Without a doubt, Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Trilogy is one of those seminal trilogies in film history. Along with the likes of the original Star Wars trilogy and Lord of the Rings, it will likely go down in time as one of the strongest trio of films to hit in history (sure, The Dark Knight Rises may not have been The Dark Knight in quality, but it’s still a fairly strong exercise in storytelling).
While we have every expectation that the films will hold up, the fact is that they also did amazing things for the comic book genre at the time. For the first time, Hollywood had to consider that even superhero movies could be good enough to warrant Oscar consideration, and it was responsible for expanding the Best Picture category from five nominees to a potential 10. Perhaps there was more to these genre films after all. Speaking with Yahoo! Movies, The Batman director Matt Reeves discussed the importance of Nolan’s Batman films, its impact on the industry, and the inspiration it had on his own Batman film.
“What I love that [Nolan] did was that he took the genre seriously. What studios are willing to make at the moment is a very, very narrow band of films. What I discovered is that this genre has the potential to be about something more. You can use the metaphors of the genre to talk about [a lot].”
While I definitely agree to an extent, this statement does seem to ignore some of the more recent Marvel work. Ever since Phase 2 of their cinematic universe, they’ve gone to great lengths to diversify their movies. Plus, you can look at something like Captain America: Civil War, where the different philosophies between Iron Man and Cap are very much real world philosophies that resonate on a modern political level. Regardless, I would agree that for its time, Nolan’s trilogy definitely was a cut above the rest, and it’s a series that has stood the test of time pretty well thus far.
“I think the other thing that I really admire in what [Nolan] did was knowing what it is to make a big studio film. which often can fall into that sense of committee filmmaking where there’s an anonymity to the point of view of the film.”
While this will likely carry over to The Batman, it seems clear to me that Reeves already took that approach to heart when making his Planet of the Apes films (Dawn and War). Both movies are incredibly personal and human, and seem to spit in the face of what one can do with a traditional blockbuster. Nolan seemed like the first filmmaker to be able to do that on a $100 million-plus level.
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SOURCE: Yahoo! Movies