A new fan-made video has cut together footage from The Dark Knight Trilogy to give it a Black Panther feel. Kicking off with Batman Begins in 2005, writer-director Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight Trilogy gave the comic book genre a much-needed shot in the arm.
Shot eight years after director Joel Schumacher's Batman & Robin hit the wall and temporarily doomed the franchise, Nolan's real-world setting of Batman Begins set up what would arguably become the best film in the trilogy with The Dark Knight – which of course, pitted Batman (Christian Bale) against his greatest nemesis the Joker (Heath Ledger). And while the film that rounded out the trilogy, The Dark Knight Rises, didn't quite attain the level of box office success or critical acclaim as its predecessor, it still found a meaningful way to wrap up the trilogy before Batman would find a new set of wings in the DC Extended Universe.
As great as The Dark Knight Trilogy is, a new fan-made video by The Unusual Suspect has found a way to ramp up the intensity by cutting together various scenes from the film for a trailer in the style of Marvel's upcoming Black Panther. There's no question that the first trailer for the Black Panther solo film has a gritty feel akin to the style of The Dark Knight films, so the The Unusual Suspect astutely picked up on the similarity in tone and creatively reimagined a trailer for the Nolan films, which he has dubbed The Black Bat.
The footage used by the The Unusual Suspect largely draws from Batman Begins, where in addition to Bruce Wayne, we see Scarecrow/Dr. Jonathan Crane (Cillian Murphy), Ra's Al Ghul/Ducard (Liam Neeson), and mobster Carmine Falcone (Tom Wilkinson). The Joker, naturally, is part of the trailer, too, but his appearance is very brief. The least amount of footage culled for the trailer came in a shot of Police Commissioner Jim Gordon (Gary Oldman) from The Dark Knight Rises.
While the reimagined trailer for The Dark Knight Trilogy is distinct because of creative edits and breakneck pacing, the element that truly transforms Nolan's Batman movie footage into something new is the use of the music – the song "Legend Has It" by Run the Jewels – from The Black Panther trailer.
Effectively, the reimagined trailer serves as a great example at how important music selection is to the entire process, and in the case of The Black Bat, how that tone will make viewers look at the footage in a much different light. From a fan standpoint, it accomplishes two major things: it makes you want to immediately pop the films in The Dark Knight Trilogy in your Blu-ray player; and equally, it amps up the excitement for director Ryan Coogler and star Chadwick Boseman's Black Panther movie. It's an incredible accomplishment considering most trailers don't get you excited to see one movie, much less three or four of them.
Source: The Unusual Suspect
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