Of course, he was (probably) kidding. If you’re super-sensitive to spoilers, though, it’s probably best to stop reading now.
Anne Hathaway, who plays Catwoman in the hotly anticipated movie, was Dave’s guest Thursday night (July 12), and they talked extensively about the movie and her stunt work (as well as her relatively new, short haircut). Toward the end of the interview (about 27:40 into this video), Letterman offers some serious praise for the movie.
“This is going to be enormous. This is a huge movie,” he says. “What I liked about it is — people say, ‘Well, I haven’t seen the first [two].’ I said it’s not necessary, it’s not essential to see all previous installments of ‘Batman.’ And in the end, Batman is dead.”
Hathaway casts a sidelong glance at him and replies, “Dave …” Letterman quickly backtracks and says several times that Batman (Christian Bale) doesn’t die, and they both laugh about it, which would lead one to believe Letterman was joking in the first place.
“I just want you to know the wrath you’ve invited on yourself,” Hathaway tells him. “Chris [director Christopher Nolan], I had no part in it. I’m sorry.”
“We’ll just see if this hurts ticket sales or not,” Letterman rejoins.