5 Great Films Influenced By “The Dark Knight” That Aren’t Superhero Movies

By Charlie Jones

Perhaps the most lauded superhero film ever, Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight set what many consider to be an unreachable bar for all that followed. Indeed, many superhero films have tried to recreate its serious and brooding tone, to emulate its narrative and moral complexity, to outshine its captivating performances, in particular Heath Ledger’s now iconic Joker, with varying degrees of success.

Its influence on much of the DCEU is abundantly clear, though many entries into the DC franchise have mistaken serious for humourless and dark for drab. It’s impact on the MCU is less clear, but still identifiable; gone are the shadowy colour palettes of Nolan’s Gotham in favour of brighter, more vivid tones; seriousness makes way for eccentricity and enjoyably ludicrous cosmic battles; but fundamentally solid characterisation remains.

Where The Dark Knight’s influence is harder to discern is in films further removed from the superhero genre. But be they action-thrillers, sci-fi epics, or black comedies, the influence of The Dark Knight is certainly there, in the narratives, the tones, and the performances of these films.

1. Skyfall (Sam Mendes, 2012)

Skyfall (2012)

Christopher Nolan loves Bond, and the debt his Batman trilogy owes to Bond is almost as great as the debt The Dark Knight itself owes to Michael Mann’s Heat. It is a sweet irony then that this influence came full circle with Skyfall, the twenty-third entry into the James Bond series.

Many comparisons have been drawn between the tone of both The Dark Knight and Skyfall, made all the more valid by director Sam Mendes’s admission that Nolan’s film gave him ‘the confidence to take [Skyfall] in directions that, without The Dark Knight, might not have been possible…it’s clearly possible to make a dark movie that people want to see.’

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10 Reasons Why “The Prestige” is Christopher Nolan’s Best Movie So Far

By Luke Brookman

The Prestige

Since his debut with Following, Christopher Nolan has steadily produced a body of work that will no doubt secure his place amongst the pantheon of brilliant directors.

As a filmmaker, Nolan has pioneered new ways to tell stories, to stage action set pieces and has reimagined the modern day blockbuster. This groundbreaking approach to filmmaking has brought him much critical and commercial acclaim and has directly affected the film industry.

With his Dark Knight trilogy, Nolan changed the way comic book movies are approached. It is an undeniable fact that since the unprecedented success of his batman films, studios such as Marvel, Warner Bros. (and its DCEU) and Fox have all attempted to add a bit more reality and grit to their stories.

With Inception, he established that there really are no limits to what can be imagined in terms of set pieces and visual-effects. From the world folding in on itself to a tumbling corridor to the decayed architecture of a mind lost in itself, he gifted the world an example of how, through film, we can manifest our strangest fantasies into believable and compelling action.

Even his foray into science fiction with 2014’s Interstellar demonstrated how, with a universal story, groundbreaking effects and real science, you can create a timeless science fiction epic that not only entertains but also can serve as an academic text to be studied.

Nolan will undoubtedly continue to break ground in cinema and change the way we experience it. However, of his existing oeuvre we can’t help but see one film standing above the rest as his masterpiece. The film that marries everything that makes Nolan such a fascinating auteur.

So, without further ado, here are 10 reasons why The Prestige is Nolan’s best film. Oh, and beware: spoilers lay within.

1. Puzzle Narrative


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