Jonathan Nolan Breaks Down The Dark Knight’s Most Famous Line

Recently, Christopher Nolan made an interesting admission: the most famous line from his fan-favorite Batman film, 2008: The black Knight, wasn’t his creation and it was a line he didn’t quite understand at first. Nolan said his brother, frequent collaborator and co-writer Jonathan, had the prophetic line: “You either die a hero or you live long enough to see yourself become the villain.” »

“I am tormented by a sentence from The black Knightand I’m tormented by it because I didn’t write it,” Nolan said Deadline last month. “It was my brother who wrote it. It kills me, because that’s the line that resonates the most. And at that point, I didn’t even understand it… I read it in his draft, and I was like, “Okay, I’ll keep it there, but I don’t really know what this means. Is this really a thing? And then, over the years since this film came out, it seems more and more true. In [Oppenheimer], that’s absolutely it. Build them up, tear them down. It’s how we treat people.

At the South by Southwest Film & TV festival earlier this month, The Hollywood Reporter asked Jonathan Nolan about his thought process in coming up with this line. As audiences will recall, the dialogue was spoken by Harvey Dent (Aaron Eckhart) to Bruce Wayne (Christian Bale) early in the film while they were chatting in a restaurant (video below).

“It happened later in the script,” Nolan recalls (Western world, Interstellar), who was at the festival to promote his upcoming sci-fi action drama on Amazon To fall. “We did one or two versions of the script where we were looking for something that would distill the tragedy of Harvey Dent, but also apply to Batman. The wealth of Batman lies in this way…

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