When it comes to Batman, plenty of directors have tried to capture the essence of Gotham’s vigilante with varying results. Tim Burton’s take on the DC icon was met with rave reviews while Joel Schumacher’s Batman & Robin left fans supremely put off. In recent years, Christopher Nolan has become known as a fan-favorite Batman authority thanks to his directorial work on The Dark Knight trilogy. And, in a recent essay, fans were taught a bit about how the director continues to support Bruce Wayne from the shadows.
Over in The LA Times, the publication did an exploration of IMAX technology and its growth in the film industry. Plenty of comic book adaptations were name-dropped in the piece. However, when the essay brought up Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, fans were interested to hear how Christopher Nolan helped the feature along.
Apparently, the director went so far as to lend some his personal equipment to those filming Batman v Superman. Nolan offered one of his rare IMAX lenses to Zack Snyder for shooting, but Batman wasn’t the only iconic character to use that lens. Nolan also let J.J. Abrams borrow the lens for Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
While Nolan didn’t give any pointers about Batman’s character in the film, the visionary did ensure the character would look stunning. Letting Snyder borrow a pricy lens from his personal collection is an admirable move in anyone’s book, and Nolan also gave the director advice throughout the filming of Batman v Superman.
In the past, Snyder has said he received lots of good advice about taking on DC Comics icons from Nolan. When speaking with Empire, the director admitted Nolan helped ease Snyder’s anxiety over his newfound gig.
“We don’t own these characters,” Nolan told Snyder. “When you’re done making Batman movies, someone else will [make them].”
Snyder also told Collider that Nolan helped him decide whether it was a good decision to kill Superman at the end of his film.
“It was pretty early, and [Christopher] Nolan and I had long conversation about it, a really great, sort of philosophical conversation about it. He was really cool because he played an amazing devil’s advocate about why not to do it, and then in the end was like, ‘No you’re right, it’s better to do it.’”
In Justice League, fueled by his restored faith in humanity and inspired by Superman’s selfless act, Bruce Wayne enlists the help of his newfound ally, Diana Prince, to face an even greater enemy. Together, Batman and Wonder Woman work quickly to find and recruit a team of metahumans to stand against this newly awakened threat. But despite the formation of this unprecedented league of heroes—Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Cyborg and The Flash—it may already be too late to save the planet from an assault of catastrophic proportions.
Justice League is directed by Zack Snyder, from a screenplay by Chris Terrio, based on a story by Snyder and Terrio, and stars Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Gal Gadot, Jason Momoa, Ezra Miller, Ray Fisher, Amy Adams, Willem Dafoe, Jesse Eisenberg, Jeremy Irons, Diane Lane, Connie Nielsen, J. K. Simmons, and Ciarán Hinds.