The current state of superhero movies owes a massive debt to two quantities: Marvel Studios and Christopher Nolan. The former pioneered the “shared universe” approach and is going strong with umpteen comic-book movies in development at the moment, but Nolan not only introduced a new tonal approach for comic-book adaptations, but also pretty much invented the “gritty reboot” entirely. How many times have you heard an upcoming film described as “a gritty reboot in the vein of Batman Begins?” With Nolan’s first Batfilm, he reinvented what a Batman movie could be, grounding the characters in the real world while tackling themes and issues not frequently discussed in the superhero genre.
The sequel, The Dark Knight, is quite possibly the best superhero movie ever made, and while the muddled The Dark Knight Rises made for a lackluster finale, the impact and value of Nolan’s take on the superhero movie is invaluable.
The filmmaker may have left the superhero world behind, but YouTube user Thomas Davidson has taken it upon himself to create a retrospective supercut of the entire trilogy, and it’s put together quite well. It follows Bruce’s journey over the course of the three films, and does a fine job of making me want to revisit the series (okay maybe not Dark Knight Rises).
Check the video out below (via Reddit) as we all await the first post-Nolan Batman movie Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Yes, the film has Superman in it too, but let’s be honest: this is a Batman movie as much as it is a Superman movie, and Ben Affleck and Zack Snyder have massive shoes to fill.