Oscars 2011: Christopher Nolan On ‘The Dark Knight Rises,’ Says He’s Excited To ‘Finish A Trilogy’

Sure, this year is going to be a big one for comic book movies, but with “The Dark Knight Rises” and “The Avengers” both hitting theaters in 2012, next year is shaping up to be a pretty blockbuster year, too.

Christopher Nolan is still putting pieces in place for the grand finale of his Batman movie trilogy, but when MTV News caught him on the red carpet at this weekend’s Academy Awards, we couldn’t help fishing for a few details about the final chapter of his celebrated franchise.

Asked about the tone of the third film, Nolan said he simply doesn’t have an answer at this point — or at the very least, isn’t willing to share it with everyone yet.

“Wow! That’s a tricky one,” said Nolan when asked about the “Dark Knight Rises” theme. “I actually don’t have an answer for you today. I’m gonna have to really think about that.”

The director was similarly vague when asked why recent cast additions Tom Hardy and Anne Hathaway were chosen to portray Bane and Selina Kyle, respectively.

“Once you see the film in 2012 you will completely understand why they were the perfect choice for these characters,” he said.

And the filmmaker continued to keep his cards close to his vest when asked whether he’d be willing to produce a fourth film in the franchise instead of directing, given his recent assertion that “The Dark Knight Rises” will be the final Batman movie he directs.

“Well, I’ll say this: We’re very much excited about really finishing a trilogy and giving a conclusion to our story,” he said. “And that’s what we’re doing.”

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