Gotham in the Dark Knight trilogy
July 20, 2012 8:35 PM Subscribe
Why did Christopher Nolan "recast" Gotham City in each of the Dark Knight films? (Question is spoiler-free, but answers might not be.)
posted by robhuddles to Media & Arts (15 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
One of the interesting things that became very obvious in watching the Dark Knight trilogy in one setting: in each of the films, Gotham City is presented very, very differently. In Batman Begins, Gotham is very comic-booky: it's got the futuristic rail system, it's always very dark, there are no readily recognizable buildings, and there are elements like the Wayne Tower and the whole island with the Narrows and Arkham Asylum, all completely fake.
Then, in Dark Knight, Gotham has been recast as Chicago, and it seems that Nolan made no attempt to even pretend that it was anything other than Chicago, even showing recognizable landmarks. Gone are any of the "fake" elements from the first film.
Finally, in Dark Knight Rises, he again moves the city, this time using New York, and once again being obvious about it - both the Empire State Building and the new tower at the World Trade Center are visible, the bridges are shown repeatedly, etc. And again, any of the obviously fictional elements from the first movie are gone.
So I'm giving Nolan the benefit of the doubt and assuming that this was a very deliberate choice, but I'm very curious as to why he made this choice. Why so obviously move the city from the totally make-believe to the totally real, and from one real city to the next?