A quick glance on IMDB reveals perhaps the most vital difference between these filmmakers’ approaches: clicking on filming locations for Burton’s 1992 BATMAN RETURNS reveals that the entire film was shot in Burbank CA (which is Burton’s hometown, by the by), while Nolan’s 2008 sequel THE DARK KNIGHT includes such diverse locations as Hong Kong, London and Chicago. This is just another ingredient in the larger distinction between these two universes, one that makes them virtually incomparable: Tim Burton set out to make a comic book film (but a comic book film his way), while Christopher Nolan’s intentions surpass the comic book element and place Batman (and Gotham) in the context of our reality. Re-watching the Burton films, it’s extremely clear how everything looks artificial, but it was made to be so. The Nolan films looks like they could have actually happened, just outside on the street (and to that end, be careful of anyone you see traipsing around in rubber suits or with clown makeup on).
Author: Dan HechingPhoto Credit: Batman-News