Ten years ago, Batman was a Warner Bros. property that had run its course, and needed a reboot delivered with fresh, creative insight. That job landed in the lap of, " and it was a game changer. Gone were the toy-sale-oriented incarnations of the past, and instead there was an adult, thematically rich approach that went far beyond its darker surface. Speaking with Forbes, Nolan reflects on how he and screenwriter David Goyer decided to tackle the iconic character.
"I think the idea that Bruce Wayne perceived of Batman as a symbol that could rally the good people of Gotham was something that very much came to David Goyer and myself as we explored the logic behind his actions. We were setting out to try and tell a more realistic version of the story, and of the origin story, than had been done, " Nolan explained. "The origin story had never been addressed in films. What Tim Burton had done very brilliantly with his very Gothic, very idiosyncratic version of Batman, didn’t necessarily address the idea of a more real world and coming up with more real world explanations for what Batman is."
"...we came to the realization that for us, for our interpretation of Bruce Wayne and Batman in the real world, it should be a symbol. It should be something he sees as a catalyst for change, " he continued. "And we always presented it, and were consistent with it in the three films of mine, as a finite mission in his mind. Which I know is a controversial aspect of the character, but it made the most sense to us to say he sees it as a lever for improving things in Gotham, for getting the good to take back their city from evil, and that at a point that mission will be finished."
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