Tim Burton had already proven himself as a master ‘film aesthetician’ by the time he made the BATMAN films, with his trademark look featured in BEETLEJUICE and EDWARD SCISSORHANDS. The style for his BATMAN films is no exception, with gothic architecture and artfully macabre scenery galore. While everything in his films has a specific design and influence, Christopher Nolan’s style is entirely more haphazard, gritty and, well, bleak. Before production began on BATMAN BEGINS, Nolan invited the entire crew to a private screening of Ridley Scott’s BLADE RUNNER, and went on record saying, “This is how we’re going to make “Batman”.” That in a nutshell captures the different priorities, notions and visions of these two Bat-directors.
Speaking recently at Comic Con, Tim Burton mused on how his Batman films look now, stylistically: “I recall at the time, people worried about our version being too dark. It’s like, well, it looks like a lighthearted romp in comparison.” And what is he comparing his films to? The Nolan films of course, which he is thoroughly impressed by.
Author: Dan HechingPhoto Credit: Flickr: Stefan the Cameraman