Nolan spoke at length about the decision not to pursue a 3-D release for "The Dark Knight Rises" in a conversation with Hero Complex. According to the director, who has spoken out against 3-D filmmaking techniques in the past, the decision to avoid 3-D was largely motivated by wanting to stick with the visual tone established by Nolan's prior "Batman" films.
“We want the look and feel of the film to be faithful to what has come before in the first two films,” he said. “There was a large canvas and operatic sweep to ‘The Dark Knight’ and we want to make a film that will carry on with that look and feel.”
“There’s an intimacy at times [with spatial illusion of the 3-D effect] and we didn’t want to lose scale," he continued. "Our ambition for the third movie is to complete a story that has begun. This is not starting over, this is not rebooting. We’re finishing something, and keeping a consistency with what’s come before has real value.”
Nolan said that by committing to IMAX and high-definition cameras instead of 3-D techniques, "The Dark Knight Rises" will achieve "a new strata as far as image quality and the scale that can be achieved with that quality."
"We’re looking to do something technologically that’s never been done before,” he said. “Our ambitions are to make a great movie.”
Nolan's words aren't meant to lead any kind of anti-3-D charge, however, as the filmmaker said: "It's horses for courses."
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