Behind the scenes—and the mask—of the great Batman film trilogy, including stunning illustrations. In 2005, director Christopher Nolan reimagined and forever redefined the Batman legend when he began his epic trilogy of films—Batman Begins, The Dark Knight, and The Dark Knight Rises—starring Christian Bale as the Caped Crusader in a fresh, dynamic reboot of the franchise. All three films would go on to blockbuster success and critical acclaim—including an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for Heath Ledger’s unforgettable performance as Batman’s eternal nemesis, the Joker. The Art and Making of the Dark Knight Trilogy tells the complete story of these three monumental films. Based on in-depth interviews with Nolan and all of the films’ key cast and crew—including cowriters David S. Goyer and Jonathan Nolan, cinematographer Wally Pfister, and more—the book reveals the creative process behind the epic Dark Knight Trilogy, supported by lavish art and on and off-set photos. This is a fascinating glimpse into the minds that gave new life to one of the most beloved and renowned superheroes in history.
Author: Christopher Nolan
Publisher: Opus Books
Release Date: 2012-08-01
Genre: Performing Arts
(Book). At nearly six hundred pages, The Dark Knight Trilogy , a behemoth of script and storyboards, captures on the page the dark mythic expanse of the cinematic Batman. These definitive, vibrant film blueprints published on the heels of the final film's closely guarded release are destined to be enshrined on every fan's bedside table, studied in universities, and emulated by filmmakers.
Bachelor Thesis from the year 2013 in the subject English - Literature, Works, grade: 1,7, University of Hannover (Philosophisch Fakultaet), language: English, abstract: Men find themselves searching for their position in a world in which gender conceptions are drastically changed and redefined. The past discussions of women’s roles have left their male counterparts in an undefined, blank space. Modern popular culture, such as the movie industry, uses the elusiveness of modern gender conceptions to question the antique hierarchy of the white male protagonist as the hero and savior of the world. Walter Hollstein (Was vom Manne uebrig blieb - Krise und Zukunft des straken Geschlechts) and R.W. Connell (Men and the Boys) investigate in their works the shift within masculine identity. In their research they make an attempt to answer the questions whether men need to be heroes, what roles their bodies play and how childhood (in regards to the parent-child relationship) effects the individual conception of masculinity. Chris Holmlund explores The Masculinity as Multiple Masquearde as the reinforcement of hegemonic power relations. And in Hard Bodies – Hollywood Masculinity in the Reagan Era Susan Jefferson provides a detailed observation of the beginnings of openly emphasized masculine body images in the 1980s. The result, is the strive of movie directors to create protagonists who are the representation of such a lost, white, heroic individual. Does this description of a lost, masked, lonesome hero sound familiar? Indeed, Director Christopher Nolan shapes this character in his Dark Knight trilogy. But how did he manage to change a cultural icon from the 20th century, a man in purple tights, into the dark cynical postmodern anti-hero? My Bachelor thesis is: Christopher Nolan's Dark Knight trilogy cinematicly denounces Batman as the agent for the masculine crisis in modern Hollywood. In order to proof this thesis, my paper scientifically analyzes the effects used in the trilogy to highlight the change of masculine gender conception and where it fails to accomplish this goal. First of all, the paper starts with the cinematography, Nolan uses to reinforce the theme of an orphaned, masked, vigilante superhero questioning the hierarchy of society. Low key lighting reinforces the dark, cynical mood transmitted in the movie. The various ways of framing the shots that underline a hero who physically flies above the roofs of Gotham and metaphorically above the law. Speed and length of shots draw a clear distinction between Bruce Wayne and his alter ego Batman. Further more, the director's use of the mis-en-scene...
Author: Mark Cotta Vaz
Publisher: Chronicle Books
Release Date: 2005-05-26
The origin of Batman, the crown jewel of all superheroes, will be revealed for the first time in Batman Begins, the highly anticipated film from director Christopher Nolan (Memento). A contemporary, innovative incarnation of a character and story that have captured people's imaginations for six decades, Batman Begins hits theaters Summer 2005 and stars Christian Bale as the Dark Knight. Full of exclusive photographs of moody sets and exotic locations, as well as concept art, storyboards, and costume designs from the movies creative team, this oversized hardcover documents the newest spectacular portrayal of the most popular and enigmatic superhero ever conceived. The Art of Batman Begins is a must-have for artists, Batman aficionados, and filmgoers everywhere. BATMAN and all related characters and elements are trademarks of DC Comics 2005.
Christopher Nolan’s caped crusader trilogy—Batman Begins, The Dark Knight, and The Dark Knight Rises—is considered by many to be one of the finest translations of comic book characters to the big screen. The second film in the series, The Dark Knight, was both a critical and commercial success, featuring an Oscar-winning performance by Heath Ledger as the Joker. The score—by Academy Award winner Hans Zimmer and eight-time Oscar nominee James Newton Howard—also received accolades, including a Grammy. Intricately interwoven with the sound design—and incorporating Mel Wesson’s ground-breaking ambient music design, —Zimmer’s and Howard’s music gives the film an added layer of ominous tones that makes palpable the menace facing Gotham City. In Hans Zimmer and James Newton Howard’s The Dark Knight: A Film Score Guide, Vasco Hexel delves into the composers’ backgrounds to reveal the many facets of meaning in the highs and lows of the score. This book also highlights the working methods of Zimmer and Howard and how they collaborated with each other and the filmmaking team to create such a memorable soundtrack. By drawing on unprecedented access to some of the key creators of the film, the author provides unique insights into the score’s composition. Hans Zimmer and James Newton Howard’s The Dark Knight: A Film Score Guide will be of interest to cinema and music scholars, as well as fans of both composers.
