Christopher Nolans Dark Knight trilogy is one of the most beloved superhero series ever, but its success creates a Batman problem for the DCEU.
As great as Christopher Nolans Dark Knight trilogy is, it leads to a problem portraying Batman within the DCEU. Batman is one of the comic book worlds oldest superheroes, and also one of its most famous, leading to a string of live-action and animated adaptations of the Caped Crusaders adventures over the years. Depending on when one first became a Batman fan, theres a chance their favorite Batman actor might be Adam West, or Michael Keaton, or even Ben Affleck. Still, perhaps the most common choice is Christian Bale, for his work in Nolans award-winning Batman saga.
Depending on who one asks, Nolans Dark Knight trilogy is often called the greatest series of superhero movies ever made, with The Dark Knight individually often considered the greatest superhero movie of all time—in no small part due to the late Heath Ledgers iconic performance as the Joker. Given that, it also goes without saying that many deem the Dark Knight trilogy as being cinemas best movies starring Batman, with the performances found within them also often singled out for praise. note: James Bond 007 – Keine Zeit zu sterben (2021) ganzer film auf deutsch
While some, such as Batman Begins co-writer David S. Goyer, have asserted that the Dark Knight trilogy came close to being considered DCEU canon, most reports allege that Nolan had no desire for that to happen, preferring to keep his work separate from other DC properties. In the long run though, perhaps putting the Dark Knight trilogy in the DCEU wouldve been for the best, since its existence as such a beloved piece of Batman entertainment creates a kind of no-win situation for the DCEUs portrayals of the character. If Batman goes dark in the DCEU, it invites immediate unfavorable comparisons to Nolans work. On the flipside, if DCEU Batman goes too light, those who love Nolans grim, realistic take will be instantly turned off.
With a nickname like The Dark Knight, it might seem right that Batman always be portrayed in a darker way, but at the same time, that definitely hasnt always been the case. The Adam West TV show and the Joel Schumacher Batman movies of the 1990s were certainly full of camp silliness—admittedly to mixed results. What Nolans trilogy did though was take the dark dourness found in some prior Batman iterations and combine it with a more grounded, almost crime thriller-esque style. Millions upon millions of people fell in love with Nolan and Christian Bales version of Batman, and its likely their work will continue to overshadow any new take DC attempts for at least the next several decades. note: The Hand of God (2021) ganzer film auf deutsch
While not technically part of the DCEU, director Matt Reeves The Batman is already falling victim to the Nolan comparison curse, since the Robert Pattinson-fronted movie looks it might be even darker than Nolans Dark Knight trilogy. Still, many longtime DC watchers see The Batman as an attempt to piggyback on the style of movie Nolan created, but without Nolan, and with what they feel to be a lesser actor behind the cape and cowl. On the flipside though, when Justice League – both the Whedon and Snyder cuts – went lighter with Ben Afflecks Batman, many Bat-fans were put off by this snarky, grinning take on the character, feeling Bruce Wayne should be much more serious. For better or worse, many people still long for a return to the Gotham City that Nolan and Bale created, and with that unlikely to happen, the shadow of the Dark Knight trilogy will continue to loom over the DCEU. note: Ghostbusters: Legacy (2021) ganzer film auf deutsch