The Art and Making of the Dark Knight Trilogy

A book review article by: Jason Sacks
Writers: Jody Duncan Jesser and Janine Pourroy
Publisher: Abrams

Some reviews are ridiculously easy to write, so let me make this review brief and make your purchasing choice easy: if you're a rabid fan of Christopher Nolan's Batman films; if you admire Nolan's filmmaking prowess and his tremendous casting ability, marvel at his special effects or are delighted with the brilliant ways that he takes a long-established character and gives him and his villains a contemporary sheen – then this book is a must have for you.

This sumptuous coffee table book is pretty much the perfect studio-sanctioned guidebook through Nolan's films, chronicling every detail of the films with an intensely loving, enthusiastically encyclopedia touch. The Art and Making of the Dark Knight Trilogy is fully endorsed and has the full cooperation of Nolan, his friends and fellow filmmakers – and even his family. This means that Nolan shares his own stories about making the movie – everything from sitting with co-scriptwriter David Goyer in Nolan's garage, plotting out the first movie, all the way to the genius marketing campaigns for the three movies.

No stone is unturned, and no interesting production still or story is neglected. We get full and detailed explorations of the films' scripting, casting, filming, special effects, sound and editing, along with literally hundreds of stills from in front and behind the scenes of all three movies.

No need to say more here, I think: if you love these movies – and if you're reading Comics Bulletin there's a good chance you do – you'll find this book to be an absolute treasure.

Jason Sacks is Publisher of Comics Bulletin. Follow him at @jasonsacks, email him at or friend him on Facebook.

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