As The Dark Knight Rises brings Christopher Nolan‘s revered Batman trilogy to an ambitious and satisfying end, it seems the filmmaker is really and truly done with the Caped Crusader for good. He’s denied any involvement in future Batman or Justice League movies, insisting that “we’re finished with all we’re doing with Batman. This is the end of our take on this character.”

But it can’t be easy for anyone to let go of a character they’ve spent the better part of a decade bringing to life, and in a eloquent letter Nolan reflects on how far he and the series have come, and what the experience meant to him. Read it after the jump.

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Every superhero is to some extent defined by his hometown, but perhaps none more so than Batman and his beloved Gotham City. As we’ve seen in Christopher Nolan‘s Dark Knight trilogy, the fictional metropolis isn’t a mere backdrop for his vigilante shenanigans, but the very stage upon which the war between good and evil is waged. It’s for the soul of that city, in all its ugliness and all its splendor, that Batman sacrifices everything he has.

So it’s nice to finally get an opportunity to get to know one of the most significant aspects of the Nolan Batman universe. Brandon T. Snider, author of The Dark Knight Manual, has posted an officially approved map of Gotham City, with labeled parks, neighborhoods, and landmarks. Check it out after the jump.

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Hey, did you know The Dark Knight Rises, the epic conclusion to Christopher Nolan‘s Batman Trilogy, is coming out July 20? Of course you did. You’re probably got the Blu-rays of Batman Begins and The Dark Knight all lined up to rewatch in anticipation of the event. However, don’t jump the gun on the home viewing just yet. AMC Theaters has just announced they’ll be re-screening both those films on July 19 leading up to the midnight screening of The Dark Knight Rises on July 20. Tickets go on sale June 11. Read more after the jump. Read More »

Chances are you saw the new trailer for Christopher Nolan‘s The Dark Knight Rises and didn’t catch Robin the boy wonder or a reference back to the very beginning of the trilogy: Batman Begins. And you probably also saw Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol in IMAX but somehow missed the hidden Pixar easter eggs that Ratatouille/The Incredibles director Brad Bird hid within the film. Aren’t you glad we’re here to point them out to you? Find the easer eggs, after the jump.

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Jerry Robinson, the legendary creator of The Joker, Robin, Two-Face and more, has passed away. Want to see a recent interview with him? How did Robert Downey Jr. react when he read the script to Iron Man 3? Is 20th Century Fox moving forward on X-Men First Class 2, Daredevil and Fantastic Four? Will Man of Steel still be released in 2013? Does Mark Strong have an opinion on whether or not a Green Lantern 2 will happen? Read about all of this and much more in today’s Superhero Bits. Read More »

VOTD: ‘the films of [Christopher Nolan]‘

From the earliest installments of his “[the films of]” project, I’ve noticed /Film commenters wondering if and when Kees van Dijkhuizen would get around to spotlighting Christopher Nolan. The British director inspires fervent devotion from movie geeks as few other filmmakers do, thanks to his wildly ambitious imagination, his masterful storytelling, and his eye for cool beauty, and van Dijkhuizen notes that he’s received “hundreds, literally hundreds of requests” for a video showcasing Nolan’s unique style.

Now, for the eleventh installment of his yearlong, twelve-part montage series, van Dijkhuizen has finally released “[the films of] Christopher Nolan,” with a sleek stylishness that serves fitting tribute to the Dark Knight director. Watch the video after the jump.

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VOTD: ‘The Batman Complex’

Probably all of us have entertained fantasies at some point about becoming one of our favorite superheroes, whether as children playing with action figures or adults watching the latest comic book blockbuster. Generally, it’s just harmless fun — but take that drive to the extreme and things can get really weird, as seen in today’s Video of the Day. The Batman Complex is a (sadly) fake film trailer about about a paranoid schizophrenic who comes to believe that he is actually Batman. Or something. Watch it after the jump.

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/Film reader Derek Stettler has compiled a video titled “Reel Wisdom: Lessons from 40 Films in 7 Minutes,” which does just what it claims. Here is more from the editor:

I made this video because I love films and I think there is great wisdom inherent in the film medium. This video represents some of the best wisdom from films, edited together as a single coherent piece of advice on everything from life, death, and purpose, to anger, regret, and destiny. In creating this video, I tried to feature a broad array of films, from action/adventure and sci-fi films, to dramas and traditional/CG animated films in order to show how all genres of film have something important to say.

Watch the video embedded after the jump.

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