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The Hero This Generation Deserves,
This review is from: The Dark Knight Trilogy (Paperback)
What can be said about Christopher Nolan's Batman Trilogy that's not been said before? Nothing really, except that they're awesome and are likely to stand as one of the best trilogies ever made, up there with Star Wars and Lord of the Rings. This is a collection of the three movies shooting scripts: Batman Begins, The Dark Knight, and The Dark Knight Rises, they are not a novelisation of the movies.
Reading them is like watching the films but only because I've seen these films so many times now (especially The Dark Knight, the finest of the 3), but if I hadn't seen the films I would never have guessed at Heath Ledger and Tom Hardy's choices for their characters. It's one thing to look at the script and see a character there, it's another to bring it to life so memorably like Ledger's Joker. The appearance, the voice, the mannerisms - it's not in the script, Ledger brought that to his character. The scripts underline the limits of reading words on a page and the art of acting. The same could be said of Tom Hardy's Bane whose excellently creepy old English Duke voice doesn't come across on the page but was a choice by the actor (and of course Christian Bale's Batman voice... moving on!).
The scripts are tightly structured with detailed descriptions of the shots as you would expect from a Director whose work is filled with action and ambitious shots to make them as thrilling as possible. There are some storyboards included to show how some action scenes would play out like Batman and Joker's street confrontation or Bane's plane dynamics in the opening sequence of "Rises".
As a Batman fan I'm really glad that there have been films made that do justice to this great character and his world after so many attempts have gotten it wrong. Reading these scripts is like watching the movies and while they're fun to read for any fan of these films, they can't top the films themselves. An excellent collection nonetheless, it shows that underpinning these superb films were equally superb scripts by a creative team who realised the potential of this timeless character.