Christopher Nolan is an excellent movie maker. Ever since I saw Following, I was hooked. His movies are cerebral and make you think, which are movies I love. He followed that up with the nonlinear (or linear, depending on how you want to view the movie) Memento. Nolan is also known for getting the best performances out of his actors. Guy Pierce performed that role perfectly.
When I found out that Nolan was working on a reboot of the Batman franchise, I got excited. I knew that it would be in excellent hands. Batman Begins came out, and overall, it was a great movie. Sure, there were things that could have been handled better. But it was as perfect a Batman movie as we could expect. Nolan gave us a Batman that was dark, brooding, and crazy, but all in a realistic way. Plus, it had Liam Neeson as Ra's al Ghul. Not to mention the teaser for the next movie with The Joker card at the end. I was excited to see what Nolan would bring to the table for the next one.
After that, Nolan gave us another original masterpiece with The Prestige. While it wasn't exactly Wolverine versus Batman, it was still an excellent movie. It gave us another reason to be excited for the next Batman. By this time, Heath Ledger had been casted as Joker. Everyone was wondering what Nolan was thinking, but I knew he had something special in store. Especially considering all the mystery behind Ledger's Joker.
Then The Dark Knight was released. I was the only one of my friends who, after the movie was over, felt cheated. Don't get me wrong, there is a lot to like about this movie. Ledger gave us the perfect Joker performance. The movie was emotional and action-packed. However, I felt like Nolan pulled a fast one on us. There were numerous plot holes. The most obvious one was the party scene. Joker crashes the party. Eventually leading to him throwing Rachel Dawes out the window, causing Batman to jump out and save her. But then the movie cuts to the next scene. What happened to the party? Did Joker just leave? When I point that out to people, the only rebuttal I get is: Stop thinking too much. Nolan isn't one to make simple mistakes like that, so I wonder what his reasoning is behind the way that part of the film was cut. Another obvious one is we see Commissioner Gordon and a bunch of police getting ready to capture the Joker while he's got his pile of money that he burns. What happened to that? Did the cops just give up? Despite these and other things, the movie was good. Not as good as Batman Begins, but good nonetheless.
After that came another original Nolan masterpiece, Inception. The movie was also cerebral (literally) and was designed to have an ambiguous ending. It also gave us a preview of Nolan's next villain actor, Tom Hardy. I had seen Hardy in Bronson, (which if you haven't seen, shame on you) and knew that he would be able to handle the role of Bane.
Then came The Dark Knight Rises. What happened? Yeah, Bane was awesome. But there was so much wrong with this film, I find it amazing that anyone can watch it and enjoy the movie. The biggest problem for me was that there was no sense of time. While Batman was in prison, they tell us how much time has passed, but we don't feel it, so the first and third acts feel disconnected. Bane was just the recycled version of the one we saw in Batman and Robin, a love sick puppet, despite being better portrayed. When the movie starts off, Bruce Wayne had given up being Batman because the girl he had a crush on was killed. Really? He became Batman because his parents had been murdered. It seems like the death of Rachel should have made him want to continue being Batman. Alfred gives up? Alfred never gives up, he's Bruce's connection to the real world. Without Alfred, Bruce would disappear into his Batman persona (assuming he wasn't being a tool after Rachel's death). There are many, many more things wrong with this movie, but I need to move on.
When The Dark Knight Rises hit theaters, it was already announced that Nolan would be working on a Superman reboot. I knew that the Man of Steel would be in trouble. But I still had hope. After all, Nolan's Batman trilogy gave us two out three movies that were good, which is better than the previous ones ever did. Nolan decided to produce the movie instead of direct this one, giving the director's chair to Zack Snyder. This was fine with me. Nolan's dark style would not work well with Superman and Snyder has proven he can handle action. While I am not a fan of David Goyer, the writer of the movie, I felt that with Nolan at the helm of the ship, what could go wrong?
Well, the Man of Steel ship sunk. Much like Bryan Singer's X-Men movies, the more I watched, the more I was disgusted. Yeah, the opening act on Krypton was excellent. Henry Cavill surprised as Clark Kent. All the actors were good. But once the movie left Krypton and came to Earth, it was downhill. It took Superman nearly thirty years to master his powers, but it took Zod a few days and Faora-Ul a few minutes. Brooding Superman was just as horrible as one would imagine. The final act, however, took the cake. The fight between Superman and Zod was expertly done on Snyder's part. It's not his fault the movie ended the way it did. The Superman/ Zod fight destroyed the city, not to mention there's no telling how many died while the buildings were falling. Why didn't Superman take Zod off Earth? A world with a wreckless Superman is not a world I would want to live in. Then Superman kills Zod. Again, if Superman would have taken Zod off world, this wouldn't have happened. To have Superman kill takes away everything that makes Superman Superman. So by the end of the movie, we have a wreckless Superman who is willing to kill to achieve what he wants. I was ready to puke.
Next we will have Superman and Batman in one movie. While I am willing to give Batffleck a chance, I am not ready to give another one to Nolan. DC Comics is wondering why they can't get a movie universe started up like Marvel has. My suggestion, stop letting people change the characters. One of the big reasons Marvel is doing well (with their studio movies, not the ones with characters owned by other studios) is because they are staying true to their characters. Some changes have been made, but the core of the characters are still there. While everyone will be watching Superman versus Batman next summer, I'll be watching Michael Keaton's Batman chasing Jack Nicholson's Joker up a clock tower.