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The Dark Knight: Featuring Production Art and Full Shooting Script Hardcover – June 19, 2012

3.8 out of 5 stars 49 customer reviews

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“Whether read from cover to cover or just casually flipped…this is one book Batman fanatics with an appreciation for visuals can’t be without.” ~Bookgasm.com

"Teens who want to delve more deeply in the movie's essenence will be captivated by Craig Byrne's The Dark Knight from Universe Publishing." ~School Library Journal
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Rizzoli Universe Promotional Books (June 19, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0789324563
  • ISBN-13: 978-0789324566
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 1 x 11.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #847,343 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
The script accounts for 3/4s of this book. The 1/4 of the book that's left has barely passable production art photos and interviews. In other words this is mainly a script book which skimps out considerably on the "featured production art" it proudly advertises on the front cover. This is a big disappointment compared to the book "The Art of Batman Begins" by Mark Cotta Vaz. It should get a 2 rating if not for that fact that its about The Dark Knight.
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This book is awesome, big and heavy, but awesome. I usually dont buy things like this, I love Chris Nolan's work/imagination, Batman and Batman Begins and the Dark Knight. If you like these things, you will love this book. The first 60 pages or so are drawings/concept art of all sorts of things ranging from the Batpod to Harvery/Two Face. There is alot of cool Joker stuff as well...you wouldn't believe some of the original concepts. Page 66 and beyond is the script, and if you have seen the Dark Knight you know how amazing the script is. It says its the shooting script and so far it is pretty acurate to what I saw in the film. The pages are high quality and glossy. This book looks and feels like a collectors item considering the quality of it and how well this movie is doing at the box office.

5 out of 5 stars.
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This is a reprint of a book released in 2008 - fortunately, the price has dropped significantly making this a much better purchase. But it is still a bit disappointing, given that a very small percentage of the book is actually devoted to art. To be fair, the art is quite spectacular... there just should have been a lot more of it.

If you are expecting a book full of imaginative artistic images, this is not the book you want to purchase. As a fan of "The Dark Knight", I received this as a gift, and was shocked at the limited amount of art contained within. The first 65 pages serve as the production art portion, with the remaining pages all devoted to the shooting script.

The script is interesting to read through, but its not the main reason most people buy a book like this. Of the artwork that is included, the highlights include the new design of the batsuit and the batpod. Also, it is interesting to see the progression of the look of the Joker. The book shows concept art that is very different from what the final character looked like.
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I am an avid Batman fans. I purchased The Art of Batman Begins and normally I also purchased this book. I like this book way better than The Art of Batman Begins. It has more behind the scenes look and the script which was absent in the AOBB. My complaints for this book: Not enough coverage on the designs on Two Face, which I wouldn't mind seeing more of. The part where they discuss the making of the Joker is good, but we've seen many of his in pre-release promo materials, so not much surprise there. Overall, I still find this book a good addition to Batman movies fans everywhere.
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When I got my book for the dark knight. It gave me soo much more information about the movie, and bought me deeper into the triolgy. That's why I gave this book a 5 star. Christopher Nolan is a wonderful producer, he's one of my favorites. Thank u for sending me a great item. I love this book.
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When I read "Featuring Production Art and Full Shooting Script" I was expecting an art book with the script at the very end. But the format the script in a way that it fills more then half the book. I'm wasn't interested in the script, I was interested in the concept art.
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Format: Hardcover
This book is as disappointing as the film was excellent. Primarily an oversized script with a small padding of mainly pre-production art and a light sprinkling of text, neither of which provide much in the way of additional information. The written content feels like a filler article for a weekend entertainment supplement.

Also, I wonder if the scope and focus shifted during the compliation or editing; some retailers are advertising this book as featuring content and interviews that are not included.

It's unfortunate that with the general drift towards CGI, true technical publications like Cinefex have featured less actual behind-the-scenes production detail and more "we did this and that, and then just replaced it all in post", and we are left with lightweight efforts like this that will probably fail to satisfy those enthusiasts who delight of the production process as least as much as the end result.

Ah well, hopefully there'll be more comprehensive material on the disc release.
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Format: Hardcover
It galls me that they have yet to put out many books based on "The Dark Knight" as there were several with "Batman Begins", hopefully that will change. I put off ordering this book several weeks because I feared it had little content I found interesting, but it surprised me. It had more good photos from the film than I thought it would. The script is nicely laid out with small photos from the film on the sides of many of the pages. If you are a TDK fan I think you will love this book, yet it leaves you thirsty for more. Now if we can only get them to release a visual guide as they did with "Batman Begins"
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