Christopher Nolan's Hollywood ambitions

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The third and final installment in Christopher Nolan's Batman film series, The Dark Knight Rises is the sequel to 2008's The Dark Knight. Christian Bale reprises his role as Bruce Wayne (Batman) while Gary Oldman, Sir Michael Caine & Morgan Freeman all return to play their respective characters as a terrorist leader called Bane arrives in Gotham City, pushing its hero to breaking point and beyond. Anne Hathaway plays Catwoman.
December 7th, 2012

Christopher Nolan always wanted to make ''big scale Hollywood movies''.

The 'Dark Knight Rises' filmmaker was initially attracted to working in the film industry because of the huge budget films and always harboured a dream to work on the kind of movie he always enjoyed as a young cinemagoer before his interests were swayed by ''obscure'' stories.

He explained: ''I grew up loving Hollywood movies, 'Star Wars', the 'Bond' films.

''These are the films that I first tuned into and then as you grow older and you start looking at more interesting and obscure movies and cinema. You get on all kinds of different paths, such as my underlying interest in independent film and my desire to work in the film genre and so forth.

''But in the back of my mind I've always looked to the biggest scale Hollywood movies. ''Because to me the most satisfying experience of watching a movie, if it's done really well. And so that aspiration is always it for me, if I have the opportunity to do it. But I always wanted to give it a shot.''

The director always hopes his work will keep audiences engrossed from start to finish.

He added in an interview with The Playlist: ''You know when Hollywood does a great big blockbuster that really wraps you up in a world, and lets you believe in extraordinary things that move you in some way, in an almost operatic sensibility? That to me is the most fun I have at the movies. And that's what I'm trying to do for the audience.''