"I've had as many conversations with people who have seen the film the other way round. We throw a lot of things against the wall to see if it sticks. We put a lot of interesting questions in the air, but that's simply a backdrop for the story. What we're really trying to do is show the cracks of society, show the conflicts that somebody would try to wedge open. We're going to get wildly different interpretations of what the film is supporting and not supporting, but it's not doing any of those things. It's just telling a story. If you're saying, 'Have you made a film that's supposed to be criticizing the Occupy Wall Street movement?' – well, obviously, that's not true... If the populist movement is manipulated by somebody who is evil, that surely is a criticism of the evil person. You could also say the conditions the evil person is exploiting are problematic and should be addressed... I've got all sorts of opinions, but this isn't what we're doing here," he explained. "I love when people get interested in the politics of it, when they see something in it that moves them in some way. But I'm not being disingenuous when I say that we write from a place of 'What's the worst thing our villain Bane can do? What are we most afraid of?' He's going to come in and turn our world upside down. That has happened to other societies throughout history, many times, so why not here? Why not Gotham? We want something that moves people and gets under the skin."
Nolan doesn't have a cellphone, or use email, because he likes talking in person.
The director famously admitted a few years back that he's never owned a cellphone, and he says that he finds he's never really needed them. "It's not that I'm a Luddite and don't like technology," he told The Hollywood Reporter. "I've just never been interested. When I moved to L.A. in 1997, nobody really had cell phones, and I just never went down that path. And I'm in a slightly unique position because when I'm working -- and I've been working pretty much continuously for the last 10 years -- I'm never more than five feet from somebody who has a phone... A lot of the things people amuse themselves with really are just toys for grown-ups, and it eats your time and pulls your concentration." He did have an email address set up for him by Warner Bros at one stage, but by the time he checked it, he says, "There were thousands of emails in this account -- some from quite important people, actually. I had them take it down, so people didn't think they were getting in touch with me." So, if you've been waiting for a reply from Nolan for the last decade or so, don't take it personally...
There is a map that gives you the exact geography of Gotham City.
Gotham City's been as much a character across the trilogy as Batman, but the geography's sometimes been a bit unclear, in part because of the sheer number of cities it was filmed in across the three films -- New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Pittsburgh, even London. Fortunately, "The Dark Knight Manual," a tie-in book, has printed an exact map of the city, which you can see over at EW. You know, for the next time you're planning a trip.