http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/22653902/Continuing the story of Bruce Wayne after Batman Begins, director Christopher Nolan bluntly said youll need to see the movie if you want to know what Christian Bales tragedy-torn superhero is up to.Nolan does offer an answer to the obvious question: Why doesnt the latest Batman movie have the word Batman in the title?
In doing a continuation of the story, we didnt want to give the impression that its just going to be the standard-issue sequel, Nolan said of The Dark Knight, due out this summer from Warner Bros. We wanted this to be the definitive take on who the Dark Knight is and what that represents and what the meaning of that appellation is.
The sequel does make good on the tease at the end of Batman Begins, which set up Bales first encounter with his ultimate nemesis. Heath Ledger plays the Joker, and Nolan promised an utterly different take from Jack Nicholsons in 1989s Batman.
The corrupted clown face is built into the icon of the Joker, but we gave a Francis Bacon spin to it. This corruption, this decay in the texture of the look itself. Its grubby. You can almost imagine what he smells like, Nolan said.