By Kevin P. Sullivan
When people talk about Christopher
Nolan's Batman trilogy, it is usually not in the context of a superhero
movie. In the seven years since "Batman Begins" redefined the character's
cinematic persona, the series has entered into a realm of its own, one based on
gritty realism and weightier consequences.
MTV News spoke with two of the series' writers, Jonathan Nolan and David S.
Goyer, at the red-carpet premiere of "The Dark Knight
Rises" to find out what made these movies stand out in the genre of costumed
Nolan said that much of the difference came down to the nature of the man
behind the mask, Bruce Wayne. "The thing about Bruce Wayne is that his
superpower is money and rage," he said. "And there's something transformative
about a normal person, not a guy who was born with some magical gift that he
just discovers, but a person who decides to become something extraordinary."
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It was that choice that had an effect on Nolan at a young age. "I think I
always related to that. It's always been the key difference between a character
like Batman and all the other characters in the DC pantheon," he said. "There
are some great characters there, but this is the one I always kind of connected
to the most. ... You had all kinds of science fiction and some fantasy
throughout the Batman books through 70 years, but for the most part, we took the
idea that this was a real guy in the real world and ran in that direction."
David S. Goyer, who co-wrote the screenplay for "Batman Begins" and the
stories for "The Dark Knight" and "The Dark Knight Rises," brought up some
similar reasoning, but it was also important to make the hero relevant to
"Batman has always been the most grounded of the major superheroes," Goyer
said. "He doesn't have any superpower, doesn't come from an alien planet, things
like that, but our approach from the very beginning was that we were going to
treat this as real-world as possible within the superhero confines."
Many have pointed out an apparent parallel between the story of "The Dark
Knight Rises" and the Occupy Wall Street Movement, but Goyer dismissed any
similarities as coincidence. "It was just kind of luck that the themes we were
dealing with in this film happened to coincide with the Occupy Wall Street, 99
percent thing," he said. "We couldn't have planned that. It just sort of
happened. We try to make them as meaningful. Hopefully, they're sort of like a
Greek myth that reflects back on what's happening in today's politics."
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