From the Dark Knight to Man of Steel

The Dark Knight Rises is now officially out on DVD and Blu-Ray, and it’s amazing to think that after waiting for so long, the Christopher Nolan Batman sagas are finally done.

While I have mixed feelings about the last Batman in the Nolan / Bale trilogy, there’s no doubt Nolan is a great filmmaker, and we owe him a huge debt for getting Batman right on the big screen.

As Movieline tells us, on the Rises DVD commentary, Nolan and screenwriter David Goyer, who also wrote the Man of Steel script, got that Batman is a dark character. As Bale puts it, “He’s not the most healthy of individuals.” 

As Goyer adds, “We tried to treat Batman as if it were an addiction. He’s addicted to the anger, the violence, the suit. It’s all he really lives for, how he was able to channel his anger and his energy by being Batman, and as long as there was something to push against, he had a reason for existing.”

While Nolan’s done with The Dark Knight, we all know he’s producing Man of Steel, and here’s hoping Superman can have a successful big screen reboot as well. Both are completely different superheroes, and as Nolan told Playlist, “I wouldn’t want people to think we’re doing for Superman what we did for Batman,” and you “can’t use the same template” for both of them. 


Nolan is very high on what director Zack Snyder has done with Steel. Although Nolan’s producing, “It’s very much Zack’s film…I think it’s incredible what he’s putting together.” Nolan also added that, “Superman is the biggest comic book character of them all and he needs the biggest possible movie version which is what Zack’s doing.” There’s also a new Man of Steel teaser poster, where we see Superman in handcuffs, and I’m definitely curious to find out why he’s under arrest.

Funny enough, Joel Schumacher, the director who put Batman in the toilet in the first place, recently commented on the new model Dark Knight, and he had nothing but praise.

He told 411mania, “What’s very interesting about Batman and how brilliant Chris Nolan is, if you look at the last Batman, ours were at a much simpler time. Our job was to entertain the whole family. To make it fun and sell a lot of toys. It was a franchise…I think right now the last Batman is very reflective of the times we’re living in, which are scary times.”