Gary Oldman on 'The Dark Knight Rises' Villain Choice

Gary Oldman
Earlier this week, I mentioned Christopher Nolan's and Tom Hardy's thoughts on the choice of Bane as the primary villain in The Dark Knight Rises. Now, it's Gary Oldman's turn to say why he thought Bane, who is largely unknown to most movie-goers, was the right pick. Oldman, who will reprise his role as Police Commissioner Gordon in TDKR, sat down with MTV News to promote his upcoming movie, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, which is opening on  December 9 in the USA. Of course, he was asked about TDKR, and while he was understandably reluctant to say much, he did talk briefly about why one of the better known Batman villains wasn't chosen.

"Well, I think it was smart of Chris to go with a lesser known villain becauseHeath [Ledger]'s performance, first of all, it's the Joker, we all love the Joker in Batman. Heath's performance was so dazzling that you've got to think, "How the hell do I top it?" Instead of going for The Riddler, instead of going for Penguin and all that kind of...he's gone a slightly different way with the story. I think he's got enough smarts and enough class...I know this much about Chris Nolan — he wouldn't make a third [just] for the sake of it." - Gary Oldman
Thanks to ReelzChannel for the heads up.