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Villains defined the Dark Knight trilogy more than Batman: Christopher Nolan

Nolan defines his villains as mentors-turned-enemies

T2 Online Newsdesk 15 May 2018, 11:59 AM
In a two-hour talk at the Cannes Film Festival, Nolan offered a unique take on his Dark Knight Trilogy

In a two-hour talk at the Cannes Film Festival, Nolan offered a unique take on his Dark Knight Trilogy Image: Facebook

You may be a Bat-fan and may have shed tears of joy when he whopped Bane or the Joker's ass in the Christopher Nolan-directed Batman films, but the director himself paid a huge tribute to the villains of the Dark Knight trilogy, saying the antagonists defined the character of Batman in each of the films.

Nolan, who is credited for having given a subliminal edge to the role of the caped crusader of Gotham in his superhero interpretation, says all three villains —Liam Neeson's Henri Ducard/ Ra's al Ghul, Heath Ledger's Joker and Tom Hardy's Bane helped Bruce Wayne become a more layered character.

According to Variety, the filmmaker was speaking at the ongoing Cannes Film Festival over the weekend. He made his debut at the annual gala and attended the premiere of a 70mm print of Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey.

Talking about the movies starring Christian Bale as Batman, Nolan said, "To me, each film is a different genre. They tend to be defined by the villain. The villain is an appropriate adversary. He's a mentor-turned-enemy."

"'The Dark Knight (2008 sequel) for me was always a crime drama in the mould of a Michael Mann film. The Joker was a terrorist, an agent of chaos set loose," he added.

Nolan, 47, termed the final part of the trilogy, 2012's The Dark Knight Rises, as a "historical epic. Bane as a militarist foe helped that."

The director said he did not set out to create a Batman franchise when he first collaborated with Warner Bros 13 years ago.

"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," he added.

Nolan admitted he approached the comic book realm as a noir-thriller.

"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 superpowers 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," he said.

(With inputs from PTI)

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