Christopher Nolan is developing a 4K remaster of his iconic Dark Knight trilogy. While Marvel Studios’ interconnected MCU franchise continues to dominate both the box office and critics’ hearts – aside from the recent Wonder Woman, which may very well signal a turnaround in that regard – it wasn’t too long ago that DC sat atop the comic book movie world. That status came courtesy of Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy, which many would argue is the best cinematic depiction of Batman to date. Chronicling Bruce Wayne’s rise from damaged orphan to Gotham’s savior, then subsequent fall from grace and struggle to clear his name there are few comic book based trilogies as satisfying.
The clear standout entry in Nolan’s trilogy is 2008’s The Dark Knight, routinely cited as one of the greatest superhero films of all-time. Featuring Christian Bale really coming into his own as Batman, and Heath Ledger’s iconic take on The Joker, The Dark Knight hauled in over $1 billion worldwide, as well as mesmerized both critics and fans. 2005’s Batman Begins is also held in very high regard, if generally eclipsed by its sequel. 2012’s final installment, The Dark Knight Rises, has fallen victim to some post-release backlash in the years since, although it was both a critical and commercial success at the time.
The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises were often held up as demo discs for just how terrific films could look on Blu-Ray – Batman Begins was an HD-DVD port, and suffered as a result – and now Batman News reports that Nolan is personally overseeing a 4K home video remaster for all three films in his Gotham-set trilogy. Nolan revealed the news during a recent video interview with BadTaste.it, while promoting his latest film, Dunkirk.
Nolan is looking forward to the 4K disc releases of his Batman series, due to 4K with HDR technology offering fans a closer approximation of the TDK trilogy’s original 6K photography than any prior home video experience. Of course, 4K is still a long way from the enormous 18K resolution of The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises’ IMAX scenes, but it’ll be probably be quite awhile before home viewing formats get near that level of clarity.
It’s unclear at the moment exactly when Nolan’s 4K remastered Dark Knight trilogy will be available for purchase – or if the films will be released individually, as a boxed set, or both – but one imagines that whenever they do come out, they’ll be a big seller. For the sake of the DCEU and its fans, here’s hoping Ben Affleck’s current take on the Caped Crusader ends up spawning a series of Batman films just as worthy of a lavish home video treatment down the road.
Source: Batman News
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