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THE DARK KNIGHT TRILOGY: The Compete Screenplays of Batman Begins, The Dark Knight, and The Dark Knight Rises, with storyboards from each film. There is also an introduction featuring a conversation about The Dark Knight trilogy among the three writers: Christopher Nolan, Jonathan Nolan and David S. Goyer Synopsis: Christopher Nolan brings The Dark Knight trilogy to its cli THE DARK KNIGHT TRILOGY: The Compete Screenplays of Batman Begins, The Dark Knight, and The Dark Knight Rises, with storyboards from each film. There is also an introduction featuring a conversation about The Dark Knight trilogy among the three writers: Christopher Nolan, Jonathan Nolan and David S. Goyer Synopsis: Christopher Nolan brings The Dark Knight trilogy to its climax. The trilogy commenced with Batman Begins, which traced the origins of how Bruce Wayne took on the role of the masked crusader to fight the forces of evil. In the second film, The Dark Knight, Batman found himself battling the anarchy unleashed by the Joker. Physically and psychologically depleted by the events at the end of The Dark Knight, in The Dark Knight Rises Batman must marshal all his resources to meet the threat to Gotham City posed by the masked villain Bane. These three films form a trilogy unique in the history of cinema - and express a dark imaginative vision that reflects the uncertainties of the twenty-first century. This volume contains the complete screenplays of all three films, together with storyboards from each one. Copyright © 2012 DC Comics. BATMAN and all related characters and elements are trademarks of and © DC Comics. WB SHIELD: TM & © Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. (s12)


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THE DARK KNIGHT TRILOGY: The Compete Screenplays of Batman Begins, The Dark Knight, and The Dark Knight Rises, with storyboards from each film. There is also an introduction featuring a conversation about The Dark Knight trilogy among the three writers: Christopher Nolan, Jonathan Nolan and David S. Goyer Synopsis: Christopher Nolan brings The Dark Knight trilogy to its cli THE DARK KNIGHT TRILOGY: The Compete Screenplays of Batman Begins, The Dark Knight, and The Dark Knight Rises, with storyboards from each film. There is also an introduction featuring a conversation about The Dark Knight trilogy among the three writers: Christopher Nolan, Jonathan Nolan and David S. Goyer Synopsis: Christopher Nolan brings The Dark Knight trilogy to its climax. The trilogy commenced with Batman Begins, which traced the origins of how Bruce Wayne took on the role of the masked crusader to fight the forces of evil. In the second film, The Dark Knight, Batman found himself battling the anarchy unleashed by the Joker. Physically and psychologically depleted by the events at the end of The Dark Knight, in The Dark Knight Rises Batman must marshal all his resources to meet the threat to Gotham City posed by the masked villain Bane. These three films form a trilogy unique in the history of cinema - and express a dark imaginative vision that reflects the uncertainties of the twenty-first century. This volume contains the complete screenplays of all three films, together with storyboards from each one. Copyright © 2012 DC Comics. BATMAN and all related characters and elements are trademarks of and © DC Comics. WB SHIELD: TM & © Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. (s12)

30 review for The Dark Knight Trilogy: The Complete Screenplays with Storyboards

  1. 5 out of 5

    Megan

    I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review... and honestly I loved this book. [image error] This book is a Batman lover's dream. It includes the screenplays for all three movies and artwork from some of the storyboards. I've always been curious to read screenplays for movies to see how things changed from when it was written to when it is actually filmed, and what better screenplays to read then from my favorite superhero movies! I loved reading this and being able to ma I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review... and honestly I loved this book. [image error] This book is a Batman lover's dream. It includes the screenplays for all three movies and artwork from some of the storyboards. I've always been curious to read screenplays for movies to see how things changed from when it was written to when it is actually filmed, and what better screenplays to read then from my favorite superhero movies! I loved reading this and being able to make the comparison of script to movie, it was like the movie was playing in my head (yes, I will admit I had the Batman score playing in the background while reading this). It was extremely interesting to see what the actors in the movie brought to the script changing slight wording and adding the heavy emotion you see in the film. This could really be seen when reading the script for the second movie, The Dark Knight. While most of the script is the same with what you see in the movie most of the changes involved the dialogue of the Joker. After reading this I am more in awe of Heath Ledgers performance. While reading the script the Joker didn't have as dark of a tone or even the creepy masterful lines that were in the movie. He really did an amazing job with the character and added much more depth and scariness than was seen in the script. My favorite movie of the series was The Dark Knight Rises and reading the end of the movie in script form was I don't know any other way to say it but epic. I'll admit even after seeing the movie three times and now reading the script I still teared up in the end. The only thing about this was I would have liked to see more of the storyboards. I found those interesting how detailed each of the drawings were and the arrows to show movement and camera angles and such. I found those really cool and wished there would have been more than just one scene per movie. It was also cool to see how the artist depicted certain characters before they were aware of actors and costume design. Overall I would greatly recommend this book to those interested in films and screenplays and also just Batman fans in general. It is a very cool book.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Katy

