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Directors We’re Thankful For: Christopher Nolan

How could I be thankful for a director who released
nothing in 2011? A reasonable thought seeing as Christopher Nolan hasn’t released a
movie since last year’s Inception. What could I possibly have to be thankful for when it comes to Christopher Nolan this year of all years? Oh, yes. The…Dark…Knight…Rises. I might be an idiot to be thankful to a director for a
movie I haven’t seen yet, but the best part about being a drooling fan
boy is I really don’t care. I am thankful to Nolan and I’ll tell you
why.

I’ve been a Batman fan(atic) since I was two years old. He has the best
villains and I love me some bad guys. (By the way, I can feel all of my
fellow PA writers rolling their eyes and am preparing swift retribution
as I type). After the disaster of Joel Schumacher, Nolan had not only brought back dignity to the “Batman” films, he’d
elevated them and their entire genre into a whole new world of
possibilities onscreen. With the passing of Heath Ledger, it seemed like he would not return to the series he had always talked of as a
trilogy and my fanboy woes could not have been greater. I had to make a sacrifice at the altar every week to ensure he would return (don’t ask questions).


As evidence of this year and all of those damned leaked photos that I
tried to avoid, Nolan has returned for his last turn at the “Batman”
films, at least as a director. Again,
we haven’t seen the final product but in reality, we don’t have to. Make
no mistake, we absolutely have to see this movie (I refuse to die until
then), but just the hype built in 2011 alone is exhilarating enough to
be its own experience. The speculation of Nolan’s involvement. The
fervor (and induced posttraumatic stress) that swept over us when we
learned that of Batman’s many rogues, Bane would be the one taking him
on. Our rising interest to learn that Tom Hardy would be taking the
role. The continued growth of an already fantastic ensemble (Marion
Cotillard, Joseph Gordon-Levitt) and controversial casting of Anne
Hathaway as Selina Kyle/Catwoman. The first image reveal of Bane that
everyone leaped for. Not to mention the constant debate between friends
and foes as the project continued to develop on where it’ll all end up.

The above is just a sliver of the mass speculation and anticipation built into the project and only illustrates that just because the man does not have
a film out this year, it does not deny his presence in 2011. Along with
his cast and crew, he’s spearheading one of the most anticipated films
in recent memory while building what (God/Nolan willing) will be one of the best
three-quels ever. We cannot get enough information on the damned
project. We cannot stop talking about our excitement and we cannot wait
to see this through. It is a kind of energy that is both infectious and
intoxicating and when it centers around my adopted home of Gotham City
(and all of its messed inhabitants), I can only be grateful to Nolan for
what he’s done for the “Batman” series.

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