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The Art and Making of The Dark Knight Trilogy [Hardcover]

Jody Duncan Jesser
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Book Description

20 July 2012
In 2005, director Christopher Nolan redefined the Batman legend with Batman Begins, staring Christian Bale as the Caped Crusader. A fresh, dynamic reboot of the franchise, Batman Begins explored the comic book hero's origins and his evolution from billionaire Bruce Wayne to dark avenger who fights crime and corruption in Gotham City. A 2008 sequel, The Dark Knight, took those compelling character-driven foundations and raised the stakes, pitting Batman against a deranged master criminal, the Joker, in an all-out war for Got ham's soul. Now, the final film of Nolan's trilogy, The Dark Knight Rises, is the summer's most anticipated film release.

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  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Abrams (20 July 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1419703692
  • ISBN-13: 978-1419703690
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 12 x 1.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 82,623 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jody Duncan Jesser has authored hundreds of articles on motion picture technology for Cinefex magazine and has served as the publication's editor since 1992. She is also the author of ten books covering the making of blockbuster films; including The Making of "Star Wars Episode i: The Phandom Menace, The Making of "Star Wars Episode Attack of the Colnes,' The Making of Terminator 2' and The Making of Jurassic Park.' She also wrote the definitive book on the making of Avatar. Janine Pourroy is the author of several books on television and film, including Behind the Scenes at ER and The Ewan McGregor Story. She has written exclusively for Cinefex magazine covering special and visual effects in film since 1985.

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4.8 out of 5 stars
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book. Great movies. 26 July 2012
Length: 1:29 Mins
This is the making-of rather than an art-and-making-of book. So you're not going to see a lot of art. The only other artbook for the Dark Knight trilogy was The Art of Batman Begins and that wasn't very good in terms of art and content.

Having said all that, this is a great movie companion book.

It covers in detail all the three films and the complete production process. You get to read about the screenplay, production design, casting, use of visual and special effects, music and marketing. The book is packed with nice photos of the set, actors, props and vehicles, and some art illustrations.

There are chapters for the shooting of each film which I thought was short considering the length of the movies. Still, it provides great insight into how the movie was shot, and the little clues were put into each film to tie them together. You get a sense of Christopher Nolan's film making philosophy, and understand how the film was directed. He has done an incredible job portraying on big screen one of the most recognisable comic characters.

There are lots of interesting information throughout the book. Like how Anne Hathaway dressed up as Harley Quinn during a casting meeting because she misread the script, or why Nolan even considered using actual bats but ultimately turned to animated ones.

Of all the books relating to the Dark Knight trilogy, this is probably the best.

Highly recommended for fans of the movies. It's a terrific deal for a 304-page hardcover.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
The art of filmmaking is one of those fields that is inconceivable to most. There's so much to it, such as writing the screenplay, storyboarding, casting the actors, setting up a film crew, directing, producing, composing the music, shooting, post-production, working to budget, marketing etc. Even if you've got the gist of it, this is an art-field of such magnitude where it's so easy to forget and overlook all the talent, preperation and sheer hard work that goes into producing films/blockbusters of all styles.

This is what went through my mind all the time I was reading The Art & Making of The Dark Knight Trilogy. To even make ONE absolutely excellent Batman film (Batman Begins) is an outstanding achievement, but to surpass that with an unmissable, Oscar-winning sequel (The Dark Knight) and then conclude the saga with an excellent third part (The Dark Knight Rises) is an incredible (and remarkable) achievement. One that leaves you reeling so much, that you're left forgetting that it's not JUST Christopher Nolan (or the likes of Christian Bale, Heath Ledger, Michael Caine etc) we have to thank for such greatness...it's ALL involved.


The Art & Making of The Dark Knight Trilogy is a truly MAMMOTH book, one that makes the reader realise they had little-to-no idea of the full extent of just what went into making Christopher Nolan's vision of Batman the revolutionary triumph it became. It covers all the essentials in wonderful, engaging detail; everything from conception, screenplay, design & casting to shooting the films themselves, directing, producing, post-production, scoring, campaigning & the impact the trilogy has made.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The art and making of the Dark Knight Trilogy 25 July 2012
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This is a large and heavy book on the making of the recent Batman films, these films where a great reboot of the old batman franchise. And a good dramatization of the comic book story. The book contains hundreds of onset photo's plus background stories on the production and development of the films it reminded me a lot of other films books I have recently bought and is well put together. However the only thing missing is concept and production art and drawings, there is very little of this contained inside.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent insight 12 Aug 2012
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Having got this as my first making of style book I was blown away. It's amazing to follow production, especially since I was a ninja at the Nottingham filming at Wollaton Hall. Certainly amazing to see the reason behind the madness that is an amazing trilogy of modern cinema. A must read for fans or those with an interest in films and the development of engrossing stories.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Very little 'Art' 23 July 2012
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Being an illustrator and fan of concept art in general, I expected this book, implied by it's title, to be packed with art produced by the likes of Dermot Power and Rob Bliss. For example, Bliss produced some stunning work for The Joker, and his henchmen. The images in the book mainly consist of location stills from the films. If you are interested in the concept art aspect of these films, avoid this book, as you will be disappointed.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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This book is basically what it says on the front, it is The Art and Making of The Dark Knight Trilogy. It has many images of the creating process for the films also it has in depth writing on how Christopher Nolan and his team have created the popular trilogy. This book will really interest fans of the films because if you wanted to know how they created something, this basically shows you the step by step process on how they did it. For example how the Tumbler was created or why they decided to choose Bane for the last film. Overall it was much better than what I thought the book might be. I thought this book would just have images pasted on each page with hardly any information. But this book has top notch images and a lot of information for you learn from.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best making of's around
This is a beautiful book, big and heavy and beautifuly printed.
One thing though, just to be clear, here are not enough paintings in this to call it an art book, so its... Read more
Published 1 month ago by ruben valente
5.0 out of 5 stars The Art and Making of The Dark Knight trilogy
Excellent coffee table book, can be picked up to scan through even when time is short. A nice looking book as well as very interesting content -
Published 2 months ago by Gez
4.0 out of 5 stars book ok
The book arrived as was described & made a nice christmas present for a friend. the images are of good quality & any DK fan would love this
Published 2 months ago by Tony Paskin
5.0 out of 5 stars Great!
I would recommend this book to any fan of the new trilogy. it was great to read about the art and making of the trilogy in such detail and the pictures really look great.
Published 2 months ago by Andrew Sparkes
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice!
Lots of pictures and explaining text about the process of creating and filming the Batman trilogy. In my opinion, I think it should have had more sketches and artwork.
Published 4 months ago by Anders Signahl
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely, thorough book
This is truly an excellent book, and a must have for any hardcore fans of Chris Nolan's Batman Trilogy. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Simone Knudsen
5.0 out of 5 stars masterpiece
everything about art and making of can be found here
both pictures and articles are worth watching
awesome !! !!
Published 7 months ago by felix yip
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely Looking Book.
Being a big DC Comics fan and a especially a Batman one i the decided to order this book and am so glad i did. Read more
Published 8 months ago by ryan ricardo dunkley
5.0 out of 5 stars If you love The Dark Knight you must have this...
Bought this and the Dark Knight Manual. As I said before both must have for all Batman/Dark Knight fans both superb outstanding behind the scene presentations no stone left... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Simon Carney
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book
Excellent book covering all aspects of the movie. As i think i seen in another review, there's not too much concept art but there is certainly enough to warrant the title. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Birdy
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