And so, the dust settles on The Dark Knight Trilogy, three films that revolutionised the superhero genre.
Christopher Nolan’s three epics spanned 7 years, bringing in billions in the box office and receiving plaudits and praise from critics and fans worldwide. Gone were the campy outfits, cheesy quips and bat nipples, replaced by dark, atmospheric and explosive film-making, featuring visionary cinematography, sublime acting and the perfect mix of emotion and action.
Nolan’s films were more than just superhero films, taking the genre in a new direction with a focus on Christian Bale’s Bruce Wayne. Gimmicky villains were replaced first by the terrifying Scarecrow, then the electric, chilling and unhinged Joker, and finally the brutal Bane.
The Dark Knight trilogy was far more human than it’s predecessors, drawing on real emotion and superb characterisation of a variety of rich and interesting characters. Nolan forged a tapestry of doom, showing Gotham fall to pieces around a dark, brooding Batman while he competes to save his city and avenge his parents.
Like a Michael Mann crime thriller with men in masks, the films received fantastic reviews, awards and ratings, with moment upon moment of jaw-dropping cinema slamming through the screens to keep viewers on the edge of their seats.
It’s difficult to sum up how fantastic, innovative and powerful the trilogy is in a list compiling it’s greatest moments, but I have endeavoured to compile my favourite 15 of my favourite trilogy.
So, don the mask, get into the Tumbler, and let’s revisit the journey.
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