    Book Info: Genre: Screenplays Reading Level: Adult Recommended for: Fans of the movies who are interested in reading the screenplays Trigger Warnings: violence, murder, fighting, treachery, deceit My Thoughts: I am unforgivably late reading this ARC, but I wanted to watch the final movie before I read it, and it's very hard for me to find time to watch movies. Of course, once I did find time to watch the movie, I became buried under other books that urgently needed to be reviewed... well, it's an ol Book Info: Genre: Screenplays Reading Level: Adult Recommended for: Fans of the movies who are interested in reading the screenplays Trigger Warnings: violence, murder, fighting, treachery, deceit My Thoughts: I am unforgivably late reading this ARC, but I wanted to watch the final movie before I read it, and it's very hard for me to find time to watch movies. Of course, once I did find time to watch the movie, I became buried under other books that urgently needed to be reviewed... well, it's an old story. So. How to review screenplays and storyboards? It's tricky! I mean, there's no narrative, no need to worry about details like grammar. So, it all falls into how much you liked or disliked the story. I happen to be a fan of Batman from way back, so I mostly enjoyed the movies, and therefore I mostly enjoyed the screenplays. I never much liked their version of the Joker, and of course the nuclear bomb in Gotham's bay should have resulted in a huge tsunami, but those are details. If you enjoyed the movies, and like to read screenplays, then grab a copy. They don't have the complete storyboards, only a sample of each, but those are pretty cool as well. Also, the prequel gives you a look into the minds of the writers of the screenplays, which is pretty cool. I enjoyed being reminded of the movies, and fans of the movies will particularly enjoy this book. Disclosure: I received an e-ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. Synopsis: THE DARK KNIGHT TRILOGY: The Compete Screenplays of Batman Begins, The Dark Knight, and The Dark Knight Rises, with storyboards from each film. There is also an introduction featuring a conversation about The Dark Knight trilogy among the three writers: Christopher Nolan, Jonathan Nolan and David S. Goyer Christopher Nolan brings The Dark Knight trilogy to its climax. The trilogy commenced with Batman Begins, which traced the origins of how Bruce Wayne took on the role of the masked crusader to fight the forces of evil. In the second film, The Dark Knight, Batman found himself battling the anarchy unleashed by the Joker. Physically and psychologically depleted by the events at the end of The Dark Knight, in The Dark Knight Rises Batman must marshal all his resources to meet the threat to Gotham City posed by the masked villain Bane. These three films form a trilogy unique in the history of cinema—and express a dark imaginative vision that reflects the uncertainties of the twenty-first century. This volume contains the complete screenplays of all three films, together with storyboards from each one.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca

    I liked the introduction, with its discussion of how the trilogy developed and it's nice to have a few storyboards to highlight key sequences and how they were planned out. The scripts themselves are fairly close to what you see and hear on screen - and one or two lines tell us where scenes have been omitted. Inevitably that makes you wonder what they were and why they were cut, but we're not given any hints on that score. I suspect the Making of books probably have those kind of details - and I I liked the introduction, with its discussion of how the trilogy developed and it's nice to have a few storyboards to highlight key sequences and how they were planned out. The scripts themselves are fairly close to what you see and hear on screen - and one or two lines tell us where scenes have been omitted. Inevitably that makes you wonder what they were and why they were cut, but we're not given any hints on that score. I suspect the Making of books probably have those kind of details - and I haven't managed to find those yet. A decent read and a nice little souvenir of a brilliant trilogy of films.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Jess

