Christian Bale, who believes his career is largely due to Leonardo DiCaprio, had some concerns when donning the Batman costume. When Christopher Nolan took over the helm of the trilogy of The Dark Knight between 2008 and 2012 was not the first time that the tragic fate of the famous batman was adapted to the cinema. And it is precisely because the history of the 7th Art already has several feature films dedicated to Bruce Wayne that the filmmaker and his muse were able to pinpoint a recurring problem between Batman and his enemies.
Too charismatic enemies?
Ra’s al Ghul (Liam Neeson), the Scarecrow (Cillian Murphy), Two-Face (Aaron Eckhart), Bane (Tom Hardy), the Joker (Heath Ledger)… In his Batman trilogy, Christopher Nolan does not was not stingy with opponents! No more villains a little “buffoon” of Tim Burton’s films, his villains give us the petoches. But whether they are transposed to the screen in a very realistic or lighter way, Bruce Wayne’s enemies all have in common that they are complex and pervasive in the narrative. A prominent place that can obscure the vigilante himself, as Christian Bale told our colleagues from GQ.
When Chris and I first sat down together, we were like, you know the problem with batman is that the bad guys are always more interesting, Nope ? And so Batman, actually, he’s very close to being a villain himself. So let’s never let it get boring by comparison.
All the difficulty of staging Batman is there. Certainly, his enemies must be captivating, but not at the expense of the main character! In movies, the lines between good and evil are blurred, between what is moral and what is not. In the absence of a more conventional Manichaean discourse, the justified motives of the villains earn them the sympathy of the public, but they must not become more charismatic and sympathetic than the (anti) hero of the story. A pitfall that the filmmaker avoids, for example with his Joker, since become one of the most emblematic villains of cinema, by making him a being obsessed with Bruce Wayne, who constantly defines himself through and against him. By putting them in comparison, Christopher Nolan ensures that the Dark Knight wins in the hearts of the public. And that’s how he avoids this big problem of the Batman movies!
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The Dark Night: for Christian Bale and Christopher Nolan, this is the biggest problem of the Batman films