited good friends and acquaintances. But also, it could mean that Christopher Nolan may have rendered another memorable and epic flick, leaving other super-hero movies in the dust. Luckily, only one week remains before people can finally get to test what the critics say.
Here they are:
Tom McAuliffe @TomMcAuliffe - Just finished the screening of Dark Knight Rises...so much awesome...can't wait to see it again. And again. 9 out of 10 for me. I'd put Amazing Spider-Man at a 7.5 and Avengers at an 8.5.
Brian Limond - "Just back from a special preview screening of The Dark Knight Rises. Very good. It's everything and more. You're gonna LOVE IT!"
Marco Gennuso @marcogennuso - Vince just saw Dark Knight Rises at a press screening & says: "Wow. Quite speechless at the moment....TDKR was everything I wanted it to be"
Zach Pincus - "The Dark Knight Rises is not only easily the best Batman movie yet, but now one of my favorite movies I've ever seen. It was unbelievable!"
Lauren Heistand - "The Dark Knight Rises has just finished screening for the press and critics, receiving a STANDING OVATION!!!"
READ FULL REVIEW FOR THE DARK KNIGHT RISES HERE.