    Three of my favorite movies of the last decade! I was thrilled to get a copy of this via NetGalley, and it stands up to the awesomeness of Christopher Nolan's three films. The introductory conversation is incredibly interesting and enjoyable, I gained new insight into how the films were approached originally. (Christopher Nolan didn't realize Batman generally doesn't kill people? Really? Surprise for him!) All three "Dark Knight" film's screenplays are included in this hefty volume. Great reading Three of my favorite movies of the last decade! I was thrilled to get a copy of this via NetGalley, and it stands up to the awesomeness of Christopher Nolan's three films. The introductory conversation is incredibly interesting and enjoyable, I gained new insight into how the films were approached originally. (Christopher Nolan didn't realize Batman generally doesn't kill people? Really? Surprise for him!) All three "Dark Knight" film's screenplays are included in this hefty volume. Great reading if you're a fan, or if you're interested in filmmaking or screenwriting in general. The only thing keeping me from giving this a full 5 stars is that while there are storyboards included, there are only 3 - one for each film. Because the storyboards themselves are gorgeous and really fun to read (almost mini-comics), I wish there were more of them, particularly in a book calling itself "Complete Screenplays with Storyboards." On the other hand, maybe there weren't more storyboards to include! I wish there had been, because the art, rough and unfinished as it is, is really great and it's fascinating to see the way things translated from storyboard to screen. Overall, definitely recommended to fans of Batman, this trilogy, or filmmaking. I anticipate using my copy for reference in the future.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Wayne McCoy

    Christopher Nolan is a filmmaker at the top of his game, and the scripts here represent film writing at it's best. The Batman trilogy has been a groundbreaking superhero series because it has set it's hero in a more grounded, realistic setting, and asked questions about the nature of heroes, the inequities of wealth, and the responsibilities of the people who watch over us. The included forward is an interview with the writers of the series. It's interesting to note their approach to each film a Christopher Nolan is a filmmaker at the top of his game, and the scripts here represent film writing at it's best. The Batman trilogy has been a groundbreaking superhero series because it has set it's hero in a more grounded, realistic setting, and asked questions about the nature of heroes, the inequities of wealth, and the responsibilities of the people who watch over us. The included forward is an interview with the writers of the series. It's interesting to note their approach to each film as a separate whole and to avoid cliches like cliffhangers. Although the first film wasn't initially made as part of a trilogy, it sets the tone for the rest of the series. Because the creative process took place over time, the main characters age throughout, which provides different perspectives. The screenplays here are the completed scripts that were shot. There are also storyboards included for selected sequences in each film. While the writing is top notch, I was hoping for a glimpse behind the scenes at the some of the ideas that got deleted from initial drafts. That is not a usual approach for printed screenplays, but the insight might have proved interesting. Still, a very good collection for fans of the series.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Ryan Stewart

    I'm late to the party on this one, but, wow. The Dark Knight Trilogy holds a special place in my heart and I didn't know I could love it or appreciate it more than I already did. I was wrong. This adds new layers to blow you away all over again. It shows in detail just what a master class Nolan taught in dialogue, pacing, etc. This was absolutely fascinating and impressive throughout. I'm late to the party on this one, but, wow. The Dark Knight Trilogy holds a special place in my heart and I didn't know I could love it or appreciate it more than I already did. I was wrong. This adds new layers to blow you away all over again. It shows in detail just what a master class Nolan taught in dialogue, pacing, etc. This was absolutely fascinating and impressive throughout.

