By Guest Contributor Chris McEwen
“These are films that have really presented an epic vision of America that goes well beyond the parameters of what we might think of when someone says ‘comic book movies,’” noted Film Society of Lincoln Center associate program director (and soon-to-be head Village Voice head film writer) Scott Foundas when describing Christopher Nolan’s hugely influential Dark Knight trilogy, before introducing Nolan himself at a special Lincoln Center event last evening. However, when Nolan revealed how he first came to the character of Batman, his answer could not have initially seemed more removed from his own franchise’s gritty underpinnings.
So what was Nolan’s first Batman memory? Naturally, watching the 1960s Adam West series as a five-year-old. “You have no concept of the campiness… the primal feeling of the character comes through to a young boy,” added Nolan.