While "The Dark Knight" director Christopher Nolan remains undecided about whether or not he'll return for a third installment of Warner Bros. current "Batman" franchise, one thing he's absolutely 100% certain of is his favorite scene from this summer's box office champ.
"To be honest, it’s pretty easy for me," Nolan said in a recent interview with the L.A. Times "Hero Complex" blog. "The scene that is so important and so central to me is the interrogation scene between Batman and the Joker in the film. When we were writing the script, that was always one of the central set pieces that we wanted to crack."
As Nolan points out in the interview, he "could actually talk about this scene for hours," and just about does, getting to the very heart and soul of the scene in which Batman, having had just about all he could stand of the Joker's brutal nonsense, takes out his frustrations on the psycho-killer -- only to realize that while he was getting his knuckles bloody, that his two closest friends, Rachel Dawes and Harvey Dent, we're trapped in separate warehouses filled with explosives, resulting in one of their untimely deaths.
Nolan also points out that the actors involved -- Christian Bale and Heath Ledger -- were just as eager to film the classic scene as he was, and likewise, added their own unique touches to the brutal exchange.
"Originally, at the end of that scene, once the Joker reveals his information, Christian dropped him and then, almost as an afterthought, he kicked him in the head as he walked out of the room," said Nolan. "We wound up removing that bit. It seemed a little too petulant for Batman in a way. And really, more than that, what it was is that I liked how Christian played it: When he drops the Joker, he has realized the futility of what he’s done. You see it in his eyes. How do you fight someone who thrives on conflict? It’s a very loose end to be left with."
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