In an interview with Empire Magazine Christopher Nolan, Director of the upcoming movie The Dark Knight Rises addressed a couple of questions that fans have been wondering since the film first started production.
During filming of The Dark Knight Rises last year, footage released images of a new vehicle that was being spotted on set, and while fans dubbed it the new BatWing, Until now it had never officially been given a proper name.
“It is called The Bat,”
“I spent a long time trying to figure out clever names for ‘bat-something-that-would-fly’, then you go: ‘Oh, it’s a bat.’ It’s very much based on a doubt-bladed helicopter idea, once again a realistic approach to military hardware. We had Corbould and his guys build it full scale and come up with this great driving rig for it so we could photograph it in real streets, and there’s a big computer graphics component to it as well. It’s fun to take Batman to the next level in terms of his transportation and weaponry – in terms of his ability to fight people.”
When asked about the inclusion of the Joker, or at the very least any sort of reference to him, Nolan replied;
“We’re not addressing The Joker at all. That is something I felt very strongly about in terms of my relationship with Heath and the experience I went through with him on The Dark Knight. I didn’t want to in any way try and account for a real-life tragedy. That seemed inappropriate to me. We just have a new set of characters and a continuation of Bruce Wayne’s story. Not involving The Joker.”