Directed by: Christopher Nolan
Written by: Christopher Nolan & David S. Goyer (screenplay)
Starring: Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Liam Neeson, and Katie Holmes
Christopher Nolan goes the route of Stanley Kubrick in his take on the Batman mythology. Kubrick was infamous for taking acclaimed works of literature and making them his own, just ask Stephen King. It’s hard to say what Bob Kane and Bill Finger, Batman’s true origin, would say about Nolan’s origin story. The colorful world is all but stripped away, replaced with the gritty streets of Gotham City and induced with a tinge of noir.
Though he would go on to create a masterpiece in 2008’s The Dark Knight, Nolan needed to establish his version of this world and the principle characters in it. In that respect he is mostly successful.