The Dark Knight Rises – the Denny O’Neil cut
“The latest Batman movie was the only one since 1989 that I hadn’t seen an advance script for,” reveals Denny O’Neil. “I was marched into the theatre by security guards and I had no idea what to expect. Later I found out that my wife Marifran and I were sitting in front of Christopher Nolan and his wife… Nolan got Batman right. He’s a talented director who was respectful of the source material but realised he was working in a different medium. He had 70 years of Batman to choose from, and I think he picked judiciously. The Dark
Knight is the first movie of that kind I can remember that doesn’t end with two guys bashing each other… I have only one quibble about The Dark Knight
Rises – I’d have cut the last 30 seconds.
“And if I’d known that Christopher Nolan was sitting behind me,” laughs O’Neil, “by God, I’d have turned around and told him that… ‘Listen, Chris, you gotta get rid of that thing in the cafe. What are you thinking about? The movie’s about redemption. Come on!’”