The Dark Knight featuring Production Art and Full Shooting Script Hardcover – 1 Jul 2008
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Whether read from cover to cover or just casually flipped this is one book Batman fanatics with an appreciation for visuals can t be without. Bookgasm.com "Teens who want to delve more deeply in the movie's essenence will be captivated by Craig Byrne's "The Dark Knight" from Universe Publishing." "School Library Journal""
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Where the script starts is where the book begins its downward descent. If the publisher was to sell the art pages separately as a separate book, I would gladly pay half the price for it. The shooting script is not helpful unless you're planning to remake the movie yourself, and if you think you can shoot it better than C. Nolan.
This is a movie made from a comic book series. I'm frankly amazed that there is so little art.
At the time I bought the book, there weren't any consumer reviews out yet. Now, these reviews are available to help you make the correct decision.
I've never bought a book after flipping a few pages, immediately feel like returning it straight away.
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If you want a final selling point; this book is worth it's price alone almost solely for the early concept drawings and computer-generated images of The Joker. From original concept to execution, the evolutionary process is quite staggering. The original Joker concept looks more suited to David Tennant than to Heath Ledger. One disappointing thing though is that I didn't think that enough attention had been paid to the transformation of Harvey Dent (Aaron Eckhart) into Two-Face.
In closing, if you are buying this book solely as an art book, then you may be disappointed. It really lacks substance in this regard, with only about 60 pages of artwork and limited text before it launches into the script. However, if you're buying it out of interest for the film as a whole; then this book is a great addition to your collection, and a very good companion piece to the film.
I purchased the book off the strength of the previous Batman Begins art book, which I would recommend to any fan.
This is just the script padded out with a few production photos and badly drawn images. Pure merchandise I'm afraid.
The art-section of the book includes concept art for the characters, set pieces, vehicles and weapons, storyboard sketches and some stills from the movie itself. I've been always a bit sceptical about movie stills in an art book, but these look good and fit in. Theres a lot of text explaining how the came up with these different costumes and designs, I especially enjoyed the concepts for Joker (there are many), as some of them look even more haunting than than the final Heat Ledger version.
It's a semi-thick book and looks great on my bookself. The front cover has a portrait of Joker and the back cover has Batman. The back of the dust jacket has a cool picture of batman on his Bat-Pod which I think was one of images they used for the posters for the movie.
Overall it's a great book. Everything it consisted intrested me and it's a good gift for those who want to know how their favorite comic-book movie was made.
But there are only 50 pages of photographs and concept art, and the rest is all script. I think the item description for this is misleading, as it sais "The Art of The Drak Knight"
Don't get me wrong, the artwork and photographs are great, and there's a section where the make up artist tell of how the Joker's make up was done! That's why I have given it 4 Stars.
Limited on other material, which fans may find disappointing. I may pass this book on to one of my personal friends, who is into the detail of script and plots of the movie.
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Lovely hardback and great for the price.
Good quality pages and pictures inside.
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