Christopher Nolan weighs in on parents taking kids to 'Dark Knight Rises'
Given the gritty and often violent nature of the previous Batman films directed by Christopher Nolan, some parents might be a little wary of taking their underage kids to the PG-13 rated sequel, "The Dark Knight Rises."
However, the director says that while the decision is at the parent's discretion, it also depends on the maturity of child.
"I would say that the violence that takes place is less-intense than the 'Dark Knight.' My kids have seen it, but they've seen a lot of what goes into it, so they may not be the perfect test case," Nolan told OnTheRedCarpet.com in an interview on for "The Dark Knight Rises" earlier this month.
Nolan, 41, has four children with his wife, producer Emma Thomas.
"I think personally, parents have to make a decision based on their child and the level of intensity they think their child is up for," he added. "It really is an intense ride, but I think it's one that a lot of kids will enjoy if their parents are comfortable with it."
During a midnight screening of the film in Aurora, Colorado, on July 20, a gunman killed at least 12 people and 59 people have been reported injured so far. A 3-month-old baby was reportedly wounded.
Nolan issued a statement hours after the tragedy, saying: "Speaking on behalf of the cast and crew of 'The Dark Knight Rises,' I would like to express our profound sorrow at the senseless tragedy that has befallen the entire Aurora community."
"The movie theatre is my home, and the idea that someone would violate that innocent and hopeful place in such an unbearably savage way is devastating to me," he added. "Nothing any of us can say could ever adequately express our feelings for the innocent victims of this appalling crime, but our thoughts are with them and their families."
The shooting suspect was arrested and identified as James Eagan Holmes, a 24-year-old University of Colorado medical school student.
Warner Bros., the studio behind the film, released a statement saying, "Warner Bros. and the filmmakers are deeply saddened to learn about this shocking incident. We extend our sincere sympathies to the families and loved ones of the victims at this tragic time."
Following the shooting, the studio canceled its "Dark Knight Rises" premiere in Paris as well as media interviews that cast members such as Christian Bale, Anne Hathaway and Morgan Freeman were set to give in the French capital.
"The Dark Knight Rises" takes place eight years after the events of the 2008 movie "The Dark Knight." It is the final Batman film by Christopher Nolan, who kicked off the trilogy with "Batman Begins" in 2005. It is also the last film for Bale as Batman.
An escaped convict named Bane, played by Tom Hardy seeks to cause chaos in Gotham City and draw Batman out of exile after taking the blame for the death of Harvey Dent.
Anne Hathaway appears in the film as Selina Kyle, who is known as Catwoman in the comic books. Joseph Gordon-Levitt plays a Gotham City cop named John Blake and Marion Cotillard plays Miranda Tate, a board member of Wayne Enterprises who is eager to help a still-grieving Bruce Wayne, Batman's alter ego, resume his father's philanthropic endeavors for Gotham.
"I really wanted to make Gotham City a character in the film, so I really wanted to have a lot of humanity on the screen - literally a cast of thousands," he said about shooting the film and creating the people of Gotham City. "And so that involves a lot of stunt players, a lot of coordination with people. We have a fight scene involving 1,200 people, I mean it's not easy to do those kinds of things and I had an incredible team putting it all together."
Nolan, who started out with smaller films like "Memento" and "Insomnia" before taking on the blockbuster franchise of Batman, said he doesn't have a pattern to the kind of movies he takes on other than wanting to make a good story.
"I don't know why I take on the projects I take on, other than it's about story and for me, I try not to choose things in a reactive way like 'Okay, I've done a big film - let's do a small film' or something like that," he said. "So I don't know what I'm doing next and it's a long time since I haven't had that, so I'm really enjoying that. I'm going to go on vacation and figure out what I'm going to do."
On July 7, Nolan had his hand and foot prints immortalized at Grauman's Chinese Theatre alongside other Hollywood legends like Marylin Monroe, Gene Kelly and Jack Nicholson. Other directors who have had their prints immortalized include George Lucas and Steven Spielberg.
"The hands and feet ceremony at Grauman's - that was just a huge thrill," Nolan said about the ceremony. "I never expected such an honor. What can I say about that? It was just really amazing."
"The Dark Knight Rises" hit theaters on July 20. Check out the trailer below.
Reporting by George Pennacchio of KABC Television, parent company of OnTheRedCarpet.com that also produces the entertainment show "On The Red Carpet"(check for local TV listings).