In 2005, Christopher Nolan would forever change the Batman franchise with Batman Begins. He rebuilt the DC Comics character from the ground up, with A-level acting and producing talent which would forever raise the bar for comic book adaptations. However, Nolan’s next film, The Dark Knight, wouldn’t just legitimize the Batman character, it would change the industry. His second outing with the Caped Crusader introduced an updated version of the Joker, which was brought to life by an Academy Award-winning performance by Heath Ledger.
The movie depicted the philosophical and physical battle between Gotham City’s protector and the Clown Prince of Crime, in a fight for “Gotham’s soul.” In one of the film’s most memorable scenes, Batman and the Joker engage in a game of chicken with the Bat-cycle charging a 18-wheel truck head on. However, that iconic scene was planned frame-by-frame long before Christian Bale and Ledger stepped onto The Dark Knight‘s set.
In a new video published by Glass Distortion, that unforgettable confrontation from The Dark Knight is compared against the original storyboards for the sequence. It’s immediately clear how closely Nolan adhered to his original vision. Storyboard artist, Gabriel Hardman, created the art which conceptualized one of the most memorable action scenes in movie history. Small details, like how the Bat-cycle can drive horizontally and up walls, weren’t accounted for in the storyboard, yet all of the dynamic tension and pacing always seemed deliberately planned.
While the superhero genre has found its groove in recent decades, there have been detailed “storyboards” being created for generations in the form of comic book panels. It seems only natural for ambitious filmmakers to finally bring these stories to life on the big screen, with the help of visionary artists, now that technology has reached a point that is only limited by creator’s imaginations.
In a time when you hear of constant studio reshoots – ranging from Suicide Squad to Rogue One – it’s encouraging that there are directors like Nolan, who comes to set prepared with a detailed script and a solid vision for his movies. Next up for the director is Dunkirk, a retelling of one of the most pivotal battles in World War II, which is certain to have memorable sequences planned with an equal amount of care. Hopefully, Nolan and company have drawn up some more unforgettable scenes that we can study for the next ten years.
The Dark Knight is available everywhere. Dunkirk opens on July 21st, 2017.
Source: Glass Distortion