‘The Dark Knight Rises’: Christopher Nolan admits ‘immense pressure’

The director felt the strain with his final Batman movie

Christopher Nolan has admitted to “immense pressure” when making The Dark Knight Rises.

The director has now completed his hugely acclaimed Batman trilogy, and the third movie is already the most hotly-anticipated movie release of the year.

Now, talking to Entertainment Weekly he has admitted to feeling the weight of expectation.

I can tell you the truth because I’m done with it – I felt immense pressure! And I think it’s a good pressure, because you owe it to the films – and the people’s expectations – to make it work.”

Meanwhile, the director advised fans to watch The Dark Knight again before seeing the follow-up, particularly the ending where Bruce Wayne and Commissioner Gordon concoct a cover-up, since this provides clues as to what will happen in the finale.

Nolan also responded to the recent controversy over Tom Hardy as the villain Bane. When a nine-minute prequel was released ahead of IMAX prints of Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol recently, fans were left critical of the apparently inaudible vocal mix.

Nolan said: “I think when people see the film, things will come into focus. Bane is very complex and very interesting and when people see the finished film people will be very entertained by him.”

The magazine’s cover also has a new image of the Batsuit, featuring even more armour plates than before and a souped-up utility belt packed with even more weaponry.

The Dark Knight Rises opens on 20 July 2012.Video