Christopher Nolan discusses artistic influences for The Joker in ‘The Dark Knight’ – watch

Director talks Francis Bacon in new interview

Director Christopher Nolan has spoken about the artistic influences which inspired the character of The Joker in The Dark Knight – scroll down to the bottom of the page and click to watch.

The filmmaker discussed artists including Francis Bacon and how they influenced his work in an interview with The Tate Britain. Heath Ledger played the anarchic, villainous clown in Nolan’s 2008 film and was given a posthumous Oscar for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in the role.

Nolan, who wrapped up his Batman trilogy with The Dark Knight Rises last year, is currently working on the sci-fi flick Interstellar with his brother Jonathan, who also contributed to two of the Batman screenplays and The Prestige. Filming began in August of this year in Alberta, Canada, with recent reports stating that Matt Damon had signed up for a “small undisclosed” role. The film’s impressive cast already includes Anne Hathaway, Matthew McConaughey, Jessica Chastain, Michael Caine, Ellen Burstyn, John Lithgow, Topher Grace and David Oyelowo.

Exact plot details are being kept under wraps but the story is said to follow a group of intrepid explorers who go through a “wormhole” into another dimension. The film has been given a release date of November 7, 2014.