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Product Details

  • Series: The Opus Screenplay
  • Paperback: 553 pages
  • Publisher: Opus Books (August 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1623160014
  • ISBN-13: 978-1623160012
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6 x 1.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #152,126 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Christopher Nolan is the writer/ director of Following, Memento, The Prestige (with Jonathan Nolan), and Inception, as well as Batman Begins (with David S. Goyer), The Dark Knight (with Jonathan Nolan) and The Dark Knight Rises (with Jonathan Nolan). --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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I was drawn into the story at once.
Christina Cartwright
Reading these scripts is like watching the movies and while they're fun to read for any fan of these films, they can't top the films themselves.
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The complete screenplays of "The Dark Knight Trilogy" is great for any bat fat.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By ThrawnZA on August 12, 2012
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I found this to be an interesting addendum to the vast volume of work already out there that claims to analyse Nolan's Dark Knight trilogy. The extended interview with the Nolan brothers at the beginning is extremely interesting reading, especially when commenting on the links that have been made between The Dark Knight and the post-9/11 War on Terror.

To boot, you get all the screenplays as well - an interesting read if you are a fan of the films and filmmaking in general.

All in all, I would recommend this to anyone who has a high regard for Nolan, his work, and this trilogy of films in particular.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Upstate New York Reader on August 9, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
It has been an exciting 24 hours as I had the opportunity to explore the screenplays for the three Dark Knight films based on the comic book character, Batman.

The screenplays read like a novel - they are easy to follow, fun to digest, and present (re-present?) a story that captivated me when I first watched the movies in 2005, 2008, and 2012. I should note that the Kindle presentation did not come across as a script - though when read as a PDF, using Adobe Digital Editions, it becomes obvious that the book is a script. Though I only received my copy of the book yesterday, I could not stop reading till I got to the end.

But it was not the screenplays alone that made the book an interesting read. Along with the screenplays are an extended interview with the story's authors (Christopher Nolan, Jonathan Nolan, and David S. Goyer) and the co-producer of the films (Jordan Goldberg). Understanding the emotions, the motivation, and ideals that formed these movies added a bit of life to them, that I had not seen before.

The other extras, added to the book, were the three storyboards (one per movie) added to the end of each script. A snippet of the action (drawn much like a comic book presentation) added new life to the script. One felt as if they were being drawn into the process of creating each film - if only for a moment.

The scripts, the interview, and the storyboards, make for a valuable book - a book that is as exciting to read as the movies were to watch.
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This review is based on a free electronic copy provided by the publisher for the purpose of creating this review. The opinions expressed are mine alone.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By bballingfool32 on September 24, 2012
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I love reading scripts, and this was easily one of the best sets of them i have found. I already owned the first two but to get the final one was totally worth it. throw on the soundtrack and have a good read
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Sam Quixote TOP 1000 REVIEWER on August 23, 2012
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What can be said about Christopher Nolan's Batman Trilogy that's not been said before? Nothing really, except that they're awesome and are likely to stand as one of the best trilogies ever made, up there with Star Wars and Lord of the Rings. This is a collection of the three movies shooting scripts: Batman Begins, The Dark Knight, and The Dark Knight Rises, they are not a novelisation of the movies.

Reading them is like watching the films but only because I've seen these films so many times now (especially The Dark Knight, the finest of the 3), but if I hadn't seen the films I would never have guessed at Heath Ledger and Tom Hardy's choices for their characters. It's one thing to look at the script and see a character there, it's another to bring it to life so memorably like Ledger's Joker. The appearance, the voice, the mannerisms - it's not in the script, Ledger brought that to his character. The scripts underline the limits of reading words on a page and the art of acting. The same could be said of Tom Hardy's Bane whose excellently creepy old English Duke voice doesn't come across on the page but was a choice by the actor (and of course Christian Bale's Batman voice... moving on!).

The scripts are tightly structured with detailed descriptions of the shots as you would expect from a Director whose work is filled with action and ambitious shots to make them as thrilling as possible. There are some storyboards included to show how some action scenes would play out like Batman and Joker's street confrontation or Bane's plane dynamics in the opening sequence of "Rises".

As a Batman fan I'm really glad that there have been films made that do justice to this great character and his world after so many attempts have gotten it wrong.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Christina Cartwright on September 1, 2012
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I received a review-copy of this book.

I'm amazed. Honestly, I never would have described myself as a "true fan" of Batman stories. I know The Dark Knight is a bit of different take on it. It's darker, it's grittier, it's, well, more interesting. I was not let down with this book here at all. This is actually the screenplays for the movies, with a little bit of the storyboards at the end of each. Totally unique read.

I was drawn into the story at once. It's a very quick read since it's a screenplay it doesn't take long to get through it. The screenplay aspect was a little distracting with scene direction and character labeling, but it didn't slow me down much.

Bruce Wayne is a fascinating character, and these movies are very well-written. There is action to make it interesting, but the dialogue is really great. That overtone of the darkness in these stories isn't depressing, but it makes it pressing instead. Pressing you to flip the page and absorb what he is going through. The forward-moving tone of the stories makes it something you don't want to put down. I really enjoyed these screenplays, and loved the concept of being able to read through them. If you've seen the movies, you can see them playing out in your head as you read through.

Well-written, and fast-paced to the end, I loved these stories.
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