With the Batman v Superman DVD in the wings waiting to be released around July this year, it's time to dust off the behind-the-scenes footage of The Dark Knight trilogy — and what a shine the dusting reveals.
For the first time, a bumper 76-minute documentary exposing the raw cogs behind Christopher Nolan's three movies has been made available to stream online in high-definition for free.
The thrilling documentary, titled The Fire Rises: The Creation and Impact of The Dark Knight Trilogy, shows what made Nolan's contribution to the Batman franchise so extraordinary — how his movies distinguished themselves from predecessors' and what makes their quality so difficult to repeat.
In the hair-raising introduction, Michael E. Uslan, executive producer of The Dark Knight trilogy, muses:
"In the beginning of the 21st century there was a realization that this is not about merchandising at its core, how many toys can you sell, but actually it's about characters that are beloved around the world by a whole hell of of a lot of people who really give a damn...
"The audience had become a little bit too sophisticated to simply make fun of their superheroes, and the dawning finally that it did matter."
The show was the main bonus included in The Dark Knight Trilogy: Ultimate Collector's Edition, first released on September 24, 2013, but it has not been seen before online. If you don't want to fork out $56.99 for the six-disc bonanza, this option might be for you.
The doc. is split into chapters that deal with Bat-treats including themes, construction, ensemble, anticipation, and legacy. Among the haul are screen tests with Christian Bale and Anne Hathaway.
Also tucked away are interviews with Nolan, producer Emma Thomas, Warner Bros. president of production Greg Silverman, screenwriters David S. Goyer and Jonathan Nolan, former DC Comics president Paul Levitz, Batman comics writer and editor Dennis O’Neil, and loads more.
The documentary has been incredibly well received by fans. Bill Ramey of Batman on Film said in 2013:
"Trust me, it’s really good. If you’re a huge fan of the Trilogy – like me – your eyes may get a little misty while watching it. Here’s hoping that Warner Bros. will make this available by itself at some point in the future."
While Will Ashton on Indie Wire said recently:
"It's an interesting, thoughtful, well-spoken and ultimately timely documentary, particularly in the wake of 'Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.'"
Make Up Your Own Mind By Watching 'The Fire Rises' Part One:
And Then Watch Part Two, Obvs.:
What was the most interesting tidbit of Bat-info for you?
Source: via IndieWire