Warning: the following story contains massive spoilers for "The Dark Knight Rises."
To kill Batman, or not to kill Batman. That was the question on the minds of some fans, but it was never a question for "The Dark Knight Rises" director Christopher Nolan.
Speaking with MTV News, Nolan said that he figured out how to conclude his third and final Batman movie very early on in the process of envisioning the project. And once he figured out how Bruce Wayne's story would end, Nolan knew he had a meaningful enough tale to warrant a third and final trip to Gotham City.
"For me, movies are all about knowing the end of the story," he said of his process. "Once I know the end and once I know where it's going, then I know I'm going to climb on that train and make that film; we're really going to do something with it. So it was one of the first things I knew about the project, was how to end the story."
Because Nolan and his writing team of brother Jonathan Nolan and David S. Goyer are so thorough at the outset of crafting their stories, there's little room left for deleted scenes when the "Dark Knight" films come to home video, said the director.
"I tend to try and weed things out on paper because it's crazy expensive to shoot things that aren't going to be in the film," he explained. "It also takes up a lot of time and energy. Pretty much with all my films, there are very few deleted scenes, which always disappoints the DVD crowd."
"But honestly, what we do editorially is just compress and stuff everything into the sandwich. Frankly, a lot of that is about music, about [composer] Hans Zimmer," he continued. "We're going to cut this film faster than anybody can care about anything, so [Zimmer has] to find a way to score it so people feel what they're meant to feel as they go along. By the end, the last two reels are practically a musical. That's the way it works on all of the films I've done."
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