‘Dark Knight Rises’ plot takes inspiration from current economic crisis?

By Ashley Bergner

Much of the plot of Christopher Nolan’s third and final Batman film, “The Dark Knight Rises,” still remains shrouded in mystery, and the recently released trailer teases more than it reveals.

Yet in an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Nolan hints the film’s plot could tie in to the current U.S. economic crisis and issues raised by the “Occupy” movement.

Although Nolan tells the magazine he and his collaborators came up with the idea for the story and obtained New York filming permits months before the Occupy Wall Street movement gained momentum, viewers can expect to find some similarities.

“The truth is, we wanted to shoot on Wall Street for the same iconic reasons that the Occupy movement chose that location: It is a symbol of American wealth and capitalism,” he said. “In trying to tell a story of a self-made hero who is a billionaire, it raises certain issues that I do think are important in the world today, about the use and abuse of what is Bruce Wayne’s only superpower: extraordinary wealth.”

Another source of inspiration was Charles Dickens’ novel “A Tale of Two Cities.”

Batman’s story arc in the film also may take him to different countries, as the film was shot in a number of locations, including the United Kingdom and India. Star Christian Bale will be joined by actors Joseph Gordon-Levitt, who plays a law enforcement officer; Marion Cotillard, a Wayne Enterprises board member; and Anne Hathaway, who plays Catwoman, though a lot of detail about their characters hasn’t been confirmed, either.

The film will be released on July 20.


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