  7. 5 out of 5

    David

    During the fiction-writing courses I took in college, my professors assigned us a variety of materials. We read novels and short stories, but we also explored screenplays and theatrical plays. A good script is as satisfying to read as a good novel. More so, at times, because the best scripts strip out extraneous details in order to leave actors room to add personal touches. THE DARK KNIGHT TRILOGY: THE COMPLETE SCREENPLAYS collects some of the best scripts for aspiring screenwriters as well as th During the fiction-writing courses I took in college, my professors assigned us a variety of materials. We read novels and short stories, but we also explored screenplays and theatrical plays. A good script is as satisfying to read as a good novel. More so, at times, because the best scripts strip out extraneous details in order to leave actors room to add personal touches. THE DARK KNIGHT TRILOGY: THE COMPLETE SCREENPLAYS collects some of the best scripts for aspiring screenwriters as well as those who want to change up their reading habits. (I fall into both categories.) I'll get into the particulars of each film's script below. As a general comment, all three are tightly written and move at fast but manageable clips that translate well to the screen. Director Christopher Nolan and screenwriters Jonathan "Jonah" Nolan and David S. Goyer--along with Christopher, who, I believe, came in at the end to tighten every page--provide just enough detail to establish mood and characters, then leave the rest up to actors, set and costume designers, and the director's vision. I highly recommend this book to any novice screenwriters interested in learning a lean and efficient "voice" and formatting model for their own screenplays. *Batman Begins: The origin story to beat all origin stories. The first half of the film does an incredible job building up to Bruce Wayne becoming Batman. His motivations are clear, he makes mistakes along the way, and the moment when he finally dons the cape and cowl is immensely satisfying because of that build-up. On any given day, this is my favorite installment of the series. *The Dark Knight: In a way, TDK's script is the most impressive. Not only does it tell a great story on paper, comparing it to the finished movie shows how much the actors--especially Heath Ledger--added to their characters. Ledger improvised some actions and lines, and added personal touches such as the Joker's many ticks. This was not a flaw in the script. On the contrary, it was a sign of the David S. Goyer's and the Nolan brothers' aptitude for screenwriting. The last thing a screenwriter should do is spell out every beat, action, word, and noise. A screenwriter's job is to establish a black-and-white framework for a story so that the cast and crew can color it in. Ledger and company did so beautifully. *The Dark Knight Rises: Many consider TDKR to be the lame duck of the trilogy. The story has its problems, and they're evident in the script. That said, this installment is my favorite, for a few reasons. First, it's grounded. The story begins eight years after the events of The Dark Knight. The Dark Knight took place roughly one year after Batman Begins. Rounding up, Bruce Wayne's career as Batman lasted approximately 9 years (10 if we're being generous) from the moment he stepped out of the shadows as Batman to the climax of TDKR. In the comics, DC would have us believe he's been Batman for decades, but that's simply not possible. Not even a man at his physical and mental peak could keep up with the pace Wayne sets for himself, and in TDKR, Wayne is clearly not at his peak. Nolan's trilogy shines because they are not comic-book movies. Reading all three screenplays back to back to back makes clear that Wayne is a man, and realistically, even a man with his training and resources could only last so long. The second reason I love TDKR is because Batman and Bruce Wayne, collectively my favorite character of all time, gets an ending that every Batman fan wants for him but doesn't believe is possible. The likelihood of Wayne making peace with his parents' murder and retiring Batman, letting along riding off into the sunset with his one true love, is slim. He's much more likely to, as he has said in the comics, slip up and let some pickpocket fire a lucky shot that leaves him bleeding out in an alleyway. That would be suitably bleak and poetic, but it's not what I want for my boy. Nolan gave Bruce Wayne a happy ending. That's worth overlooking what can be a rough script at times, although overall I think it's solid. The highlight of COMPLETE SCREENPLAYS for fans who know these movies from beginning to end is a lengthy interview at the beginning with Chris, Jonah, and David on particulars of scripting and shooting the films. Chris Nolan approached each movie as if it were a standalone. Never assuming he would want or be able to make a sequel, he poured all of the best ideas into each film. Extrapolating a bit, this also explains why he doesn't milk his movies by releasing a bevy of extended, special, and director's cut editions. He pours everything he has into the theatrical version of each film, so there's nothing left over for a special edition. What you see (and what you read in this book) is precisely what he wanted you to see: The very best he had to offer for the story he set out to tell.

  8. 5 out of 5

    David Ross

    Not as vital to really understanding the films like his screenplays for inception and interstellar. With those texts, it really made clear his intentions and inflections that you may have missed when watching the films, subtleties that were better spelled out on the page. Not to say that there's not further understanding and clarity to be gained here, it's just not as profound. As with the 3 films, the middle one is the most interesting, seeing where ledger ad libs, like his ironic clapping to G Not as vital to really understanding the films like his screenplays for inception and interstellar. With those texts, it really made clear his intentions and inflections that you may have missed when watching the films, subtleties that were better spelled out on the page. Not to say that there's not further understanding and clarity to be gained here, it's just not as profound. As with the 3 films, the middle one is the most interesting, seeing where ledger ad libs, like his ironic clapping to Gordon's promotion. More Nolan interviews would've been nice seeing as how the special edition DVDs don't come with commentary but still a very worthwhile read if you want to understand these blockbuster thrillers.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Brandon

