The biggest surprise about "The Dark Knight Rises" for me, and I suspect for many fans, is the fact that the movie takes place eight years after the conclusion of "The Dark Knight." That's a long, deliberate stretch of time between the Joker's assault on Gotham City and Bane's impending strike. The reasons behind the time jump are certainly murky now, but Christopher Nolan promises that the leap will be much more easily explained once "Rises," er, rises in theaters.
"It will make a lot more sense to people when they see the film," Nolan told Hero Complex of the time jump. "But it’s not a great mystery — it’s the jumping-off point for the film — but it’s hard for me to articulate it. I think the mood at the beginning of the film will make a lot of sense."
"If I had to express it thematically, I think what we’re saying is that for Batman and Commissioner Gordon, there’s a big sacrifice, a big compromise, at the end of the 'The Dark Knight' and for that to mean something, that sacrifice has to work and Gotham has to get better in a sense," he elaborated. "They have to achieve something for the ending of that film — and the feeling at the end of that film — to have validity. Their sacrifice has to have meaning and it takes time to establish that and to show that, and that’s the primary reason we did that."
Nolan added that even though he wanted to push things forward in time, he didn't want to age his characters to the point that makeup would be required.
"It's a time period that is not so far ahead that we would have to do crazy makeup or anything — which I think would be distracting — but it gave them something to get their teeth into, particularly Christian in terms of [portraying] this guy who has been frozen in this moment in time with nowhere to go," he said. "He really has done an incredible job figuring out how to characterize that and express that."
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