'The Dark Knight Rises' Script Due Today, Or Christopher Nolan's 'In Big Trouble'

by Oliver Lyttelton
December 6, 2010 2:12 AM
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After a couple of years of speculation as to whether he would make the film, and after one passion-project turned box-office-blockbuster, Christopher Nolan finally confirmed that he would be directing the third, and final, film in the Batman series a few months back. We know that it's going to be called "The Dark Knight Rises," we know that "Bronson" star Tom Hardy will reteam with Nolan, who directed him in "Inception," by joining the regular cast, and we know... well, not much else really.

Sure there's been plenty of speculation, including a list of names that Nolan was rumored to be meeting with over the two female leads, one of which is said to be a villain. But with a May start date fast approaching, things are likely to firm up sooner rather than later, particularly with Variety writer David S. Cohen tweeting over the weekend that "Chris Nolan told me his The Dark Knight Rises script is due Monday or he's in big trouble."

Cohen jokes "Big trouble? What can they do? Fire him?," but while this is obviously unlikely, some severe lateness clauses are built into Nolan's contract. If the director doesn't deliver a first draft today, Warners have the right to move the currently-under-construction ten-meter-tall platinum statue of Nolan so that it faces east, rather than west, to force him to attend a test screening of "Green Lantern," to unleash the Animaniacs in his office, to cancel his upcoming guest appearance on "The Big Bang Theory," and to revoke his Emma Thomas privileges.

So really, the stakes are pretty high, and we're sure Nolan is just wrapping up a cigarette & whiskey-fueled all-night writing session to finish it up as we speak. Us too, Chris. Us too. While we wait for further news, reports did come in over the weekend of a possible plotline, as Ain't It Cool reported that a source had told them that Nolan is using the "Prey" storyline from the comic books as the basis for the script.

That plotline, published in the early 1990s, served as a sequel to Frank Miller's seminal "Batman: Year One," and features a Batman on the run from the police, battling evil psychiatrist Dr. Hugo Strange, while encountering Catwoman for the first time. It certainly makes sense, with two villains, one of whom is a woman, being rumored. We didn't include Strange as one of our candidates to be the villain, partly because his mind control abilities seemed a little incongruous with Nolan's realistic universe, and partly because of his great big mutton-chop-sideburns (Also? He's called Dr. Hugo. STRANGE), but we suppose it seems plausible enough.

However, Nolan's yet to adapt a comic book storyline directly, and he's unlikely to start here -- if there are similarities with "Prey," expect it to deviate from the source material heavily. Even then, it seems a little thin -- even Ain't It Cool don't seem entirely behind the report, and this isn't the first time in recent memory that the rumor's done the rounds. As relatively leak-proof as Nolan's camp is, we imagine that with the script beginning to do the rounds, something more concrete will come out in the next few weeks, particularly if there's more movement on casting. "The Dark Knight Rises" hits theaters on July 20, 2012.

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5 Comments

  • TheoC | December 6, 2010 11:16 AMReply

    While he has never directly adapted from the comic books, some of the best parts in Batman Begins were taken from or openly inspired by Batman Year one. I think this villain and story line sounds plausible, I hope so anyways. Inception sold me on Hardy so I'm a fan.

  • Oliver Lyttelton | December 6, 2010 7:29 AMReply

    I meant Emma Watson privileges -- since 2008, Warners have allowed top-level talent their pick of the Harry Potter cast. Sandra Bullock was given Neville Longbottom after she won the Oscar.

    The article's changed, however, so some lawyers may have been on the phone...

  • Scott Mendelson | December 6, 2010 5:45 AMReply

    "to unleash the Animaniacs in his office"

    Thank you, that just made my day. Of course, if the show was still around, that would probably end up as an episode, complete with shots at the nerds endlessly speculating on an unwritten film and just-subtle-enough potshots at Ledger's inability to appear in the third film.

    Of course, for all the hub-bub about who the villain would be (oooh... Dr Strange... how exciting!), that does bring to mind an idea. Two villains... one who is a genius, the other who is insane. Are you pondering what I'm pondering?

  • Papushi | December 6, 2010 4:04 AMReply

    You mean Emma Thomas privileges. Or does the lucky bastard really have Emma Watson privileges?

  • BradZuhl | December 6, 2010 3:13 AMReply

    Can't wait to see Catwoman in the Nolan-verse. Not too up on the whole Hugo Strange storyline but it sounds very reminiscent of the Scarecrow's mind manipulating fear gas. Would Nolan really repeat himself like that?

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