The dust has settled on the release of The Dark Knight Rises, Christopher Nolan’s final part of his Batman trilogy and I think it’s safe to say that we all thought it was great; possibly one of the finest movie trilogies of all-time. So a definitive ‘making of’ book would be a welcome read and the recent release from Abrams, The Art and Making of The Dark Knight Trilogy has just about delivered, but with one nagging issue.
It’s certainly a brilliant presentation, with its 300 plus pages packed full of high quality on set photographs and genuine insight into the development of the films from Christopher Nolan and brother Jonathan, writer David S. Goyer and director of photography Wally Pfister. Michael Cane even adds his own introduction! Where it leaves you wanting more, certainly from an illustrators point of view, (and consider for moment that the book is called ‘The Art and Making of”) is any real development drawings, sketches or concept art. With all of the character designs, costumes, tech and set pieces, there must have been a huge amount of this material available, so it’s a shame to not see more of it.
That negative aside, fans of the films will be fascinated by the thought process and inspirations behind the film’s realistic approach, and virtually every aspect of the production is covered from the initial screenplay to design, cast, score and marketing. Overall is it a very good ‘making of’ and one nicely put together by Graphic Designer Chip Kidd that will satisfy Batman and Christopher Nolan fans alike, but it’s a shame that it’s just short of the mark for those of us who like to see the drawings behind the work. Maybe in a second edition?
The Art and Making of The Dark Knight Trilogy – By Jody Duncan Jesser and Janine Pourroy
Hardback 304 pages
23.5 x 2.8 x 30.2 cm