One of the finest directors of our time, Christopher Nolan’s movies will be long remembered for generations to come. Taking on the daunting task of rebooting the Batman franchise after Tim Burton and Joel Schmacher’s respective adaptations, Nolan created the daringly realistic Batman: The Dark Knight Trilogy.
Widely regarded as the greatest superhero trilogy of our generation, the films are Batman Begins (2005), The Dark Knight (2008) and The Dark Knight Rises (2012). Nolan first clarifies that ‘rebooting’ the franchise wasn’t initially planned when he took over Batman Begins – that it was a relatively new concept. The notion was mostly about finding a version of the character that was different enough from what came out before, but still worked. Speaking to Hollywood Reporter, he said, “One of the great films that I am very influenced by that we haven’t talked about was Richard Donner’s Superman (1978) that came out. It made a huge impression on me. I can remember the trailers for it, I can remember about ‘Superman’ the movie, all of that.” Speaking to Film Comment, he said, “I had in mind a sort of treatment of Batman that Richard Donner might have done in the late Seventies the way he did Superman. To me what that represented was firstly a detailed telling of the origin story, which wasn’t even really definitively addressed in the comics over the years, funnily enough. And secondly, tonally I was looking for an interpretation of that character that presented an extraordinary figure in an ordinary world. So I wanted the inhabitants of Gotham to view Batman as being as outlandish and extraordinary as we do.”
He further added that even while casting for Batman Begins, he turned to Donner’s Superman because of its depth in casting. All the characters were played by the legendary likes of Marlon Brando, Glenn Ford and Ned Beatty. Nolan admittedly told the studio execs at Warner Brothers “That’s amazing, so let’s do that for Batman, and let’s start by putting together an amazing cast.” And so he did – to tell the ideal Batman story in a strikingly real Gotham City.
– Varun Kumar | Enterapped