    Overall trilogy: 5-stars (rated separately) Dark Knight Rises: 4 Stars. Solid film but slightly by the numbers and unoriginal compared to Batman Begins and The Dark Knight. Those films had their own powerful emotional theme. This matches in flair but not substance. Good note to end the series on though.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Isabelle Netto

    "Do you have any idea how hard it is to make a contemporary action film where the protagonist doesn't carry a gun? Doesn't kill people?" and yet with this being his biggest problem, he made one of the best comic-book movies of all time! "Do you have any idea how hard it is to make a contemporary action film where the protagonist doesn't carry a gun? Doesn't kill people?" and yet with this being his biggest problem, he made one of the best comic-book movies of all time!

  11. 4 out of 5

    S.J. Robinson

    Sharp, sharp, and sharp

  12. 5 out of 5

    Roger Alderman

    Such a great read a refreshing look at storytelling through screen play.

  13. 4 out of 5

    JW

    Fantastic, especially for those that like to understand how a film changes from script to screen.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Athul Domichen

    Seen the movies countless times (especially Dark Knight); still an engaging, insightful read. The introduction part was really helpful too.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Sam Quixote

    What can be said about Christopher Nolan’s Batman Trilogy that’s not been said before? Nothing really, except that they’re awesome and are likely to stand as one of the best trilogies ever made, up there with Star Wars and Lord of the Rings. This is a collection of the three movies shooting scripts: Batman Begins, The Dark Knight, and The Dark Knight Rises, they are not a novelisation of the movies. Reading them is like watching the films but only because I’ve seen these films so many times now What can be said about Christopher Nolan’s Batman Trilogy that’s not been said before? Nothing really, except that they’re awesome and are likely to stand as one of the best trilogies ever made, up there with Star Wars and Lord of the Rings. This is a collection of the three movies shooting scripts: Batman Begins, The Dark Knight, and The Dark Knight Rises, they are not a novelisation of the movies. Reading them is like watching the films but only because I’ve seen these films so many times now (especially The Dark Knight, the finest of the 3), but if I hadn’t seen the films I would never have guessed at Heath Ledger and Tom Hardy’s choices for their characters. It’s one thing to look at the script and see a character there, it’s another to bring it to life so memorably like Ledger’s Joker. The appearance, the voice, the mannerisms – it’s not in the script, Ledger brought that to his character. The scripts underline the limits of reading words on a page and the art of acting. The same could be said of Tom Hardy’s Bane whose excellently creepy old English Duke voice doesn’t come across on the page but was a choice by the actor (and of course Christian Bale’s Batman voice… moving on!). The scripts are tightly structured with detailed descriptions of the shots as you would expect from a Director whose work is filled with action and ambitious shots to make them as thrilling as possible. There are some storyboards included to show how some action scenes would play out like Batman and Joker’s street confrontation or Bane’s plane dynamics in the opening sequence of “Rises”. As a Batman fan I’m really glad that there have been films made that do justice to this great character and his world after so many attempts have gotten it wrong. Reading these scripts is like watching the movies and while they’re fun to read for any fan of these films, they can’t top the films themselves. An excellent collection nonetheless, it shows that underpinning these superb films were equally superb scripts by a creative team who realised the potential of this timeless character.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Eric

