After the flop that was Joel Schumacher's attempt at keeping the Batman franchise alive, Chris Nolan had a very difficult job on his hands. How to reinvent Batman, but to keep all the themes and tones of Gotham alive and more importantly, the Dark Knight himself. Luckily, fans of the bat were rewarded for their faith with Batman Begins, a down-to-earth, gritty take on the Batman franchise, which would re-ignite interest in the exploits of the Gotham playboy philanthropist.
Where to from there then? The Dark Knight. Christian Bale returns as the bat, assisted by Michael Caine as faithful butler Alfred and Morgan Freeman as head of Wayne Enterprises, Lucius Fox. Chris Nolan's very grounded approach at DC's flagship entity does not fail to impress. The depth of Nolan's Gotham is ever enthralling and is punctuated this time by Heath Ledger's greatest performance as the Joker, the first attempt at such a portrayal since Nicholson. But Ledger, along with the all star cast, put on a phenomenal performance and really bring Nolan's direction to life.
A modern classic that won't and shouldn't be forgotten easily.