Author: Darren Mooney
Release Date: 2018-10-10
Genre: Performing Arts
Christopher Nolan is one of the defining directors of the 21st century. Few of his contemporaries can compete in terms of critical and commercial success, let alone cultural impact. His films have a rare ability to transcend audience expectations, appealing to both casual moviegoers and dyed-in-the-wool cineastes. Nolan’s work ranges from gritty crime thrillers (Memento, Insomnia) to spectacular blockbusters (the Dark Knight trilogy, Inception). They have taken audiences from the depths of space (Interstellar) to the harsh realities of war (Dunkirk). And they have pushed the boundaries of the possible in modern movie making. This critical history covers his complete filmography, tracing his career from film student to indie darling to Oscar-nominated auteur.
Explores the world created by filmmaker Christopher Nolan and his reboot of the Batman series in 2005 with "Batman Begins" and continuing through to "The Dark Knight" and the upcoming series conclusion "The Dark Knight Rises."
Christian Charles Philip Bale is an English-American actor who is known for his intense method acting style, often transforming his body drastically for his roles. Bale is the recipient of many awards, including an Academy Award and two Golden Globes, and was featured in the Time 100 list of 2011.
Author: Jason T. Eberl
Publisher: Lexington Books
Release Date: 2017-06-20
As a director, writer, and producer, Christopher Nolan has substantially impacted contemporary cinema through avant garde films, such as Following and Memento, and his contribution to wider pop culture with his Dark Knight trilogy. His latest film, Interstellar, delivered the same visual qualities and complex, thought-provoking plotlines his audience anticipates. The Philosophy of Christopher Nolan collects sixteen essays, written by professional philosophers and film theorists, discussing themes such as self-identity and self-destruction, moral choice and moral doubt, the nature of truth and its value, whether we can trust our perceptions of what’s “real,” the political psychology of heroes and villains, and what it means to be a “viewer” of Nolan’s films. Whether his protagonists are squashing themselves like a bug, struggling to create an identity and moral purpose for themselves, suffering from their own duplicitous plots, donning a mask that both strikes fear and reveals their true nature, or having to weigh the lives of those they love against the greater good, there are no simple solutions to the questions Nolan’s films provoke; exploring these questions yields its own reward.
Author: Frank Miller
Publisher: DC Comics
Release Date: 2017-09-19
Genre: Comics & Graphic Novels
The unforgettable world of Frank Miller’s Dark Knight saga—reimagined by the comics industry’s greatest artists with a collection of variant cover art—is brought to life in this hardcover title, BATMAN: THE ART OF THE DARK KNIGHT: MASTER RACE. No comic has shaped the future of superhero storytelling like Frank Miller’s THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS. Even 30 years later, the iconic story of an aged Batman in a strange dystopian future still sets the gold standard for what a comic book can be. So when Miller’s highly anticipated third installment of the series, BATMAN: THE DARK KNIGHT: MASTER RACE, hit comics shops, it was accompanied by DC’s most ambitious variant cover program ever—over 150 variant covers produced by an all-star roster of artists, from veteran industry legends to the hottest rising stars. This special edition collects all the covers, variant covers and mini-comic covers from MASTER RACE, along with never-before-seen sketch material and an introduction by longtime Miller collaborator and Dark Knight saga inker, Klaus Janson. FEATURING STUNNING ARTWORK BY Frank Miller, Andy Kubert, Klaus Janson, Jim Lee, Rafael Albuquerque, Neal Adams, Michael Allred, John Cassaday, J. Scott Campbell, Greg Capullo, Darwyn Cooke, Tim Sale, Brian Bolland, Gary Frank, Ivan Reis, Francis Manapul, David Finch and many more!
Author: Ian Failes
Publisher: CRC Press
Release Date: 2016-02-19
It would be rare these days to find a film that did not in some way depend on the magic of visual effects, from the raging computer-generated dinosaurs in Steven Spielberg's Jurassic Park, to the fantastical worlds of Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland, and the photoreal tiger and ocean in Ang Lee's Life of Pi. Through interviews with 16 of the leading effects pioneers from around the world (see list below), author Ian Failes explores the making of some of the most memorable film sequences ever produced, showcasing the shift from practical to digital magic with original behind-the-scenes imagery, shot breakdowns, and detailed explanations of some of the secrets behind the making of cinema's most extraordinary creations. Visual effects artists and films discussed include: Dennis Muren (Star Wars: Episodes IV–VI; Terminator 2: Judgment Day; Jurassic Park; A.I. Artificial Intelligence; War of the Worlds) Bill Westenhofer (Babe: Pig in the City; Cats & Dogs; The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe; The Golden Compass; Life of Pi) Joe Letteri (The Lord of the Rings trilogy; King Kong; Avatar; Planet of the Apes; The Hobbit trilogy) Rob Legato (Apollo 13; Titanic; The Aviator; Hugo) Paul Franklin (Pitch Black; Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight trilogy; Inception; Interstellar) Richard Edlund (Star Wars: Episodes IV–VI; Raiders of the Lost Ark; Ghostbusters; Multiplicity); Edson Williams (X-Men: The Last Stand; The Curious Case of Benjamin Button; The Social Network; Captain America films) Karen Goulekas (Godzilla; The Day After Tomorrow; 10,000 BC; Green Lantern); Chris Corbould (Golden Eye; Die Another Day; Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight trilogy; Inception); Ian Hunter (The X-Files; The Dark Knight; The Dark Knight Rises; Inception; Interstellar) John Rosengrant (Terminator films; Jurassic Park; Iron Man films; Real Steel)