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In my opinion, the Original Star Wars Trilogy and the Lord of the Rings Trilogy rank amongst the best trilogies made in film history. I would also put The Dark Knight Trilogy in that same bracket. Christopher Nolan directed all the films in that superhero trilogy and, in a discussion at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival via Variety, he had the opportunity to reflect on those movies.
An interesting topic he discussed was how the villains defined each film they were a part of and he also stated that each film in the trilogy is in its own unique genre: Here is what he had to say on both matters:
“To me, each film is a different genre. They tend to be defined by the villain… We hadn’t planned on doing a sequel. So shifting genres and the nature of the antagonist felt the way to take the audience on a journey and tell them something different about Bruce Wayne.”
Nolan explained that he saw 2005’s Batman Begins as a straightforward origins story. “The villain (Liam Neeson’s Henri Ducard) is an appropriate adversary,” Nolan said. “He’s a mentor-turned-enemy.” Next, came the second movie in 2008 with Heath Ledger. “The Dark Knight for me was always a crime drama in the mold of a Michael Mann film. The Joker was a terrorist, an agent of chaos set loose.” Finally, in 2012’s the grand finale, The Dark Knight Rises, co-starring Tom Hardy, Nolan envisioned “this historical epic. Bane as a militarist foe helped that.”
A major factor which made Christopher Nolan move towards making these films about Batman/Bruce Wayne in the first place was, in his view, how grounded this character was compared to the majority of other superheroes. He had this to say about it:
“Yes, it’s a superhero, but it’s based on ideas of guilt, fear, these strong impulses that the character has. Bruce Wayne doesn’t have any super powers other than extraordinary wealth. But really, he’s just someone who does a lot of push-ups. In that sense, he’s very relatable and human. I think that’s why I gravitated towards it.”
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