Christopher Nolan is grateful that he was able to make his Dark Knight trilogy in the process. The comic book film has come a long way since Nolan's release of Batman Begins in 2005. In fact, a lot has changed between the release of The Dark Knight in 2008 and The Dark Knight Rises in 2012. Marvel Studios launched the first Iron Man film in 2008. that started the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Nolan had this to say about his timing.
"It was the right time to tell the story I wanted to make. The origin story for Batman had never been addressed in the movie or fully in the comics. There wasn't a definite or precise thing that we had to follow. There was a void in film history. Superman had a very definitive relationship with Christopher Reeve and Richard Donner. The version of it with Batman had never been told. We watched this tale of an extraordinary character in an ordinary world. "
Coupled with the timing, Christopher Nolan was armed "with a lot of creative freedom" and was able to "show the studio how it can be". Marvel Studios and DC have pumped out films with mixed results over the past decade. When Nolan brought out Batman Begins, the landscape wasn't the same as it is today. Nolan had that to say.
"The other advantage we had back then was that you could take more time between sequels than we did Batman beginsWe didn't know we were going to do one and it took three years and then four years before the next. We had the luxury of the time. It didn't feel like a machine, an engine of commerce for the studio. When the genre becomes so successful, the pressure only increases. The time was right. "
Sequels are posted left and right these days, and everyone watches how Christopher Nolan deals with comic book stories. Now fans see Marvel Studios as the beacon of quality in storytelling, though some would argue otherwise. Tim Burton made Bruce Wayne a dark and complicated character in Batman from 1989. This is a trait that almost all films featuring the Caped Crusader have followed since then.
True human character is something Marvel Studios advocated from the start, though they have had mixed results over the years. Christopher Nolan was able to bring the comic film back to the Academy Awards, which Marvel Studios took advantage of with films like Black Panther and Avengers: Endgame. Nolan changed the game for the comic film, though he wouldn't be happy to do it again.
Critics have argued over the artistic value of comic films for decades, and that's not going to go away anytime soon. Martin Scorsese previously said Marvel films were "not a movie theater" and compared them to theme parks that weren't well received by fans. Scorsese continued: "It is not the cinema of people trying to convey emotional, psychological experiences to another person." Whatever the case, Nolan is glad he got to do the Dark Knight trilogy when he did. Nolan's comments are taken from Tom Shone's new book Nolan Variations. You can go to Penguin Random House for a copy of the book.
Topics: Batman, Dark Knight
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