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'Batman' director Christopher Nolan bids emotional farewell to series

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Christopher Nolan has written a farewell to the Batman franchise.

Nolan has confirmed that The Dark Knight Rises will be his final contribution to the series as director, and bade the world of Gotham his written farewell in the foreword to new book The Art and Making of The Dark Knight Trilogy.

Christopher Nolan Hand and Footprint Ceremony: Christopher Nolan.

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Christopher Nolan directing Batman Begins with Christian Bale (Batman/Bruce Wayne) and Katie Holmes (Rachel Dawes)

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In the foreword, Nolan describes his trepidation about making a trilogy and explains that each film was always planned as the last, ComingSoon reports.

"The entire cast and crew put all they had into the first film. Nothing held back. Nothing saved for next time. They built an entire city. Then Christian and Michael and Gary and Morgan and Liam and Cillian started living in it.

"Christian bit off a big chunk of Bruce Wayne's life and made it utterly compelling. He took us into a pop icon's mind and never let us notice for an instant the fanciful nature of Bruce's methods."

Christopher Nolan and Christian Bale bring their Batman tenure to an end with 'The Dark Knight Rises'.


Nolan goes on to discuss the process of making both the first and second sequels to Batman Begins, neither of which were originally planned.

"My time in Gotham, looking after one of the greatest and most enduring figures in pop culture, has been the most challenging and rewarding experience a filmmaker could hope for.

"I will miss the Batman. I like to think that he'll miss me, but he's never been particularly sentimental," Nolan concludes.

Nolan's handprints were recently added to the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Watch Nolan discuss The Dark Knight Rises with Digital Spy below:

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