Following up a film as massively successful and supremely awesome as The Dark Knight was always going to pose a challenge for the The Dark Knight Rises
Critics and fans are already coming out of the woodwork to question the film’s choices: most notably, the decision by director Christopher Nolan and his brotherscreenwriter Jonathan Nolanto feature so many villains this time round. Well, Jonathan dealt with these negative comments in an interview with Sci-Fi Magazine (via Comic Book Movie), and he didn’t pull any punches:
Oh, I don’t believe in any of that shit… Everybody is always looking for excuses as to why something worked and why something didn’t work. Even The Dark Knight has three villains in it, or six, depending on how you’re counting them.
It’s so refreshing to hear a writer slam his detractors like this, people who are judging his work before the film is even out in theaters. He then went on to remind them just what the whole process boils down to:
It is just a question of whether you can pull it off. That’s what it comes down to. I think a narrative is only as cluttered as you let it be. And if you’re looking for scope and scale…look at The Lord Of The Rings.
He’s not wrong there. Masterful writers like Tolkien were able to write vast and complex epics, and skillful directors like Peter Jacksonand Christopher Nolan, for that matterare then able to turn them into amazing films. To all those who are worried about The Dark Knight Rises: let’s save passing judgement until after the film is released on July 20th.