Before 'Batman Begins' it seems that Christopher Nolan knew nothing about Batman… but luckily, David S. Goyer was able to give him a helping hand.
Despite breathing life into one of DC's longest-running heroes, it turns out that Christopher Nolan wasn't exactly a fan boy… and before he began filming what would become the 'Dark Knight' trilogy, he didn't know much about the Caped Crusader at all. Thankfully, David S. Goyer was on hand to bring him up to speed. And it seems he insisted that the utility belt had to stay.
Speaking at a BAFTA and BFI Screenwriters' Lecture in London last night, David S. Goyer revealed that 'Dark Knight' director Christopher Nolan needed a bit of a helping hand when it came to the long-standing mythology of Bruce Wayne.
"Chris had never read comic books," he said, according to The Guardian. "He didn't know the world. So he trusted me on that franchise and with Superman to know what was canon: what could be changed and what couldn't be changed."
If you ask me, that's a lot of trust to place in someone - especially when it comes to pleasing comic book fans. Thankfully, it turned out for the best and the 'Dark Knight' trilogy went on to critical and financial success. And it even managed to put a smile on the fans' faces. But it might not have been that way…
"Early in Batman Begins he said 'does he have to have a utility belt?', and I said 'yes'. And he said 'why?' And then he showed me a design and it was all black. And I said 'it has to be yellow', and he said 'oh…'"
After this, Goyer apparently went through all the existing comic books and made a list of all the elements they simply had to keep in the movies.
"I identified the ten things that remained sticky about Batman and Superman," he explained. "Wrote them up and said to Chris 'These are the 10 things that should be in the movie. Like the Ten Commandments. As long as we honour that, we'll be good.'"
And it looks as though Goyer was eager to keep as true to the comic books as possible, even travelling with Nolan to New York to meet with the comic book writers.
"We said 'what do you think should be in a Batman film, and are there any rules that you absolutely would not break?' It sounds simple, but none of the other writers had bothered to do that. They dismissed the comic books and their creators. We earned their trust."
But despite working on the 'Dark Knight' trilogy and 'Man of Steel' as well as the upcoming 'Batman vs. Superman' it seems there was never a chance of Christian Bale's Batman ever meeting Clark Kent.
"Chris made it very clear that he wanted those three Christian Bale movies to stand alone and be their own thing. I knew there was no chance whatsoever that that version of Batman would ever cross over with Superman."
While many of wondered whether Christian Bale might return for the 'Man of Steel' sequel, it looks as though that was out of the question from the start. But how will Ben Affleck get on as the Dark Knight? For now, we'll have to wait to find out… but I'm fairly sure he'll keep his trademark utility belt.
What do you think of Nolan's lack of Bat-knowledge? Does this make David S. Goyer the ideal writer for 'Batman vs. Superman'? Let us know what you think in the comments below…
Ryan Leston is a comic book movie geek from Cardiff who can't wait to hear more about the rumoured Justice League movie. His favourite DC film is The Dark Knight and he was hugely impressed with Henry Cavill as Superman. Follow Ryan Leston on Twitter or Facebook.
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