    Readers of my website know that I am a fan of Batman, and the Christopher Nolan Dark Knight films in particular. I posted trailers and even wrote a a plea for people to return to the movie theater after the Aurora, Colorado shootings. I think some people might even wonder if my Batman fandom might cross over to obsession. If so, they would write off a book like THE DARK KNIGHT TRILOGY: THE COMPLETE SCREENPLAYS WITH STORYBOARDS by Christopher Nolan as something only for the collectors, hoping to Readers of my website know that I am a fan of Batman, and the Christopher Nolan Dark Knight films in particular. I posted trailers and even wrote a a plea for people to return to the movie theater after the Aurora, Colorado shootings. I think some people might even wonder if my Batman fandom might cross over to obsession. If so, they would write off a book like THE DARK KNIGHT TRILOGY: THE COMPLETE SCREENPLAYS WITH STORYBOARDS by Christopher Nolan as something only for the collectors, hoping to achieve a complete set of Dark Knight pieces. But that is not the case. I think any fan of the Dark Knight films would enjoy this book. You’ve seen the end product: the films. But THE DARK KNIGHT TRILOGY gives you a much better sense of how Christopher Nolan moved from concept to film. The book begins with a discussion among the writers of the screenplays (Christopher Nolan, Jonathan Nolan, and David S. Goyer) and the co-producer of the films (Jordan Goldberg). This discussion covers everything from THE ILLIAD, to the attacks of 9/11, to the critical importance of well-developed characters and endings. This foundational discussion will help readers understand what Christopher Nolan was thinking about when coming up with the story, as well as what themes he wanted to include or ignore. From there, the book then provides the screenplays for each for the films as well as a storyboarded scene from each film. As has been pointed out in other reviews, the book does not present the screenplays in a completely accurate and proper format. So, if you are trying to write a screenplay, look elsewhere. But if you want to see how Nolan’s ideas took shape, the screenplays and storyboards are very helpful. This book allows readers and Batman fans to see how the films were constructed. A skeleton of ideas was slowly fleshed out with words and images, and perfected by the cast and crew. If you want to delve into that world, and better understand Nolan’s take on Gotham, this is the perfect vehicle.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Julie Dawson

    If you are a serious fan of the Batman mythos or a serious student of film, The Dark Knight Trilogy will be a welcome addition to your collection. Part of the Opus Screenplay series, The Dark Knight Trilogy presents all three of the film’s complete screenplays along with selected storyboards. The collection opens with a bit of a panel discussion between the power players of the trilogy: Christopher Nolan, Jonathan Nolan, David S. Goyer, and Jordan Goldberg. It is an entertaining, but not particul If you are a serious fan of the Batman mythos or a serious student of film, The Dark Knight Trilogy will be a welcome addition to your collection. Part of the Opus Screenplay series, The Dark Knight Trilogy presents all three of the film’s complete screenplays along with selected storyboards. The collection opens with a bit of a panel discussion between the power players of the trilogy: Christopher Nolan, Jonathan Nolan, David S. Goyer, and Jordan Goldberg. It is an entertaining, but not particularly enlightening, conversation. Much of the subject matter of the discussion has been addressed in other widely published interviews with these gentlemen, but it does serve as a good introduction to the screenplays and provides a bit of a refresher on some of the key elements of the films. I found myself slightly amused when the topic of Batman’s “non-lethal” approach to dealing with criminals (I suppose I should believe that those missiles that shoot out of the Batmobile are non-lethal concussion damage that just knocks the bad guys out?) But that has always been a bit of an odd point for me, even in the comics themselves. But the point segues into the general thought processes at play as the trilogy developed over time. Actually reading the screenplays after watching the trilogy is an interesting academic activity. But more interesting to me are the storyboards. I’m a bit of a project junkie. I like following a project from start to finish. In this case, reading this collection and seeing the storyboards after watching the films is almost a reverse-engineering exercise. The storyboard selections are generous and well chosen. For Batman Begins, we get the opening sequence of the film. For The Dark Knight, we get the amazing truck chase sequence with the Joker. Finally, for The Dark Knight Rises, we see the opening commuter plane sequence. I enjoyed this little peek behind the scenes of one of my favorite trilogies, and fellow fans of the franchise no doubt will as well. Reviewer Note: I was given a comp copy of this book for review.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Christina

