Christopher Nolan has been adamant that "The Dark Knight Rises" will be his final film in the "Batman" franchise. To that end, he's promised to bring the trilogy to a definitive close and give "a conclusion to our story," as the director told us last month.
But what exactly that story is and how it will conclude remain unknown. Actor Gary Oldman, out promoting "Red Riding Hood," gave MTV News some hints, noting a sort of storytelling symmetry that will tie the third film back to the first and yet take the entire franchise to a new level.
"The scope of it and also the way he brings it back to 'Batman Begins,' and really what Bruce Wayne discovers about himself, what he learns about himself at the end of this one [will top off the trilogy]," Oldman teased about the upcoming flick.
Exactly what self-knowledge Christian Bale's Caped Crusader acquires remains to be seen. The production isn't set to kick off until the spring, in advance of a July 2012 release date.
While Oldman hasn't seen the script, Nolan apparently told him he's put together a "good role" for the actor in the form of Gotham City Police Department hotshot Jim Gordon. "I know the story and it's a great story," Oldman said. "You look at 'The Dark Knight' and you go, 'How's he going to top it?' But I think he has."
In addition to reuniting with familiar "Batman" castmates, Oldman's return to the franchise will mark another collaboration with Tom Hardy, who joins "Dark Knight Rises" as the villain Bane.
"I worked with Tom on ['Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy'], I'm going off to do a couple days with him on ['The Wettest County in the World'] and then we work together on 'Batman,' " Oldman said. "And then we get married — 2011 is the year of Gary and Tom."
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