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Villains defined The Dark Knight trilogy more than Batman: Nolan

Press Trust of India  |  Cannes 

Filmmaker says the antagonists in trilogy defined the character of in each of the films.

Nolan, who is credited to have given a subliminal edge to the role of of Gotham in his superhero interpretation, says all three villains - Liam Neeson's Henri Ducard/ Ra's al Ghul, Heath Ledger's The Joker and Tom Hardy's Bane helped become a more layered part.

About 2005's origins story, "Begins", starring in the title role, Nolan said, "To me, each is a different genre. They tend to be defined by the villain.

"The villain is an appropriate adversary. He's a mentor-turned-enemy."

According to Variety, the filmmaker was speaking at the ongoing Cannes Festival over the weekend. He made his debut at the annual gala and attended the premiere of a 70mm print of Stanley Kubrick's "2001: A Space Odyssey".

"'The Dark Knight' (2008 sequel) for me was always a crime drama in the mold of a Michael Mann The Joker was a terrorist, an agent of chaos set loose," he said.

Nolan, 47, called the 2012's final part, "The Rises", as "This historical epic. Bane as a militarist foe helped that."

The said he did not set out to create a "Batman" franchise, when they first collaborated with 13 years ago.

"We hadn't planned on doing a sequel. So shifting genres and the nature of the antagonist felt the way to take the audience on a journey and tell them something different about "

Nolan admitted he approached the comic book realm as a noir-thriller.

"Yes, it's a superhero, but it's based on ideas of guilt, fear, these strong impulses that the character has. doesn't have any super powers other than extraordinary wealth.

"But really, he's just someone who does a lot of push-ups. In that sense, he's very relatable and human. I think that's why I gravitated towards it," he said.

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First Published: Tue, May 15 2018. 09:45 IST