    Review posted at: www.goodreads.com, www.theowlreview.blogspot.com, www.netgalley.com, www.amazon.com I'm amazed. Honestly, I never would have described myself as a "true fan" of Batman stories. I know The Dark Knight is a bit of different take on it. It's darker, it's grittier, it's, well, more interesting. I was not let down with this book here at all. This is actually the screenplays for the movies, with a little bit of the storyboards at the end of each. Totally unique read. I was drawn into t Review posted at: www.goodreads.com, www.theowlreview.blogspot.com, www.netgalley.com, www.amazon.com I'm amazed. Honestly, I never would have described myself as a "true fan" of Batman stories. I know The Dark Knight is a bit of different take on it. It's darker, it's grittier, it's, well, more interesting. I was not let down with this book here at all. This is actually the screenplays for the movies, with a little bit of the storyboards at the end of each. Totally unique read. I was drawn into the story at once. It's a very quick read since it's a screenplay it doesn't take long to get through it. The screenplay aspect was a little distracting with scene direction and character labeling, but it didn't slow me down much. Bruce Wayne is a fascinating character, and these movies are very well-written. There is action to make it interesting, but the dialogue is really great. That overtone of the darkness in these stories isn't depressing, but it makes it pressing instead. Pressing you to flip the page and absorb what he is going through. The forward-moving tone of the stories makes it something you don't want to put down. I really enjoyed these screenplays, and loved the concept of being able to read through them. If you've seen the movies, you can see them playing out in your head as you read through. Well-written, and fast-paced to the end, I loved these stories.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Jess

    This begins with a conversation between C. Nolan, J. Nolan and D. Goyer. What grabbed my attention of this interaction was how easily is their exchange of ideas. Clearly we can see how dear this movies are to them. An interesting detail we get from their conversation is how they approached each movie as an individual project. After their brainstorming of ideas we can begin reading the screenplays. I have to admit I was kind of disappointed this book doesn't promote active interaction from the rea This begins with a conversation between C. Nolan, J. Nolan and D. Goyer. What grabbed my attention of this interaction was how easily is their exchange of ideas. Clearly we can see how dear this movies are to them. An interesting detail we get from their conversation is how they approached each movie as an individual project. After their brainstorming of ideas we can begin reading the screenplays. I have to admit I was kind of disappointed this book doesn't promote active interaction from the reader. I expected to see pictures and even storyboards integrated onto the screenplays. That way,readers could understand their experiences and train of thought. This book should bring insight of their creative process but it didn't do enough for that purpose. We do found storyboards after the screenplay section but sadly more as an appendix. To me could've been a highlight the integration between storyboard with its screenplay scene, so we could enjoy the creative process in action. The cover for this edition looks like someone is looking at the sky in hopes to see the Dark Knight. The image is amazing because to others it could look like someone is vigilant of the city. This is for hardcore fans of Batman and admirers of Nolan's work. If you have interest in studying the screenplays and enjoy some great storyboard work, this is for you. Thanks to Opus Books for providing me this ebook copy via Netgalley. I review this book according to its merits.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Tracy

    This is one of those books where if you liked the movies than you will really like this book. Its very interesting to see the story boards for the movies, I've never seen any before so its fun to see the scenes in the movies taking shape by the drawings. Because I know the movies I can see the transformation from from the small image to the scene on the big screen. I also like the fact that I have all the dialong from the movies, reading them took me back to when I watched the movies. Its a grea This is one of those books where if you liked the movies than you will really like this book. Its very interesting to see the story boards for the movies, I've never seen any before so its fun to see the scenes in the movies taking shape by the drawings. Because I know the movies I can see the transformation from from the small image to the scene on the big screen. I also like the fact that I have all the dialong from the movies, reading them took me back to when I watched the movies. Its a great way to remember the films. Now reading a script took me some time to get used to, it really is not my favorite way to read a story.... but in this case it is the only way to do it. I highly recommend this book if you enjoyed the Dark Knight movies. Disclosure: This book was provided to me by the publisher via NetGalley. The rating, review, and all opinions are my own

  21. 5 out of 5

    Sara Thompson

    This is one of the weirdest things I have ever had to review. How does one review the screenplay of a popular movie? I knew what I was getting into when I picked it. Why did I pick it up? My boys are huge batman fans and being a cool mama, I got it to share with them. Aside from that, I have no explanation. I didn't think far enough to how I was going to write a review. If you are a diehard batman fan - this is a must have. Not only is it the script but the book includes original storyboards and i This is one of the weirdest things I have ever had to review. How does one review the screenplay of a popular movie? I knew what I was getting into when I picked it. Why did I pick it up? My boys are huge batman fans and being a cool mama, I got it to share with them. Aside from that, I have no explanation. I didn't think far enough to how I was going to write a review. If you are a diehard batman fan - this is a must have. Not only is it the script but the book includes original storyboards and interviews. It's not an easy read (I was never one for reading plays so this is a lot like that) but it's a wonderful collectors item. I got it in e-book form but I think the wonder is holding the bound version in your hands and then showing all your friends just how cool you are.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Jeffrey Howard

