As has been noted before, it’s hard to beat The Dark Knight trilogy when it comes to acclaimed superhero films. Christopher Nolan’s take on Batman managed to bring a real-world flavor to the story of Bruce Wayne and Gotham City, but still succeeded in being true to the source. Comparing it to Tim Burton’s film series or the Marvel films, you see that the trilogy was truly meant to be that.
It’s something that Joseph Gordon-Levitt discusses with Cinema Blend in a recent chat about his role in Snowden. Gordon-Levitt goes on the defensive for Nolan’s films, which have gone under the microscope several times since their release, and points to it as a “perfect” representation of the character:
I know we’re all used to the sort of Marvel movies, which are just kind of endless series. They don’t really have a beginning, middle, and end. But I think Nolan very much thought of that movie as a conclusion, and there’s a theme that runs through all three of those movies that begins in the first movie, runs through the second movie and it concludes in that moment where he says that Batman is more than a man, Batman is a symbol. And so to have another man other than Bruce Wayne kind of becoming Batman at the end of that trilogy, I think that’s the perfect ending to that story.