CINEOPOLIS — The Dark Knight Trilogy

Episode 106 of CINEOPOLIS invites listeners to buckle up for a Batmobile tour of Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy’s Gotham City….

Holy urban planning, Batman! This week, Christian and Dante buckle up for a Batmobile tour of Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy’s Gotham City.

No superhero has had more on screen time than Batman — and that makes Gotham City one of the most explored fictional cities in entertainment history. From the sunny, clearly-LA Gotham of the 1960s Batman TV series to Tim Burton’s Gothic Expressionist Art Deco fantasia Gotham of the 1989 Batman film to the Burton-meets-Max Fleischer red-skies-at-night Gotham of Batman: The Animated Series, numerous directors and designers have left their mark on the perpetually-vexed-by-madness metropolis. But for our bat-bucks, one of the best — or, at least, the most interesting for the purposes of CINEOPOLIS — is the Gotham of Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy: Batman Begins (2005), The Dark Knight (2008), and The Dark Knight Rises (2012). The Gotham we encounter in each of the films is in their own way unique yet part of a contiguous whole, and together they help inform Nolan’s commentary on a paranoid America in the grips of the War on Terror while making their own statement on the nature of urbanism in the 21st century.

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