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on 16 April 2017
Very good book received in very good order
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VINE VOICEon 9 September 2012
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.

The book (published by Abrams) is a collaboration by Jody Duncan Jesser and Janine Pourroy, and together they've produced something which they should be proud of. It's a whopping great hardback that's absolutely packed with gorgeous colour photos of all sizes (from filming to still captures of the films), all manner of costume/vehicle/set designs, storyboards, sculptures, model miniatures, testing and snippets of the original comics which provided inspiration.

This tapestry of beautiful imagery is counter-balanced by Jesser & Pourroy's very well-written account, which is composed of quotes and discussions from cast members and crews, improvisation techniques, the amazing efforts of Christian Bale, Tom Hardy etc, working with Heath Ledger, the use of special effects and real-life stunts, filming in IMAX, and all manner of fascinating short-stories and various anecdotes. The story provides a truly inspirational insight into what a highly creative mind Nolan has, as well as shedding light on the contributions of not just the cast, but the stunt teams and extras as well. It all gets the message across; it was a herculean effort to produce something of this magnitude. And to hear of just how much everyone put into this reboot of the Batman film-franchise is nothing short of impressive.

Of course, all this is a given. Fans of the films and Batman in general are obviously going to want to purchase this book to know just how much time, work and money Nolan and the gang put in to this trilogy. But what particularly serves The Art & Making of The Dark Knight Trilogy well is how the authors (and Abrams) have put the whole book together. The layout is impeccable, with the image use being hugely impressive, yet not dominating the hardback. It doesn't detract anything from the text or the story that Jesser and Pourroy are telling. The pacing of the writing is excellent, nothing's wasted, and those who've yet to see The Dark Knight Rises will be pleased to know that there are no major spoilers. And yet, the writers are still able to apply and generate the same level of fascination in the relevant chapters as they do for Batman Begins and The Dark Knight, which speaks highly of the calibre of the work. The type-setting, the picture captions, the impressive two-page photo spreads, the binding, the dust-jacket...everything about this book just reeks of professionalism.

The only things about the product that you may have problems with are being careful not to crease the beautiful dust-jacket and the sheer weight of the hardback might make it tough to handle. A LOT has been packed into this book, which isn't surprising given the subject matter. And at twenty-five quid, it's obviously pricy, but in my honest opinion, it's worthy every penny. The Art & Making of The Dark Knight Trilogy is the ideal coffee-table companion for all fans and will certainly whet fans' appetites long enough for The Dark Knight Rises to come out on DVD.

Mr. Nolan and everyone else...THANK YOU.
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on 7 January 2017
This is a great book. I highly recommend it to fans of Christopher Nolan`s Dark Knight Trilogy.
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on 11 January 2013
This book was the perfect gift for my brother & he absolutely loved it. Amazing illustration & definitely should be on the book shelf of an avid Batman Fan.
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on 25 July 2012
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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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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on 11 October 2012
It's not Christopher Nolan's policy to give much away about his films especially in recent years. It's been well documented that he doesn't show deleted scenes (if there are any to begin with), go into detail on DVD/Blu Ray extras or provide commentaries for his films save for Memento. With The Art and Making of The Dark Knight Trilogy, while Nolan may not be spilling his guts about the films, he and his various collaborators give great insight into the production and making of one of the more conistsent Hollywood franchises in quite some time.

While I wouldn't call it an art book (of the art that's there much has probably been seen already) there's very little art if that's your thing. Still in terms of behind the scenes access author Jody Duncan Jesser has managed to chronicle these three massive productions with concise and relevant details and some revealing on-set photos. As close as you'll get to a definitive statement from Nolan and co. Well worth a purchase.
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on 12 August 2012
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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on 23 July 2012
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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on 4 July 2014
The Dark Knight trilogy to me is up there with The Lord Of The Rings as the greatest trilogy in cinematic history.
This wonderful guide tells of how this game changing Batman series was produced and brought to the big screen.
Everything is included like casting,action scenes,visual and special effects and everything else like which cities and locations were used for the movies.
If you like me were truly blown away by these Bat masterpieces with the Dark Knight Rises being my fav and my all time best film then you will lose hours reading this truly wonderful guide to a series that changed my movie viewing,changed Batman movies for the future,changed comic book movies in the future and for me changed cinema forever.
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