(Spoilers for The Dark Knight Rises follow.)

When a recent rumor cropped up that Joseph Gordon-Levitt had been tapped to play the new Batman in Justice League, it seemed like a logical narrative extension of The Dark Knight Rises. The end of the film set up Gordon-Levitt’s John Blake as a successor to Bruce Wayne, so it only made sense that the character would carry over into Warner Bros.’ efforts at a DC cinematic universe.

However, Nolan says that was never really his intention — that he left the door open on his way out of Gotham for thematic reasons, not for studio franchise purposes. In a thoughtful new interview, Nolan discussed why, exactly, The Dark Knight Rises ended as it did and what the Batman meant to him. Hit the jump to read on.

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Every superhero is to some extent defined by his hometown, but perhaps none more so than Batman and his beloved Gotham City. As we’ve seen in Christopher Nolan‘s Dark Knight trilogy, the fictional metropolis isn’t a mere backdrop for his vigilante shenanigans, but the very stage upon which the war between good and evil is waged. It’s for the soul of that city, in all its ugliness and all its splendor, that Batman sacrifices everything he has.

So it’s nice to finally get an opportunity to get to know one of the most significant aspects of the Nolan Batman universe. Brandon T. Snider, author of The Dark Knight Manual, has posted an officially approved map of Gotham City, with labeled parks, neighborhoods, and landmarks. Check it out after the jump.

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As Hollywood pushes for 3D, 4D, 48 fps, 60 fps, and Lord knows whatever comes next, a couple of high-profile directors have declared their allegiance to the old ways. Peter Jackson protégé and District 9 director Neill Blomkamp has stated his preference for good old-fashioned 2D over 3D and 24 fps over Jackson’s controversial use of 48 fps for The Hobbit. Meanwhile, Christopher Nolan has gone one step further by declaring that, in fact, he’s never met anybody who actually likes 3D. Read their comments after the jump.

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This week, Dave Chen, Devindra, and Adam discuss The Dark Knight Rises prologue, praise the rarely seen Enlightened, and reflect on shows that have come back from the dead, creatively. Special guest Tasha Robinson from AV Club joins us for this episode.

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This week, Dave, Devindra, and Adam discuss the transcendence of Tree of Life, delve into some television season finales, and debate the hypocrisy of the Cannes film festival. Special guest C. Robert Cargill joins us from Ain’t It Cool News.

You can always e-mail us at slashfilmcast(AT)gmail(DOT)com, or call and leave a voicemail at 781-583-1993. Join us for our next live broadcast on Monday, May 30th at Slashfilm’s live page where we’ll be discussing Kung Fu Panda 2.

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