After Batman And Robin, the Batman franchise was as good as dead. Several attempts were made to resurrect the franchise (including a Batman: Year One movie from Darren Aronofsky and a early attempt at Batman vs. Superman), but it was Christopher Nolan who ended up being the Caped Crusader's saviour with his critically acclaimed Batman Begins reboot in 2005.
The trilogy concluded with The Dark Knight Rises seven years later, and while the way it ended was certainly divisive with fans, it capped things off nicely. Of course, that didn't stop rumours swirling about Christian Bale possibly reprising the role of Batman, but now that Ben Affleck has been cast in Batman V Superman, The Dark Knight series is officially over. Although it's far from forgotten.
Just like when the comic books turned their back on the camp stories of the '50s and '60s and took Batman down a darker route, Nolan's trilogy completely changed the perception of the character. The movies are thusly responsible for creating the "dark", "gritty", and "realistic" approach to superhero movies, with everything from The Amazing Spider-Man to DC's upcoming movie slate being inspired by their tone.
While some weren't happy with Nolan's realistic approach to the world of Batman, the director helped to change the perception of comic book movies in a major way - people realised they weren't just for kids. Between the cast and stories, The Dark Knight Trilogy is the definitive take on Batman, and Batfleck has a long road ahead of him if he's going to try and top this version.
The creation of The Dark Knight Trilogy is fascinating, and there are amazing stories surrounding all three instalments. Here, you will find twenty of the most mind-blowing facts about Nolan's take on Batman. Whether it's how differently the movies could have turned out thanks to some odd casting decisions, the nods to Robin, or the Marvel comic book writer who got in serious trouble on set, these will change how you look at the franchise.