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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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The 10 Greatest Comic Book Supervillains of All Time

By Tom Lorenzo


When it comes to the superhero movie thing, villains are the fuel that keeps them burning bright. The best superhero movies tend to have a great villain at the center. Sometimes a great villains can be stuck in a mediocre movie, or a great movie can have a mediocre villain. It tends to be rare when those cases happen, as a blockbuster comic book movie needs a villain that works well enough to make these typically apocalyptic narratives work.

As we reach the end of 2017’s output of superhero cinema with “Justice League” arriving soon, it seems like as good a time as any to take a look back at some of the best villains in the game.

10. Valentine (Kingsman: The Secret Service)

Valentine (Kingsman The Secret Service)

James Bond is a superhero. There are no capes or tights involved in the Bond series (for the most part), but it’s a super hero series if there ever was one. So Matthew Vaughn taking on a project based on a comic that is a supremely over-the-top riff/satire of the James Bond mold is going to steer even more into the superhero frame. And much like the best straight-up superhero movies, Bond and his ilk work best when they got a great villain to bounce off of. And this riff on Bond has a great villain in Valentine.

What makes Valentine work is that he isn’t outwardly villainous in his look or in his demeanor. He doesn’t scream villain. There’s also the fact that he isn’t completely in the wrong. The world is dealing with a severe population and global warming crisis. Something does need to be done. But it’s in the way that he goes about achieving his goals that is some supervillain crap.

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The 10 Best Actors Who’ve Never Won an Oscar

By Allan Khumalo


There are a lot of factors that play into being a great artist. Talent is the most obvious one, but without practice and determination, all the talent in the world amounts to nothing. What’s less obvious is choosing the right material to showcase your talent. The greatest artists in the world are only as good as the projects they work on.

The same is true when it comes to acting; while some actors will take whatever they’re given, some actors actively seek out roles that are both challenging and gratifying. There are many sad cases of great actors who never get to reach their fullest potential because they don’t get the right roles.

If anything, the acting categories of the Oscars are the most competitive and hardest to get nominated in, let alone win. Every year there’s plethora of great performances that sadly never make the cut. Unfortunately, getting a great performance recognized goes hand in hand with the type of film it comes from.

Even an amazing performance from an “Oscar type” of film may find itself left out in the rain if the film in question is not good enough or in line with the tastes or politics of the Academy.

This could explain why some of the best actors working today have yet to take home the trophy for any of their many amazing performances.

10. Ewan McGregor

Big Fish

Ewan McGregor is perhaps the most underrated actor on this list (why did you turn down James Bond, Ewan, why!?). McGregor is a damn fine actor with the versatility to boot. The only thing that has perhaps hindered his career are some bad choices in some subpar films. Yet, his career thus far is nothing to be ashamed of. The mere → continue…

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