'Dark Knight Rises' Stars Weigh In On Batman's End


The end is nigh for Christopher Nolan's Batman, and the actors and crewmembers involved with the project can feel it hanging over them.

"Back in Gotham, back in Chris Nolan's city," Morgan Freeman said during a set visit The Los Angeles Times attended. "The only drawback is this is the last one we get to work on with him. And a lot of us won't really get that until later. It's not until the curtain goes down that you think, ‘Jesus, that's the last one.'"

This is a summer that is overwhelmed with superhero blockbuster releases. From "The Avengers" to "The Amazing Spider-Man" to "The Dark Knight Rises," all of our favorite masked, caped and suited crusaders are going to be making their way to the big screen. But there's something about "The Dark Knight Rises" that makes it stand out from the rest.

It could be the fact the fact that this movie is following up arguably the most respected comic book film of all time, or it could be the mystery surrounding the plot, but it's hard not to get hyped for "The Dark Knight Rises." And director Christopher Nolan feels it too.

"Without getting into specifics, the key thing that makes the third film a great possibility for us is that we want to finish our story," he said. "And in viewing it as the finishing of a story rather than infinitely blowing up the balloon and expanding the story... unlike the comics, these things don't go on forever in film and viewing it as a story with an end is useful."

Special effects supervisor Chris Corbould likened the experience of working on Nolan's Batman flicks to working on "The Lord of the Rings."

"It's a journey we've all been on with Chris; [‘Batman Begins' was] his first action film and then with the second we made one of the most successful action films of all time. And with the third we hope to make the most successful action film of all time," he said. "It's been a mission and it is a mission."

As the LA Times article states, "the plot and the production have been treated like state secrets," and leading man Christian Bale has no qualms with that. In fact, he seems to prefer the production better that way, even if it makes the filming process a little more high maintenance.

"Chris likes his secrets, and he keeps an air of mystery about his scripts and his plans. And I like that," Bale said. "I remember when I first read the script, of course it was all top secret. I went round by Chris' house, was shut in the room with the script -- not allowed to leave with it -- and it hit me that this was the last one. What Chris couldn't believe was how slow I read because I go back and re-read until I have it all in my mind. I was in there six or seven hours. It was dark when I came out. And I was smiling."

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