Is it just me that is getting a feeling of Too Much Information when it comes to The Dark Knight? I feel like saying to director Chris Nolan, “Don’t show us this, don’t tell us that,” because I feel like I know pretty much everything that is going to be in The Dark Knight.
“[The Dark Knight is] really all about finishing Batman and Bruce Wayne’s story. We left him in a very precarious place. Perhaps surprisingly for some people, our story picks up quite a bit later, eight years after The Dark Knight. So he’s an older Bruce Wayne; he’s not in a great state. With Bane, we’re looking to give Batman a challenge he hasn’t had before. With our choice of villain and with our choice of story we’re testing Batman both physically as well as mentally.”
On its own this isn’t much information, and certainly not enough to be classed as spoilers. But the fact that Nolan is even revealing some details – the nature of the plot, the timeline, why Bane is the villain – is a departure from the previous two films, and from Nolan’s own way of doing things.
Perhaps this whole thing is a ruse with a twist ending inspired by The Prestige, another of Nolan’s films. It’ll turn out that nothing we’ve seen or heard is actually from The Dark Knight Rises. That Bane isn’t the villain, that Catwoman doesn’t make an appearance, that the Batwing and the Batmobile are just figments of our collective imagination. If so then Nolan would be an absolute genius. Whereas at the moment he is just a run-of-the-mill genius.
Assuming that unlikely scenario doesn’t turn out to be accurate then I just can’t help but wonder if it has been a case of Too Much Information when it comes to The Dark Knight. Build a buzz, sure, but hold something back that no one knows about until they actually go see the movie.