    Christopher and Jonah Nolan are story masters of film. A more organic super-hero trilogy hasn't existed. Each script builds upon the other and grows in phenomenal ways. Each film was written and produced without a plan for sequels, which makes their accomplishment that much grander. The Nolan's have produced an action-packed script with real depth, moral tensions and philosophical wrestles. Few things remain black and white--that includes heroes and villains alike. This super hero world stands a Christopher and Jonah Nolan are story masters of film. A more organic super-hero trilogy hasn't existed. Each script builds upon the other and grows in phenomenal ways. Each film was written and produced without a plan for sequels, which makes their accomplishment that much grander. The Nolan's have produced an action-packed script with real depth, moral tensions and philosophical wrestles. Few things remain black and white--that includes heroes and villains alike. This super hero world stands as the most realistic, frightening and inspiring vision in film to date. The script felt just as fast-paced as the movies. I look forward to reading more of their scripts and watching more of their films!

  23. 4 out of 5

    Stacey Conrad

    This was fun to read--at least the interveiws with the screen writers. I enjoyed learning about the evolution of the movie series. As a huge Batman fan, I was curious to see why they made the choices they did concerning characters, events to show, and how they set up scenes. Once I got to the actual screen plays I had to concentrate hard. It's much harder to read a screen play than a novel, or even a traditional play. This was fun to read--at least the interveiws with the screen writers. I enjoyed learning about the evolution of the movie series. As a huge Batman fan, I was curious to see why they made the choices they did concerning characters, events to show, and how they set up scenes. Once I got to the actual screen plays I had to concentrate hard. It's much harder to read a screen play than a novel, or even a traditional play.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Erika

    I LOVED reading the screenplays and storyboards from the latest adaptations of The Dark Knight. My favorite part was reading the interview section before the screenplays. I loved the insight to how they began the journey of bringing Batman back but with an edge. The way the three films came to be and came together was simply magical.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Angela T.

    I had the pleasure of reading through this book from Netgalley recently. It's just what it says, the complete script plus some storyboard art. I must admit I wanted more storyboard art than was given, but that is my favorite part. If you love the movies this is a great addition to your book collection and makes a great coffee table book! 5 out 5 stars! I had the pleasure of reading through this book from Netgalley recently. It's just what it says, the complete script plus some storyboard art. I must admit I wanted more storyboard art than was given, but that is my favorite part. If you love the movies this is a great addition to your book collection and makes a great coffee table book! 5 out 5 stars!

  26. 4 out of 5

    Anthony

    If you're interested in writing, for movies or comics or in general, this is for you. It has an introduction with the Nolan brothers and Goyer, as well as the storyboards for one scene from each of the movies. Admittedly, it would be better if it had the entire storyboards for each film, but then it would be twice as big. It's more of a book to have for reference, then for reading. If you're interested in writing, for movies or comics or in general, this is for you. It has an introduction with the Nolan brothers and Goyer, as well as the storyboards for one scene from each of the movies. Admittedly, it would be better if it had the entire storyboards for each film, but then it would be twice as big. It's more of a book to have for reference, then for reading.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Adeesh Bhat

    the dark knight trilogy offers 3 stories of one mans life as the caped crusader known as the dark knight which form a whole complete story..The dark knight trilogy will take you to the immersive world of gotham city and let you experience a story told like no others before.....all told by the genius of Christopher Nolan.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Jake

    This is a must read for all those who are a fan of Christopher Nolan's Dark Knight Trilogy, as we are present with screenplays and storyboards for all three movies of the trilogy. There is also an interview Nolan and the writters. This is a must read for all those who are a fan of Christopher Nolan's Dark Knight Trilogy, as we are present with screenplays and storyboards for all three movies of the trilogy. There is also an interview Nolan and the writters.

  29. 5 out of 5

    G. Connor Salter

    Three well-written screenplays to possibly the best superhero movie trilogy of the last decade. Gripping action and dramatic tension, good dialogue and plots that deal with important themes and ideas while also being movies about a comic book character.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Laura

    I loved these movies. So seeing the screenplay and storyboards was just too neat. My Blog I loved these movies. So seeing the screenplay and storyboards was just too neat. My Blog

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