Thursday, February 7, 2013


Photo Credit: Opus Books

Rating: 5 out of 5

I've always been a fan superheroes and Batman particularly. I love Christopher Nolan's THE DARK KNIGHT TRILOGY. Nolan is one of the most creative filmmaker's out there and seems to really know how to tap into the human condition. Of course, he hasn't worked alone. Writers David S. Goyer and Jonathan Nolan helped Nolan shape the Batman trilogy into a fantastic story of not only Batman, but the city he has sworn to protect.

Great movies don't just start as visuals on a screen. The screenplay is the foundation of any movie. Opus Books has compiled the screenplays for all three Batman movies into THE DARK KNIGHT TRILOGY: THE COMPLETE SCREENPLAYS. I've always loved writing, and I love seeing how words on a page become something incredible on the screen. Having seen all three movies, reading the screenplays was like replacing the movie in my mind. The visuals described in the scripts came to life in my imagination. The writers of the movies told a great story of Batman's origin in the first film, a raising of the stakes in the second film, and the standard all-bets-are-off anything goes kind of situation in the third film. It's truly a hero story, and I love that it was a story about the people of Gotham city. It seemed like Gotham was as much a character as Batman in the story.

Included in the book is a great interview with writers at beginning that tells how the story evolved into a trilogy and some storyboards for some of the key scenes in each film, further illustrating how the words on the page evolve into the visuals we see on the screen. Batman fans will love this book, and I think aspiring screenwriters could learn much from this book as well.

Review copy provided by Opus Books

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