Top 10 Differences Between The Gothams Of Nolan And Burton

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5. Crowds of Gothamites

Gotham City dwellers spend lots of time looking on as super villains reign down upon them with various dastardly deeds, and the retro opulence of these folks in the Burton films is starkly replaced by people who look like, well, you and me in the Nolan updates. Details like these help to further distance these films as practically of two distinct genres: the earlier films are escapist, edgy comic book capers, while the later films succeed as brooding urban crime thrillers that just happen to have a tall gravely-voiced man in a latex bat suit.

Author: Dan Heching

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lightAmazingly, Bruce Wayne is about to don his Batsuit for the seventh time in a little over 20 years, with the role of Batman becoming a nouveau-James Bond of sorts—a grand total of 4 actors have portrayed him thus far. When the original BATMAN came out in 1989, superhero films were far from guaranteed successes; effects and makeup still hadn’t quite risen to the standards of what the deliriously imaginative comic creators could come up with. Nevertheless, Tim Burton’s BATMAN was a commercial and (mostly) critical success, enough to ensure delivery of the (arguably) better sequel BATMAN RETURNS three years later. Fast forward (remember that?) to 2005, and MEMENTO director Christopher Nolan resuscitated the franchise with the much more realistic BATMAN BEGINS, which in turn was also followed by a superior sequel, THE DARK KNIGHT.


While comparing the drastically different Batman universes of Tim Burton and Christopher Nolan might seem a fruitless endeavor, an interesting way to explore them is through the directors’ treatment of the Dark Knight’s beloved Gotham City. 


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