If it wasn’t for Christopher Nolan, Batman would still be fighting cartoonish nemeses who make bad puns while trapped inside a psychedelic discotheque. By grounding the character and giving him motivations that made sense, Nolan not only gave Batman his dignity back but also gave audiences a reason to care about the character.
The Dark Knight trilogy was nominated for nine Oscars, winning two, and proved that when comic book movies are elevated to their highest level, the results can be exhilarating. That’s not to say that Hollywood suddenly cracked the formula and never made another bad comic book movie, though, as anyone who saw The League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen will tell you.
From the Adam West era to Batman Begins, it took nearly 40 years (and five disappointing films) for the Caped Crusader to finally get the movie he deserved. That’s in direct contrast to the Man of Steel, who hit the ground running in 1978 with Superman and hasn’t appeared in a decent movie since.
But enough about those guys, what about the other characters who’ve never been treated fairly on the big screen? Right this way.