Christopher Nolan‘s acclaimed Dark Knight Trilogy was a testament to the superhero genre, and arguably, cinema in general. The Dark Knight is still widely considered the best Batman film of all time, and a stunning example of what genre movies are capable of — and even influenced how the Academy Awards picked its Best Picture line-up.
Their impact is thanks, in no small part, to Nolan’s adherence to film stock over digital photography. All of Nolan’s films, from The Prestige to Inception, to even Interstellar, have a steadfast, classic quality because of Nolan’s insistence on using 35mm (and sometimes larger) film. But even though he is a traditionalist, Nolan is still open and encouraging of new technologies. You can see it in his embrace of IMAX technology for his action sequences and his newest film Dunkirk. And soon, you can see it in the 4K remaster of his previous films, including The Dark Knight trilogy.
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For as many fans as Christopher Nolan has, he has plenty of detractors as well. Who knew some were so closely tied into him, though. In a new interview Christopher Priest, who wrote the novel The Prestige which Nolan adapted, had lots to say about the director and his movies. First of all, he does like The Prestige as a movie but admits the two only met when Nolan finished the film. Since though though, Priest thinks Nolan has gone downhill, going so far as to call his Dark Knight Trilogy “boring and pretentious.” And that’s just part of it. Read more of Christopher Priest’s thoughts on Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight films below. Read More »
Outside of Heath Ledger’s Oscar-winning performance, arguably the most iconic addition to the Batman universe thanks to Christopher Nolan‘s Dark Knight Trilogy was the Tumbler. The way Nolan created a functional, realistic Batmobile and continued to evolve it over the course of three films was just beyond cool. It was one of those things fans and non-fans alike wanted to own when they walked out of the movie. And while The Dark Knight Tumbler has been available in various different ways, it’s finally getting an Ultimate Collector’s Edition Lego.
Below, see images of the Ultimate Collectors Edition Dark Knight Tumbler Lego. Read More »
Five hundred days of small superhero news; my, how far we’ve come. Today, to commemorate this landmark column edition, we have an exclusive clip from The Dark Knight Trilogy: Ultimate Collector’s Edition featuring two of the best superhero directors of all time: Christopher Nolan and Richard Donner.
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Last week, images of this set leaked and we asked the question “Is This The ‘Dark Knight’ Trilogy Ultimate Collectors Edition Blu-ray Box Set?” The answer turns out to be…kind of. The official set, seen above, has now been revealed and it shares many features with last week’s images along with a few treats all its own. (Which suggests either those images were an international or preliminary version of the set). The real set is scheduled for release September 24 with an MSRP of $99.97.
Below, check the image out in high res and read the full details on the six disc collector’s edition Blu-ray which includes brand new special features and artwork from Mondo. (Unfortunately, no Christopher Nolan director commentaries, however.) Read More »
From 2005-2012, Christopher Nolan reshaped the superhero world with his Dark Knight trilogy. Starting with Batman Begins, exploding with The Dark Knight and climaxing with The Dark Knight Rises, the director deconstructed one of our favorite superheroes in human terms, turning the whole filmed superhero genre on its head. As fans wait for another filmmaker to tackle the Caped Crusader, Warner Bros. is gearing up to celebrate Nolan’s achievements on the home market.
Last year it was revealed the third quarter of 2013 would see the debut of a Dark Knight Trilogy Ultimate Collectors Edition. A Polish website now has images that appear to be exactly that. Warner Bros. Home Video has yet to confirm or deny their legitimacy but these look so good, we figured they’re worth your time. Read More »
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People tend to put filmmakers and film fans into strict categories; someone might be a comedy guy, a drama person, a horror fan or a superhero admirer. For example, no one would expect a filmmaker like Lars Von Trier to be a huge fanboy for Disney movies. He probably isn’t of course, but it’s just an extreme, hypothetical example of how we tend to presume peoples tastes.
Writer/director Paul Thomas Anderson makes difficult movies. Some more so than others, but he’s never played to the audience with simple, happy endings or huge action set pieces. Raw emotion, language and tense situations are constantly on display and these are things many people don’t want when they go to the movies. Those people want Christopher Nolan films. Huge action, sweeping spectacle, but with just enough thematic resonance to feel like they’re more than some run of the mill action movie. On the surface, one would think these two filmmakers occupy opposite sides of the spectrum.
That might be the case, but while promoting his latest film, The Master, Anderson was revealed that he’s a huge fan of Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight Trilogy. Read his quotes after the jump. Read More »